E2ride Bike Tour in the Riverside/Avondale section of Jacksonville rents bicycles for a 10-mile guided tour with stops at interesting spots in the Riverside and Avondale neighborhoods. Bikes are ideal for riding along the back roads and sidewalks with ease, and the pace never reaches strenuous levels, making the whole day a breeze. With large Southern-style homes on well-coiffed and tree-lined streets, riders can take in historic points and view and learn about Prairie, Colonial Revival, Victorian and Bungalow-style architecture. Friendly guides keep the tours light and fun, and snacks, water and safety equipment are provided for all riders. For warm spring days, there are few better ways to experience the bounty of Jacksonville history that exists in this neighborhood.
Manned by a U.S. Coast Guard–certified crew, a Thriller SuperCat 55 power catamaran safely whisks patrons away on Thriller Miami Speedboat Adventures' 45-minute voyages that trek all the way into the Atlantic Ocean. After shipping out from Bayside Marketplace, captains navigate the vessel through Biscayne Bay, South Beach, and the Miami Gold Coast, granting guests sweeping views of Fisher Island, Miami Beach, South Beach's Art Deco district, and the towering Miami skyline. Conversant guides narrate each excursion, pinpointing sites of historical interest as they pass by and helping visitors identify multimillion-dollar dwellings owned by celebrities such as Shaquille O'Neal, Gloria Estefan, and Count Chocula.
On durable, all-terrain Segway x2 Personal Transporters, nature-seekers can spot wildlife or sample an off-road experience during two-hour tours at the Central Florida Zoo. Informed by tour-guide narration conveyed via wireless heads, zoo tours encounter a menagerie of animalian personalities such as Gus the camel, Elmo the macaw, and a skulking pair of rare Amur leopards, with riders briefly veering off onto unpaved landscape. Off-roading tours venture entirely upon forested paths, eschewing animal exhibits and braving the surrounding woodland landscape with the two-wheeled spirit of Davy Crockett’s penny-farthing. Both tours begin with a safety video and orientation, and stride-free sightseers are encouraged to bring a camera or photographic memory to remember the experience.
Meatball subs and Polish-style hot dogs get a healthy spin at Jimbo's Joint, where staffers craft sausages and meatballs in-house from all-natural chicken. But as healthy as their creations are, the eatery doesn't take itself too seriously—the lean sausage sandwiches carry movie-themed monikers that range from the Abe Froman, a Chicago-style dog sprinkled with poppy seeds and celery salt, to Children of the Corndog, which comes with spicy salted caramel sauce. For a meat-free meal, substitute house-made falafel in any of the sandwiches. Diners can grab a bite—and a beer—and perch at the restaurant's picnic tables at virtually any hour, as Jimbo's opens at 6 a.m. every Thursday and doesn't close until the same time on Saturday in an effort to force the planet to extend its weekends.
When Gerald Bennett began work as head chef at the InterContinental Hotel in Cleveland, he was accustomed to whipping up dishes for celebrity clientele. But when the royal family of Dubai came to visit and he served them in their opulent suite, he never thought they'd ask him to leave with them as their personal chef. Since returning to the states and stepping into his role as the president of the Private Chef Association, Gerald has worked to bring his gastronomic prowess to the masses through Food Fun Adventure’s classes and tours. He passes along a visible passion for culinary fusion, which shines through in dishes blending French and Thai or American and German influences.
Culinary tours take participants to local sushi houses, steak houses, and bistros, each highlighting specialty dishes. When head chefs come out to greet their visitors, they often divulge culinary secrets and answer questions about curfew hours for free-range ingredients while doling out tapas and other small plates.
In a more hands-on culinary experience, customers gather in classes and learn to refine dishes based on a chosen theme. Using mostly local and organic ingredients in two kitchen classrooms, chefs show students how to craft delicacies such as scallion waffles with orange-zest chicken and tagine-roasted rack of lamb. In one kitchen, which doubles as an art gallery, knives flick through ingredients, and pots clatter at island stations and small burners. The company’s event center, Heaven, fills with chatter as up to 40 pairs of students filter in. Beneath projectors for screening chef demonstrations and documentaries about the life of a paring knife, separate kitchens equipped with ovens and burners fill with the bustle of creation, which gives way to reverent exhalations as patrons finally sample the fruits of their labor.
Founded and operated by students and recent graduates, WOW Tours Inc. has been ferrying college kids from across the country to Panama City Beach since 2009. For weeks on end, DJs spin booming dance music at massive parties that sprawl across 27 miles of sparkling white sand. Besides providing transportation and accommodations for a weeklong stay, WOW Tours puts together party packages to ensure that there’s something to do every night so its guests won’t need to resort to learning anything.