Since 1981, Sacramento State Aquatic Center has rented fun and educational water vessels to local aquaphiles looking to skitter along the surface of Lake Natoma. Choose from several options for your hour of water-top fun: enjoy the natural landscape at a leisurely pace by cruising out onto the lake in a person-powered canoe, or opt for a tandem or cabo kayak rental for a slightly more X-treme canoe-like experience. If a missed morning spinning class has your legs feeling underworked and lazy, launch onto the lake in a hydro bike and ride over the waves on the pedal-powered pond skimmer.
Epic voyaging need not be reserved for classical heroes who speak in dactylic hexameter. Just as Odysseus slayed the hurricane from aboard his inflatable raft, you too can conquer vengeful waters with today's Groupon to Gold Rush Whitewater Rafting. For just $50, you'll go on a heart-pumping, rapid-raging tour of the South Fork of the American River (44% off a $90 value).
The high-end fleet of Hornblower Cruises & Events fills ports up and down the California coast, as well as in New York, with similar eco-friendly extravagance. Founded by environmental engineer Terry MacRae, Hornblower puts its luxe navy to use hosting dining, entertainment, special-event, and sightseeing cruises, as well as journeying to such storied landmarks as Alcatraz Island and the Statue of Liberty. Beyond these cruises, Terry's team champions green practices through the Respect Our Planet initiative, which works to develop and promote earth-considerate practices such as using hybrid boats that draw power from the sun.
Ably helmed by three-year veteran skipper Captain Mark Kagel, the Spirit of Sacramento ferries passengers on an aquatic journey past the skyline vistas and waterfront scenery of the San Francisco Bay. Captain Pat Mahoney takes on the role of historical tour guide, bringing San Francisco's maritime past to life with lively storytelling skills, a rich imagination, and a refrigerator box labeled "Time Machine.” Guests peer out from three decks of indoor and outdoor seating as the vessel circumnavigates Yerba Buena Island, steams past Treasure Island and the America's Cup racecourse, and offers up views of the city skyline framed by the warm Pacific sunset. Three captains are onboard at all times for comfort and safety, and four separate restrooms cut down on long waits for the bathroom. During each voyage, crew members serve up tasty cocktails and beverages at the full-service bar, and quell hunger pangs with tasty meals available for purchase.
Whiskey Slough Bar and Grill is a gourmet bar and grill located at Whiskey Slough Marina in Holt, CA. Opened from 9am - 9pm, Friday - Sunday, the menu features fresh, organic foods procured from local growers and farmers. The bar features $2 Coors Draft and $3 Whiskey Slough Bucket Drink all summer long.
Since 1969, the folks at Larson Marine have outfitted customers with everything from brand-new boats to wakeboards and inflatable tubes to get out on the water. A self-professed one-stop shop that's large enough for all boating needs, the shop stocks an enormous inventory of gear and accessories and is run by a knowledgable staff that can help visitors find what they need for an aquatic outing.