The seasoned performers of Piccadilly Circus dazzle audiences of all ages with 90 minutes of acrobatics, comedic high jinks, and trained animals beneath the big top. Audiences gasp at high-flying trapeze artists swooping through the air with the confidence of a kite in a wind tunnel, as well as contortionists able to bend themselves into human bonsai trees. Death-defying motorcyclists roar into a caged globe to perform a 360-degree display of vehicular mastery. Gaggles of clowns coax out chuckles, and a trained elephant parades around the ring, occasionally stopping to memorize an audience member's phone number. General-admission seating surrounds the ring, allowing ample viewpoints from which to observe the boisterous spectacle.
At Fun and Wheels, visitors can putt their way across an 18-hole mini golf course, swat hardballs at three separate speed settings in the batting cages, and test hand-eye coordination with a multitude of games in the colorful arcade. Fun-seeking duos can perfect their short-distance game on the verdant green of the 18-hole mini golf course, where, in keeping with the diminutive theme, tiny shetland ponies ferry players between holes. The outdoor batting cages include slow and fast softball-pitching machines as well as baseball machines hurling hardballs at 40, 60, or 80 miles per hour. Kids must be at least 6 years old to bat, and children under 12 must visit the batting cages with an adult. After an outdoor adventure, customers can munch hot dogs and spend their tokens in the multihued arcade, which provides ample opportunities for whacking moles, launching air hockey pucks, and practicing virtual-reality sock darning. Winning tickets can be redeemed for prizes. For additional fees, guests can race on go-karts, bounce on inflatable equipment, or dodge paintballs.
For the organizers of Baddest Mudrun, playing in the mud hasn't lost its fun. Laid out inside a former rock quarry, the mud-drenched 5K course challenges droves of competitors with more than 20 obstacles ranging from climbing walls and monkey bars to water-filled pits. To ensure runners stay hydrated, water flows freely from stations planted throughout the course. Marshals are also on-hand at each obstacle to assist runners and shoo away any pigs prowling for new real estate. Though prizes are awarded to the top finishers in each category, the 5K-run is suitable for runners of all ages and skill levels.
At the end of the course, a tent brimming with upbeat music, food, and beer reward runners for their efforts. Meanwhile, post-race games of volleyball and tug-of-war get sweat glands going again. In addition to dirtying up contestants, the Baddest Mudrun has another aim: to support local charities with the proceeds.
At Wildlife Survival Sanctuary, the volunteers treat the resident rescued animals like family. Every day, they provide toys for several exotic species including tigers, iguanas, and potbelly pigs, along with special nutrients for a 26-year-old geriatric leopard. These enrichment activities ensure the animals remain mentally stimulated at all times, preventing boredom. And because the animals never come in direct contact with the public, they can make this sanctuary their home without fear of being poked or prodded. Different species each have their own oversized habitats across the 10-acre campus, where they receive plenty of affection as they live out their lives.
Nature Coast SUP Stand-up Paddleboarding arms wave navigators with the paddles, vessels, and skills necessary to have safe and inspiring paddling experiences. Riders learn the basics of paddling in introductory classes before taking their boards out for peaceful traverses about the waters of Crystal River and Pine Island. Seasoned surf-goers can rent paddleboards for solo jaunts along the water's surface. While darting about, paddlers will be able to look down through the clear waters and see the local wildlife, including the possible chance to spot some of the Florida manatees that flock to the area's temperate weather and all-inclusive reef resorts during the winter.
As the sun begins to rise, an experienced pilot from Central Florida Balloon Rides meets passengers to take them on a floating tour of the sky. Excitement mounts as passengers watch a giant hot air balloon inflate and slowly take shape. Then, after a series of safety checks, pilots will usher passengers aboard the balloon for a ride that lasts about one hour. Along the way, the balloon will surf on the wind, reaching heights of up to 2,000 feet to give passengers a bird's-eye-view of the picturesque landscape unfolding below them.