The single and tandem kayaks of Paddle Away Sports encourage competitive and cooperative paddling, and standup-paddleboard rentals entail relaxing expeditions and include long paddles for fending off carnivorous barnacles. The knowledgeable staff leads instructional sessions for new riders and sunset tours of the shimmering waters.
The Sea Mist drift-fishing fleet first began scouring South Florida waters in 1956. Today, the 72-foot, all-aluminum Sea Mist III picks up where its predecessors left off. It drifts around Boynton Beach while groups attempt to snag grey grouper, red snapper, yellowtail, or any of the other species that are often encountered during excursions. Also on board, the boat's professional crewmembers dole out occasional humor, steady guidance, and assistance—from baiting hooks to cleaning catches.
Boynton Beach's seasoned diving instructors foster purposeful splashing while schooling students in the art of undersea breathing during a variety of scuba courses. Fledgling divers get a taste of underwater exploration during the Discover Scuba open water diving experience, which begins with a brief course that covers how to use scuba equipment, basic diving techniques, and the dolphin alphabet. Once gaining full control of their sea legs, visitors plunge into the glassy waters beneath the Blue Heron Bridge for a 30-minute excursion. Those looking to achieve greater depths of diving savvy can enroll in the center’s official Scuba School International open water diving certification course, which outfits students with all essential class material and equipment. Students absorb the fundamentals of diving through a series of pool sessions before applying learned techniques during four open water dives. Upon successful completion of the course, students receive their diving certification card, which they can carry in their wallet or show off at kraken socials.
Opened in January of 1959 by Hazel Verdes, Verdes Tropicana Bowl features 32 lanes, a snack bar, and a lounge with billiard tables and a fully stocked bar. The alley offers open bowling until midnight or later, hosts parties, and oversees bowling leagues and tournaments. In addition to offering shoe and equipment rental, the pro shop supplies bowlers with gear of their own, so they can personalize bowling balls with tick marks indicating the number of pins they have knocked asunder.
Competitors take aim during both regulation-style and free-for-all play on Spent Paintball's two fields. On the speedball field, players traverse artificial turf as they duck behind orange geometric-shaped obstacles to evade their opponents, and on the woodsball field, combatants trample real grass turf that is regularly trimmed by the staff so as not to trip up patrons. Fill stations are conveniently located in the park, and both staging areas and spectator bleachers offer protection from the hot sun or unexpected Skittles downpours.
Native Outfitters swaddles men and women with more than 100 designs of fast-drying, moisture-wicking and UV-ray-repelling threads. Gentlemen can bandage their torsos in a Resort Conservation T-shirt ($21.99) to proclaim their support for ecological awareness and encourage fellow beach-goers not to toss their half-eaten burrito into the sea. Slip into a woman's Surf and Paddle cap-sleeve T-shirt, or hide hair beneath a twill cotton cap ($21.99). Shoppers can plaster a large red-snapper decal ($11.99) across a rearview window to inform tailgaters of their preferred type of sushi.