Piercing drives resonate across the verdant grounds of Zephyrhills Under Par, providing sonic evidence of golf balls advancing through the 18-hole, 5,054-yard course. The par 68—sculpted in 1978—presents a relatively open layout, with extensive landing zones that encourage golfers to either test the limits of their driver or charter a last-minute plane for their swing coach.
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Dade City's Wild Things puts visitors within 3 feet of most of its menagerie, which includes more than 200 animals on exhibit. Botanical gardens blanket the zoo's 22-acre expanse, providing a scenic backdrop for creatures such as a tiger, lion, lemur, bear, and baboon. Separated from most animals by a few feet, a chain-link fence, and the ability to knit socks out of their own fur, opposable-thumbed guests can explore the animal offerings by walking tour or tram ride. Dade City's Wild Things further upholds its aim to connect people with animals by offering opportunities for close cross-species interaction, such as feeding buffalo in grazing fields on the Jungle Safari Ride, swimming with a tiger, or reserving an animal encounter, which provides a chance for visitors to interact one-on-one with a choice of critters including a zebra foal, gator hatchling, and African pygmy-goat kid.
Wesley Chapel’s & New Tampa’s new resident Aja Wiregrass Restaurant & Nightclub offers guests a forte of luscious menu selections. Top-shelf libations featuring over 30 specialty cocktails and martinis. An impressive reserve wine list. A relaxing atmosphere & sleek ultra-lounge captivates guests. Dine Drink Dance!
Located near I-75 at 11315 N. 46th St., the annual fair (now in its 32nd year) features 20 entertainment stages, plenty of food options, and a host of vendors in the merchant marketplace. Shop for old-fashioned wares including leather, metal, and musical instruments, or gorge on traditional turkey drumsticks, ye olde foot-long corn dogs, and roasted corn. This year's festival marks the introduction of the Medieval Monster Museum, where guests will come face to face with fairies, trolls, and vampires while marveling at archaic creature-fighting weaponry. Prolong merriment for an additional fee at the Pirates' Feast, offering a three-course meal and live entertainment, or head to the Royal Smoker for an early-evening, adults-only soirees with snacks, cigars, sips, belly dancing, limericks, comedy, and sounds.
The PADI-licensed instructors at Aquatic Adventures of Florida teach new scuba divers to breath underwater and explore worlds filled with fish, vibrant coral, and other aquatic life. Over more than three decades, the instructors have trained thousands of divers and helped them earn certification in areas such as open-water diving. Aquatic Adventures of Florida also partners with Zeagle Express, who manufacture all manner of scuba equipment.
SUP Englewood operates on a circuit of local beaches, sending seafarers off to explore the waves from several starting points. Under the supervision of an instructor who is a qualified paddleboarder, lifeguard, and tour guide, students learn to control their board before embarking on guided tours or independent rides. The shop stocks a fleet of epoxy SUP ATX paddleboards, which slip easily through the waves and include specialty yoga board varietals . As an experienced yogi, SUP Englewood’s instructor also leads classes on weekly trips to tranquil mangrove pathways and lagoons for yoga lessons atop paddleboards.
At The 5k Zombie Run, participants don't just run for their health––they run for their lives. In this case, however, they each get three lives, symbolized by red flags hanging from their belts. As they make their way through a wooded course, zombies adorned in sinister makeup emerge from the brush and try to steal the flags. In doing so, some of these undead utilize the classic zombie lurch, while others run, crawl, or hypnotize woodland animals to do their dirty work. The race culminates in an apocalyptic after party with music, where participants receive awards for their race performance and costumes.