Before horse carousels became children’s rides, they were used to train cavalry to evade the enemy by riding in circles. Cruise in clever roundabouts with today’s Groupon: for $16, you get two summer day passes to Riverfront Park (a $32.50 value) in downtown Spokane.
With a rich history and dozens of attractions sprinkled across 100 acres of land, Spokane's Riverfront Park provides festive families with year-round activities and entertainment. The summer day pass includes one IMAX regular feature, plus unlimited admission to 15 of the park's amusement rides, including the Dragon Coaster, the Ferris wheel, and the ornately decorated 1909 Looff Carrousel. Maneuver on the bumper boats, build an intricate model of the HMS Agamemnon while spinning on the tilt-a-whirl, or hit the links with a round of mini golf. The raging rapids of Spokane Falls gurgle and splash through the center of the park, which can be viewed from the 30-minute Tour Train or the bird's-eye view provided by gondola cars on the Spokane Falls SkyRide ($4, not included in this Groupon but available as an upgrade).
Sprawling across 100 acres in the verdant, picturesque Spokane Falls, Riverfront Park beckons with awe-inspiring visual and auditory wonders. SkyRide, constructed in 2006, invites visitors to survey the land from above, swooping across the Spokane River and past city hall, where they can wave to their favorite comptroller. Back on the ground, the historic Looff Carousel, built in 1909, whirls riders around on 54 horses, two Chinese-dragon chairs, one giraffe, and one tiger, and a tour train chugs through the park on a 30-minute narrated jaunt. Among other attractions, such as the Sculpture Walk and pony rides, Riverfront Park houses one of the largest indoor screens in the Pacific Northwest. Standing 53 feet high and stretching 69 feet wide, the screen is slightly taller than the average human and displays crystal-clear two-dimensional images, which are complemented by the sounds of a booming, wraparound surround-sound system.