Coolest Cooler than Cool – We’re talking Sub Zero! 

CRYO850

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You won’t find a cooler experience anywhere on the Emerald Coast than CRYO850! And when we say cool, we are talking -154 degrees. That’s over 50 degrees lower than the lowest temperature recorded in the North Pole! Even Santa doesn’t get this cold! 

So what’s all the fuss about? It’s called Whole Body Cryotherapy. Based on the age-old concept of using extremely cold temperatures to rejuvenate and reset the body (dips in the snow, polar plunges, ice baths), whole body cryotherapy offers the same benefits in a safe and efficient manner. Originally developed in 1972 to treat arthritis, cryotherapy in the United States has evolved from the original nitrogen buckets to the advanced electric, nitrogen-free chambers, and CRYO850 is the only facility in North Florida to offer this state-of-the-art technology! The chamber is affectionately named The Emerald Coast Igloo and was painted by local artist, Joey Canton, to add a little fun to the experience. Selfies required!  

Why Cryo?  When the body’s surface temperature drops by 35-40 degrees, blood leaves the extremities and rushes to the core. The process takes only 2-3 minutes. Afterwards, highly oxygenated blood returns to the extremities and the brain, providing enriched nutrients and enzymes to expedite the body’s natural healing processes. This cellular rejuvenation means a stronger immune system and tighter and more youthful-looking skin. The increased endorphins and adrenaline increase energy, balance mood and mental focus and lead to better sleep (moms of local teenagers say their kids are MUCH nicer after Cryo!). The process also flushes toxins after a workout and serves as a natural anesthesia for pain and inflammation management.

What else is there? In addition to Whole Body Cryotherapy, customers can use Localized Cryotherapy for spot treatments, red light therapy, or hang out in the NormaTec Lounge for relaxation and compression therapy. Massage therapists and Active Recovery Coaches are also on staff. For skin care, visit the on-staff aesthetician for an exclusive Pagani Cryo Facial, Skin Rejuvenation or Body Contouring service.   

Who visits? Some customers visit CRYO850 to manage aches and pains and some to manage mood disorders such as anxiety and depression. Athletes visit to expedite recovery and increase performance. Some customers focus on skin and anti-aging. From ages 9–83, all are focused on better health! 

Cool Factors: The subzero experience, Multitude of health benefits

 CRYO850

4495 Furling Ln

Destin, FL

(850) 279-4145  

www.cryo850.com

Coolest Events to Go Fly a Kite

Fly into the Fall Kite Festival

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Okaloosa Island 

Flying High over the Harbor Kite Festival

Destin Harbor/Noriega Point

850-837-2800

www.kittyhawk.com

When envisioning Kitty Hawk Kite festivals, think the Macy’s Day parade in New York City but in a much warmer climate and with larger-than-life show kites gliding through the air! Mark your calendars for September 21 & 22nd this fall and get ready for a day of family-fun activities. This two-day festival will feature a 100-foot octopus, an 80-foot panda, a 50-foot gator and so many other great character and stunt kites.

Kitty Hawk Kites has been teaching the world to fly kites since 1974. During the fall festival weekend, not only will there be opportunities to watch professional stunt kite-flying teams, you can take free kite-flying lessons and even make your very own kite! Younger ones can fly a standard single-line kite, while those a bit older can try maneuvering a power kite or a stunt kite that has two or even four lines. You’ll catch the thrill of kite-flying for sure at this great event.

Kitty Hawk Kites has the very largest selection of kites in the area, so it’s only natural that they host the fall and spring festivals that mesmerize kids and adults alike! In the spring they hold the Flying High Over the Harbor Kite Festival, so keep an eye out for that event in our On the Coast calendar. Kites sure have come a long way since good ol’ Ben Franklin discovered electricity!

Cool Factors: Giant…HUGE show kites, Free kite-flying and kite-making lessons, Fun for all ages



Coolest Way to Celebrate an Event

Celebrate loudly with a huge variety of signs for every occasion!

