Humans’ proclivity for thrill seeking stems from the time their ancestors spent outrunning saber-toothed tigers and base-jumping off brontosauruses. Rev up your survival instinct with today’s Groupon: for $80, you get a whitewater-rafting trip for two from Adventures Unlimited in Ocoee (up to a $167.95 total value). The trip includes the following:
- 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)</p>
Adventures Unlimited guides rafters of all experience levels through the Classic Ocoee whitewater-rafting trip, which sends aquanauts plunging through 5 miles of Class III and IV rapids on 14-foot self-bailing rafts. Up to six hydro-explorers in each raft spend two hours paddling past rocks, sliding down falls, and playing patty-cake with fish. CPR- and first-aid-certified guides lead paddlers, preparing them before trips by decking them out with helmets, PFDs, paddles, and the know-how required to safely scuttle down frothing waterways. Patrons also re-experience each surge and subsequent capsize with a photo CD of their rafting excursions. When explorers return to base camp, they can relax at a secluded campsite within the park’s 31-acre campus, snapping their own photos of Bigfoot or the even more elusive Big Bird, though patrons are not required to stay at a campsite to enjoy the whitewater-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.