For centuries humans have envied birds' innate ability to fly and to form eloquent arguments on the pros and cons of synthetic butter. Today's Groupon gives you one of those enviable abilities: for $149, you get a Porpoise Point and Old Downtown helicopter tour for up to three people from Old City Helicopters in St. Augustine, up to a $255 value. The tour covers approximately 17 miles of airspace; allow about 30 minutes for the entire tour, which includes prep time, take-off, the flight itself, and landing.
Tours lift off from the St. Augustine Airport, flying low and fast south over the Florida coast to Porpoise Point, then crossing the inlet to view the sights of Anastasia Island. You'll enjoy unobstructed views from your window seat in the hover vessel as you pass over the candy-striped St. Augustine Lighthouse and the Spanish 17th-century Castillo de San Marcos fortress before fluttering west over St. Augustine's old downtown. After you see the city sights, you'll swing around north for a final scenic drift along the beach before returning to the St. Augustine Airport, with a sense of sweetness and light from the airy adventure, but all your hairs refreshingly un-windblown.
The friendly tour guides are local pilots and certified flight instructors with extensive civilian piloting experience. Impress your congressional representative with an airborne adventure, or gift this Groupon to your favorite set of triplets for a fun-filled trip over old downtown.
Call ahead to schedule your tour, and make sure to mention your Groupon. Weight restrictions may apply—see the Old City site for details.
Old City Helicopters
Andres Kerllenevich began flying helicopters as a hobby while making a living as a lawyer. As time passed, he earned his license and left to fly tours over Alaska and New York City. He eventually settled in St. Augustine, the historical city where his wife fondly remembered vacationing as a child. Now, nine other FAA-certified pilots join him in leading tours over the coastal castles, historic lighthouses and colleges, and vibrant downtown areas of St. Augustine, Tampa, the Florida Keys, and Savannah, GA.
Pilots have also orchestrated aerial marriage proposals, during which the groom-to-be points out his question written on the beach or on a rooftop sign. The tours grant a bird's-eye view for photography and videography sessions.