To make the body produce adrenaline, people usually must juggle soldering irons or trap wild animals underneath wet newspaper. Today's Groupon gives you a more comfortable way to excite your cellular infrastructure: for $21, you get two bouncing, rolling journeys in Texas Sphere Rides' giant rubber funspheres (a $60 value). Texas Sphere Rides is located about 45 minutes outside San Antonio, in New Braunfels. If you'd like to prolong your adrenaline rush with one of Texas Sphere's helicopter rides on the same day, you'll receive it at a 10% discount. Helicopter rides leave from the Texas Ski Ranch next door.
Texas Sphere's Texas spheres are 10-foot-wide, clear rubber balls that cradle thrill-seekers in their hollow bouncy bellies. Balls leap off the starting point to roll or bounce down a hill for roughly 35–45 seconds, gathering speed and leaving nothing but dust and pancaked cartoon characters in their wakes (click here to see a video of a sphere ride). Because the spheres seat two people, you can bring a pal and holler together (but note that will count as the Groupon's two rides), or go stag and ride with a stranger who tries to maintain decorum by yelling polite swears such as "Whip-pooooor-willlll!" or "Seabiscuit!" Wearing socks is suggested, even if you wear nothing else.
Riders must be at least 5 feet tall and weigh no more than 220 lbs. to ride in a sphere (you and your pal must weigh no more than 400 lbs. altogether). All riders must sign a waiver. If you aren't yet 18 years old, one of your parents must sign.
Texas Sphere Ride
Texas Sphere Ride brandishes a novel thrill with its massive inflatable spheres that send adrenaline junkies tumbling along a fenced-in track. The hollow, cushioned plastic balls safely cradle strapped-in pairs as they gather speed, rolling and bouncing along a dirt path. For added excitement, Texas Sphere Ride’s partnership with Helicopter Tours of Texas augments spherical jaunts with a short ride in a chopper for a more heart-pounding adventure than a hostage negotiation in a cardiologist’s office.