Unlike the above-average indoors, the great outdoors thrill adventurers by exposing them to nature's capricious forces, such as sudden Skittle storms and being water-ballooned by woodpeckers. Revel in Mother Nature at her motion-blurriest with today's Groupon: for $65, you get a zip-line tour, photography package, and nine holes of disc golf at Hocking Peaks Adventure Park in Logan (a $130 total value).
A launch point for a variety of outdoor adventures, Hocking Peaks Adventure Park wakes up drowsy nervous systems with a dense network of zip lines. After a climb up to lofty arboreal platforms 50–100 feet above the forest floor, you'll get to swoosh through an upper-canopy course of 18 zip lines and conquer 40–45 aerial challenges (a $65 value). The flurry of fresh air and majestic views of towering leaf poles all around you will serve as wistful reminders of humans' former flying abilities before they traded them to a drifter for magic beans. Crowning the interbough express circuit is The Big Zip, a single-shot speedster that descends 20–30 feet over the course of 15 minutes (a $20 value).
Hocking Peaks' photographers will snap multiple pictures during and after your high-flying adventure, sending you home with memorable moments that can be easily nail-gunned to refrigerators and neighbors' cars (a $37 value). Once feet are firmly back on the ground, wind down from the adrenaline infusion with nine holes of disc golf on Hocking Peaks' professionally designed Frisbee links (an $8 value).
Hocking Peaks Adventure Park
Boasting a course of 18 ziplines and a high-ropes course, Hocking Peaks Adventure Park immerses adventurers of all ages in a multitiered wilderness playground sprawling through the woods and fields of Hocking Hills. Surrounded by a sun-dappled tree canopy, the ropes course combines 60 midair challenges—including catwalks, suspended logs, and rope crossings—that visitors can surmount while strapped into safety harnesses that also help them blend in with current forest fashion trends. For kids, an alternative course and zipline hang a few feet above the ground. Within the same woods, ATV rides cover 15 miles of rambling ground trails, while paintball matches storm a separate wooded area with two levels of play and built-up cover.
As they emerge from the woodland playground, guests can take on the 42-foot high inflatable waterslide, or climb into one-, two-, or three-person transparent Ogo balls to roll down a hillside course more gracefully than a classically trained hamster. Additionally, an 18-hole disc-golf course—designed by professional disc-course planners Innova—sprawls through 6,000 feet of hills, beckoning players to aim for chain-fringed baskets.