Water slides are like active volcanoes—both melt away T-shirts, propel fluids down supersteep slopes, and have a lot of screaming, nubile women thrown down them. Leisurely lounge or ride the tidal-waved slides with today's Groupon: for $14, you get one adult (taller than 48") admission to Raging Waves in Yorkville from May 28 until June 30, 2011 (up to a $28.99 value).
Raging Waves delights aspiring aquanauts of every age with its sprawling 45 waterlogged acres laced with more than 15 serpentine slides, serene pools, and aquatic playgrounds. Speed down the Crocodile Mile ride in a raft that plummets through a twisty violet tunnel and culminates in a colossal splash reminiscent of Paul Bunyan's childhood bath-time routine. The Boomerang hurls triads through a fun-size pipe and into a massive funnel, dizzying swirling swimmers before sending them safely careening into the pool below. Pint-size patrons get complimentary life jackets before they tube through Kookaburra Kreek's tranquil canals and ancient Bubble Yum trees, or weave in and out of four stories of cargo nets and bridges in the Kangaroo Falls water fort underneath the watery gaze of a behemoth bucket that periodically douses climbers with 1,000 gallons of water.
Though Raging Waves offers its own specials at certain times of the week, this Groupon still offers the best deal available for adult admission.
At Raging Waves, certified lifeguards keep a vigilant watch over visitors as they traverse a park filled with 17 water slides and other aquatic attractions, but surveillance isn’t their only job. They secure up to four passengers in tubes before they zoom down a giant family slide and instruct riders on how to position their arms and wink Morse-code messages to eagles during their plunge down a winding speed slide with a near-vertical drop. Though adrenaline is the Raging Waves' main focus, it also houses slower-paced attractions such as a regular swimming pool, a quarter-mile lazy river, and separate children's play area.