Seeing a city from the sea gives tourists a panoramic view, residents a new perspective, and shipwrecked sailors a welcome reprieve from seagull steaks and saltwater cocktails. Get a new perspective with today's Groupon: for $45, you get a high-speed boat tour of the Boston Harbor, including an up-close view of the Harbor Islands (a $130 value), from RIB Adventure Tours. Reservations must be made by September 1.
Offering a historical view of Boston beyond the brick-paved roads and grass-covered Common, RIB Adventure Tours carries seafarers out to the water-filled harbor. In a 75-minute guided tour, up to six passengers ride a 26-foot inflatable raft as it zips around the harbor, bouncing over waves. Fighting to speak over the breaking water and exhilarating winds, the guide shares the storied history of the harbor's lighthouses and forts while exploring the natural islands that heckle the city from afar. Engineered to handle high-speed flights across the water, the raft's jockey seats and handrails ensure a secure ride and the boat's impeccable sense of etiquette makes it a joy to have at dinner parties.
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.