Marine wildlife tours give passengers an intimate glimpse of leaping fish, swooping birds, and professional spring-breakers who've developed gills. Don't forget your binoculars for this Groupon.
$22 for a Four-Hour Whale- and Dolphin-Watching Adventure Cruise (Up to a $45 Value)
On Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays starting June 19, captains ferry passengers out onto the Atlantic to spot whales and dolphins in the midst of their migrations as a naturalist narrates the sights. The boat launches from Riis Landing in Rockaway, New York, and boasts a cash bar, large upper deck with a canopy, and plush seating. Tours run from noon to approximately 4 p.m.; whale and dolphin sightings are not guaranteed.
American Princess Cruises
Tom Paladino, owner of the 95-foot American Princess, steers passengers over the Atlantic Ocean's scenic waters on many noted tours that leave the city's commotion behind, including his seal and birdwatching tour that earned a New Yorker mention. Staffed by a team of experienced captains on its luxury boats, American Princess Cruises' excursions encompass a variety of sightseeing, cruising, tours, and partying opportunities. The company's many voyages ferry passengers past scenic areas that include New York Harbor, Jamaica Bay, Long Island Sound, or the Statue of Liberty as she readies her torch for that night's show at Madison Square Garden.
Within these geographic areas, passengers cruise on tours during which it's common to spot whales and dolphins cresting the sea's surface, the Sandy Hook Lighthouse, or take in the area's flame-colored leaves in autumn.