Whole communities of manatees and dolphins swim in the calm, salty waters around the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and Cocoa Beach. Because this remote lagoon is the perfect place for interacting with these friendly creatures, Captain Pete Wallace leads regular excursions to the spot with his tour company, Lagoon Adventures. On these two- or four-hour trips, groups play in the water, collect sea shells, and meet marine mammals.
A youngster furrows his brow, concentrating on each brush stroke as he paints a piggy bank. Good friends fuse glass pieces into a serving bowl for a soon-to-be-wed pal or string disparate beads together to create an eclectic necklace. At ClayZ Arts, guests are free to pursue their artistic ambitions as they paint bisque pieces, design jewelry, or replace all their car windows with elaborate glass creations. From classes to birthday parties and corporate shindigs, the studio and its accommodating staff host myriad events that cater to each person's inner artist.
You might notice every group eating a different dish at Crispy’s Beer & Wine Bar. That’s because the bar has BYOF policy—that’s short for bring your own food—which lets guests soak up the 39 craft brews on draft without having to snack on bar peanuts. This policy inspires patrons to linger over pints of hoppy Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA or bottles of fruity Belgian Kasteel Rouge. The deep brown of Gulden Draak hints at its potent Belgian flavor and alcohol content, and light flits easily through the wheat-golden color of Paulaner Hefeweizen. Televisions overhead chatter, providing updates on athletic events or how scary the weatherman says thunder will be this weekend. Those who didn’t bring food snack on the bar’s small selection of locally produced appetizers and desserts such as chocolate-covered potato chips and beer brittle.
Virtual firearms simulator
More than 62 concealed-carry and home-defense scenarios
Each scenario has multiple outcomes
Inert training firearms to practice beginning fundamentals
Carbon-dioxide training firearms that simulate real recoil
At a Glance
Through a combination of classroom lectures and simulator time, the instructors at Twin Rivers Gunworks are able to train visitors in the proper use of handguns, rifles, and shotguns. These courses follow the NRA curriculum. The facility also sells new and used firearms, while its onsite gunsmith maintains and upgrades the weapons customers already own.
Not only can diners look out over the Indian River from Pineda Inn Bar & Grill's open-air patio, but the eatery is so close to the water that visitors can arrive by boat as well as car. Once on the premises, they can chow down on a selection of American classics such as chicken fingers, Reuben sandwiches, and new york strip steak, or go for a bit more of an international touch with gyros, nachos, and pasta. And, of course, seafood is plentiful at this seaside locale with offerings of mahi sandwiches, clam strips, and crabmeat, scallops, and shrimp in a rich cheese sauce. Homemade dessert and draft beer round out the menu, along with wines by the glass or seashell.
A year after Mike Warobick, PGA opened U.S. 1 Golf Center in 1988, he married his wife, Ruth, right there on the range. U.S. 1 Golf Center has been a family business since its inception, so it's only fitting that much of its patronage consists of families, too. Throughout the year, golfers young and old wallop shots from 18 lighted tee stations and a large natural-grass tee line, and develop their short game on the natural-grass chipping area and putting green. Mike and his staff, meanwhile, conduct lessons, including junior golf clinics every Saturday. They also provide custom club fitting so customers don't have to build a shrink ray to have clubs that fit their unique golf swing.