A sea turtle proudly displays its intricately patterned shell. A stingray safely brushes its sleek skin against a child?s hand, grazing the top of a 10,000-gallon tank. A bird splashes into mangrove swamps to snatch fish. Sensory experiences like these occur on a regular basis at the 57-acre Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center on Hutchinson Island, sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River Lagoon. As the headquarters for the nonprofit Florida Oceanographic Society, the center strives to both educate the public and inspire environmental stewardship of Florida?s coastal ecosystems.
Among the center?s many activities, visit the Sea Star Touch Tank Pavilion and watch a live feeding at the 750,000-gallon Game Fish Lagoon. Educational programs throughout the day explore the lives of sea turtles and explain how to identify local fish that refuse to wear nametags. Just past a colorful butterfly garden and aquariums at the Frances Langford Visitors Center, guests can find nature trails that wend through mangrove swamps and hardwood hammocks. Here, they can see the natural state of a bio-diverse estuary, along with endangered plants and animals that the Florida Oceanographic Society is striving to save through research as well as educational and restoration initiatives.
The highly trained technicians at Jiffy Lube tend to about 24 million customers each year with services such as the Signature Service Oil Change package, which promotes the longevity of each vehicle. Staffers acknowledge that oil plays a crucial role in maximizing the lifespan of each car?it cools the motor and prevents moving parts from deteriorating. More than 20,000 technicians who have completed an extensive training program certified by the National Institute Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) nurse vehicles at Jiffy Lube.
In addition to performing oil changes, Jiffy Lube's savants perform air-filtration, brakes, electricity, and windshield services, among others. The technicians' quality pledge includes a commitment to transparency, which stipulates that they will inform car owners of any necessary services, only complete a service after it has been approved, and refuse to replace windshields with saran wrap.
Many young men follow in their father's footsteps, including Paradise Tire & Service’s mechanic Anthony. Inspired by his father Joe—an industry vet with nearly 50 years under his belt—Anthony became a mechanic himself. Now, with a seasoned service manager overseeing the garage and another ASE-certified mechanic on staff, the father-son duo repairs rides and maintains them with services such as oil changes, brake inspections, computerized engine analyses, and tire rotations. As the team works, guests can use the shop’s loaner cars, which, at midnight, turn back into pumpkins until the next mechanical service is needed.
Tilden Car Care began its life as a brake shop founded by Sydney G. Tilden in 1923. Nearly a century later, its staff still works on brakes, as well as cares for vehicles with a full spread of repair and maintenance services. The expert mechanics and technicians align tires, inspect vehicles for road safety, change oil, and thoroughly clear away dirt or barnacles clinging to the undercarriage. In addition, Tilden Car Care's professional detailing company Unique Auto Salon has been performing car detail work in South Florida for over 25 years.
Whether pedaling down a path or cruising the streets on one of many scooters, clients of Stuart Scoot Bike & Scooter Rentals explore the city on two—or occasionally three—wheels. They can even get pointers from the staff on what sights to see. And thanks to a fleet of bikes, including tandems, beach cruisers, and three-speeds, cyclists can cruise off into the sunset or pedal wildly toward shadows. Those with a yen for something motorized, meanwhile, can hop on one of five models of scooters available for rent by 4- and 24-hour time chunks.
With lube and service centers spread across America, Valvoline Instant Oil Change ensures that roads from coast to coast teem with automotive vigor. Certified technicians perform a roster of services, including drive-thru oil changes that allow motorists to arrive without an appointment and remain in their car while Valvoline oils forge a truce between metal parts.