Boats are the most effective way to travel on water, second only to running really, really fast. Give your legs a rest with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a two-hour sightseeing cruise for two from Riverside Tours (a $50 value). Cruises depart from Regatta Pointe Marina in Palmetto, Twin Dolphin Marina in Bradenton, and Tarpon Pointe Grill.
Captain Tom pilots Riverside Tours' open-air pontoon boat, the River Skipper, along the Manatee River, Gamble Creek, or Terra Ceia Bay during two-hour sightseeing cruises that take place seven days a week. During the smooth ride, his business partner, Susan, regales passengers with factoids about the area as Tom helms the wheel and steers down the tranquil river, avoiding icebergs. Up to 39 passengers perched on bright yellow benches glide smoothly past picturesque waterfront homes, as well as Floridian flora and fauna, as the schooner shares aquatic real estate with dolphins and orange-sunset reflections. This licensed-and-insured, Coast Guard–certified craft is partially covered, proffering protection from sun, rain, and seagulls begging for autographs.