Many explore the streets of Miami via cab or bus,overlooking another mode of transportation: the dune buggy. Fortunately, that's not the case with Miami Dune Buggy Tours. Aboard an eight-passenger dune buggy, patrons head to their destination in open-air style, whether they're on their way to a bachelorette party downtown or taking a jaunt to a nearby winery. And the natural surroundings aren't the only perks of this mode of transportation—the buggies come equipped with state-of-the-art sound systems that provide soundtracks to passengers' trips.
In the 1920s, one man accomplished a feat so seemingly impossible that scientists, engineers, and scholars are still mystified by it today. This man, Ed Leedskalnin, actually carved 1,100 tons of coral rock to create Coral Castle. Thanks to Ed's ultra-private, night-owl work habits, the methods he used to do so remain mysterious to this day.
Part museum, part sculpture garden, Coral Castle features a hand-carved 9-ton gate, a Polaris telescope, and a sundial with seasons—all carved from coral rock. Visitors can explore the site through guided tours, which delve into the history and science behind the structures, as well as a love story. Afterward, they can grab a bite at Coral Castle Café.
The highly ranked TripAdvisor attraction has been referred to as a modern megalith and compared to such ancient megaliths as the Egyptian pyramids and Stonehenge. Some even consider it one of the Wonders of the World, and it has been featured on everything from the History Channel to the Travel Channel. In 1981, the TV show In Search Of with Leonard Nimoy profiled Coral Castle.
Crouched behind a stack of tires, a player feels the incoming paintballs smack against the rubber as he plots his next move. Such a sight is common at Bigshot Paintball Field's outdoor field, a collage of upturned pallets, cable spools, and dirt mounds where combatants outmaneuver each other to find the best firing positions. Bigshot's staff acquaints every player, from beginners to those who have been living off field grass since 2005, with the rules of play and equipment operation before allowing them to enter the thick of battle. Between bouts, the staff also dispenses bottled water and soft drinks and can recommend nearby pizza joints that deliver. Barbecue grills are allowed as well, if there's room available. As a not-for-profit organization, Bigshot Paintball Fields donates a portion of its proceeds to the Police Officer Assistance Trust, a support organization for the law-enforcement community of Miami–Dade County.
At All-Star Panthers Miami, the glitz isn't just in the students' brightly spangled cheerleading and gymnastics outfits—it's in the shiny trophies that the teams bring home from competitions on the state and national levels. And many former pupils of the program also boast illustrious careers working with the Miami Dolphins and the Florida Marlins.
The instructors begin working with youngsters as young as age 3, teaching them the basics of tumbling and dance,
in turn helping them hone coordination and build social skills. They then work with kids of all ages and skill levels, and guide those who are more serious about the endeavor onto the competitive cheering circuit.
At Family Paintball Center, players armed with rented markers storm the fields during classic games: capture the flag, elimination, and elimination’s cousin, resurrection, in which tagged players can be reborn. Separated by sky-high screens, the sprawling fields are scattered with wooden fences and spools as well as inflatable shapes that players can use to dodge incoming pellets. To make a day of it, groups can bring along food and drink, and even set up their own barbecue grill. There is also a concessions stand on-site, and local pizzerias deliver to the field, rather than just throwing their pies there Frisbee-style.
The owner of Orient Flight School knows a thing or two about getting up in the air. Yogini Modi began her career flying gliders in India, then operating micro-light aircraft for the Indian Army. She then set several records, including the longest crossing of India. Now, as the owner of Orient Flight School and one of its full-time instructors, she introduces other students to the skies she loves. Though classes in the air and on the ground, she helps them earn private pilot licenses, pass written FAA exams, and obtain instrument and multi-engine ratings necessary to rule the air and chop any cloud into a dinosaur shape.