Pine flatwoods, 17 miles of trails, and a long stretch of shoreline characterize the 14,000-acre Rock Springs Run State Reserve, certified as a sand pine scrub ecoregion by the World Wildlife Fund. This diverse terrain awaits horseback riders as they push off from the trailhead alongside guides from Rock Springs Run Trail Rides. As guides lead the way, horseback riders can enjoy the sights and sounds of Florida's wilderness or their horse's passive-aggressive GPS directions. Newcomers and seasoned riders alike can also improve their saddle skills through lessons with the outfit's Lorrie Clark, who instructs riders on how to improve their horsemanship, English and Western riding technique, or basic horse care.
Brunswick Zone has been a trusted name in recreational pin pulverizing for more than a century, providing good times to patrons across the country. Friends and families season afternoons with a pleasant peppering of strikes, spares, and easygoing gutter balls under classic bowling conditions, or take the next bold step in ball-hurling evolution and engage in a round of cosmic bowling, where dancing lights, thumping tunes, and black-lit gear light up the full sensorium. At XL locations, game rooms beckon with nimble joystick workouts on classic and modern arcade games.
The team of highly skilled trainers at Simplicity Stables promotes strong horse-rider relationships through lessons in the disciplines of English and Western riding. Students of all ages develop their saddle skills by first establishing a strong riding base and then moving forward to more advanced tactics, such as passing on the left during a buffalo stampede. The instructors approach safety with the utmost importance and bookend their riding lessons with instruction on how to groom, tack, and care for their horse.
With 22,000 square feet of indoor amusement-park entertainment, Birthday World gives children an exciting place to romp and roam. With the unlimited pass included in this Groupon, guests can spin and soar on carnival rides such as the flying banana ride and the rollycoaster. Kids can tumble through giant inflatable play areas that include a colorful slide and a super-size bounce house. Glow-in-the-dark mini-golf offers a flashy, fun-size version of the world's least efficient way to plug a hole, and the laser-tag labyrinth invites photon warriors to dodge and fire light-speed beam blasts. On-staff ursus Bosko the Birthday Bear is on hand for birthday parties and has been known to make surprise appearances at open play-times as well. Parents can take a break from the frenetic fun by sampling the offerings of the onsite coffee shop, which serves chips, soda, and other treats.
Aloma Bowling Centers promotes friendly competition and pin-scattering fun with three locations that encompass at least 32 lanes apiece. The largest of the three strike-and-spare hotbeds, Boardwalk Bowl Entertainment Center, sports 80 lanes inside a massive facility that hosts more than 100 arcade games, a mini golf course, and a comedy club that features up-and-coming comedians. At all three locations, guests can salute closed frames and lament gutter balls over a dish from the onsite grill or a beverage from the full-service bar.
Named the best museum in Orlando by Cityvoters in 2008, Cornell Fine Arts Museum awakens retinas with a vast collection of more than 5,000 artworks. Patrons can meander through this elegant facility overlooking picturesque Lake Virginia, checking out a multifarious slew of permanent and travelling exhibitions, which feature chromatic canvases ranging from the early Renaissance to the modern day. The complimentary Corps Exquis catalogue is a bound anthology of famous etchings, mixed media, poems, and drawings by artists such as Paul Cezanne and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Bring home a copy to inspire burgeoning brush buffs or keep uncultured coffee tables company.