In the Victorian era, extreme sports were limited to teatime without doilies, writing witty satires about earnestness, and riding a penny-farthing down a mild incline. Today's Groupon from Adventures Unlimited in Ocoee would shock such staid sensibilities. For $80, you get a whitewater-rafting trip for two (a $167.95 total value), which includes:
- A half-day Middle Ocoee River rafting adventure (up to a $106 value).
- One night of camping at the Ocoee base camp (a $12 value).
- A photo CD of the trip (a $49.95 value).
Adventures Unlimited guides rafters of all experience levels through the churning waters of the Ocoee River. The classic Ocoee whitewater-rafting trip sends aquanauts plunging through 5 miles of Class III and IV rapids on 14-foot self-bailing rafts. Hydro-explorers spend two hours paddling past rocks, sliding down falls, and playing patty-cake with fish. All rafts are guided by CPR- and first-aid-certified guides who will prepare rafters before trips, decking them out with helmets, PFDs, paddles, and the know-how required to safely scuttle down frothing waterways. Patrons can also re-experience each surge and subsequent capsize with a photo CD of their rafting excursion. When rafters return to base camp, they can relax at their secluded campsite within the park's 31-acre campus, snapping their own photos of Bigfoot or the even more elusive Big Bird. Rafters are not required to stay at a campsite to enjoy the white-water rafting trip.
Foaming white rapids rush down the Ocoee River as birds chatter from within the leaves of towering trees. For more than two decades, this has been the home of Adventures Unlimited, an environmentally sustainable full-service resort rolling with 30 acres of campgrounds, cabins, and whitewater-rafting facilities. Landscaping and gardens highlight native plants and animals, vehicles run on biodiesel fuel, and any construction efforts use sustainable materials or rocks that everyone was always tripping over anyway. The family-operated adventure company launches groups on whitewater-rafting trips through the tumultuous currents of the local Ocoee and Hiwassee Rivers or further afield in Costa Rica. To facilitate dry-land exploration and provide an energy outlet for serial finger painters, they also recently opened an outdoor wooded paintball field supplied by a full rental shop.