During the Superhero Scramble, racers of all fitness levels tear across arduous terrain littered with body- and mind-challenging obstacles. Participants must wade through mud and, to reach the finish line, persevere through a barrage of Super Slime generously donated by retired Ghostbusters.
Upon completing the race, athletes ride their endorphin high into a party stocked with ice-cold beer. There, they can mingle with other contestants, sway to live music, and see awards doled out to the fastest runners in each age bracket. Male and female Scramble Gamble contestants compete for prizes that can cover the cost of replacing the engines in their sneakers. The benefits of the race extend beyond the Gamble winners, too?the organizers donate a portion of the proceeds to charity.
Whether they're gliding around a polished roller-skating rink or carefully lining up putts on the Swamp Golf course, kids are never at a loss for fun at Skate Station. The fun center compiles a variety of attractions at one location so families can spend a day playing together. The arcade areas holds air-hockey tables and all sorts of ticket games to rack up high scores on, and kids can bust out pretend parkas and oxygen masks to scale Skate Station's rock-climbing wall.
Modeled after The Amazing Race, The City Scramble is a hyper-local adventure that pits teams of two against one another to complete a series of tasks and clues with a cash prize waiting at the end for the winning team ($250 for each person on the team, a $500 total first-place prize). Check-in on the day of the race begins at 7 a.m. at Mill Top Tavern, where racers will don matching T-shirts and mingle with the competition before setting out on the adventure at 8 a.m. Cameras, maps, running shoes, and cell phones are recommended racing paraphernalia. A portion of the registration fees are routed to Art Breakers, a foundation of artists dedicated to supporting the needs of local cancer patients. Check the rules, and pre-register online by Wednesday, August 4 with this online form.
Giant oak trees and old-growth flowering camellias surround The Daffodale Estate, a grand Victorian home built in 1897. Those trees create an aura of mystery that matches the puzzling rumors and ghost stories associated with the property. Ghost-hunting teams have visited in the past, documenting paranormal activity with cameras and motion detectors. One of the teams sensed the presence of a ghostly family with a young child. There's also a Civil War?era slave cemetery nearby, and an Indian mound said to date back more than 1,000 years.
Despite its paranormal reputation, the manor is home to more than just ghosts. The spirit of hospitality also permeates the stately house, which hosts outdoor weddings and parties that spread out across three acres of manicured garden space. Inside, a Victorian dining room filled with period furnishings frequently fills with the friendly din of conversation during the house's lively luncheons and tea parties.
Snorkel with Manatees' expert divers lead tours on underwater sojourns to discover peaceful manatees and environs beneath the waves. Offering both group and mini manatee tours year-round, the guides monitor each diver to ensure safe practice with the animals. Their Crystal River scallops tour scours the ocean floor for tasty scallops while avoiding crabs auditioning for The Little Mermaid revival, and the Snorkel with Manatees excursions explore the Crystal, Homosassa, and Chassahowitzka Rivers on airboat. They also teach the fundamentals of their craft during discover scuba-diving lessons.
Fun Station Jr. assembles playful activities geared to ages 1–12 in a wonderland voted Tallahassee magazine's Best Place to Take the Kids from 2007 to 2010 under the facility's old moniker, Zoinks. Technicolor arcade games trumpet winners of plush plunder, and bumper cars slap sides in rubbery high-fives. An inflatable bounce area draws excess energy from sock-footed youths, and a concession stand serves trail mix, bottled water, and slices of pizza to replenish empty fuel tanks.
Staff members prioritize safety in conjunction with fun, fitting groups with matching wristbands to help them to stay together and dedicating an area to toddlers who intimidate older children by claiming to be dinosaurs. In a separate lounge, adults rest in comfortable chairs during breaks from friendly competition to catch up on work with complimentary WiFi or to watch what's playing on high-definition TVs.