Celebrate loudly with a huge variety of signs for every occasion!

Seaside Celebrate Signs

850-737-6315

www.seasidecelebrationsigns.com

We all love surprises, and we all love to surprise those we love, right? To give that special someone a more memorable surprise, enter Seaside Celebration Signs. Owner Brittany Smith started her unique sign business here On the Coast because she enjoys bringing joy to people.  Brittany follows in her aunt’s footstep from Texas who started The Stork Lady, a lawn sign rental service, and Brittany saw that our Emerald Coast needed something just like this.

Brittany loves to drop off her customized signs to surprise the birthday child or adult when they wake up in the morning or come home from school or work. Getting pictures of her clients standing by the signs with big smiles brings a big smile to hers. It’s certainly a happy business. 

Artistically made, these signs are colorful and almost life-size with their customized announcements. From the birth of a baby to its arrival to every birthday beyond, to special occasions such as anniversaries, Seaside Celebrations Signs is there to make it extra special and memorable.

Seaside Celebrate Signs serves the Florida Panhandle East of Pensacola including 30A, Fort Walton Beach, Mary Esther, Niceville, Crestview, Destin, Santa Rosa Beach, Valparaiso, Eglin AFB, and Navarre.

Cool Factors: Life-size announcements, Colorful and customizable, A unique way to celebrate

Seaside Celebrate Signs

850-737-6315

www.seasidecelebrationsigns.com

Coolest Specialty Meat Market on the Coast

Hebert’s Specialty Meats

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Looking for true Cajun favorites to serve in your own home? Hebert’s Specialty Meats is your go-to place here On the Coast! With two locations to serve you, it’s convenient to both Destin and Sandestin visitors and locals! 

Owned and operated by true Cajun, Walter Hidalgo along with partners Sean and Kelli Louvierre, Hebert’s opened the first Emerald Coast location in June 2018. After knowing Sammy Hebert, the original founder of Hebert’s Specialty Meats, for 35 years, Hidalgo decided to bring his own part of the company to the Emerald Coast. After visiting the area since 1980, Hidalgo saw a need for true Cajun-style cuisine.

Hebert’s Specialty Meats originally opened in 1984 in Maurice, Louisiana. As the home of the original deboned stuffed poultry, Hebert’s offers all of the Cajun favorites including hot boudin, turduckens, boneless stuffed chicken, boneless stuffed turkey, shrimp or crawfish etouffee, shrimp and crab stuffing, andouille, crawfish pie, a variety of green onion sausages and much more, all served daily.

They also offer easy grab-and-go options for customers to pick up on their way home from work or for an easy yet flavorful weeknight dinner. The store also carries pre-cooked options that customers can easily heat up at home. 

Cool Factors: Authentic Cajun dishes, Two convenient locations, Grab-and-go dishes

 Hebert’s Specialty Meats

872 Hwy 98 E. Destin, FL. 850-460-8885

Market Shops of Sandestin, FL 850-460-8885

Coolest Things to Build

Beach Sand Sculptures

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Have you ever strolled down the beach and noticed a particularly excellent sandcastle? Have you ever wanted to be able to build a colosseum out of sand or construct a castle fit for a king? Well now you can, thanks to sand sculptors Rick and Capri Mungeam.

Rick and Capri offer sandcastle lessons from Okaloosa Island all along the beaches to South Walton and scenic highway 30A. They have hired and trained more than 25 sand castle coaches who “create memories in the sand” with families and groups with award-winning sand castle lessons. They believe that sand castle lessons are so much more than learning impressive building techniques; they also give families the opportunity to experience quality time and make memories together, which is priceless. 

Sand castles also make for a great birthday party or team-building activity. What a unique way to ask your special someone, “Will you marry me?” or “sandvertise” your corporate logo.

Sandcastles do wash away eventually, but the memories making and enjoying them last forever. 

