Unlike the great indoors, the great outdoors offer the excitement of nature's unpredictability, such as being water ballooned by a woodpecker. Delve into supercilious scenery with today's Groupon: for $99, you get two nights of camping, one whitewater-rafting trip, a half-day mountain-bike rental, plus one breakfast, one lunch, and one dinner from North American River Runners in Minden, West Virginia (up to a $237 value).
Nestled amid rustic riverside scenery, North American River Runner's 1,500-acre resort welcomes families, friends, and nature enthusiasts with a plethora of engaging al fresco entertainment. Guests can set up their own tents and equipment on the mountaintop campgrounds for two nights (up to a $26 value) amid peaceful, panoramic views of the surrounding forest, free from the modern world and its brilliantly colored jumbotrons. Although not included in this Groupon, campers may opt to upgrade from standard accommodations to bunkhouses or deluxe lodging for an additional fee or add on rental tents and gear, such as a flannel-lined sleeping bag and pillow ($5) or a camp kit with an assembled four-man tent and four half-inch, close-cell foam sleeping pads ($10). The grounds afford campers access to a fire pit and picnic table, as well as shower houses within walking distance for washing up or crooning. Along with one breakfast (up to a $9 value) and lunch (a $9 value), NARR's foodie-friendly dinner banquet boasts vegetarian options, tender beef brisket, and Cajun-rubbed rack of pork alongside an army of side dishes, desserts, and drinks (up to a $20 value).
A guided rafting day trip on either the Lower New River, appropriate for ages 11 and older, or Upper New River, appropriate for ages 6 and older (up to a $134 value), lets whitewater warriors do battle with the forces of Mother Nature. After the voyage docks, pedalers hit the trails with a half-day mountain-bike rental (a $39 value) appropriate for ages 8 and older. At the campground, visitors get free run of the 5-acre adventure park and lake with all manner of watery activities. Climb and slide down a huge inflatable iceberg, bounce on floating trampolines, or launch yourself and friends into the air on the Blob Bag. Chillseekers can lounge on the sandy shore, and rowers can take a scenic tour of the lake via canoe or kayak and ping-pong paddle for an extra challenge.