Herbert Hoover won America's hearts and votes when he promised a college-educated chicken in every pot and a kayak in every garage. Get a taste of the American dream with today's Groupon: for $20, you get a two-hour kayaking program, with instruction and equipment provided, from The Northwest Passage (a $40 value). Trips launch from either Gillson Park in Wilmette or the Skokie Lagoons in Winnetka.
Opt for either the Evening Paddles or the Morning Escape kayaking program. Both trips last two hours, include brief instruction, and supply all the necessary equipment: personal flotation device, spray-skirt, paddle, kayak, and trident. On the Evening Paddles trip, guests will set out onto Lake Michigan as dusk drips over the peaceful waters. Glide along the shoreline at sunset as the land-based fire-eaters and star-howlers practice their crafts under the oncoming veil of nightfall. The Morning Escapes trip switches up sun-movements, giving kayakers enticing eyefuls of the early day. Hack through waters with your maritime machete as Helios stumbles out of his bed on the other side of the Lake Michigan horizon and spills sunshine onto the earth.
Give your sea legs over to The Northwest Passage's certified guides and discover the tranquil trip-taking known only to 18th-century fur trappers and Hiawatha impersonators. The Evening Paddles trip is held from 6 p.m.–8 p.m. through Aug. 4; starting on Aug. 8, treks will be from 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. All Morning Escape trips are held from 9 a.m.–11 a.m. Two hours before your scheduled launch, call The Northwest Passage to find out that day's launch site.
Advanced reservations are required. Must be at least 18 years old and sign a waiver.
The Northwest Passage
Founder Rick Sweitzer started the adventure travel company in 1983 before leading one of the first amateur dogsled expeditions to North Pole. Driven by his vision, the guides and instructors of The Northwest Passage lead travelers of all skill and fitness levels to some of the most dramatic terrain on the planet. Locally, the team leads outings around the Chicago area, ranging from stand-up paddleboarding classes on Lake Michigan to kayaking and camping trips in Door County, Wisconsin. As for the rest of the world, Northwest Passage sends it adventurers to conquer it locale by stunning locale during programs that include hiking across Europe, trekking to remote Polar regions, and dressing up like scientists to infiltrate Area 51.