Numerous ecological regulations impact our fish, yet few volunteers are interested in doing the hard work of registering them to vote. Canvass your local waterways with today's Groupon: for $20, you get one of three guided canoe or kayak tours from Nautical Escapes USA in Atlantic Beach (up to a $40 value). Available tours include the Ft. Caroline dolphin encounter/historical paddle and hike, the Dutton Island paddle and hike adventure, or the sunset/moonlight paddle.
Nautical Escapes chaperones paddlers of all ages onto aquatic playgrounds with a trio of guided kayak or canoe tours along scenic coastal waters. Tours for beginner or intermediate rowers commence with lessons in river-conquering strokes, boat safety, and how to construct a kazoo from a comb and tissue paper. The Dutton Island trip combines paddling and hiking in an amphibious adventure traversing the intracoastal waterway and walking trails on Hammock Habitat Island. Ft. Caroline trekkers, meanwhile, set out in seaworthy vessels for encounters with the multifarious wildlife inhabiting St. John's River, including cheeky dolphins, pelicans, and schools of deep-fried shrimp. River riders make a brief pit stop at Ft. Caroline, a French outpost from the days before Spanish colonial domination. Finally, the sunset/moonlight paddle lets starlight seekers bask in the evening's glow on the tranquil waters of St. John's River or Pottsburg Creek at dusk for stunning vistas of wooded glens and urban Jacksonville. Every watery adventure includes a choice of kayak or canoe (specify on booking), the required safety gear, snacks, and riding crops.