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There’s Nothing Like Summer in Miami. Beat the Heat with These Water Experiences!

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By , July 16, 2015 9:56 am

Summer in Miami is hot, hot, HOT…and we’re not just talking about the temperature. All throughout the year, Miami is the place to go for beaches and clubs; however, you can find much more to do than just that.

These are some of our favorite ways to beat the Miami heat this summer. Take advantage of the city’s perfect location along the Atlantic Ocean and cool off!

Surfing Lessons

Spending time in Miami without learning to surf should be a crime! Our surfing lessons provide professional instruction and all the equipment you need to feel safe on the board and in the water. This is a great experiential gift to buy for someone who’s always wanted to try surfing, or for yourself to simply try something new. The lessons last about an hour and are beginner-friendly.

Photo credit: Michael Dawes via Flickr

Photo credit: Michael Dawes via Flickr

Learn to Sail

Sailing is a big part of Miami culture, so why not take a lesson to learn a bit about it yourself? We can hook you up with a three-day sailing group course that will teach you all the basics. The first two days will feature classroom instruction and on-the-water practice with certified instructors. Some of the things you’ll learn include rigging, knots, tacking, and jibing. This should prepare you to set sail on your third day. Thanks to Miami’s beautiful weather, this experience is offered year-around.

Windsurfing

Windsurfing is one of those water sports that many beach-goers see and get intimidated by. Our windsurfing courses are perfect for beginners, and the highly-trained instructors will get you trained and confident in just two hours! Beginner lessons for all ages are taught three times per day and are offered year-around.

Miami Flyboard Experience

Another somewhat intimidating water sport that’s definitely worth a try during your time in the city is flyboard. In our Miami Flyboard Experience, you’ll get the thrill of wearing a jet pack for 30 minutes or one hour while soaring through the air above the Biscayne Bay. Lessons are offered every day and allow you to experience Miami in a really unique way.

Parasailing

If you’ve never gone parasailing before, just know that Miami is a great place to experience it. You’ll soar above the ocean, downtown Miami, and South Beach, reaching heights of 600 feet and getting a unique view of the surrounding landscape. Parasailing experiences run between 10 am and 6 pm every day and include a 30-45 minute boat ride to reach the launch site. You’ll have up to 10 minutes of air time for a single ride or up to 15 minutes for a tandem ride.

Photo credit: Chris Goldberg via Flickr

Photo credit: Chris Goldberg via Flickr

Open Water Scuba Diving Certification

Head just south of downtown Miami to beautiful Coral Gables to take our Open Water Scuba Diving Certification and really experience the coastal waters of south Florida. This course sets you up to make four ocean dives over half-day sessions in Key Largo, and all courses are led by PADI master diver trainers. This experience requires a full three-day or four half-day commitment; however, scheduling can be flexible and personalized. Aspiring divers will receive a PADI open water dive certification for a maximum dive depth of 60 feet.

Top Local Experiences around Los Angeles for Summer

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By , July 2, 2015 8:36 am

Whether you’re a first-time visitor to Los Angeles or have been living in L.A. long enough to become jaded, there are a few misconceptions that we frequently encounter about the city. To start, there’s much more to do here than shop on Rodeo Drive and get start-struck along Hollywood Boulevard!

And the city itself is only the beginning to really get to know the vibe of southern California. Nearby areas of Pasadena, Palm Springs, Newport Beach, and many others are definitely worth exploration too. Here are a few of our favorite local experiences around Los Angeles for summer to enjoy the sunshine in unique and inspiring ways.

Farmers Market Tour

Head to Old Pasadena to experience the colorful streets and fun food traditions on a Farmers Market Tour. Some of the tour stops include an authentic Mexican tortas cafe, a rare Nepalese-Tibetan restaurant, an exquisite chocolate shop, and a handmade soap kitchen. West 3rd Street is a wonderful place to spend a day checking out cafes, restaurant bookstores, and tea shops. This tour lasts about 3.5 hours and starts on Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 am and Thursday evenings at 5:30 pm.

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Photo credit: k lachshand via Flickr

Deep-Sea Fishing Cruise

Newport Beach offers a wonderful full-day Deep-Sea Fishing Cruise that travels into yellowtail and white sea bass territory to try your luck. And even if the fish aren’t biting right away, you’ll enjoy some of the most beautiful natural scenery around L.A. on a peaceful boat ride. Expect to spend about 10 hours on this experience, which sets off on weekends between 6:30 am and 7:00 am.

