The educated and certified guides at Ripple Effect Ecotours not only lead ecotours, but educate tour-goers, too. Teaching a Florida Master Naturalist class, guides specialize in informing visitors about the region's coastal ecology. Visitors can experience these coastal habitats, which serve as the homes for many species of wildlife, marine life, and birds. Paddling through the waterways, kayak tours give participants a chance to quietly explore the nature that surrounds them, exploring in groups of up to three.
Ken and Kelly, the owners of Flagler Beachfront Winery, used to run a certified organic vineyard and winery in Ohio. One fateful day, they realized something was missing: the beach. In 2012, they moved to their current location in Flagler Beach and converted the property's trademark "little blue building" into a fully functioning winery.
Here, grapes are gathered from hand selected growers and handcrafted on-site into rich, robust, and fruity wine selections for guests to carry onto the beach—you can enjoy a panoramic vista of the Atlantic as you sip. Guests can fill their glasses or tightly cupped hands with six types of wine from the taps, including cabernet, pinot noir, chardonnay, syrah, red zinfandel, and riesling. The winery also hosts special events such as barrel tastings, wine pairings, and live music on the oceanfront patio.
The roughly 5-kilometer Survivor Mud Run challenges athletes from around the country with 20 mud-soaked obstacles, including monkey bars, tire courses, giant slip 'n' slides, and net climbs. A team of licensed contractors builds all the obstacles, ensuring stability throughout. The dirt-drenched course allows participants to put their stamina, physical fitness, and mental determination to the test in a much more fun and safer way than challenging a Central African chimpanzee to a staring contest. Adrenaline and sheer force of will boost runners over walls and beneath low-slung wires in the mud-filled trenches, leading them to the finish line where a post-competition party awaits with beer, music, and food. After each race, announcers honor the top three male and female participants in each age division.
The X Run?a 5K that mixes mud with adult humor?was born from a desire to combine a race with the sexy, playful aspects of an adult consumer convention. Its obstacles divert from mud-run standards with their tongue-in-cheek names and props. The Dominatrix Dungeon, for example, encloses participants in a muddy maze festooned with hanging bondage items. Everyone runs in whatever clothing they feel most comfortable wearing (nudity is prohibited), and though there's a clock that tells you your race time, the vibe is hardly competitive. The race organizers' foremost goal is to promote a sex- and body-positive outlook. To that end, the event welcomes runners of all fitness levels, and donates part of its proceeds to sexual health organizations.
After the race, runners collect their completion medals and, if they're over 21, a free beer. They can also partake in more food and drink at the on-site after-party, which features a DJ, professional pole dancing demonstrations, mud wrestling, a male revue show, and meet-and-greet with Playboy Radio surprise guests.
Equipment: Precor, Cybex, Life Fitness
Students should bring: Just bring yourself. We have towels, water, and lockers.
Average class length: 30?60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5?10 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Q&A with Larkin, General Manager
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
We keep our members motivated by constantly coaching and encouraging them.
Do you believe in the maxim, "No pain, no gain?? Why or why not?
No, pain is not always to answer to reaching your goal. Consistency gets better results with fewer injuries.
Fresh fare can be found at Martin's Restaurant and Lounge, where visitors seek to sample every seafood dish on the menu.
The weekends are for going out for amazing combinations. Save the salad for the weekday and come grab a meal at Martin's Restaurant and Lounge.
Your large group can all sit together at Martin's Restaurant and Lounge.
No need for a wardrobe change when you hit Martin's Restaurant and Lounge — it's strictly casual.
Martin's Restaurant and Lounge is known for serving great food, and they are able to serve it at your next event with their excellent catering.
Drivers can access the parking lot next door.
Prices are reasonable, with a typical meal running under $30.