Cool factors: Quality family time activity, Toes in the sand, Unique

Beach Sand Sculptures

Santa Rosa Beach, FL

www.beachsandsculptures.com

303-681-2630



Coolest Ice Cream

Frozen Dune Rolled Ice Cream and Coffee

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Love ice cream but want to try something new? Head on over to Frozen Dune to try some rolled ice cream and coffee. 

Rolled ice cream? Yes!  Also known as stir-fried ice cream, a mixture of milk, cream and sugar is poured onto an ice-cold metal plate to freeze. Then, your choice of ingredients and toppings - a selection varying from Oreos, strawberries or marshmallows - is mixed in and the ice cream is smoothed flat across the metal plate. Slowly, the ice cream is scraped off in thin spiraling curls and rolls, compiling it all into a cup ready to share.

The owner of the Frozen Dune restaurant was first introduced to Thailand’s stir-fried ice cream in New York City. This unique frozen dessert immediately became popular in the northeastern United States in 2015. While living in Destin, the owner missed the delicious ice cream treat, so lucky for us, he decided to bring this delicacy to the Emerald Coast.

Frozen Dune also serves something else very unique to our coast. How about your picture in a milk foam drink! All you have to do is order one of the fruity-flavored black teas with milk foam. The staff will then take a photo of you, your kiddo, you pet, whatever, and the printer zaps the picture on the foam! It’s magic! Pretty cool right?

This is great place for something new. Located on Old Highway 98 right across from the beach in Miramar, Frozen Dune is the perfect stop after a sunny day of swimming on the coast.  All smiles at Frozen Dune.

Cool Factors:              Rolled Thai ice cream, Selfie on your drink, Customization of your treat, Fun to watch them make your dessert


2052 Scenic Gulf Dr. Unit 103

Miramar Beach, Florida

(850) 842-4777

Coolest Way to Get Close to Dolphins

Dolphin Splash Encounter

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Enter the dolphins’ world for an unforgettable experience as you get up close and personal with these sleek and graceful animals. Ever wondered what a dolphin feels like? This in water experience allows you to meet, play, touch, interact and learn about Atlantic bottlenose dolphins alongside a Gulfarium trainer.

If you're 8 years or older, this amazing experience is for you. The Dolphin Splash encounter is a wade program and takes place in shallow water, about 3 feet deep, so even those who cannot swim can take part!

Guests will want to come back again and again as no two Dolphin Splash encounters will be exactly the same. The behaviors experienced in each encounter are different in order to incorporate variety for the animals. The program may include feeding and giving various behavior signals while interacting with the dolphins. Who knows, you may even meet a different dolphin the next time you visit!

You'll take home a souvenir towel and one of the most memorable experiences of a lifetime!

Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park is dedicated to educating, entertaining, and inspiring their guests to respect and preserve wildlife by providing unique and memorable experiences for visitors to connect with marine life. Through programs like the Dolphin Splash Encounter, you will experience the way these animals live in their day to day lives and how important it is to maintain their ecosystem.

Cool Factors: Touching a dolphin up close! Interact and play with the dolphins. Communicate with dolphins. Take home swag.

Dolphin Splash Encounter

Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park

1010 Miracle Strip Parkway SE • Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

850-243-9046

Coolest Step Back In Time


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Suds-N-Cinema

What do you get from some buddies that want to bring back an old landmark that meant so much to them when they were in high school? You get Suds-N-Cinema!  

Suds-N-Cinema is the only locally-owned and operated theater on the Emerald Coast. It is the latest incarnation of a theater business in a building that was originally constructed in 1940. The theater, built and owned by John Tringas, was one of the first buildings on what was then called Main Street in downtown Fort Walton.

For decades, the Tringas family operated the Tringas Theater, and it was the only place around to take in a movie. But, over time, new theaters came to the area.  Multiple screens, larger concessions selections, and more modern technology meant that the theater needed to revise its business model in order to stay around.

