When summer unfurls its wings and flaps languidly through the air, commandeer a helicopter and pursue it into the sky, harpoon in hand. For $199, today's Groupon lofts you and up to two friends into the air for up to 25 or 30 minutes of skyline scoping with Independence Helicopters in Philadelphia (a $399 value).
Skyline tours depart from Northeast Philadelphia Airport, and the whole experience, including tutorial, lasts about 30 minutes.
Led by friendly and professional guides, Independence Helicopters' skyline tours let regional natives and newbies alike see the historical city from a fresh perspective. After you crawl into the cabin of your luxurious aircraft, you'll fly down the Delaware River and over the Battleship New Jersey before getting up close and personal with the Philadelphia skyline, with a brief stop to rescue Morpheus from the Agents. Tours take place in Robinson R44 Raven II helicopters, each of which is fully equipped with air conditioning, heating, bubbled windows, and the world's biggest beanie cap. Treat two of your oldest buddies to a new view of the city's brotherly love, or avoid the awkward complications of booking two dates on the same night by inviting both of your love interests to a romantic meet-and-greet in the sky.
Beyond today's tour, Independence Helicopters also offers pilot training, aerial photography services, and soothing whirring sounds for meditation. Safety is the company's No. 1 priority, so the flying quarters are always clean and the equipment is maintained well above FAA standards.