Some things are more family friendly when done on a smaller scale, such as playing golf or sinking battleships. Enjoy an activity at its optimal size with today's Groupon: for $14, you a get two adult miniature-golf passes (up to an $11.99 value) and two gator-feeding packets (up to a $2.99 value) at Smuggler's Cove (up to a $26.99 total value). Choose from the following locations: Indian Shores, Madeira Beach, Sarasota, Bradenton, or Ft. Myers Beach.
Short-game experts venture to Smuggler's Cove for tropical adventures spent banking shots around mini-golf courses and feeding live alligators. Each of the sprawling courses features 18 distinctive holes that go over bridges, pass by rushing waterfalls, and venture into caves. Along with an assortment of signature holes, each the five locations features a hole atop an iconic pirate ship. Paired putters at the Madeira Beach course can nudge balls down a corkscrew-shaped cave on the 11th hole, while denizens of the alligator exhibit alongside Ft. Myers Beach's first hole sing "Crocodile Rock" after every hole-in-one.
Patrons supplement their small-scale golf outing by visiting the educational gators exhibit and feeding them tasty snacks. With a wooden pole in hand, guests can dangle a morsel of fried meat above a pool of 20–50 alligators and watch as a hungry beast leaps out of the water to snatch the food or show off a new neck tattoo. Gator-gazers safely feed and observe the prehistoric animals from behind a fence that encompasses the alligator area. The Smuggler's Cove in Sarasota features a completely self-contained exhibit just for Pearl, an albino alligator known for her pink eyes, white skin, and ability to live inside an oyster.
It’s not uncommon to stumble upon fake alligators as you make your way around a mini-golf course. But at Smugglers Cove's locations, live American alligators snap their jaws in exhibits nestled amid the miniature fairways. With an old-fashioned bamboo pole players can dangle a treat above 20–50 of the predatory alligators, which leap from the water to snatch their treat. Between feeding frenzies, games take place on Smugglers Cove’s 18-hole outdoor courses, where balls roll past rushing waterfalls, into caves, over mountainous terrain, and into a hole in a pirate ship.