A lifelong resident of West Palm Beach, Marissa first spotted a paddleboard while thumbing through the glossy pages of a magazine. Intrigued, she scouted her hometown to sign up for a lesson and enjoyed her first experience with the sport so much that she bought her first board the next day. Not long after, Marissa launched South Florida Paddle LLC, a mobile standup paddleboard rental and tour company. Meeting up with clients at designated spots between Lake Worth Beach and Jupiter Island, Marissa leads excursions that range from shoreline ventures through ocean waves to calm glides along intracoastal waterways. Depending on the time of year, eco tours bring paddlers up close to an array of wildlife, such as manatees, spotted eagle rays, or starfish. The nocturnally-inclined can embark on a night SUP glow tour to watch the sun go down and the LED lights come up. For independent explorers, Marissa rents Cruiser ACS standup paddleboards for daytime adventures, as well as sunrise, sunset, and full-moon paddles for renters looking to hide their werewolf paws from family and friends.
The late artist Joe LaPierre often dreamed of opening a studio where anyone could come in and learn to paint with the help of friendly, experienced instructors. The artist's children, Sarah and Jesse, realized his legacy with Alla Prima Creations—named for the Italian phrase for works of art that are begun and finished in a single session. The center offers classes five days a week where students learn to replicate a bright, cheerful painting. The calendar gives pupils a wide range of artwork options, any of which students can learn to replicate on their own 16"x20" canvas. Students can tote along a favorite beverage or snack—which allows for a relaxed classroom environment as students sip on wine or nibble crackers while they create fanciful scenes of artists sipping wine and nibbling crackers. For a change of medium, lass-painting sessions give students the opportunity to customize champagne, margarita, and wine goblets with abstract designs.
The trained and certified driving instructors at Racing Box instill their passion for motorsports in people through patient, thorough driving instruction. They teach visitors to properly control the muscle of international supercars such as the Ferrari F430 F1, Lamborghini Gallardo, and Aston Martin, as well as Formula 1 racecars, at four driving circuits across the country. Driver and instructor swap seats and friendship bracelets during each session, mixing observational learning with hands-on driving time on racetracks measuring up to 2.5 miles in length.
Nature Speaks escorts novice riders and experienced centaurs alike through the bucolic fields of Jupiter Farms, with experienced guides leading groups of no more than six. As prospective saddle-straddlers scope out the barn's 20 friendly horses, an expert staff that includes a registered nurse and a sheriff's mounted volunteer delivers a briefing on basic animal-control skills and advanced yodeling skills. Riders then hop aboard a steed and venture out into the natural beauty of Palm Beach County, where they might spot wild turkeys, white-tailed deer, and other wildlife along the way. The horses are trained to walk at a leisurely pace, which makes for safer fun than most cobra petting zoos.
The USCG-licensed-and-insured captain of Jupiter Fly Fishing launches instructional fishing trips for aspiring piscators of all ages and experience levels. Guests can board a USCG-safety-inspected Pathfinder 22 for a four-hour tour through Palm Beach and Fort Pierce waters, pursuing snook, trout, tarpon, redfish, and other species of tasty sushi stuffers. Spend a morning exploring fly- and light-tackle fishing techniques, or board the vessel at dusk to bait snook fish who, like vampires and recipients of bad haircuts, usually only come out at night.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30 Minutes or Less
Pro Tip: Be ready to enjoy the outdoors, tons of fun. Pony rides, Petting Zoo, Bounce House Farmers Mkt + BBQ
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Petting Zoo & Pony Rides
Recommended Age Group: Kids
Heather grew up in the relatively tight confines of New York. She and her family never had any pets, and she has, in some ways, chosen to compensate for that fact by starting her business. She owns and operates Pet-N-Parties, a mobile petting zoo that brings pigs, sheep, rabbits, and ponies to liven up events. She lives on a farm with more than 40 animals, and she says each one has a different personality. One of her favorite parts of her job is overhearing her staff explain the personality of each animal to eager crowds of kids who are looking forward to petting a pig, riding a pony, or discussing the nature of existence with a rabbit.
Heather also invites people over to meet all of the animals at once. She happily hosts events and parties at her five-and-a-half-acre ranch in Jupiter, where entire families can experience feeding, petting, and riding farm animals together.