Getting out of the house is often hampered by the fact that most houses are located inside a bigger and fancier house. Step outside the house outside your house with today's Groupon: for $26, you get a three-hour guided manatee snorkel tour at Adventure Diving in Crystal River (a $55 value). Tours embark daily between 6:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Boasting a 38-year record of perfect safety in and on the water, Adventure Diving guides snorkelers into the depths of the Crystal River and King's Bay to witness the native west-indian manatees frolicking in their natural habitat. Boats depart from the docks in groups of no more than six passengers, ensuring noncrowded viewings and personal meet-and-greets with seagull senators. During the heart of the three-hour tour, guests don the included clean, certified snorkeling gear and hop into the water for a close-up view of the manatees. An endangered species characterized by their wizened faces and teardrop shape, manatees spend most of their time swimming peacefully, munching on a vegetarian diet, and photobombing pictures of mermaids.
Since 1973, Adventure Diving has transformed land walkers into underwater explorers with dives and scuba lessons. Its location in the Crystal River puts adventurers on the doorstep of the "Manatee Capital of the World," and regular snorkeling trips lead guests into the crystal-clear waters for a chance to glimpse the adorable creatures. Adventure Diving's scuba-certification courses combine online learning and practical lessons to enable solo excursions. A full slate of above-water activities keep feet dry and collectable water wings in their original packaging, allowing visitors to soak in sunset cruises, airboat rides, horseback adventures, and helicopter tours.