Just as the wheel opened the land to intrepid travelers, the inner tube has opened waterways to serial recliners. Go with the flow with today's Groupon: for $25, you get two regular-size tubes, two life jackets, and two tube-connectors for a 90-minute rafting tour from Saluda River Rafting in Easley (a $50 value).
The flotation experts at Saluda River Rafting equip rafters with inflatable tubes and life jackets at Saluda's headquarters before its resident safety specialist shuttles them to the Saluda River entrance. Then, aqua-adventurers plunge into the river's current, using the complimentary, bungee-like tube connectors to create tandem floating that keeps their friends close and their mortal enemies equally close. The downriver drift lasts about an hour and a half, guiding floaters through serene waters and past verdant shores.
Saluda River Rafting Adventures
By the time customers climb atop tubes and kayaks from Saluda River Rafting Adventures and begin their sunlit floats down the river they may have already reached the halfway point of their outdoor adventure. That's because the rafting company's staffers also set up rustic riverside campsites that customers can rent the night before their river outings. In the morning Bubba the bus driver steers them through idyllic fields to their float site, passing horses along the way that approach the bus for carrots or advice on how to grow turn signals.
The horses are not just for feeding; staffers also lead camps—along with private and semiprivate lessons—that introduce youngsters to the equestrian arts. Alternatively, patrons can hone the more literal art of paint splattering on a lush Airsoft field, where soldiers armed with paintball guns fight in a sportsmanlike fashion, rather than by force-feeding each other paint pellets. Interested campers can also call to inquire about free rustic camping available for youth groups.
570 N Fishtrap Rd.
Easley, South Carolina 29640