Contrary to popular belief, boats are actually much safer than cars, which inexplicably sink every time you drive them on water. Take a proper water road ride with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get one ticket for a two-hour boat tour of Cocoa Beach's Thousand Islands from Island Boat Lines which depart from Sunset Waterfront Grill & Bar (up to a $28 value).
Island Boat Lines invites sea salts and landlubbers alike to embark on an eco-adventure, bringing boaters up close and personal with some of Florida’s most exotic wildlife. The captain and crew narrate your journey through one of the world's most diverse ecosystems, guiding guests through a rich flood tide delta deposit forming a labyrinth of natural trails and canals.
Sharp-eyed sightseers may see manatees, flocks of coastal birds, and bottlenose dolphins as they drift, play, and reorganize their magazine collections. Float alongside residences on the Thousand Islands to get a peek at local life, and revel in your freedom to move about the U.S. Coast Guard–approved sightseeing vessel. The ship’s mates are happy to answer any questions you may have along the way, fielding queries such as, “What other animals live here?” and, “Do womanatees wear dresses?” As part of this deal, Groupon customers also receive 10 percent off at Sunset Waterfront Cafe & Bar. A minimum of six passengers are required for tours to take place; call in advance to make your reservation.
Island Boat Lines
The multicolored eco-tour vessels operated by Island Boat Lines sport a vibrant mix of bright yellow, pink, green, and sky-blue colors. The presence of so many colors mirrors the diversity found in the environments the boats often enter around the canals of Cocoa Beach's Thousand Islands. When the company's skippers aren't venturing into these chromatic habitats––where pelicans thrive alongside great blue herons––they're steering a 99-foot paddle-wheel boat. The boat sets off on weekends for riverboat dinner cruises that bring their own share of wildlife encounters as passengers often spot bottlenose dolphins stealing the dessert cart.