The call of the wild is like a call from an elderly grandparent: though you can’t quite make out what’s being said, you feel better about yourself when you answer. Pick up nature's phone with today's Groupon: for $149, you get a 15-person party package, including a two-hour cabin rental and access to the climbing wall or the big swing, at Camp Loughridge on West 71st Street (a $345 value).
Camp Loughridge's 200 wooded, lake-studded acres invite children and adults out of the city for hours of rousing activities and refreshment for the soul (there's an onsite chapel, though camp activities extend to those not religiously oriented). Parties get underway in a climate-controlled cabin where up to 15 guests can exchange gifts, nibble cake, and chew wrapping paper for two hours. Next, outdoor adventurers can choose one of two one-hour thrills. The popular big swing secures its rider in a rope harness attached to a 30-foot rock wall as fellow partiers on the ground control height and trajectory. People also have the option to scale the heights of a vertical climbing wall, scrabbling for handholds and stimulating the heart. Merry adventurers inhale birthday cake, cheat gravity, and exhale delighted giggles in the midst of more than 200 acres of wooded terrain, crystalline lakes, and free-roving packs of oxygen.
4900 Oak Leaf Dr.
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74131