Paddle sports will always be the best way to simultaneously exercise and savor nature, because trampolines don’t propel people quite high enough to catch sunrays in their mouths. Gulp down some fresh air with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a two-hour stand-up paddle board rental from Ultimate Watersports (a $50 value). Redeem your Groupon at either of two locations at Gunpowder Falls State Park's Hammerman Area and Dundee Creek in Middle River, Maryland.
Operated by certified instructors, Ultimate Watersports outfits aquatic explorers in all they need to navigate the waters around Chesapeake Bay. Stand-up paddle boards let boaters tired of peering over their kayak-mate's head at the natural splendor take a taller stance, using a single paddle to slalom across the rippling waves in a core-strengthening workout. Whip your flat-headed trident across choppy waters when the wind picks up at Hammerman Beach, or absorb eyefuls of lush vegetation while skimming across peaceful Dundee Creek in an area heralded by countless magazines and choose-your-own-adventure novels for its vibrant foliage, sparkling water, and cuddlesome critters.
Upon returning to solid ground, customers can step into waterfront pavilions with grills for post-kayaking picnicking. Equipment and life jackets are included with rental, and shower and changing rooms are also available, allowing guests to finally display merman costumes in a appropriately glorious setting.
Chesapeake Bay is home to legendary beautiful waters, diverse flora and fauna, and Paddlefest, an annual paddle-sports event organized by the team at Ultimate Watersports. Held on the Gunpowder River, which flows into the bay, the festival shows off the industry's latest toys, allowing attendees to try out brand-new kayaks and paddleboards on the sparkling fresh water. For the rest of the season, Ultimate Watersports brings its know-how to the shores with kayak tours, paddleboard lessons, and sailing trips that have remained a bay fixture for more than 26 years. Waterfront enthusiasts seek out the company's reliably well-maintained and up-to-date watercraft to do everything from gain a windsurfing certification to practice heckling standup paddleboard comics. Additionally, seasonal kids' camps help youngsters to stay active while gaining an appreciation for watersports and the splendor of the outdoors.