Central Florida's citrus groves are scenic enough from the ground, but the best views are usually restricted to the bald eagles that soar high above them. That is, unless you're on a ride with one of Citrus Soaring's experienced pilots. Established in 1973, this flight company delights passengers with rides in their graceful sailplanes. Before you sign up to soar unfettered above Florida, check out our rundown of what it's like:
The fleet: Citrus Soaring maintains a fleet of three Schweizer gliders, as well as prop planes, including a Cessna and a vintage Piper Cub.
The ride: During each ride, you'll climb in the glider and strap in for a plane-aided tow to 3-5,000 feet. Once in the sky, Citrus Soaring's flight instructor will guide the glider towards a safe landing with the help of thermal air currents—the same thing that helps eagles on their extended soars.
The sights: Depending on the weather, you might be able to catch glimpses of the Atlantic or Gulf coasts, as well as Ocala National Forest and the Orlando skyline.
The training: In addition to scenic rides, Citrus Soaring's instructors also train the next generation of glider pilots during hands-on flight lessons.
Designed by renowned course architect Pete Dye in 1995, Black Bear Golf Club's 18-hole, par 72 layout showcases all the calling cards of a masterfully crafted golf course. With mounded fairways, tight landing zones, and more than 120 natural sand traps, the course—which stretches more than 7,000 yards from the tips—presents a traditional links-style layout with the favorable climate and alligator forecaddies native to Central Florida. Dye's affinity for dramatic finishing holes comes into play throughout the course. A well-bunkered, tree-lined par 4, the 9th hole is the course's second-hardest, and the 18th hole is the course's most difficult, demanding that golfers finish strong by overcoming an obscured tee shot on their way to a green guarded by a pond. A challenge for golfers of all skill levels, Black Bear has hosted multiple U.S. Amateur and Canadian Tour events.
Fostering practice as well as on-course play, Black Bear boasts a grass tee, a double-ended driving range, and a 40,000-square-foot short-game-practice area. With a menu of casual grill fare, The Bear's Den invites golfers to unwind after their days at the links and test out their divot tools' utility as fill-ins for forks.
Grandmaster Y.K. Kim’s whirlwind life has taken him from Korea to the United States while wearing many hats including author, public speaker, philosopher, entrepreneur, and founder of Martial Arts World. The latter has grown into a family tree of locations spanning four states. At each location, dedicated instructors guide kids and adults through martial-arts classes that aim to instill a sense of confidence, self-discipline, and respect in each and every student. Classes serve as sweat-inducing workouts and an outlet to learn self-defense techniques, which come in handy when you dream your blanket has attacked.
For the theatrically inclined, Bay Street Players offers engaging plays for your enjoyment in Eustis.
Every great place has a restaurant on the side. When you come to this theater, it's no different.
This theater welcomes kids, too, so you can feel good about bringing the whole family.
Breathe fresh air as you take advantage of the open-air screenings of your favorite movies at Bay Street Players.
Loosen up a bit with a couple drinks chosen from an extensive menu.
For those who love to shake it, hit the theater dance floor and show off some of your best moves.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Want something more than just a weekend out at the bars? Eustis' Windhorse Wellness Center offers the perfect theater to shake your weekend up.
Embark on a cross fit challenge. It'll transform your body, and you'll love your new-found definition.
If you're trying to get to the next level of fitness but aren't quite sure how to get there, the gym also has personal trainers available to meet with you at any time.
Dine at Windhorse Wellness Center and keep your car safely parked in a nearby lot.
Take advantage of the top-notch machinery at Grand Island's Wedgewood Golf Course and lose those pesky five pounds.
Punch and kick away your stress and anger during one of these kickboxing classes.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.