For centuries humans have envied birds' innate ability to fly and to rest peacefully in nests without the threat of a bird attack. Gain enviable abilities with today's Groupon: for $149, you get a Bay & Downtown helicopter tour for up to three people from Old City Helicopters, LLC (up to a $255 value).
Copters on the Bay & Downtown tour lift off like mind-boggled ostriches from the Peter O'Knight Airport soaring westward for panoramic views of Davis Island and Bayshore Boulevards' ornately elegant homes. Guests flutter over the Florida Aquarium, the University of Tampa, and the St. Pete Times Forum. After wingless tour-goers take in skyscrapers and city sights, they swoop close to Hillsborough Bay to nab a view of bottlenose dolphins before returning to the airport to high-five the Wright Brothers' ghosts.
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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.