Most of the CPR-certified instructors at Central Florida Paddleboarding grew up exploring central Florida's myriad bodies of water. They use their firsthand, intimate knowledge of the region to lead group standup-paddleboard excursions through waterways such as New Smyrna Beach, Wekiva River, and Lake Fairview. As they paddle past banks flush with mangroves or beaches lined with palm trees, the crew points out manatees, turtles, and other various forms of alleged wildlife. Trained in water safety, they also teach paddleboarding with one-on-one personal instruction, rent and sell paddleboards, organize summer camps, and maintain balance during on-the-water birthday parties.
Across nearly three-fourths of the United States, AMF Bowling Co. reverberates year-round as families, friends, and competitors send bowling balls in search of upright pins careening down slick lanes. The company first established itself as an industry leader in 1946, the same year the sport introduced automated pinspotters.
Today, more than 20 million bowlers annually make AMF their battleground for wars against pins. As the largest owner and and operator of bowling centers in the US, AMF locations offer high-tech scoring technology, a classic design, and a menu stocked with American-inspired classics such as wings, pizzas, burgers, and beer.
Players exchange infrared beams from a roster of replica guns, each designed to emulate real military weaponry in size, weight, and operation. Each gun blasts targets in limited rounds using eye-safe infrared light, a technology adapted from military combat simulations. Players test their marksmanship in 75 realistic laser-tag missions, some of which require them to practice espionage, defuse bombs, protect and rescue hostages, or chase squirrels out of their front yards. When not exchanging beams of light, players can enjoy a snack or drink at the cafe.
Carter Family Bowl & Pizzeria keeps bowlers' eyes and ears entertained with vibrant music and disco lights while their hands are busy knocking down pin after pin. Automatic scoring keeps track of the action on each of 20 lanes, and bumpers aid younger bowlers as they step up to the lane's home plate to punt for a goal. An onsite pro shop keeps customers in top form by souping up personal equipment with cleaning and drilling services. And at the pizzeria, a full menu of pies, appetizers, and desserts prevents bowlers' growling stomachs from being mistaken for lost, beloved schnauzers.
Donning armor of red, purple, and gold, Orlando City has established itself as one of the USL Pro’s most dominant teams, winning USL Pro championships in 2011—its inaugural season—and 2012. After their second championship, the squad’s success attracted the attention of the MLS’s Sporting Kansas City, who will serve as Orlando City’s parent squad for two years, beginning with the 2013 season.
BX Jump's towering bungee structure, which was originally designed to train Olympic jumpers, springs patrons into the air for adrenaline-pumping acrobatic displays during two exhilarating jumping sessions. BX Jump's friendly, trained operators safely secure jumpers into bungee-strapped body harnesses—which undergo daily comprehensive checks—before they prepare for launch on the trampoline-like BX Jump structure. The bungee tower shoots patrons up to 30 feet toward the stratosphere as they execute aerial maneuvers and high-five passing eagles. Bouncers can reach heights never before reached on ordinary trampolines, achieving perfect jack knifes and awe-inducing back flips without the fear of hitting the ground or landing on an oblivious neighbor.