Parasailing was originally developed by bored circumnavigators as an alternative to albatross racing, which usually resulted in neck injuries. Take to the skies with ease with today’s Groupon: for $70, you get a Tandem Parasailing Trip from East Coast Parasail in Cape May (a $140 value). Trips depart every 1.5 hours from 8 a.m. to sunset. Today’s Groupon is valid from June 1 to September 1, with blackout dates on major holidays and holiday weekends, including July 2–4.
East Coast Parasail leads wind-riders on thrilling aerial tours of historic Cape May and the Jersey Shore. In order to defy gravity without insulting it outright, sightseer duos ride the breeze in a two-man skyhook over the Cape May harbor while securely tethered to a U.S. Coast Guard–certified winch boat. Launching from the deck of the vessel allows parasailers to stay dry in-flight, unless they signal the USCG-certified captain for a reverse-Achillean dip. Once airborne, fliers surf the air waves suspended at heights of up to 500 feet. Many parasailing trips coincide with local dolphin-feeding patterns, giving hobby marine biologists the chance to survey sea-mammal cafeterias from above.
Tour boats can accommodate up to 12 passengers, and beloved observers are welcome to bear witness to your flight from sea level for an additional fee. East Coast Parasail boasts a 100% safety record for passengers but cannot guarantee your digital SLR won’t make a leap for it. Protect precious electronics by purchasing a photo package (not included) and leaving the documentation up to the folks who aren’t dangling from a giant floating smiley face.
Participants must be at least 6 years old. Minors must have a parent or guardian sign a liability waiver.