 Through the years the business has been known by several names: Suds-N-Cinema, Cinema Plus, Downtown Cinema Plus, and even a brief stint as Apples Disco.  Each of these businesses put their own slant on the movie/pizza/beer theme, but none made significant changes that really set them apart from their predecessors.

 That is changing at this very moment as those old high school friends are preparing to open the doors to Suds-N-Cinema. As a team, they converted the building into one that has a combination of Art Deco and Soda Fountain motif. The facility is more comfortable, the aesthetics more enjoyable, there are more food options, and the theater can once again show multiple movies each week.

 Cool Factors:  A step back in time, oldest theater on the Emerald Coast, Have a brewski or wine, some food and sit at a table with chairs with your family and friends. 

174 Highway 98 SE

Fort Walton Beach, FL. 32548

850-226-SUDS (7837) 

Coolest Place to Summer it Up

Crab Island

Choctawhatchee Bay by Destin Bridge

 



No address on land for this Coolest on the Coast spot! Crab Island is located a little ways out from Harborwalk Village, north of the Destin bridge in the middle of the water bayside.

 

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If you’re a visitor to the Emerald Coast, you have probably heard of this unique spot. You might even have already seen it while crossing over the bridge coming into Destin from Okaloosa Island. Thanks to its widespread publicity in all forms of media, Crab Island is a famous landmark, or should we say watermark?  Both tourists and locals alike enjoy taking family and friends out to this summertime destination. 

 An underwater sandbar formed after Hurricane Eloise in the 70s, and locals quickly discovered that this is a great place to go. Crab Island got its name from the shape of the island. The sea averages two to four feet deep throughout, and on an average summer day (especially at high tide), it is sparkling and crystal clear. What started off as a nice little spot to dock your boat to swim with marine life up close has now become a hot spot for everyone to gather.

 Crab Island is only accessible by boat, paddle board, or kayak. You can also take one of the water taxis there. Once there, you can find people galore, food and drinks, inflatable water parks, bands, movies and more. It’s a regular gathering spot for locals but they welcome all.  If you’re going as a family, know that the center tends to be more for a party crowd with its bars and bands, while the outskirts tend to be more for families with activities.

Head on out to this top destination On the Coast, and get ready for a day full of adventure, fun, and a whole lot of water.

Cool Factors:             Great place to meet up with your boating friends, Inflatable water parks for the kiddos, Everything you need to spend the day



Coolest Fastest Way to Get Around Town

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Electric Bikes!

Coastal Cruisers

Pedego Electric Bikes

Big Daddy Bikes

Birds, Limes and Jumps. You can easily pick up these electric scooters in big cities all across the country.  Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately as some might think), these scooters are not readily available to us here On the Coast. What IS available, though, are electric bikes! And we are super fans of them.

Electric bikes allow you to tour all our coastal towns in a day and get a real feel for each little area unique to our coast. Not only are there so many paths to ride on, but you can also stop at each quaint town and spend time shopping or enjoying the great flavors of the many restaurants and coffee houses that preside along 30A. 

Electric bikes make it so easy to travel around Sandestin too. Touring along Miramar Beach from the Silver Sands Outlet all the way to the Brooks Bridge makes for a great day now that there are sidewalks and bike paths the whole way. It sure does beat being in a car or in some cases riding manual bikes where the heat just gets to you after a while! Parking is a breeze too.  

You can pick up electric bikes at many locations On the Coast. We suggest you call ahead and reserve them because carriers have a limited supply! 

Cool factors: You don’t have to pedal the whole time, Cover a lot of distance, quickly, Gets you outdoors and active

Coastal Cruisers

12605 Emerald Coast Pkwy

Miramar Beach

850-543-6146

Pedego Electric Bikes

174 Watercolor Way #106

Santa Rosa Beach

850-598-6380

Big Daddy Bikes

2217 West 30A

Santa Rosa Beach

850-622-1165

Coolest Spring Water on the Coa

Vortex Springs 

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Looking for a change – an exciting place to swim and play away from the beaches of the Gulf?  Then head to Vortex Springs!  Its crystal cool water is so refreshing during the hot summer days. It's just pure fun to be there! You'll find a lot of local families enjoying this spot as well as groups of friends who have discovered this very cool hangout. 

