Central Florida’s aqueous wonders become tangible during A Day Away Kayak Tours’ boating excursions, as guests explore diverse estuaries with manatees and dolphins often swimming a paddle’s length away. The eclectic tours immerse kayakers in a cornucopia of experiences, including bioluminescent nighttime paddles that reveal eerily glowing organisms and flashes of light as fish swim by and solder their underwater sand castles. Sunset tours present leisurely rosy-hued panoramas, and day tours give glimpses of gators and soaring kingfishers and ospreys. On other tours, groups stop to explore grass flats and dig for clams as wild turkeys and pigs spectate. Beyond the kayak, pontoons usher guests on eco tours on the Indian River, and guides lead fishing trips off Merritt Island in search of sea trout and mangrove snapper.
Spotlight Theatres screens enrapture audiences with first-run movies. In each movie house, digital sounds and visual projections of fresh Hollywood films alight inner emotions of audiences resting in plush, high-backed stadium seats—each outfitted with a coin-operated mustache comb—or thrown directly into the action through 3-D technology. As eyes and ears relish motion-picture pursuits, soda, candy, and bounties of salty, crunchy popcorn emerge from the concession stand to occupy chatty mouths or catapult towards the screen to feed the hungry actors.
Walkabout Golf Club's 18-hole, par 72 course unfurls an emerald tapestry of immaculate fairways, dazzling greens, and cerulean waters fit for club-toting artistes of all abilities. Once demystified by former world Top 10 golfer Chris DiMarco—who set the course record with a blistering round of 64—the relatively difficult course can flummox golfers with its tight fairways, fast greens, and landing areas consistently flanked by water, which comes into play on 13 holes and houses a cabal of head-cover-eating waterfowl. Duffers acquaint themselves with the course's obstacles immediately, as the first hole—a par 4 measuring 435 yards from the back tees—features a dramatic dogleg right where any attempt to cut the corner must contend with a serpentine pond and an expansive bunker, perplexing golfers with the first of many risk-reward scenarios characteristic of the course. Five tee options temper the course's lengthy and challenging nature, making it enjoyable for those yet to fully develop their orb-mashing fortitude or players mistakenly wielding a throw pillow for a club head.
River Lanes Family Entertainment Center's brightly hued retro-chic lanes, arcade games, and on-site restaurant proffer diversions for every brand of bowler. Art imitates life beneath murals of flying, freshly clobbered pins, as strikers in disinfected bowling shoes strut down one of 32 alleys, lobbing balls with maximum velocity. Gather up to five peers or steely-eyed highwaymen in a lounge-style lane, complete with a couch and high table with bar stools, or crouch around a glow-in-the-dark table decorated with a skyline built of pins. An automatic scoring system takes note of every point while offering technique advice for subsequent turns. Lively 3-D graphics celebrate each move with animated scenes, such as cowboys shooting down spares and dancing mothers screaming at foul-mouthed gutter balls.
The Airpark Golf Academy transforms wobbly swings into ball-smashing swings with personalized lessons and instructional camps. During the 50-minute individual lesson, students get personalized instruction to help them improve club grip, posture, and footwork during post-swing celebratory dances. Using your own set of clubs or a loaner set from the academy, attack driving-range balls (included in the deal) under the tutelage of academy-owner Joe Luthe. More than 150 players of all skill levels and hairstyles have worked with Joe to lower their handicaps and improve their swings.