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.
$26 for a Two-Hour Eco-Shrimping Tour for Two ($52 Value)
During the Eco-Shrimping Tour, guests help to cast and retrieve otter trawl shrimp nets near the Fort Clinch Aquatic Preserve. After drawing in the haul, the ship's crew places the critters in an onboard aquarium, where an expert naturalist joins guests in ogling shrimp and the regal sea monkeys that rule them. The tour then continues along the oyster beds, mud flats, and tidal creeks of the St. Marys River and Tiger Basins. Baby dolphins, manatees, sea turtles, egrets, spoonbills, ospreys, and more wildlife may also be convinced to put down their Wii remotes and emerge to greet tourists during the trip.
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.