The natural clear spring water stays a cool 68 degrees year-round and is a fun place to dive and swim.  You can also snorkel, paddleboard, kayak, canoe and tube - all are available for daily rental. Food and beverages are permitted at Vortex Springs so pack up those picnic baskets for the full day. If you'd like some shade, the large oaks that surround the area provide plenty. For the littles, you'll find a few playgrounds at Vortex too.  

If you're a camper, Vortex offers that as well. From tent camping to cabins to larger lodges, they can accommodate you and your group. 

For diving enthusiasts, Vortex Springs is home to one of the largest cavern systems, so who knows what you'll discover down below.  The crystal-clear water are perfect conditions to explore and train. If you're not certified, this is the place to do it! Nothing beats the calmness and clarity you'll experience while learning to dive. 

Daily admission is $10. Children 4-8 are $8 and children under 3 are free.  The springs are open Monday-Thursday 8-7 pm, Friday-Saturday 7-8 pm and Sundays 8-5 pm. Vortex Springs also features a diving board, 10 slides, jump platforms and an old-fashioned rope swing that has become a popular signature of Vortex Springs over the years.  Picnic tables are available for use and a gazebo is available to rent. 

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Cool Factors: Coolest, clearest springs, cave diving, lots of activities for every age, camping.








1517 Vortex Springs Ln, Ponce De Leon, FL 32455

(850) 836-4979

www.vortexspring.com 

Coolest Place to Go Wild!

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Emerald Coast Zoo

So, you ask, what makes this zoo so special? Well…it’s the people! Yep. The people. Last year Rick de Ridder (Rick the Reptile Guy) from the A&E TV show “Wild Transport” heard about the Emerald Coast Zoo and how it was in danger of closure by government agencies. He knew that if the zoo closed, many of the animals there would be euthanized, and he just couldn’t just sit back and let that happen. He sold his home and all his belongings and purchased the zoo. How about that for making a difference and taking action!

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Of course, he couldn’t do this without the blessings of his wife Sara and their three kids David (better known as Tarzan to the locals), Suzy, and Betsy. They purchased a large camper and moved their family of five onto the zoo property, and there they live. We can't think of many families that would even begin to make an idea like this a reality, but that's what this family does.

With the de Ridder’s love and passion for the animals they acquired comes a new passion to make the zoo survive. Many locals have rallied around them with a progressive Go Fund Me page to help with the building of the required larger, new enclosures. For the community it brings a new awareness that there is this super cool zoo right here in our backyard that so many never even knew about

The de Ridders have started new programs to bring awareness such as summer camps, goat yoga and many amazing animal encounters. Rick makes himself available to go to church groups, schools and events to educate, entertain and inform. 

This non-profit, family-owned and operated zoo is not out of the woods yet. It takes a lot of money to feed the lions and tigers (which zoo workers actually held and played with when they were just little cubs some 15 years ago) and all the other wonderful animals at The Emerald Coast Zoo. With new enclosures still being built, the zoo is asking for assistance as they are truly in need of money to improve it. With everyone’s help, they’ll be able to reap the rewards of seeing these animals live in environments more natural to them and will have continued access to these amazing animals who, for the most part, were all hand-raised at this very zoo. 


To contribute, please visit the Go Fund Me link at https://www.gofundme.com/manage/p5kmr-please-help-us-help-them


Cool Factors: So many hands on encounters, Passionately owned family non-profit, The big cats.


Emerald Coast Zoo

5262 Deer Springs Dr

Crestview, FL. 

