Helicopter pilots are in constant danger of action stars climbing aboard their craft and throwing them out; kayakers, however, need only fear falling helicopter pilots. Steer an unstealable vessel with today's Groupon: for $7, you get a sampler day pass at the East Coast Canoe & Kayak Festival (a $15 value). Choose from three dates: Friday, April 15; Saturday, April 16; or Sunday, April 17. Children 17 and under get in free with an accompanying adult registration.
The East Coast Canoe & Kayak Festival packs a weekend with canoe and kayak history, paddling and performance techniques, and taking to the water. The sampler day pass offers the choicest morsels from this smorgasbord to beginning paddlers for a day of well-rounded canoe-conferring and kayak-communing. Browse boat demos and the exhibit area as more than 50 vendors display wares and seduce paddlers with new equipment, testable merchandise, and hypnotizing pocket watches. Once primed and ready for the hands-on boating experience, the Smart Start for the Beginner Paddler course offers a tutorial in the basics of equipment and safely feeding your vessel its carrots. Upon return to solid ground, reacclimatize to the rigors of on-land travel with a climbing wall that is sure to placate jealous toes with plenty of treading and gripping time.
Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark
Designed to look like an island retreat, Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark is more than just a place to beat the heat. It’s a fun-filled playground complete with slides, squirt guns, and a wave pool. The Big Splash Tree House is outfitted with 66 interactive features, including a giant bucket that drenches visitors with more than 1,000 gallons of water. The Tubular Twister sends riders shooting down a trio of 300-foot slides, while the Big Kahuna recreates the ocean’s waves in a 27,000-square foot pool. Little ones can play in gentler areas such as Lily Pad Lagoon and Otter Bay, which has a six-lane racer slide. In between aquatic activities, you can relax in the lazy river or stop by the concession stands for a quick bite.