Kayakers, unlike pancakes or depressed turtles, muster the will to get themselves upright when flipped upside down. Float through life with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $29 for a two-hour guided kayak tour for one (a $65 value)
- $55 for a two-hour guided kayak tour for two (a $130 value)
- $39 for a two-hour guided sunset kayak tour for one (an $80 value)
- $75 for a two-hour guided sunset kayak tour for two (a $160 value)<p>
Participants equipped with paddles, life jackets, dry bags, towels, water, and snacks climb aboard stable Malibu 2 XL sit-on-top ocean kayaks and follow US Coast Guard-, CPR-, and first aid–certified guides. During three-mile sunset tours, kayakers learn about local history while sipping wine and snacking on cheese against a sunset backdrop over the Naval Academy. <p>
When Pete and Kate Vonderheide moved from Hawaii to Annapolis to live closer to their family, they thought they'd have to give up a career of ocean kayaking to resume responsible office jobs. Soon they recognized the historic city harbor's lack of kayak tours and knew they couldn't stay inside forever. Their shared passion for history spurred them to research and interview the locals until they'd compiled enough historic material to start leading tours. Today, their tours can teach something new even to locals.
The Vonderheides continue to assemble a team of outdoor guides certified in CPR and first aid who all bear a well-researched knowledge of area wildlife and history. These experts lead two-hour scenic tours through the historic harbor. Starting each excursion with a brief paddling lesson, they put first-timers at ease with basic instruction and an amiable demeanor, unlike guides who rely only on their convincing Captain Ahab impressions. Excursions begin at the Spa Creek headwaters in Truxtun Park and lead participants into open-harbor waters to drift in full view of the state capitol building, the US Naval Academy, and historic Eastport. Trips peak at the City Dock, where participants receive a break to take photos and rest. On the return trip, guides field open-ended questions about city history such as presidential visits, the crabbing and oystering trade, and whether George Washington had to swim using floaties.