In the 1930s, the U.S. government issued a hobby to each citizen to keep them entertained until NASA finished working out the bugs in kissing. Self-determine a new pastime with today's Groupon: for $49, you get a 2.5-hour ropes challenge course with a zip-line experience and a tour of Redhook Brewery from Adventura in Woodinville wine country (a $108 value). Ropes challenge courses and brewery tours are redeemable Friday through Sunday summer-long, click to find specific times.
Adventura tosses once-sedentary folks into a bracing outdoor excursion, testing physical strength, pushing mental barriers, and imparting an invigorating adrenal rush. Participants clamber up a 50-foot-tall climbing facility composed of 15 types of cable-bound cross sections and a rousing zip-line exit. The towering spread of safe, ropy undertakings is normally a centerpiece in corporate team-building exercises and Supreme Court confirmation hearings, but this Groupon lets friends, families, and adventure-seeking lone wolves harness its wellness-enforcing powers. A continuous belay system provides an invigorating means of traversal between the aerial attractions.
After the enriching rope adventure ends, climbers take an informative one-hour tour of Redhook Brewery, tasting up to five samples of the distillery’s crafty microbrews in the process. Hungry tourers can sate climbing-wrought appetites at the brewery's attached eatery, Forecasters Pub which pairs pub-style grub with limited-run suds, or on a picnic amid the verdant, visitor-friendly countryside, which affords the rare opportunity to see dust bunnies in their native habitat.
At its core, the Adventure Park at Redhook is a "jungle gym built for adventurers." But more than that, it provides visitors with an escape from the everyday drudgery of stuffy offices, boring paperwork, and tedious leg-walking. For the park’s creators, the lush Pacific Northwest countryside that stretches out around the park is the office. They’re a band of adventurers themselves, and they designed Adventura as a way for others to experience the growth, laughter, and connections that seem to bloom naturally outdoors.
Of course, Adventura puts its own spin on spending time outdoors by filling Woodinville Wine Country with a series of sky-high exploits. With the park typically booked 45 days in advance, visitors can be found leaping from decks, balancing precariously on cables 50 feet off the ground, or scaling cargo nets throughout most of the year.