850-682-3949

www.emeraldcoastzoo.com

Coolest Way to Get Up Close to Dolphins

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Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park

 

Dolphin Splash EncountEnter the dolphins’ world for an unforgettable experience as you get up close and personal with these sleek and graceful animals. This in water experience allows you to meet, play, touch, interact and learn about our Atlantic bottlenose dolphins alongside a Gulfarium trainer. You'll see firsthand and experience how dolphins have learned to communicate with us!

If you're eight or older, this amazing experience is for you. The Gulfarium also can accommodate those with special needs including mobility, sight or hearing impairments. This encounter happens in shallow water, only three feet deep so no need to worry about swimming with them. 

You'll take home pictures taken by your family and friends, a souvenir towel and one of the most memorable experiences of a lifetime!

Cool Factors: Touching a dolphin up close! Interact and play with the dolphins. Communicate with dolphins. Take home swag.

Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park

·1010 Miracle Strip Parkway SE • Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

·850-243-9046 

4th Of July Celebrations on the Emerald Coast

The sky’s aglow as we celebrate the 4th of July

The sky’s aglow as we celebrate the 4th of July

Quick list of locations for todays big firework displays

Happy Fourth of July Emerald Coast! Here's your fireworks list so you can plan your evening! Alphabetical of course😊

Aly's Beach

Crestview Twin Hills Park

Defuniak Springs Lake

Destin HarborWalk Village

FWB The Landing

Okaloosa Island The Boardwalk

Navarre Beach

Niceville Bayshore Drive

Panama City Beach both County & City Piers

Pensacola Maritime Park

Pensacola Seville Square

Rosemary Beach North Barrett Square

Sandestin Baytowne Wharf

Santa Rosa Beach - Logan St

You'll want to get to a spot well before 8:30pm at the latest as fireworks start going off around 9pm.


Be safe this 4th of July! Enjoy 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸


New Florida Laws that Start July 1st

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Here are a hand full of new laws going into effect July 1st for us Floridians.

TEXTING AND DRIVING - HB - 107

Law enforcement can pull you over texting and driving without needing any other reason. 

VAPING SPB - 7012

No more vaping in indoor workplaces.

BRIGHT FUTURES - SB - 190

Bright Futures scholarships get tougher. The highest tier, which covers tuition and fees entirely at state colleges and universities, will require a student’s SAT to be close to 1330 instead of the current 1290. The 2nd tier, which covers 75 percent of costs, would move close to 1200 from the current 1170.

TESTING FOR TEACHERS - CS/SB - 7070

The testing requirements for teachers to get certified just got easier. 

SCHOOLS OF HOPE - SB - 7070

The “Schools of Hope” program expands. Charter schools will now be allowed to open near public schools that perform poorly. 

PRIVATE SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS - SB - 7070

If you’re a family of four, making $77,000 or less annually, you can now have access to public funded scholarships to private schools.

TECH TRAINING HB - 7071 

Vocational and technical training in high schools get the nod through expanded career planning programs and apprenticeships.  

GARDENING SB - 52

Yeah! Homeowners can grow fruits and vegetables in front yard gardens.

RED TIDE SB - 1552

Florida is dedicating $3 million per year for six years from its general fund towards Red Tide.

CHEAPER DRUGS HB - 19

More affordable drugs can be imported from other countries, if they’re approved by the U.S. FDA

SANCTUARY CITIES SB - 168

Prohibits state and local governments from having sanctuary policies for undocumented immigrants. Enforcement begins October 1. 

PRIVATE ADDRESSES SB - 248

Civilians who work with law enforcement can get private addresses.

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES - HB 311

Allows for the development of driverless vehicles in the state.

HEMP - SB 1020

The Department of Agriculture is ready issue rules to govern the growth, use and sale of hemp in our state. The policy would also regulate CBD products. 



