Nature, like true love, odorless cologne, and Burt Reynold’s dramatic Shakespearean soliloquies, is most powerfully experienced live and up close. Immerse yourself in earthy forces with today’s Groupon. For $25, you get a 2.5-hour scenic bike tour from Chesapean Outdoors (a $50 value), which begins at 31st Street and Atlantic Avenue on the Virginia Beach boardwalk. Groupon buyers can either bring a bike of their own or use one provided by Chesapean Outdoors at no additional fee.
Chesapean Outdoors guides scenery seekers around the lush landscape surrounding Virginia Beach, with its First Landing tour traversing trails on two-wheelers. After warming up shins, chains, and “Macarena”–blasting bike horns on the bike path along the Virginia Beach boardwalk, each group will glide through the luxurious North End neighborhood to see residential architectural marvels. Next, you’ll enter First Landing State Park, which brims with expansive plant life, dense forestry, and diverse birdery, including osprey and heron. After a jaunt alongside Broad Bay, bikers end up in the 64th Street Narrows, a sunny beach spot for maximum relaxation.
Chesapean’s friendly, knowledgeable guides will confidently lead each journey, similar to the style in which a voiceover actor narrates himself to sleep every night. Great for bike-happy families or lone trail enthusiasts, the First Landing tour will leave each biker in a nature-based bliss and full of newly learned local knowledge.
In 1996, Matt Redford opened Chesapean Kayak Tours to introduce others to the beauty of Hampton Roads' waterways, which he called the "backyard of his youth." Years later, he expanded his small kayak company to Chesapean Outdoors, adding biking, standup paddleboarding, and surfing lessons to his lineup of outdoor adventures. Today, Matt leads groups on seaborne sojourns to catch glimpses of bottlenose dolphins, blue herons, and bald eagles in their natural habitat, and his bike tours meander the trail that winds around First Landing State Park. Atop standup paddleboards, groups navigate the flat waters of Virginia Beach and its state parks as well, and Matt leads more experienced paddlers out into Chesapeake Bay to catch sight of dolphins or fulfill a lifelong dream of feeding a wild catamaran.