Both by land and by sea, Doo’s Amazing Tours, LLC reveals St. Petersburg's historic charm and natural beauty via a diverse array of guided sightseeing jaunts. Louisa—also known as "Doo"—oversees the operation from the company's headquarters in the Historic Downtown District. Here, tour-goers can hop on a Segway and zip past the beach town's most notable landmarks. Narrated by an experienced guide, the trip mines much of the city's illustrious past, including the work of prominent citizens and several old hotels.
When guests are ready to leave dry land behind, they can swap their Segway for a kayak or stand-up paddleboards at one of four launch points: North Shore Beach, Coffee Pot Bayou, Weedon Island, or Saint Pete Beach. For example, on the Spring River trip, paddlers float over subterranean caverns covered by a layer of sparkling clear water, which in turn is surrounded by white sand beaches and tropical vegetation.
Bay Area International Latin Events' owner and instructor Greg "DJ Muevete" Richardson leads up to 24 students through the sultry steps of salsa, merengue, and bachata at scenic St. Pete Pier. Over six weeks, 50-minute classes explore the fundamental steps, rhythm, and Telemundo advertisements that compose Latin choreography. Each week's class builds on the last week's steps, with a 25-minute private lesson ensuring couples fully master the flirtatious footwork of each dance. Drop-in classes offer couples a flexible way to experience the partnered promenade of salsa, teaching students basic skills and rhythms and preparing them for Salsa II courses, where they learn the leading and following techniques that distinguish all great dancers and Simon Says champions.
Equipment: Movestrong FTS, Schwinn Evolution Indoor Bikes, functional training
Students should bring: Bring a towel and a water bottle to class
Average class length: 30?60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
When Brian McInerney reflects on the humble beginnings of Wheel Fun Rentals, he points to his childhood passion for bikes. "As far back as I can remember, I had a real love affair with bicycles," he recalls. During a trip to Italy in 1987, Brian's affinity for cycling blossomed into a full-fledged obsession when he spotted locals' transporter of choice, the surrey. Inspired, he began importing the Italian four-wheelers to a rental business in the U.S. that eventually expanded into Wheel Fun Rentals, now a nationwide web of shops that also loans out bikes, electric cars and mopeds, and man-powered watercraft. Adventuresome athletes can also compete in activities such as surrey scavenger hunts and blindfold obstacle courses navigated via shouted instructions from a seeing teammate or exceptionally long rounds of trial and error.
The Electric Marina Boat Rental allows boaters to enjoy a smooth pleasure cruise atop an electric vessel, a clean, green floating machine to fulfill shimmering blue ocean dreams. Each 24-foot, easily navigable floating apparatus arrives liberated from the shackles of loud engine noises, pricey fuel costs, and diesel-guzzling first mates. Bring along some beverages to chill in the on-deck fridge, kick it in the shade using the remote-controlled conversion-top cockpit cover, then blast your favorite environmental yacht-rock hits on the four-speaker marine stereo system as you inhale charming snapshots of The Pier and downtown St. Petersburg. The safe, reliable nautical navigator gently ripples through the waters at about five miles per hour, permitting safe dives from its swim transom and stomach-friendly, splash-resistant visits to the onboard sink, shower, and private restroom. Though not included with today's Groupon, a propane grill is available for rental at $28 per rental. Call ahead to make a reservation.
At the Mustache Dache, mustaches aren't just for guys—on-site face painters can adorn women and children with anything from a bushy handlebar to a dainty pencil stache. Once everyone is mustachioed, they're ready for the 5K, just one of many November races put on to benefit Movember, a global men's health charity that fights prostate and testicular cancer. After the race, runners and their supports can attempt to win first prize in the mustache contest by taping caterpillars to their lip.