What You'll Get
Bodies of water are frequent metaphors in poetry, due to their unfathomable depths, unknowable sprawl, and unattainable porpoises. Set sail into the enigma with today's Groupon: for $20, you get your choice of a novice or intermediate tandem-kayak tour (a $40 value) with Buffalo Bayou Shuttle Service. This Groupon is good for one passenger, so couples and conjoined twins should buy two Groupons to fill their tandem kayak with love.
The paddling trail of the Buffalo Bayou is the longest official paddling trail deep in or outside the heart of Texas, and Buffalo Bayou Shuttle Service is dedicated to providing transportation to simplify recreational enjoyment of this impressive natural resource. With today's deal, you'll receive shuttle-bus transport to the launch site of one of two guided tours, as well as a rental tandem kayak (outfitted for two), paddles, life jacket, seat, and a fully sentient, non-mechanical tour guide. Check the tours page for a schedule of tours throughout June and July.
The Houston Skyline Tour consists of roughly two to three hours of water-based exploration from Woodway Memorial Park to Sabine Street. After taking in the verdant scenery of Memorial Park and the beak-riddled songs of Hogg Bird Sanctuary, you'll enter into Buffalo Bayou Park itself, catching glimpses of the Waugh Bridge Bat Colony, Eleanor Tinsley Park, and the titular skyline of downtown Houston. This tour disembarks just east of the Sabine Street Bridge and is ideal for novice kayakers and city-fanciers alike.
For slightly more seasoned veterans of the paddle and cockpit, the Navigator's Tour lasts about two-and-a-half hours and follows the water brick road from Briar Bend Park to Woodway Memorial Park. Enjoy the bounteous natural scenery as well as challenging twists, turns, and obstacles along the Buffalo Bayou. Sally forth through several sets of rapids and pay a non-nocturnal visit to the Chimney Rock Bat Colony before alighting along the banks of Woodway.
A kayak tour of the Buffalo Bayou is an excellent and unusual way to glimpse Houston's beautiful underbelly, a fun upper-body workout, and a rare chance to wear kayak-shaped pants. Buffalo Bayou Shuttle Service provides answers to frequently asked questions and numerous tour photos on its website to sate pre-adventure curiosity.
Call ahead to reserve your tour date.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Sep 15, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Valid only for The Houston Skyline Tour or The Navigator's Tour. Subject to availability. Reservation required. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Bayou Shuttle Service
Bayou Shuttle Service transports runners, surfers, cyclists, and adventurers toting rented kayaks and canoes to nearby trails and beaches for guided tours and lessons or DIY excitement. Experienced guides lead history-packed kayak tours such as the Houston Skyline Tour, which floats past panoramic views of towering skyscrapers, or the Adventures Tour, which increases heart rates with rushing rapids and an elevation drop more thrilling than jumping down the laundry chute at grandma's house. During all-day surfing lessons, students hop aboard shuttles from downtown Houston to Surfside Beach, where instructors teach nascent surfers to stand up and surf the waves. Bayou Shuttle Service also offers overnight surf trips, where pupils can sit beside campfires under the stars and tell scary stories about crab ghosts.