Contrary to popular belief, boats are actually much safer than cars, which inexplicably sink every time you drive them on water. Take a proper water-road ride with today’s Groupon: for $22, you get two tickets to a Friday Early Escape cruise between July 8 and September 30 from Portland Spirit ($44 value).
Portland Spirit‘s Friday Early Escape cruises jump-start weekends with a 2-hour, 20-mile cruise featuring live music from Portland-area bands. Board the magnificent Portland Spirit, a 150-foot vessel boasting two climate-controlled indoor decks and an outdoor top deck for landscape-gazing and playing the sea-bird version of the license-plate game. Cruises set sail at 3 p.m. and typically depart from the Salmon Street Springs fountain. The portable party dances toward Lake Oswego, then loops around the Milwaukie area before returning to port, allowing weekend warriors to satisfy their mingling and secret-telling needs while shaking their sea legs to sounds from one of 13 bands. Catch Jimmy Eat World–influenced rockers Sugarcookie on July 8, swoon to '80s standards strummed by The Poor Sports on August 19, or challenge Portland Music Award–winner Tyler Stenson to an emotive, folksy round of rock, paper, scissors on September 16.
Portland Spirit Cruises
With the Columbia and Willamette Rivers in its backyard and Mount Hood rising from behind a sweeping skyline, Portland boasts stunning views. Determined to give their customers front-row perches to these vistas is Portland Spirit, which launches a cache of brunch, lunch, dinner, and sightseeing cruises that put the city in the forefront.
With a quintet of vessels—Portland Spirit, Williamette Star, Crystal Dolphin, Explorer, and Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler—and myriad private events for guests, Portland Spirit Cruises also customize jaunts for any occasion. The company also operates a trio of terrestrial venues in Marine Park: the Terrace at Thunder Island, the Gorge Pavilion, and Locks Waterfront Grill.