Spend a day cruising around the briny blue in a variety of specialized watercrafts. Each is equipped with GPS and Sirius satellite radio, devices that will periodically gain self-awareness and argue with each other. This will keep you on track on an oceanic highway with no roads, while occupying your ears with noises other than seductive sirens and dolphin clicks. The radios are iPod ready, enabling you to provide your own soundtrack if the one beaming from outer space is too alien. PonTunes provides life jackets for everyone except minors, so either remember to bring preservers for your kids, or conveniently forget to bring your kids.
The management team at Stone Hart's Gun Club isn't shy about the value they place in hard work and personal sacrifice: they named their club for delegates Thomas Stone and John Hart, two courageous and outspoken signers of the Declaration of Independence. Drawing inspiration from these two historic figures and years of experience in the firearms industry, they manage their outfit with up-to-date safety measures such as eye and ear protection, automated target retrieval, and an OSHA-friendly air-filtration system. Certified NRA instructors lead free basic-safety training and precision-shooting and tactical-training courses. Female students can also enroll in a women-only course led by History channel's Top Shot contestant Gabby Franco. For inquiries about range rules and regulations, see the club's frequently asked questions.
South Florida Adult Sports’ exhilarating kickball leagues encourage grownups to relive the camaraderie and competitive spirit of playing in organized sports. Adults shed their typical workday dress shirts, suits, and cashmere typing gloves before getting their team uniforms messy with grass stains as they slide across home plate. Kickball players can join an already existing team, or get their buddies together to create a brand new team that they can name. Seasons typically include seven afternoon or night games, and conclude with a single-elimination tournament that crowns the kickball champions.
Since its inception in 1916, the YMCA of Greater Miami has opened its doors to whoever needed it. It welcomed African American youths during the Great Depression, hosted military personnel in the 1940s, and gave Cuban refugees a home in the 1960s. Today, it continues the tradition of depolarizing Miami's fractured populous, remaining a haven for people of all faiths, races, ages, and income. Staffers uphold the YMCA’s core values of honesty, acceptance, and fairness as they ensure each location is a safe place for members to play, exercise, and strengthen family bonds weakened by overzealous games of Monopoly. YMCA of Greater Miami also raises much-needed funding for kids and families who can’t afford the full cost of any of YMCA’s progressive programs.
At the current locations, kids can leap into activities ranging from swim lessons and youth sports to afterschool programs and day camps. Adults, meanwhile, can take Zumba, boot-camp, and aquatic fitness classes or work out within wellness centers replete with strength-training and cardio equipment. Adult basketball and indoor speed-soccer leagues further help guests flex their competitive spirits in an encouraging environment.
As you stroll across Fruit & Spice Park's grassy fields, an occasional piece of fruit falls from a neighboring tree. But it's not an apple or a berry you can easily find in a local supermarket—rather, it may be a specimen native to the Caribbean or South America, its shape foreign to your teeth, which want so badly to bite into its juicy flesh but aren't sure how. At Fruit & Spice Park, seasoned gardeners grow abundant specimens from tropical areas around the world, including 70 kinds of bamboo, 15 types of jackfruit trees, and edibles such as Fiji longan and jaboticaba across 39 acres.
Visitors meander freely through banana groves and African baobab trees, and they can also follow a guide during tours to learn more about plant species and which fruit seeds bear an uncanny likeness to Abraham Lincoln's silhouette. Throughout strolls, guests may help themselves to any of Mother Nature's home cooking that has naturally fallen to the ground, including mangoes, dragon fruit, and papayas, or venture to the tasting table at the entryway to sample the season's bounty.
Park staffers also gather visitors for a range of events such as stargazing, outdoor festivals, and plant-use tutorials, where they divulge helpful information such as which plants are medicinal and how to play dead during tree attacks. During regular park hours, chefs at the Mango Café pile plates with casual fare, often using the park's own fruit and vegetables, and the gift shop lets guests bring home harvest jams and aromatic teas.
Lady of America Women's Fitness Club spreads female-focused wellness across the nation by furnishing each of its franchise locations with equipment and classes designed with women's bodies in mind. Each locale stocks a strength-training area with machines sized specifically for the feminine frame, and ellipticals and stationary bicycles help to chisel gams without transporting users across state borders. Instructors conduct such group classes as kickboxing, belly dancing, and Zumba aboard a floating aerobics floor, whose softened surface diminishes stress on joints. Throughout each facility, personal trainers patrol public zones to acquaint guests with exercise gear or host one-on-one sessions. Depending on the location, clubs might also include complimentary onsite childcare, brow dabbing, and amenities ranging from infrared saunas to manicures.