Visitors to Florida EcoSafaris get a close look at the state's distinct flora and fauna during thrilling outdoor adventures. The Coach Safari whisks riders on a two-hour open-air jaunt through a 4,700-acre wildlife-conservation area rich with streams and forests. Naturalist guides delve into the natural history of the region's nine ecosystems, which house species including alligators, Florida panthers, and herds of roving photo opportunities. Visitors can also take in sweeping views of the nearby wetlands and their many residents, including countless kinds of birds and white-tailed deer. For equestrian adventurers, safaris on horseback take riders through scenic trails used by Native Americans in the 1500s.
Florida EcoSafaris' EcoPark adds to its Cypress Canopy Cycle adventure-which sends visitors rolling along steel cables in a suspended, pedal-powered cart that doubles as a spy machine for squirrels-with five new and recently renovated zipline adventures. Guests fly high through the air at 30 miles per hour with the Peregrine Plunge and Zipline Safari or leap off 55- or 68-feet platforms during controlled-free-fall adventures. No matter what activity guests participate in, Florida EcoSafaris donates a portion of all proceeds to the Allen Broussard Conservancy, an agency dedicated to the preservation of Florida's ecosystems and wildlife.
There’s nothing like skimming across Lake Tohopekaliga’s surface, propelled by a 500hp fan. That’s the thrilling experience offered by the Wild Willy’s Airboat Tours, which drift in the gentle marsh to catch sights of great blue herons, 12-foot alligators, snails, and other native creatures. All the while, your guide will provide expert information on the lake and the surrounding terrain, plus help you spot the wildlife.
While other tour guides pack groups into 12-passenger boats, Wild Willy’s keeps it passenger numbers low to reduce weight and increase speed. Up to six guests can board one of the airboat, which sail past reeds and Spanish moss before. Afterwards, you can take pictures with resident baby gators Thunder and Half-Stripe in the visitors’ center. And safety is a major focus at Wild Willy’s—guests should arrive 15 minutes before their tour time to receive a Coast Guard-required talk about safety.
Unlike most coffee shops and all PTA meetings, Crescent's Coffee & Tea accents its selection of coffee and baked goods with beer and wine. This welcome addition simply goes further in the café's quest to add a refined touch to the familiar, along with filling mugs with certified fair-trade, 100% organic coffees and filling stomachs with fresh croissant sandwiches, paninis, and baked goods. As they gaze through the café's windows onto St. Cloud's historic downtown scenery, diners can tap into the free WiFi while they sip a warm cup of caffeine or raise a glass of white wine or beer to the live entertainment that pumps out free sounds every Friday night. Crescent's also hosts themed tea parties that pair mothers and daughters, nieces and aunts, or grandfather clocks and digital watches to socialize over steamy brewed beverages.
Radiant complexions and healthy eyes go together like peanut butter and jelly, Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy, or chocolate and just about anything. Well, they do when it comes to the St. Cloud and Kissimmee Eye Centers and their adjoining RejuveRX Medspas, where a staff of committed professionals keeps clients both seeing and looking like they did in their youth with medical eye care and advanced aesthetic treatments. RejuveRX Medspa’s Dr. Ly T. Nguyen is the center’s surgeon and board-certified ophthalmologist, and oversees the spa’s medical procedures, from dermal fillers to the skin-resurfacing powers of a Fraxel Re:pair laser. Aestheticians focus on refreshing skin with microdermabrasion, acne treatments, and softly sung lullabies about sleepy pores.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
Beef 'O' Brady’s caters to families and sports fans alike with fresh-grilled eats and draft beers served in a casual dining space featuring wood-paneled walls adorned with sports memorabilia and comfy booth seating. The menu warms stomachs small and large with a collection of Black Angus burgers, 15-inch pizzas baked on a stone hearth, and signature wings served baked or grilled in a variety of two dry rubs and 12 sauces. Twenty-one high-definition TVs continually broadcast live sporting events such as NFL Sunday ticket games indoors while diners can opt to enjoy a meal on the outdoor dining patio. The restaurant also features a private back room for large groups and special events.