Americans have always been trailblazers, from laying the track on the first intercontinental railroad to hacking through the petrified forest of national flags on the moon. Conquer the final frontier, the ocean, with this Groupon.
$39 for a Two-Hour Standup-Paddleboard Lesson and Ocean Dolphin Tour ($80 Value)
The paddleboarding adventure starts on flat water, where an expert guide teaches participants to paddle and maintain balance atop boards. After newbies hone their skills, they paddle out into the ocean, passing sandy beaches and waterfront architecture. It's here that dolphins might make an appearance. The aquatic mammals jump, play, and swim alongside paddleboarders as they explore the water. Dolphin sightings aren't guaranteed, but paddleboarders encounter them during approximately 40% of tours.
Rudee Inlet Stand Up Paddle
Rudee Inlet seems made for paddleboarding. Its flat, calm waters help new boarders master skills quickly, and when they're ready, paddlers can float out into the ocean. Randy Harris, the owner of Rudee Inlet Stand Up Paddle, recognizes that this area is something special. Harris is the third of four generations to live here, so he possesses a deep understanding of the water, one he further honed as a semiprofessional surfer. Today, he introduces others to the beauty of Rudee Inlet during paddleboard lessons and tours. The excursions have proved popular—the business has been featured on Channel 3 News and the Travel Channel and attracted high-profile customers, such as NHL players.