Like the Fort Myers Palms and the Miami Hustlers, Marlins, and Orioles before them, the Fort Myers Miracle continue a tradition of minor league baseball in South Florida that dates back to 1926. Under the stewardship of partial owners Jimmy Buffet and Bill Murray, the Miracle is now a Class A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins that faces off against rival Florida State League teams in front of crowds of up to 8,500 in Hammond Stadium. Though still pursuing their first FSL championship, the franchise has won six total first and second half division titles and produced a number of players who have gone on to play in the FSL all-star game, the major leagues, and community theater productions of The Sandlot.
The aroma of cigars hits you as you walk into the spacious humidor. Boxes line the walls, filled with everything from Ashtons to Gurkhas and Don Pepin Garcias. This humidor is the handy work of Rich Castiano, who grew up watching his father Sal enjoy a good smoke. To share his love of cigars with others, Rich established the World Famous Cigar Bar and stocked it with the finest stogies around. He even created his own special blend in honor of Sal—the 1929 Castiano, a box-pressed cigar featuring Nicaraguan filler, a Jalapa binder, and an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper.
Classical, opera, and popular orchestral compositions make up the repertoire of the Southwest Florida Symphony, which has made quality programming its mission since 1961. Aiming to make music accessible to all, the symphony visits schools, offers scholarships, books youth-friendly concerts, and provides a friendly First-Timer?s Guide for new audience members unfamiliar with the proper way of applauding.
On January 17, 2014, runners along the water on North and South Flagler Drives will most likely be part of Sunshine State Races. The scenic route hosts a timed 5K race and a more challenging half marathon. Winners from each age division win awards?such as gift certificates and tickets to local events?and, at the end of the race, all participants receive a high-five from their running sneakers.
Castle Golf plunges putters into lush tropical foliage to hunt holes in one. Majestically counterbalancing the jungle atmosphere created by colorful native flowers, plants, and trees, medieval-themed touches dot the 18-hole course, including knights, gargoyles, and rope-lined bridges. Challenge three friends to a game in the bright Florida sunshine, convene a pack of werewolves for a moonlit stroll among twinkling lights that bounce off pools and waterfalls, or keep all four admissions for yourself on solo outings. Players can also watch the local wildlife that wanders over from nearby Lakes Park, including ducks, birds, fish, and nature-documentary filmmakers dressed as gorillas.
Offering flight training and tours seven days a week for avid air explorers, Alpha Helicopters serves earth-bound humans with a fleet of domesticated helicopters. While soaring 500 feet above ground at speeds of more than 100 miles per hour, riders can catch glimpses of sea dwellers such as manatees, dolphins, and sharks, as well as scenic POVs of landlubbing buildings and Everglades escapees. The whirlybird experience will be remembered for years, thanks in part to a photo taken from the ride high above landlocked bodies of water and land. There is no age limit, meaning children can levitate in safety seats to the same altitude as their parental counterparts.