Seeing the world by bike beats seeing the world by bus, as bus tours are often ruined by engine exhaust, construction detours, and guides who deliver facts by honking them in Morse code. Enjoy the calm of a two-wheeled trek with today's Groupon from e2ride bike tours. Choose between the following options:
- For $29, you get a choice of an historic bike tour for one (up to an $85 value).
- For $52, you get a choice of an historic bike tour for two (up to a $170 value).
Both options include the following:
- Your choice of the Beaches, Olde Mandarin, Riverside-Avondale, San Marco, or Springfield tour
- Experienced guide
- Trek hybrid touring bike and helmet
- Souvenir water bottle and snacks
- Basket and sunscreen
- Complimentary souvenir photos taken throughout the tour
e2ride bike tours' experienced guide Leigh leads cycle-mounted packs along scenic back roads and past Jacksonville's historic architecture and scenery, making occasional stops at places of interest. After boarding their Trek hybrid touring bikes, riders embark on one of five tours, winding through the city, neighborhoods, and natural landscapes. On San Marco excursions, travelers glide an 11-mile route past Southern European–styled buildings, fountains, and statues, without having to navigate the real Europe's forests built from Ikea furniture. Participants can drink in views of the St. Johns River, duck, and koi ponds while searching for local wildlife. Two-wheeled steeds weave a path through 20 miles of local Atlantic coastline on the Beaches tour, where Cape Cod and West Coast–style mansions dot the landscape. As Leigh reveals the history of the ecosystem and its local people, riders may spot wildlife such as birds, dolphins, and Elvis impersonators. The Beaches tour also includes admission to the Beaches Museum, as well as pauses for light swimming. Riders stay hydrated with water from an included souvenir bottle, and deflect hunger pangs with fresh fruit, trail mix, and protein bars.
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High-profile destinations often cite their high ratings on TripAdvisor, which named e2ride bike tours Jacksonville’s No. 1 attraction. However, few boast that they were highly rated by Harriet Beecher Stowe. Her iconic novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, is credited with helping to ignite the Civil War, but most of her opinions on travel have been lost to the ages—except on the company’s historical bike tour of Olde Mandarin. As the tour group winds past the lush area’s museums and public parks, the tour guide notes that Stowe dubbed the area “a tropical paradise.”
On the company’s other tours, guides offer equally juicy historical facts, such as that Riverside-Avondale was originally only occupied by just two homeowners or that Truman Capote vacationed in Springfield. As they learn about the past, groups cycle down present-day roads lined with homes in styles ranging from Tudor and Georgian to Star Warsian.
Our guide was knowledgeable, the route was well planned out, and we learned a lot about our newly adopted city.AMRemley, TripAdvisor, 1/15/12
She goes at a leisurely pace, so its not like a race. We would definitely do it again and would highly recommend it.RP, Google Places, 5/17/10