The next best thing to eating under the sea is eating creatures from the sea while sitting next to the sea. Succeed in achieving this fantasy of extraordinary culinary proportions with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of seaside eats and drinks at Jimmy Guana's in Indian Rocks Beach. Located roughly 300 physical miles from Key West, Jimmy's takes its atmospheric and barometric cues from the famed island. The atmosphere is laid-back on the surface, but in the watery depths lies a full menu and professional staff who will ensure that your vicarious tropical escape goes off without a hitch.
[[m:####Seminole Art Studio Not every artist would let packs of kids roam through her studio, but after years as a certified art teacher in Polk County schools, Michelle Vanderpoel found that she missed the unfettered creativity of kids when she returned to Pinellas County, switched to teaching animation, fashion, and graphic design to college students, and set up a studio in Seminole. In 2009, she began offering summer arts camps for elementary through high-school students, ensuring kids don't fail their first crosshatching pop quiz when they return to school in the fall.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
An expansive all-crochet site, Maggie's Crochet helps yarn wielders hone their craft by stocking more than 4,000 patterns and 100 instructional videos, as well as supplies from distributors worldwide. Harness the warmth-providing power of afghans with the instructional book of patterns called Take-Along Afghans ($7.95), or stock up on a spectrum of colorful yarns from Twinkle Yarn ($2.59 each). Crocheters can prevent pots from calling potholders black by creating a vibrant, vintage floral potholder ($7.99). A crocheted tea set ($7.99) won't break when ill-mannered guests claim a seat on the tea tray.
Novice calorie burners and ripped Michelangelo models alike can take advantage of Anytime Fitness’s three-month membership ($249), which equips bodies with enough treadmills, cycles, elliptical machines, and weights to make them fit enough to run a marathon inside of a swimming pool filled with mud. A free fitness orientation, offered to each new member, helps determine an optimal fat-frying and muscle-mass-magnifying program, and a personal-training session ($75) helps self-sculptors attain results. This deal also includes a hydro massage ($10) and a tan ($10) to paint new, ripply physiques a brilliant shade of bronze.
The team at 4Ever Fitness believes there are four main elements of fitness: active stretching, strength training, cardiovascular exercise, and balanced nutrition. To help their members succeed in these steps, they have dedicated spaces for each of those elements, and they stay open 24/7 so that workouts can fit into any schedule. The cardio area entertains exercisers with flat-screen LCD televisions playing multiple channels, all dialed in to different FM radio stations and tin cans tied to neighboring houses. Both the circuit-training and strength-training areas host a variety of Hammer Strength and Life Fitness machines for independent workouts. The staff stocks the stretching area with floor mats, instructional guides, and exercise balls to help members limber up before and after workouts.
The staff also maintains a separate Pro-Fit Area, where exclusive members have private access to a freshly set and cleaned spread of equipment. At least one trainer is always on hand during staffed hours to spot-check gold members' exercise technique and offer workout advice. Personal trainers also craft customized fitness programs to meet the goals of any client, whether they just want to lose a few pounds or they're starting a new life as a Paul Bunyan–impersonator.