Unlike aerial tours of scenic landscapes, earthbound explorations let you engage a tree in a staring contest or challenge a grizzly bear to a thumb war. Revel in earthbound adventures with today's Groupon to Water-Dog Outfitter in Beaufort County, South Carolina. Choose between the following options:
• For $7, you get a hiking tour of Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge, offered at 8 a.m. on Wednesdays and 11 a.m. on Fridays (a $15 value).
• For $17, you get a cycling tour of Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge, offered Monday–Friday at 10 a.m. (up to a $35 value).
Water-Dog Outfitter equips explorers with the appropriate gear for a fun and educational escapade through the verdant, marsh-laden shores of South Carolina. Hikers can enjoy a leisurely journey with a 90-minute jaunt through the Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge, passing the island's salt marsh and woodlands while guided by an interpretive naturalist. The expert eco-guru will point out choice sights and provide informative tidbits for brains to nosh on, including the specific birthstones and surnames of passing egrets.
Saddle up on one of Water-Dog's comfy mountain bikes for a self-propelled, two-hour cruise around the wildlife refuge's wide paths and gently sloped terrain. Velocipedes glide through the island's diverse ecosystem as eyes sip on sights such as Ibis Pond—an ornithological paradise boasting bustling flocks of herons, egrets, and ibis mingling with other wildlife such as alligators and turtles at a weekly ice-cream social.
Though Water-Dog Outfitter sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon is still the best deal available.
Water Dog Outfitters
An armada of sea kayaks quietly slices through the sparkling waters of Broad Creek, suddenly interrupted by the playful splashes of two bottlenose dolphins sidling up to the fleet. As the people in the kayaks erupt into squeals of glee, one of Water Dog Outfitters’ seasoned guides launches into an impromptu lesson explaining dolphin behaviors and why they’ve alighted upon the kayaks. This awe-inspiring interaction is the reason Water Dog Outfitters was founded in 1998, and today its knowledgeable staff continue to lead engaging, history-laced tours around Hilton Head Island, Pinckney Island, and the surrounding lowlands. While the company’s focus remains on maritime exploits along local rivers and impressive puddles, Water Dog’s cadre of naturalists also returns to terra firma to lead bicycle tours and hikes for explorers of all ages and abilities.