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Explore SoWal on a Hydrobike Adventure Tour

May 21, 2015 by Manny Chavez

“What to do” on any given leisure day here in SoWal can take many directions…but here on the Emerald Coast, during the month of May, “sleeping in” is not an option!  How about a casual bike ride? Or a nice swim in the gulf or the bay? Or…how about combining the two with a cool hydrobike experience?

Thanks to Tami Reinhart and her new Emerald Coast Hydrobikes business, SoWal folks can now rent or purchase these unique water toys and take to the local waters in a new eco-friendly fashion. Hydrobikes look like bikes mounted on small pontoons propelled by “pedal power” and steered with the use of a rudder attached to the handle bars. Sounds simple and it is….the effort needed to go forward or backward is remarkably easy.

In addition to renting or selling her Hydrobikes, Tami is currently offering a Sunday Morning “Chicken and Waffle” ride.  This tour begins at her docking area at Tom’s Landing and culminates at The Bay restaurant at the foot of the Hwy 331 bridge. Meandering down the canal from Tom’s Landing and out to Choctawhatchee Bay over to The Bay only takes about 30 minutes. A fun and relaxed adventure on the water.

Upon arrival at the restaurant, the “bikes” are parked along the sandy shoreline and brunch awaits! Chef Jim Shirley’s famous waffle and chicken breakfast is delicious on the deck overlooking the bay.

Burning off a few calories on the trip back to Tom’s Landing is always a good thing and if the desire to get in the bay water must be satisfied, then getting off and  back on the Hydrobike is a piece of cake…the vehicle is totally stable and seemingly made for this purpose. Cost for the morning Chicken and Waffle ride is $60/person and begins at 10 a.m. Customers are encouraged to be at the dock between 10 and 10:15 a.m. to complete paperwork and have a short orientation to learn about Hydrobiking. Tami and her associates Ethan Walker and Mitch Lewis make for a fun-filled excursion with everyone feeding off of the other’s good vibe. This is a fun trip and great way to spend the morning with family, friends, and new friends taking the trip together.

Aside from the Sunday Chicken and Waffle tour, Hydrobikes are available for hourly, half-day, and daily rentals. The single Hydrobikes rent for $30/hr., $55/half-day, and $100/day.  The tandem bikes rent for $40/hr., $75/half-day; and $120/day. The Hydrobikes are very eco-friendly as they are pedal-powered and easy for people of all ages to operate. Children should be at least 4’10” in height to make sure they can reach the pedals. The vehicles are very stable and are built to be pedaled in as little as 18 inches of water and good for up to 4 foot wave swells. They have been proven to be nearly impossible to turn over. The hydrobike is also “made in the USA,” says Tami proudly.
 

 

As a Hydrobike dealer, Tami has her water toys available for sale beginning at $2,499+tax and shipping for single models and $4,799+tax and shipping for tandem models. A new “Angler” model will soon be available which will be tricked out for fishermen. She will also deliver her hydrobikes to individuals who want to rent them at their location (usually somewhere on the bay or on or near the beach).

Hydrobike tour packages also include a few Grayton Beach tours that are scheduled for Wednesdays. One is a morning ride that includes lunch at The Red Bar for $75. This package goes from 8 a.m.-noon and customers park near The Red Bar. Both Western Lake and the gulf are pedaled during this ride. The Hydrobikes are boarded at the boat ramp just east of the Red Bar. A Red Bar gift card is provided to participants.

The other Grayton Beach package takes place also on Wednesdays from 3-9 p.m. and includes pedaling the Western Lake area and the Gulf. The package includes a shrimp boil catered by Grayton Beach Catering and a bonfire. Those making reservations will park at the Tom’s Landing location (78 Ricker Ave., Point Washington) and be shuttled to the Grayton Beach boat ramp. Cost for this tour is $185/person.
 

 

Hydrobiking is an activity that is becoming more popular around the country and Tami is looking forward to the growth here along the Emerald Coast.

“SoWal is surrounded by water and the bay is much underutilized for area recreation,” says Tami. ”Everyone who has ever gotten off of one of our hydrobikes has a big smile on their face. It was easier than they thought, more stable than they thought, and just a lot of fun.”
 

 
Sign up for an adventure on the water! The Emerald Coast Hydrobike crew has weekly tours in Grayton Beach and on the Bay throughout the summer.

Sunset Cruise & Crawfish Boil on the Bay | Thursdays in June 4:45 - 8:00 p.m.
Chicken & Waffle Brunch Cruise to The Bay | Sundays 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Grayton Beach Adventure and Lunch at The Red Bar | Wednesdays 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Grayton Beach Adventure, Sunset & Shrimp Boil | Wednesdays 2:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Scheduled cruises and details can be found on SoWal Events Calendar. Contact Emerald Coast Hydrobikes to schedule your own tour on the beach, lake or bay.

To make reservations or for more information, please call Tami at 850-598-7924. Email: tami@echydrobikes.com . For more information see www.emeraldcoasthydrobikes.com. Read more at SoWal Business Guide | Emerald Coast Hydrobikes.

Tom's Landing Dock is located at 78 Ricker Ave. in Point Washington.
 

 

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Manny Chavez

Manny and his wife Kris moved to the Emerald Coast in 1992. After 16 years as staff photographer for The Houston Post, Manny has successfully transitioned to creative weddings and beach portraits.

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