The need to "feel the wind in your hair" is best fulfilled by parasailing, though it can also be fulfilled by riding in a convertible, swinging on a tire swing, or getting sneezed on by a jumbo jet. Fuel the wind beneath your hair's wings with today's Groupon: for $45, you get the Super parasail flight at Sky Pirate Parasail on Treasure Island (a $90 value).
At Sky Pirate Parasail, intrepid sky sailors glide under kaleidoscopic chutes tethered up to 1,200 feet from a towboat bopping along the Gulf's pale-blue waters and white-sanded shoreline. During the roughly one-hour adventure, Sky Pirate's USCG-licensed captains slip through John's Pass between Madeira Beach and Treasure Island. After fastening air assailants into a secure harness, the parachute's canopy fills with air, shuttling the skyward rider over the saltwater waves. As the captain slackens the line and traces the coastline from offshore, the parasailer floats over the beach, the dolphins, and the gelatinous blob-monster eating sunbathers. When the captain slowly cranks the flyer back to the boat, the parasailer will briefly dip into the water before safely landing back onboard. On chilly days, the pilot can skip the soak, and riders can bundle up in their favorite abominable-snowman footie pajamas without fear of getting wet. Though not included in the value of this Groupon, excited family members may ride along in the boat for an extra fee.
Sky Pirate Parasail
Sky Pirate Parasail's U.S. Coast Guard–licensed captains slip through John's Pass between Madeira Beach and Treasure Island while towing parasailers on a 1,200 foot tow rope, who glide under kaleidoscopic chutes tethered up to 500 feet in the air. After fastening their passengers, who range from school-aged kids to grandparents, into a secure harness, they fill the parachute's canopy with air and shuttle the skyward rider over the saltwater waves for an aerial jaunt. As the captain slackens the line and traces the coastline from offshore, the parasailer floats over the beach, the dolphins, and the gelatinous blob monster waving at sunbathers.