In the Victorian era, extreme sports were limited to teatime without doilies, writing witty satires about earnesty, and riding a pennyfarthing down a mild incline. Today's Groupon would shock such staid sensibilities: for $38, you get up to two hours of whitewater rafting (up to $45 if used on a Saturday), a rock-climbing and rappelling combo package ($31), and one night of camping on a regular site ($4) from Outdoor Adventure Rafting (up to an $80 total value). All gear is provided and no prior experience is necessary. Rafting and rock climbing must be completed within the same day.
Starting between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. (boats leave every 30–35 minutes until about 3:30 p.m.), pit yourself against nature's cold, frothy embrace on the Middle Ocoee River, rafting site of the 1996 Summer Olympics. Outdoor Adventure Rafting's professional guides will climb aboard with you and help steer you through the thrilling sights and sudsy spumes of more than 5 miles of continuous Class III–IV whitewater, with more than a dozen rapids to bump, slosh, and drop you, jostling the adrenaline loose from your brain in the process.
After exiting the hydro-hydra's embrace of the river, change into some dry pantaloons and mukluks and prepare to hit the natural rock face for O.A.R.'s rock-climbing and rappelling combo package. The 30-foot climbing wall and 45-foot rappelling faces are both large enough to make for an impressive story, yet modest enough for tyros to cut their stone-teeth on. After your group instruction and safety briefings, strap on the provided equipment and take your cues from the professionals, who'll teach you that the only good rock is a rock you're standing on top of. Be sure to triumphantly kick the limestone right in its rock face as you rappel back down with a super-spy's flair.
Ending your adventurous experience in outdoor derring-do is a night of outdoor camping at one of the regular sites at the O.A.R. campground, so bring a tent, a Frisbee, and a scary ghost story. Your Groupon is not valid for a riverside campground site, because the fish tend to throw wild keggers there most nights. Reservations are required, so call ahead or deliver it via creepy banjo duet.
This Groupon is not valid for Saturdays in July or August. You must be 12 or older to raft the Ocoee. See FAQ for more information.
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Outdoor Adventures of Tennessee
The terrain-minded tour guides at Outdoor Adventures of Tennessee (also knows as Outdoor Adventure Rafting) keep outdoor enthusiasts on the edge of their seats during whitewater rafting trips through the Ocoee River, which at one point churns with Class III and IV rapids for five straight miles. Back on land, adventurers can play paintball, rappel down a limestone bluff, or scale the low ropes course or OAR's 50’ alpine climbing tower, which puts climbers just an arm's length away from the sun. What's more, groups who want a catered breakfast, lunch, or dinner for their active days can place an order at the facility's cafe.