The best part of canoeing is the exhilaration of exploration, up until you realize the difficulty of paddling through pudding in your bathtub and must face yourself in the mirror. Take to real waterways with today's Groupon to Boating in Boston, with locations at the University of Massachusetts, Myles Standish State Park in Carver, Hopkinton State Park in Hopkinton, Spot Pond in Stoneham, and Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield. This Groupon expires on October 10, 2011. Choose between the following options:
For $89, you get an adult Silver-level membership for the 2011 season (up to a $249 value). The membership includes the following benefits:
- Unlimited use of any available sail boats, kayaks, canoes, peddle boats, standup paddleboards, and windsurfers at any Massachusetts location.
- One accompanying guest per visit receives 50% off his or her rental.
For $30, you get $60 worth of canoe or kayak rentals. Rentals range from $10 to $65 per hour. The Boston location does not offer canoe rentals.
Boating in Boston’s fleet of more than 200 watercraft help paddlers explore watery regions such as Boston Harbor or Stoneham's Spot Pond. The aquatic outfitters boast an array of canoe and kayak rentals that come sidekicked with personal-flotation devices, paddles, cushions, and the basic tips needed to safely negotiate wakes or legally report a Nessie sighting. Use the Groupon's $60 value to slip into a single-person recreational kayak for six hours ($10 per hour), an expedition kayak for three hours ($20 per hour), or a Tripper XL large canoe for two hours ($30 per hour) to silently shadow suspicious loons or embark in a two-person canoe to transform hidden coves into romantic lakeside nooks. Each of Boating in Boston's five locations paints a unique aquatic canvas, with Hopkinton State Park coddling corneas with 1,500 acres of forest and fields, and Boston Harbor scrawling a stunning cityscape across the horizon. In addition to various sights, each location offers a slightly different selection of boats, so boaters should call ahead to ensure they can get the vessels of their choice.
The adult Silver membership gives water wanderers unlimited access to any of Boating in Boston's available sail boats, kayaks, canoes, peddle boats, standup paddleboards, and windsurfers at any of the five Massachusetts locations. Members can bring along a friend who'll receive 50% off a rental as he or she tests out standup paddleboards or commands Poseidon to ferry you both across the water while windsurfing.
The closing date for the 2011 season will vary depending on the weather and will likely occur in late October.
Boating in Boston
Boating in Boston drops oars in six locations—including local lakes, ponds, the Charles River, and Boston Harbor—sending visitors on watery adventures with a fleet of canoes, kayaks, sailboats, pedal boats, paddleboards, and festive and essential lifejackets. Whether navigating the peaceful waters of Hopkinton State Park's Hopkinton Reservoir—the place that, in 2002, started it all—or campus-adjacent eddies of UMass Boston's Fox Point Landing, visitors can hit the water untrained or sharpen skills with solo or group lessons. The crew of instructors also instills a love of boating in the littlest landlubbers with youth summer camps that teach basic skills and safety.