Lewis and Clark were both hobbled during their great expedition—Clark from resentment at his second billing and Lewis from a Lego slipped into his hiking boot by Clark. Enjoy noncompetitive nature excursions with today's Groupon: for $20, you get four day-passes (up to a $20 value) and four tube rentals (a $20 value) at Magnolia Branch Wildlife Reserve in Atmore, AL (up to a $40 total value). Day passes are $1 for children 12 and under, $5 for visitors 13 and up.
Magnolia Branch Wildlife Reserve's 6,000 acres tempt adventurers with ample opportunities for hiking, biking, fishing, and leisurely floating downstream on an inflatable tube. The botanical theme park's tree-flanked footpaths twist and turn, giving cyclists a challenge and foot-travelers a stunning view of colossal forests and meadows. Amateur ornithologists can check up on nature's evolutionary follow-up through bird-magnifying binoculars as children climb up, over, and through the reserve's playground, or rouse healthy competition on the volleyball court. Streams and some 50 lakes host aquatic vertebrates for fishing, sandy beaches for sunning, and cool water for practicing backstrokes, doggie paddles, and the locomotion. An inflatable tube trip unofficially lasts about two hours, but Magnolia Branch Wildlife Reserve allows bodies to leisurely buoy over gentle waves for as long as they desire, asking only that rental tubes return by 6 p.m., after which they turn back into pumpkin-flavored donuts.