As the sun dips below North Lake, strings of lights bordering Taverna Opa’s patio flicker on, casting a warm glow on the water below. The crepuscular calm lasts only a few moments at Taverna Opa: once night falls, live DJs take to the stage, furnishing belly dancers with a throbbing beat by which to shimmy and undulate. Waiters often lock arms and break into traditional zorba dancing. And, if the night reaches a fever pitch, patrons may smash their plates and toss their napkins in the air. This raucous atmosphere has earned Taverna Opa the spotlight in a slew of media publications. But though revelry is paramount, Taverna Opa doesn’t shirk cuisine: chefs marinate fresh seafood and lamb in fresh herbs and roast them on a wood-fired grill, and bartenders pour Greek wines well-suited for the succulent meats or postmeal Trojan horse christenings.
Making memories nearly every day of the year, the steady-handed tour guides and pilots of Miami Flight Seeing conduct aerial surveys over more than 80 miles of Key Biscayne, Biscayne Bay, and downtown Miami. While skimming over pristine beaches and emerald-colored waters, sky tourists spot manatees, dolphins, manta rays, and other volleyball enthusiasts below. The high-winged observation craft boasts panoramic windows with virtually no obstruction, affording a clear view of all of the highlights narrated by the pilot on educational ventures. And yet, captains also know when to show restraint in their narrations; namely during the company's romantic sunset tour, which has prompted many an enviable marriage proposal.
Captain Jack and his first mate, Kathy, are the smiling crew behind Hollywood Beach Cruises. Aboard the Miss Hollywood Beach, they lead romantic and educational tours of Hollywood, Dania Beach, Port Everglades, and the surrounding areas. Key sites include Millionaires’ Row, John U. Lloyd Beach State Park, some of the largest cruise ships in the world, and filming locations for various movies and TV shows.
Festival of Souls immerses guests in horror-film-worthy scenes across two fearsome attractions that span 20,000 total square feet. Fiendish denizens lurk in the shadowy corridors of Demon Mansion, waiting to chill the spines of voyagers bold enough to plumb its hellish depths. Guests can also traverse the Pitch Black Maze, a challenging labyrinth filled with creatures of the night.
Beautiful waitresses clad in plaid mini kilts crisscross Tilted Kilt, hoisting trays of Celtic-themed pub fare as sports fans catch games on high-definition TVs. Almost a decade old, the Tilted Kilt franchise originated in Las Vegas, where restaurateur Mark DiMartino first conceived of a sports bar with Irish touches—an idea that has since spread across the country. Patrons can stay out late at the pub, spending the night sipping on beers while sampling burgers, fish ‘n’ chips, or shepherd’s pie filled with beef and veggies. On a weekly basis, musicians enliven the already party-like atmosphere, strumming tunes or throwing up fistfuls of counterfeit money on the eatery’s patio.
For the past three decades, the Davis Tours fleet of buses and motorcoaches have ferried tour groups to scenic locales, from the island landscapes of Key West to the killer-whale tank of the Miami Seaquarium. Their staff can plan entire custom trips, from transportation to meals, or they can simply furnish groups with a bus. The prepackaged tours, meanwhile, whisk groups through the Florida Everglades in an airboat or off to a Brazilian dinner theater show with unlimited sangria.