A boat cruise is a relaxing way to sit back, relax, and forget that you spent all the money you were saving for a college education on a boat. Cruise the ocean blue without spending a boatload with this Groupon.
$24 for a Cumberland Sound Boat Tour for Two ($48 Value)
Daily 90-minute tour departs at 5 p.m., when captain steers one of three US Coast Guard--certified vessels along Fernandina Beach to explore Old Towne and Fort Clinch, which was garrisoned in the Civil War. From there, boats skim along coast of Cumberland Island, where wild horses often frolic on the beach.
Amelia River Cruises
Captain Kevin and Cecilia McCarthy have always been fond of the sea. Born and raised in the port town of Gloucester, Massachusetts, Kevin sojourned south in 1968 before meeting his wife Cecilia, whose family had arrived on the marshy shores of Fernandina nine generations ago. After Kevin worked as a building contractor for nearly 30 years, he and Cecilia opted to embrace their shared love for being on the water, and founded Amelia River Cruises in the summer of 2000. Twelve years later, their fleet is three U.S. Coast Guard–inspected boats strong, and each cruises steadily along myriad tours of Cumberland Island, Beach Creek, and the shores of Amelia Island. History buffs rejoice in narrated jaunts down the Intracoastal Waterway that lead to the Kingsley Plantation—whose 1797 establishment makes it the oldest surviving plantation house in Florida—before traveling to the historic Fort Caroline National Memorial, one of the first permanent settlements in North America. Two-hour eco tours journey through state parks and aquatic preserves, where hands-on shrimping experiences let guests identify their captured creatures before asking them the current exchange rate of a sand dollar and releasing them back into the wild. The local and surrounding ecosystem, with diverse wildlife that appears most prominently during the summer months, boasts playful pods of dolphins, an abundance of shore birds, and sea turtles who visit to nest on nearby island shores.