At Fort Lauderdale Stand Up Paddle, owner Tatiana Lovechenko and her team of seasoned instructors guide patrons through informative lessons and scenic tours. Atop the glistening tides of the Florida coast, private coaching sessions equip students with the basic skills important to staying above the water but below the reach of birds' hairbrushes. Teachers also sling essential tips regarding ocean awareness and paddle-boarding etiquette, preparing pupils for apropos small talk with gregarious krakens.
With a fleet that ranges from the low-key Cessna 150 and 172 to a multi-engine jet, the FAA-licensed pilots of Beach Aviation take to the skies for short jaunts and longer, flights. Discovery tours depart from nearby airports and cruise the wild, blue yonder along the coast, unveiling a bird’s-eye view of the local wildlife, downtown areas, and other picturesque scenery. Beach Aviation’s seasoned airmen also run instructional courses for aspiring pilots, teaching them the art of ascending, descending, and dodging territorial weather balloons.
Unearthing long-buried stories of paranormal activity in South Florida, Enigma Haunt exposes thrill-seekers to in-your-face situations. More than 40 actors depict the creatures that stalk the 11,000-square-foot indoor lair, reeking of ancient paranoia and ghosts.
Beach Segway allows visitors to take in the sights and sounds of Deerfield Beach without walking, driving, or fighting for elbowroom in a crowded bus. After guests learn how to safely operate their Segway PT i2S, tour guides lead them along at a toupee-rustling 12.5 miles per hour, charting a course past local landmarks, hot spots, and sights such as Capone Island or the Deerfield Beach pier. In-helmet cameras and tour photographers snap pictures along the way, giving clients visual mementos of their speedy sojourn. The facility offers five tours daily, starting with a sunrise tour at 6 a.m. and ending around 6 p.m., when the sun puts its feet up and relaxes on the horizon. Each two-hour tours also includes special extras such as gift certificates for breakfast and drink specials, encouraging guests to continue their sightseeing excursion at a somewhat slower pace.
Once attendees master segway skills during a 20- to 30-minute orientation session, the expert guides at The Electric Experience whisk them away on a one- or two-hour trek through Delray Beach. Tours whizz down serene paths and quiet neighborhood streets in between stops at public beaches and the Sandoway House, where guests can take turns feeding a shark. As guides expound on Delray Beach's history, tours amble into Veterans Park, swing by manatees luxuriating in their natural habitats, and weave their way among the marina district's striking architecture. Afterward, The Electric Experience can equip visitors with sun-shielding gear for the beach, electric bikes for unguided rides, or folding bicycles that patrons can refold into origami swans to ride on ocean expeditions.
Resplendent with creatively displayed, informative exhibits and beaming with an array of interactive events, Sandoway House Nature Center delights visitors eager to engage with wildlife and local ecosystems. Meander through the popular shark exhibit, taking thrilling ganders at now-harmless jaws from more than 80 different species, including a replica of the world-record-holding great white jaw and pictures of it earning its other world record in hot-dog eating. The Florida reptile room showcases a plethora of native slitherers along with a variety of invasive species, and daily shark feedings display the predator's ravenous ferocity. Groupon guests spend their $5 credit at the gift store, and members take advantage of a blanket discount of 15% off goods, stocking up on crack-your-own geodes ($3.50), or grabbing handfuls of mixed fossil shark teeth to create edgy jewelry or exciting dentures ($2/bag). Members also receive free admission to the center for one year, as well as a newsletter and invitations to special events.