Helicopter pilots are in constant danger of action stars climbing aboard their craft and throwing them out; kayakers, however, need only fear falling helicopter pilots. Steer an unstealable vessel with today's Groupon: for $49, you get a half-day kayak trip from O.A.R.S., departing daily from the Grant Village boat ramp on Yellowstone Lake in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming (up to a $99 value).
O.A.R.S.'s three-hour tours through the gushing environs of Yellowstone Lake invite explorers to mount up for a close encounter with the park's natural splendor and geothermal pyrotechnics on the lake’s West Thumb. Sliding past Lakeshore Geyser, kayakers will explore local hot springs and mud pots as O.A.R.S.'s geologists lead a discussion on the region’s unique makeup. Led by experienced guides who know the lake’s West Thumb like the back of their own west thumb, half-day-trippers typically team up in pairs on one of O.A.R.S.'s two-seater sea kayaks, though singles are available on request for fitness fiends and mysterious loners.
Kayakers and any tag-along tykes should dress for changeable weather and bring water bottles, snacks, and sunscreen. Tours leave at 6:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 2:30 p.m. daily from June 13 through September 18. Full details on what to bring, where to go, and how to get there can be found on O.A.R.S.'s full itinerary.