The crew at Kayak Valet has one mission: to get more people out and enjoying the local waterways and scenery via kayaks or paddleboards. Since storing, hauling, unloading, reloading, and potty training their own kayaks can deter people from boating, the team sets up shop to cancel out such deterrents. They take care of nearly every task, bringing all equipment necessary for a leisurely paddle on puddles of all sizes right to the launch site. The crew will pick up and deliver equipment to popular launch sites within Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Manatee Counties. To keep the aquatic adventure accessible, the shop rents only kayaks and standup paddleboards that can be piloted by anyone, experienced or not. Additionally, they give visitors tips on paddling and safety techniques and sell new kayaks, paddleboards, and accessories.
Fitness studios often work hard to cultivate a relaxing setting. They might install floor-to-ceiling windows, play soothing music, or enforce a strict policy against flash mobs. But Urban Kai ramps up the relaxation to the next level. Their fitness classes take place on the Hillsborough River, where yoga groups stretch and bend atop stand-up paddleboards. The aquatic setting surrounds exercisers in waterfront architecture and open skies, which take on brilliant hues at sunrise and sunset. Dolphins, turtles, cats, and other marine life make occasional appearances as well.
Urban Kai was founded by Michael Conlee and his wife, Aimee. Mr. Conlee originally started paddle boarding as a hobby, but he quickly realized that his new pastime had toned his physique. Mr. Conlee started Urban Kai, and—along with his fellow instructors—he now teaches several on-water fitness classes. Urban Kai's yoga-on-water class, for example, helps participants build strength and flexibility, while warrior-zen workouts combine paddleboard exercises with on-land workouts. Mr. Conlee and his team also take groups on long-distance paddleboard tours.
eBoat Tampa began with a pregnancy craving: mom-to-be Anndrea Dohring wanted to glide along downtown Tampa?s Hillsborough River aboard a quiet, fume-free boat. A month after their baby was born, her husband, Josh, realized she?and other Tampa citizens?could realize her dream aboard electric boats. Together, he and Anndrea founded eBoats Tampa, an electric boat-rental company whose fleet of almost silent, eco-friendly boats can shelter up to ten people. Renters glide through the city at up to 7 mph on BYOB jaunts or custom guided tours, which often showcase waterfront sights, or search for the ice cubes that keep the river cold.
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Pebble Beach occupies a rarefied space in golf lore; its mere mention conjures thoughts of verdant fairways set against the impossibly blue backdrop of the Pacific Ocean, a golfer's paradise befitting of only the game’s greats. Though Tampa Indoor Golf does not send clients to the rugged California coastline, its golf simulators bring the course’s seaside vistas to life in an indoor setting where the temperature is always 72 degrees, it never rains, and the only way to lose a golf ball is to confuse it will a glorified jelly bean. The simulators feature precise swing-tracking and shot-projection technology, ensuring that golfers enjoy realistic ball flight whether they are playing one of more than 75 famous courses or practicing in the driving-range module. In addition, the indoor center serves as the venue for private and group lessons for players of all abilities, conducted by Tampa Indoor’s staff of golf aces. Golfers can also enlist in golf-simulator leagues in which they partner up with a fellow player, compete for league prizes in weekly matches, and argue over who wears the argyle vest in the relationship.
Parking: Parking garage available; pay by hour
Recommended Age Group: Adults
Pro Tip: Just come out to have a great time.
Most Popular Offering: Professional mixers, team-building events
Tash Johnson & Co. specializes in creating fun for any crowd. The company organizes events that range in size from community storytime in elementary-school classrooms?founder Tash Johnson herself stops by to read?to summer festivals for hundreds of people, such as the annual Jazz in July event. It throws costumed Halloween balls and arranges a chance for everyone to get out of the office and head to a ranch for horseback-riding lessons, among other team-building activities. To the company's manager, though, the best part of any event is always the same: "[I like] seeing people happy, laughing, and having an amazing time. I also love when patrons come back to say that I exceeded their expectations and it was the best time they've had in a long time."