The need to feel the wind in your hair is best fulfilled by parasailing, though it can also be fulfilled by riding in a convertible, swinging on a tire swing, or getting sneezed on by a jumbo jet. Ride the currents with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $85 for a tandem parasailing tour or one-hour jet-ski rental for two (up to a $170 value)
- $109 for a three-person parasailing tour (a $225 value)
As they soar up to 800 feet above the Ocean City beaches strapped in a parasail, participants can view a range of sights that, on clear days, may encompass the coastlines of Delaware and Virginia or wild ponies frolicking on the dunes of Assateague Island. Using the boat's hydraulic winch, crews can lower riders to wave to family members on the beach or boardwalk, take pictures of their surroundings, or dip into the water. Each parasail can hold up to three passengers, and no prior experience is necessary.
Participants can board three-seater Sea-Doo jet skis to freely peruse open bay waters in an area typically free of other watercraft. They carve the water with 130 horsepower and can stop abruptly with built-in brakes—a rare feature for jet skis. After preparing with a brief safety and driving-training session, drivers and passengers roam the water for up to an hour, equipped with life jackets and an included tank of gas to keep their craft from getting hungry and chasing after nearby fish.
Ever since he was a child, Ocean City native Tyler Barnes cruised the waters around his nautical town on his parents' boat. His nautical knowledge culminated in a three-year stint as a mate for a parasail company. As he fell in love with the craft, he realized he wanted to start his own adventure company. By blending his skills in watery sports with training as a marketing major, he founded Paradise Watersports. Ten years later, his company now owns a fleet of four 12-passenger parasailing boats and 30 Sea-Doo jet skis, which they buy new each year to ensure high-quality performance.
Tyler leads a team of U.S. Coast Guard–licensed captains and crew, who also all hold certifications in CPR and first aid and boast a thorough knowledge of the area as well as a near-compulsive need for year-round water-bound activity. They put this knowledge to use teaching boater-safety courses on the bay and guiding jet-ski rentals and beach-hugging parasailing tours. On tours, they pilot U.S. Coast Guard–inspected boats custom-built to accommodate parasailing gear and equipped with hydraulic winches and towlines to enable slow takeoffs, steady ascents, and undisturbed conversations with seagulls. For many trips, they grant visitors waterproof Canon cameras, letting riders snap their own photos from the boat or above it.