“Amazing Race” Scavenger Hunt

If you’ve ever watched the TV show, “Amazing Race,” and thought, “Hey, I could do that!” this experience is for you! Our Amazing Race-style Scavenger Hunt is a great way to see the sights of the city with a fun goal to keep you focused, observant, and enjoying a one-of-a-kind visit. It’s a great option for groups of friends, solo travelers, and even L.A. locals who want to experience new things in their city. Scavenger hunts begin on weekends at 11:00 and last about 5 hours.

Santa Ynez Mountain Tour

The nearby area of Santa Barbara has lots to offer for travelers who want a little outdoorsy time in their L.A. vacation. Take a Santa Ynez Mountain Tour to see the rugged backcountry of this beautiful region in a custom Jeep. You’ll get opportunities to hike and amazing views of the Pacific Ocean, Santa Ynez Valley, Channel Islands, and Lake Cachuma. The tour lasts about 3 hours and operates year-around.

Clay Shooting Clinic

Who says that southern Californians don’t know how to shoot? Head over to San Fernando for a Clay Shooting Clinic that’s great for all skill levels. Clinics take place in the morning and include up to 250 rounds of ammunition over 4 hours. If you’ve ever been curious to try shooting a gun for the first time, do it the safe way and hire an experienced professional to teach you the basics.

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Photo credit: big-ashb via Flickr

San Andreas Fault Adventure

Maybe you’ve seen the new movie out in theaters, “San Andreas,” and are now curious to see what the real fault looks like. If so, check out our San Andreas Fault Adventure to learn all about earthquakes and the surrounding desert and native habitats. You can hike around the area, explore a Native American village, or even pan for gold. This experience takes place in Indio, California and lasts about 3 hours.

Summer in Chi Town: Don’t Miss Out on These Experiences!

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By , June 3, 2015 11:00 am

With brutally cold winters that seem to last a little longer each year, Chicago is a city that lives for its beautiful summer season. So now that summer is here (finally!) why not try something new to soak up the sun and make the most of it?

Chicago Jet Boat Experience

One of the best ways to see Chicago is from the water, so kick back and feel the wind in your hair on a Chicago Jet Boat Experience. This is a half-hour tour that combines an adventurous ride with the beautiful view of Lake Michigan and the sprawling Chicago skyline. The boat leaves from Navy Pier, and the captain will tell you all about the city’s landmarks, architecture, and hot spots. Jet boats run daily between 11 am and 7 pm, May through October.

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Photo credit: acuestareig via Flickr

Introduction to Kayaking

To get a little more active on the water, take our Introduction to Kayaking class with the experienced guides of Kayak Chicago. This is a beginner-friendly class that’ll teach you everything you need to know about paddling, boat types, proper gear, safety techniques, and rescue strategies. This expereince lasts about four hours and runs on Saturdays and Sundays from June through September.

Sailing 101 Chicago

Another great water activity to try in Chicago is sailing! Our Sailing 101 Chicago class is beginner-friendly, yet challenging and comprehensive. To complete the course, you’ll need to take four sessions, and each lesson last four hours. So this is a great experience for locals living in the city! Sessions run daily between April and September.

Chicago Shopping Tour: Bucktown and Wicker Park

If you’re more in the mood for a little retail therapy, why not let a shopping expert help you focus and guide you through the city’s trendiest shopping district? Our Chicago Shopping Tour: Bucktown and Wicker Park experience will take you to unique boutiques and introduce you to fashion trends and the creations of top designers. You’ll meet your guide and fellow shoppers at a cafe and then head out to receive VIP treatment and the guidance of a personal shopping stylist. The experience lasts about two hours and starts at 1:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Devil’s Lake Day Rock Climb

If you’re willing to venture outside of the city to explore the surrounding area a bit, check out our Devil’s Lake Day Rock Climb experience in southern Wisconsin. This is an ideal climbing destination for beginner climbers, and experienced guides will provide you with all the gear you need. The day begins around 9:00 am and runs until about 4:00 pm. There are more than 2,000 climbing routes here along the picturesque cliffs that overlook Devil’s Lake – perfect for taking a summertime dip after a day of climbing!

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Photo credit: stewie811 via Flickr

These are a few of the other summer-centric attractions that are must-dos in the city of Chicago:

  • Lollapalooza
  • Cubs game at Wrigley Field
  • Sox game at US Cellular Field
  • North Avenue Beach
  • Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Chicago Air & Water Show
  • Navy Pier Fireworks

For a list of Chicago’s exciting 2015 festivals, take a look at TimeOut’s 2015 Summer Festival Guide and browse through FunSherpa’s Chicago experiences to find one that’ll make your summer unforgettable!

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