At Daytona Beach Parasail, flightless humans can highlight day trips to Daytona Beach with a parasail adventure. After taking off from the flight deck of a boat piloted by a USCG-licensed captain, customers soar 2,000 feet in the air, which is the perfect height for catching scenic glimpses of the world-famous shoreline. No previous knowledge of parasailing is required. The entire excursion takes about 45 minutes, which includes the boat trip out and back. Single flights last about 8 minutes; customers can team up with Groupon-bearing friends for a tandem flight, which will keep them floating for 14–16 minutes. Pack your camera if you want a friend to snap pictures of your airborne antics. Ferry customers receive free shuttle service to and from the boat.
Perched on the banks of the Intracoastal Waterway, Paddleboard New Smyrna Beach populates Florida’s placid waves with professional-grade standup paddleboards and kayaks cared for by expert guides. Whether leading beginners’ lessons in a protected lagoon or explaining the nuances of vehicle control before sending guests on a free-wheeling rental, the team prepares guests for jaunts around the waterway’s palm-lined shores. Pushing off from the center’s North Causeway dock, two-hour tours find the guides in their natural element, shepherding guests toward wildlife areas saturated with manatees, dolphins, and wrestlers practicing for the alligator bonus round at the next big meet.
Quin's takes visitors on guided tours of Daytona Beach's inland waterways, where explorers can get a boat's-eye view of the region's wildlife and ecosystems. Kayakers can make wake on the St. Johns or Tomoka rivers, where they're likely to encounter manatees, alligators, osprey, bald eagles, retirees, and other wildlife that inhabit the secluded areas. Paddle independently or make it a duo in a tandem kayak—participants can fill the second seat for $30. Quin's sets up a rendezvous point when customers book a tour and, like a transatlantic field trip, all necessary kayaks, life jackets, water, and snacks are provided. Although not included with this Groupon, tickets for kiddos 4 to 14 years old are $25, so kayakers can also make the tour a family event.
Local creek waters and river tributaries empty into an estuary along more than 150 miles of Florida's east coast. There, the freshwaters mix with salty Atlantic currents to form the Indian River Lagoon. The lagoon supports the highest levels of biodiversity found in any North American estuary. Preserving this delicate and species-rich ecosystem is the goal of Marine Discovery Center, a nonprofit corporation headquartered on the banks of the river. The MDC connects citizens to nature through kids? summer camps, educational outreach, and frog-kissing booths. Kayak tours allow guests of all skill levels to navigate through the mangrove-framed waters of the lagoon in search of native birds, leaping mullet fish, and even Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. On board a 40-passenger pontoon boat, tour and charter groups safely visit the lagoon's toad fish, stingrays, and roaming turtles while not harming the singular habitats.
Between the sandy shore and the sprawling waters of the Atlantic Ocean, you could easily spend day after day along Jacksonville's beach front. There are countless ways to pass the hours, including surfing, paddleboarding, and biking. Beach Life Rentals, LLC facilitates these and more with beach-friendly rentals, such as bicycles, kayaks, and umbrellas. Its staff ferries gear to and from the beach, so customers only have to worry about kayaking and not about fitting the paddles inside their fanny packs.
The guides from Calypso Kayaking Tours take explorers into native wildlife habitats of the Florida inter-coastal waterway, traversing the shorelines in search of bottle nosed dolphins. The kayaks come within a few feet of the marine mammals, and patrons have an opportunity to wade in shallow waters. Guides also conduct trips to the Port Orange Wildlife Sanctuary, where Brown Pelicans, egrets, and herons play poker in the mudflats.