Boat rides are the most fun when they're fast, like commuting to work or changing your pants in public. Make a splash with this Groupon.
$39 for a 75-Minute High-Speed Tour of the Boston Harbor Islands ($120 Value)
Tours cover the history of the harbor's islands as guides point out lighthouses, forts, and other historic structures and pull in for close-up glimpses. As the speedy watercraft slices through the spray, participants outfitted with life jackets trace a stoplight-free path through the water between locales such as Spectacle Island, Long Island, Georges Island, and Deer Island. Groups are capped at six to allow one-on-one time with guides and to make it easier for the harbor's bards to compose sea chanteys about them. Patrons with disabilities or special needs may call to arrange a similar tour.
RIB Adventure Tours
RIB Adventure Tours conduct informative history tours and scavenger hunts around Baltimore Harbor, even when the horizon becomes a blur; all tours take place aboard 26-foot-long rigid, inflatable speedboats. Built to Navy SEAL specifications by a local Massachusetts boat manufacturer, the boats keep riders secure aboard jockey seats. On guided history tours, passengers snag high-speed glimpses of harbor landmarks including lighthouses and forts, whose history guides can expound upon. During scavenger hunts, guides prompt passengers to look for environmental clues and give individual scores. Captains and tour guides brief passengers on safety before all excursions and supply them with high-grade waterproof cameras to take pictures of passing scenery.
More relaxed cruises from partner Hestia Cruises, onboard the 32-foot sailing yacht Hestia, might drift past the USS Constitution or out into the outer harbor. The ship is manned by a captain, a full crew, and friendly cocker spaniel named Ensign. Guests can help with the sailing duties, but padded seats and a BYOB policy for those of age may encourage them to sit back and relax.