The thrum of the speedboat's engine carries through the water like an ice-cream truck's jingle. A 4-foot-high wake trails behind, fanning out into a fork as the speed increases and the passengers ready their cameras. Soon, a glistening fin breaks the surface. The first bottlenose dolphin seems to levitate on top of the wave while it bodysurfs for the sheer fun of it, then disappears back into the sea. Its pod follows suit, leaping, splashing, and riding the swells, soaking up the attention of the human spectators.
Sights like this are typical on the Dolphin Racer Speed Boat. The sunny yellow craft skirts across the Gulf of Mexico on 60- to 75-minute trips while up to 125 people lounge on the open deck and the captain narrates the sights of the passing beaches. Ample viewing space ensures that cameras can capture split-second jumps and spins when the dolphins heed the call to play. Whether it's because of the thrill of breaching, the pride in their celebrity status, or an underwater bet to see who can communicate with humans first, the dolphins' presence is virtually guaranteed—the boat offers a complimentary future cruise in the case of no-shows.
Through hypnosis, clients have the opportunity to access the subconscious mind and pass mental notes for major life changes. You remain completely aware of your surroundings, and despite the mind warping, you won't behave irregularly during the time spent in a trance-like state. Expert cranial transporter Tamara Shadday is a certified member of the National Guild of Hypnotists and International Association of Counselors and Therapists. Hypnosis can be beneficial for a multitude of ailments: everything from stage fright and study habits to weight management and self-confidence. The comfortable St. Petersburg office provides a safe setting for mind rezoning. Call ahead to schedule an appointment.
The industrial-rock force of Filter pipes more than 17 years of raw, cathartic hits into the ears of fans, hammering crowds with its signature blend of mechanical mayhem and guitar-driven calamity. From the band's debut album Short Bus, which bore the mid-'90s smash “Hey Man Nice Shot,” through its latest collection of screamable valentines, The Trouble With Angels, lead singer and guitarist Richard Patrick’s urgent voice conveys a football coach’s heartbreak and a guidance counselor’s angst. Helping to fill State Theatre's lush interiors with impenetrable tunes, local rockers From This Fire and Nation Of Wealth entwine bodies in sinewy guitar lines and lobe-stroking sing-alongs.
Green Organix Restaurant, an extension of Peter Gillham’s Nutrition Center, culls from organic ingredients to make up dishes that reflect many cultures and styles, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. The restaurant stocks house-baked breads along with 100% organic, free-range, and grass-fed burgers. A recent addition to the menu, the organic salad bar shows off 20 different fixings and local ingredients, along with made-from-scratch salad dressings and freshly plucked salad bowls.
Total Baseball Sports Academy curates a collective of experienced baseball and fast-pitch-softball coaches, along with manicured practice spaces. Teachers who were once involved with such organizations as the St. Louis Cardinals and Washington Nationals lend their knowledge to young players during summer camps, private lessons, and correspondence courses taught entirely through catcher hand signals. Teams can kick up the freshly raked dirt on rented practice fields or rattle the wire frame on batting cages.