Balanced Therapy’s trained therapists cast out stress and discomfort with an array of massage techniques. The ashiatsu massage employs the firm compressions of a therapist’s bare feet to appease backs harboring deep pockets of stress or collections of outdated phonebooks. Dorsal walkers balance between two bars to apply as much pressure as possible for more effective toe kneads and deeper bodywork. Spines tired from failed heists of the Liberty Bell can ease aches with the tension-melting hot-stone treatment, which delivers care packages of warmth to deep tissue. The spread of multisensory muscle kneads also includes relaxation and prenatal massages. The studio’s intimate setting swaddles guests in calm with minimalist décor, private treatment rooms, and a colorful mural of koi fish.
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.
When a severe freeze struck Katherine and James Oleson's orange groves in the 1960s, it killed many of their plants. They found themselves with a lot of land and a business in need of saving, so they decided to try a few new things. They collected Floridian paraphernalia, made a show of their orange-picking operation, and even started a zoo. Today, their habitats hold monkeys, parrots, alligators, and even an African tortoise, comfortably ensconced in the middle of the revivified orange groves. Visitors can visit the Dinosaur Cave, check out the animals, or watch as fruit is picked, washed, polished, and sorted using half-century-old techniques.They can stop by the old fashioned tourist shop and pick up some Old Florida-style souvenirs, find ice cream and classic sodas, or even take a picture next to a 3,000-pound great white shark that's been stuffed, so its not at all hungry.
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.