The water's calm. Almost too calm. Nearly imperceptible ripples begin to form, soon evolving into bubbles reminiscent of a hair-raising monster movie. A figure erupts upwards, the water peeling away in sheets to reveal not a creature of the deep, but a person with their feet strapped into a strange device. The machine, called a Flyboard, projects two jets of water out from right beneath the rider's feet, causing her to soar through the air. This propulsion lends itself to acrobatics, helping riders perform tricks such as spins, flips, and dolphin-like dives from the air to the water and back again.
The owners of Jump Right In Flyboarding say such tricks are not hard to master. They started their company to give everyone a taste of this hard-to-describe, impossible-to-imitate water sport, and today they specialize in the sales, service, instruction and rentals of FlyBoards. With locations in Sebastian, Cocoa Beach, and Key Largo, they are some of the coast's most experienced operators.
The sights to see across Florida's Adventures in Paradise's 36-acre wildlife refuge are innumerable. Look up and you'll spot colorful Floridian birds; glance down, and you can find all manner of turtles as they glide in and out of nine spring-fed ponds. The former gator farm (which still houses a few small gators) is home to winding nature trails, fully-stocked fishing ponds, and an ever-growing petting farm. Here, guests can interact with baby ducks, baby pigs, a miniature pony, mini alpaca, and other wonderful animals.
The farm itself is over 150 years old, with more than 200 animals to see, including ring tail lemurs, miniature horses, and Sassy the pig. Feed baby cows, play with bunnies and baby goats, and take a gander at Monty, the giant tortoise. After a complimentary hay ride, you can even purchase fresh eggs from and tilapia from the fish farm, and homemade honey from their beehives.
While leisurely paddling along the Indian River, dolphins and manatees swim beside a kayak as a guide points out some of the 300 species of native birds soaring overhead. This is the kind of memorable experience that many customers have had during Florida's Adventures in Paradise Tours’ two- to four-hour tours of Cocoa Beach’s waterways. The experienced team at Florida's Adventures in Paradise Tours instructs future kayak captains on the basics before launching, so even those brand new to kayaking can partake in laid-back jaunts, which include stops at remote islands where guests can dip their toes in the sand and put seashells to their ears. Kayaking equipment and mermaid repellent are included, and sunset tours are also available.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
We are designed as a safe and secure place for youth and young adults to hang out and have fun!
What is the experience customers can expect?
A fun environment dedicated to gaming of all kinds!
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
We noticed a lack of places for youth and young adults to hang out and enjoy a game or two with some friends.
What do you love most about your job?
Sharing my passion of gaming while promoting a safe & secure environment.
You don't have to travel far from the shores of Cocoa Beach to spot the cresting fins of dolphins and surfacing snouts of manatees, and Go Paddle Board Cocoa Beach gladly supplies individuals making excursions off-land. Their paddle boards make an ideal transport for these trips, allowing riders to stand and glide peacefully along the water as they navigate with a long paddle. More than 300 species of birds reward those with sharp eyes, including osprey diving for fish and pelicans filling their beak pouches with water to douse forgotten campfires. But the wildlife isn't the only draw of the aquatic jaunts—voyagers can ride waves into shore, or travel to islands in search of shells.
As the saying goes, there are plenty of fish in the sea—but this time, it's a lagoon, and it's meant to be interpreted literally. Cast Away Adventures gives patrons everything they need to spend a day casting, reeling, and coming up with as many fish puns as possible. Two- and four-hour excursions include boat, equipment, bait, and license, so all fishermen and fisherwomen need to worry about is catching the more than 40 species of fish that swim in the waters of the Banana River Lagoon. All legal-size fish can be kept (or caught and released if you so choose). What's more, any fish you keep will be cleaned by the staff, keeping the day as hassle-free as possible.