With its toothy alligators and mangrove-filled swamplands, the Florida Everglades is rife with uniquely American landscape and folklore. At Big Toho Airboat Rides, visitors can speed through the storied wetlands aboard airboats powered by brawny aircraft engines. From their perch, they'll search for glimpses of the area's famous wildlife, keeping eyes open for eagles, osprey, and deer donning rain boots. They'll also witness large Florida alligators in their natural habitat, even posing with a smaller alligator for a memorable photo op.
With a fleet that ranges from the low-key Cessna 150 and 172 to a multi-engine jet, the FAA-licensed pilots of Beach Aviation take to the skies for short jaunts and longer, flights. Lessons depart from nearby airports and cruise the wild, blue yonder along the coast, unveiling a bird?s-eye view of the local wildlife, downtown areas, and other picturesque scenery. Beach Aviation?s seasoned airmen also run instructional courses for aspiring pilots, teaching them the art of ascending, descending, and dodging territorial weather balloons.
In more than 100 locations around the country, ThrillZown's staff facilitates adrenaline-filled excursions full of extreme water, air, and land adventures. Under the supervision of experts, brave souls defy gravity as they skydive, hang-glide, bungee jump, or play films of apples falling off trees in reverse. On land, crews harness the power of horses, stock cars, and snowmobiles; in the water, groups navigate whitewater rapids or explore aquatic depths as they scuba dive or surf.
Since 1960, Orange Bowl Lanes has facilitated friendly competition on 12 lanes, which cradle the throws of bowlers during open hours seven days a week and the more gutter-hugging curveballs pitched by league bowlers at night. Open until midnight on Monday and Wednesday, Orange Bowl Lanes keeps its doors ajar until 2 a.m. the rest of the week, providing night owls with something to do instead of counting the rhinestones on Orion’s Belt.
A 50-foot volcano towers above Hawaiian Rumble?s miniature-golf course, spouting rivulets of water and tears of obsolete caddies. Against this backdrop, golfers progress through 18 holes, traveling through caverns and across wobbly rope bridges draped in an apron of mist. Despite all of this treachery, the course gives players of all skill levels a chance at glory as the holes vary greatly in difficulty and variety.
DLGA Senior Certified Instructor Aaron Fagan spent nine years working under David Leadbetter, one of golf’s biggest names in coaching, before teaming up with brother Ryan Fagan to train amateurs and professional tour-players alike with one-on-one golf sessions. During the 60-minute lesson, Aaron and Ryan cover all aspects of the game, particularly common problem areas such as short game, driving accuracy, and applying submission holds to large, ball-stealing reptiles. They'll also analyze golf swings using video footage and the latest V1 Professional software to pinpoint exactly when and why your club gets snagged on your suspenders. After the lesson, the academy will email clients a wrap-up video that summarizes the instructor's key points and takeaways.