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 shocks staid sensibilities: for $38, you get up to two hours of whitewater rafting (up to a $46 value if used on a Saturday) and up to two hours of rock-climbing and rappelling (a $31 value) from Outdoor Adventure Rafting (up to a $77 total value) in Benton, Tennessee. All gear is provided and no prior experience is necessary. This Groupon is not valid on Saturdays in July and August; rafting and rock climbing must be completed during the same visit.
The wily guides at Outdoor Adventure Rafting ferry waternauts across more than five miles of continuous Class III–IV whitewater rapids along the Ocoee River. Whitewater rafting pits adrenaline trailblazers against nature's frothy embrace on the Middle section of the Ocoee, some of the country's most venerable white waters that were previously used as the rafting site of the 1996 Summer Olympics and the frothy mustache clinger of the world's most plentiful cappuccino.
After exiting the aqueous paddle zone, change into some dry pantaloons and mukluks and prepare to hit the natural rock face for Outdoor Adventure Rafting's two-hour 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.
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.