Coolest Way to Bring Back the 40's

Junior Bombers Roller Derby

Northwest Florida Fairgrounds

1958 Lewis Turner Blvd

Fort Walton Beach

(813) 362-8644 f

wbjbombers@gmail.com 

We’re all looking for something that will build confidence, strength, life skills and accountability for our young ladies. We want a place where they feel safe and encouraged to be active. We also want them to live a better, more empowered life than we did. If you nodded along and agreed with the above, read more to learn a little about what makes the Fort Walton Beach Junior Bombers Roller Derby team an ideal environment for your daughter(s).

 

40s something, Nicci Starks Lee has been skating for over six years as part of the local roller derby team for adults. When talking about what drew her to roller derby, Nicci explained that roller derby is about more than just skating and playing a game. It’s about providing and being provided with a community and support system. She said that roller derby calmed her down and gave her a much needed outlet while also helping to change her perspective on things that just didn’t need her energy.

After having enough interest, she decided to start the Fort Walton Beach Junior Bombers Roller Derby team for ages 8-17. She began the team to provide young women with an avenue wherein they could belong, get healthy, and keep busy. The benefit isn’t just for the kids, though. The team takes responsibility for representing itself well. Not only will they help build a code of ethics in the kids, but they’re also there for the parents.

Now in their second year, the Junior Bombers are still ramping up their numbers so that they can compete in bouts. A little nervous about this “rough” sport? Nicci made it clear that safety is always first and then went on to explain that the girls are taught how to fall, how to block, how to hit and even how to skate. That’s all before they’re even allowed to work with the team. When they do get to work with the team, the environment for trust and dependability is cultivated at every step. The best part about derby? It stays with you, Nicci says. Derby isn’t just for middle school or high school or college. You can play it the majority of your life and as you move, there’s usually a new team waiting for you.

Cool Factors: Unique form of exercise and activity for young adults, lifelong skills taught, family environment, team building

 

Coolest Way to Stretch

Massage Envy

Destin (850) 650-8500

Fort Walton Beach (850) 301-2000

Panama City Beach (850) 563-0070

 

We all know and love Massage Envy, but now we love them for a whole new reason. While massage, in and of itself, is incredibly powerful, Massage Envy has added Streto Therapy, a new method that adds a deeper level of treatment to the experience.

Streto Therapy combines fifteen years of experience working with the human body with the most current medical research to provide relief in a different but tried-and-true manner. By increasing mobility, flexibility and blood circulation, this new method of treatment allows for the body’s natural healing abilities to be even more effective. It aims to release the build-up of tension by stretching your body in a streamlined fashion, starting at the neck and working downwards.

From bad postures to holding in emotions and increased technology usage, our muscles bundle and tighten, creating pain that sometimes can’t be fixed by a standard massage. While stretching is good for you to do on your own, assisted stretching is even better and can intensify the results. The therapy was developed by a chiropractor, a massage therapist and an ergonomist in an effort to create a treatment format that would help people get back to living their lives to the fullest. This combination of physical therapy and massage is ideal if you’re experiencing pain or stiffness and helps to prevent future occurrences and avoid injury.

If you think about the years of damage we’ve done to our bodies just by existing, it doesn’t take any convincing to be sure that this is a therapy style that everyone should try. It’s the perfect complement to other treatments you may be using to bring your body to whole health and wellness. Like many therapies, this process works alongside other therapies to maintain and solidify those results, so you don’t have to be afraid to add Streto to your routine. You have the option of receiving the Total Body Stretch as a stand-alone service or you can add it on to one of the many massage options that Massage Envy offers. With locations in both Fort Walton Beach and Destin, it’s also convenient!

Cool Factors: Stretching for health, pain relief, long-lasting results

 

Coolest Way to Catch a Wave

JetSurf Destin

10 Harbor Boulevard

Destin

(850) 900-7873

www.jetsurfdestin.com

Yyyyeeewww!! Tyler and Tyler, the co-owners of Jetsurf Destin, are here to bring the waves to you with motorized surfboards! Originally invented in Czech Republic by a professional surfer, the JetSurf board can reach speeds up to 37 miles per hour.  Yes...you heard that right! In other words, right here in Destin Florida, YOU can carve, grind, and fly on this board at record speeds. Jetsurf is one of a kind, and, after seeing this sport on a YouTube video, the Tylers decided to quit their jobs and move down to the beach to be the first and one of the only to bring the board to America and offer it for rental.

