• For $70, you get a one-hour private lesson from one of the academy's certified instructors at Doral Golf Resort (a $140 value). • For $75, you get a one-hour computer-assisted clubfitting session at Doral Golf Resort (a $150 value). • For $150, you get a one-week junior golf clinic for kids ages 7–13 at the Miami Beach Golf Club (a $300 value).
The Big Heart Paddle challenges philanthropic paddleboarders with 3- and 5-mile races, the proceeds of which benefit Bravery Beads, an organization dedicated to serving children with cancer. Kicking off with a prerace coffee and breakfast, the event is an all-day bash, boasting an array of energy boosters such as a DJ, photo booth, and unlimited free beer from Kona Brewing Company. Party-goers can also nosh on an all-you-can-eat salsa bar from Lime Fresh Mexican Grill and brick-oven pizzas from Fratelli La Bufala. Guests can also watch racers on the sprawling 5-mile course using different types of standup boards, which they'll steer through the water using standard paddles or inflatable pool noodles. Cheer on the 3-mile race, which allows only 12.5-inch stock boards, putting entrants of all experience levels on an even playing field to show off refined paddling techniques or the ability to leap from board to dolphin back.
Dedicated to helping artists get music out to future fans, Coast 2 Coast creates and distributes some of the country's most listened-to mixtapes. In addition to working with such hip-hop luminaries as 50 Cent, Nas, and Flo Rida, the organization helps up-and-coming artists spread their rhymes by creating digital downloads and frisbeeing CDs directly into the players of passing cars. An annual convention further opens doors for superstars, with industry panels, parties, and a concert of some of Coast 2 Coast's top artists from the past year.
Every person has a bucket list of long-held desires, and The Bowtie Entertainment Group, LLC, aims to turn each one into reality. Clients contact Bowtie's concierge team hoping to fulfill a once-in-a-lifetime experience: anything from going on an African safari to attending an A-list event to finally exiting the Matrix. After a discussion to find out exactly what a client is looking for, the team gets to work, employing a rolodex of relationships with contacts around the globe to "make the inaccessible accessible," according to the business's website. The mission to provide one-of-a-kind adventures also manifests itself during Bowtie’s lavish parties, which start with an open bar and end at one of Miami's popular nightclubs.
As they observe the vibrant exhibits of aquatic life inside the Miami Seaquarium, many guests don't realize that they are walking through a movie set and a hospital. In the onsite lagoon, bottlenose dolphins swim through waters once traversed by Flipper, who filmed several television episodes and films at the venue. The Seaquarium is also recognized as a manatee critical care facility. Its staff has accomplished several historic treatments, including monitoring the conception and arrival of the first manatee born under human care and conducting the first manatee neurological surgery.
These facets of the Seaquarium—along with its many conservation efforts, educational programs, and shows—underscore a united commitment to wildlife consciousness. The animal attractions enable visitors to witness the allure and fragility of oceanic fauna up close, whether they are petting the back of a stingray or washing a dress shirt on the rough back of an 8-foot nile crocodile. Special encounters decrease the distance even further, sending patrons on underwater Sea Treks through the reef display or helping them to lead marine-mammal training routines.
It's hard to pinpoint the biggest personality inside the Seaquarium tanks, but Lolita the killer whale—who performs daily alongside pacific white-sided dolphins—claims the title of heaviest, period. On the other end of the scale, macaws and cockatiels perch around the Tropical Wings section of the park, and endangered sea turtles lounge at Discovery Bay. Elsewhere, a watery playground and three-story ropes course keep legs from growing too wobbly after a trip to Shark Channel or a smooch from a sea lion.