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 $27, you get a two-hour kayaking program, with instruction and equipment provided, from The Northwest Passage (a $55 value). Trips launch from either Gillson Beach in Wilmette or the Skokie Lagoons in Winnetka; the meet-up location, which will be determined on the day of your reservation, varies according to wave patterns and weather.
The Northwest Passage’s adventure tours tackle Mother Nature’s playground of undulations with outdoor-cred-boosting sport treks including an extensive schedule of daily kayaking programs. Each trip last two hours, includes a brief instruction session, and supplies all the necessary equipment—personal flotation device, paddle, kayak, and trident. Gliding along the peaceful waters of Lake Michigan, kayak cruisers can gaze upon the bountiful flora and fauna inhabiting the serene surroundings.
Neophyte paddle brandishers can turn sea legs over to The Northwest Passage's certified guides and discover the tranquil trip-taking previously known only to 18th-century fur trappers and Hiawatha impersonators. Call Northwest Passage two hours before the program begins to ascertain that day’s launch site, and bring your personal John Hancock to sign the required kayak coasting paperwork and to furnish any fans of yours also taking the water tour with an authentic autograph.
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.