Captain Bear Smith leads intrepid crews of up to four guests on fishing charters down the scenic Crystal River. Forgoing the need for GPS or inquisitive text messages to Aquaman, amateur anglers can rely on Captain Smith's 15 years of experience as he guides his specially modified vessel on a four-hour excursion. Guests use the provided bait and tackle to attract a wide range of species including redfish, cobia, gag grouper, and mangrove snapper—click here to see stellar examples of past voyages' catches. Guests should bring a light jacket, sunscreen, a packed lunch, and a container to take home any caught fish. Start times will vary depending on the customers’ desired catch and fishes’ erratic lunch schedules.
Manatee Lanes sports myriad lacquered lanes for competitive bouts of 10-pin in a family-friendly atmosphere. Stroll in during an open-bowling session for three thunderous games (up to a $3.25 value per game), which can be played out by one bowler or spread out among three competitive friends. After renting a pair of sporting shoes (up to a $2.75 value) from the helpful, bowling-savvy staff, lace up the kicks and pick a trusty ball ready to knock down pins and hold tight to any secrets you whisper into its finger holes. The alley's 30 lanes wield Brunswick Synthetic surfaces, Qubica automatic scoring systems, and optional bumpers that allow children to play along with their sphere-tossing parents.
Skyview Golf & Country Club’s 18-hole, par 72 course unfurls an emerald map of fairways and greens that span 7,142 yards of lakeside scenery. With four sets of tees, the course offers up a fun, par-hunting test for golfers of all stripes. The club complements its 18-hole masterpath with a staff of instructors led by Director of Golf Peter J. Summers, from whom golfers can gain swing-honing wisdom in on-site lessons.
Membership includes unlimited admission, the release of your own butterfly into the habitat, access to the facility before it opens for private picture taking, access to an air-conditioned lunch room (bring your own lunch), and a 10% discount at the gift shop.
Tidewater Tours celebrates the colorful history and exotic wildlife of the Cedar Key area with its Island Tour. Nautical novices forgo gill implants and instead explore the outer islands of the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge via a spacious Coast Guard-inspected vessel guided by a certified, knowledgeable captain. Tours include narration and a question-and-answer period. As the boat cruises along the waterways, passengers scan the tidal marshes for a maritime menagerie of water-savvy critters such as dolphins, sea turtles, and rare horse-size seahorses. Depending on the season, the tours also offer potential glimpses of a number of birds. Each Island Tour trip usually makes a stop on at least one of the remote islands, allowing passengers to stretch their sea legs and converse with volleyballs that have washed up on the shore.
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