Though Jetsurf can be a seriously competitive sport, anyone over the age of 14 can enjoy the easy-to-ride board.  From lessons to couples surf to stunt surfing, the Tylers have created an inviting environment for everyone to enjoy. JetSurf Destin offers a full experience for those who want to learn and ride or simply chill out on their boat and giant inflatable paddle board.  In other words, we can guarantee a phenomenal time whether you are ultra competitive or just along for the ride. Tyler and Tyler are enthusiastic and committed to making JetSurf Destin a highlight of your year. Born from a need to push the limits of conventional water sports, this company is new and thriving, and with the opportunity to try a brand new and rare sport right here on the Emerald Coast, how can we pass it up?

Cool Factors:  Bragging rights for riding the best and fastest motorized surfboard in the world, Tyler and Tyler, surf with no wave

 

Coolest Place to Jump

Just Jump

11220 Hutchinson Boulevard Panama City Beach

844-344-5867

www.justjump.com

30,000 square feet of dedicated family fun (for all ages) awaits you at Just Jump Trampoline Park in Panama City Beach! Whether you’re a parent looking for a safe, fun and clean place for your kids to burn some energy or you just want a new and exciting way to get active, Jump Jump is an ideal location for you to do so. You’ll find a tumble track, two Soc-Air courts, dodgeball. basketball, a double trapeze, a Gladiator Pit, a Ninja Course and their oh-so- popular Air Bag within the walls of this epic play zone. There’s even a Kiddie Area for jumpers who are 6 and under with a huge play structure, separate trampolines, a foam pit, a climbing wall, and basketball goal! For only $15/per hour (per jumper), you can have full reign of the whole place. They offer group discounts! On Monday nights, they offer family time from 5-9pm – for just $30, a family of four can spend an hour playing and running all of that energy out. They do require grip socks, but sell them on premise if you need them!

This state-of-the-art facility is complete with a large open jump area, the latest technology and unique designs to captivate the attention of any visitor – even those who don’t wish to engage in the fun themselves. If you’re  supervising, you can treat yourself to a bout in their massage chairs or you can watch the fun from above on the mezzanine.

Not only is Just Jump a great option for the family, but it’s even better for parties. You can have the best birthday ever by letting them handle all of the details for you. They also have fantastic rates for school field trips, church groups, and group events of any size.

Cool Factors: 30,000 sq ft of fun, Subconscious Exercise, Endless Activities

Coolest Place to Race

The Track

1125 Highway 98 East

Destin

(850) 654-4668

www.funatthetrack.com

Are you ready for fun and adventure this summer that the whole family can enjoy? The Track's signature ride -- The Wild Woody -- allows drivers to race up three and a half stories and then circle back down with an exciting drop at the bottom for a high-altitude driving experience. The Wild Woody features both single and double karts, and the great news is that even young children can join their parents on this ride. With a minimum height requirement for passengers of three feet tall, most three and four year olds are tall enough to ride The Wild Woody. Passengers that are between three feet tall and four feet, 9 inches tall ride for free.

If you have older children that are ready to take the wheel, then anyone that is four feet, 10 inches tall can drive a single kart. In order to drive a double kart, drivers must be at least 16 years old with a driver's license and four feet, 10 inches tall.

The Wild Woody is one of five go-kart tracks at The Track in Destin. For more information on all of the rides and height requirement, visit www.funatthetrack.com. Be sure to follow The Track on social media for access to special sales throughout the year. One running currently is code: GOKARTS12

Cool Factors:  Great for ALL ages. Young kiddos between 3’ to 4’ 9” can ride FREE with a licensed driver 16 and up, 3 1/2 stories tall and fast.