Scientists created oceanography to explore marine organisms, understand ocean currents, and doodle sketches of laser-shooting sharks without ridicule. Navigate the ocean’s enigmatic depths with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get a 90-minute Summer Hands-On Discovery Cruise for two from OceanQuest, which casts off from its port in Woods Hole (up to a $50 value). Infants are admitted for free. Tours take to the ocean every Monday–Friday at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m., as well as on Saturdays at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Dedicated to the world’s deep-sea domiciles, OceanQuest edifies aspiring aquanauts with its hands-on educational programs on land and at sea onboard a Coast Guard–certified vessel. The 90-minute Summer Hands-On Discovery Cruise provides a practical overview of oceanography’s major disciplines across three comprehensive stations, allowing students the chance to operate specialized equipment, amass oceanic data, and track down their runaway goldfish. Survey maritime biology while pulling lobster traps, or focus a Discovery Scope’s penetrating lens across a freshly dragged plankton net in search of microscopic critters. Tutorials in seawater’s basic chemistry round out the day’s enriching aquatic adventures in the cabin.
100 Water St.
Woods Hole, Massachusetts 02543