Humans have been copying hamsters for millennia, from our plastic tube-like subway systems to our penchant for scurrying away from the vacuum cleaner. Emulate these furry friends further with today's Groupon: for $12, you get one Fishpipe ride at Fishpipe New Hampshire, located at SkyVenture New Hampshire in Nashua (a $20 value).
SkyVenture New Hampshire’s Fishpipe experience jostles thrill seekers in a water-filled barrel for 90 seconds of fun. Up to three riders age 4 and older can safely slip and slide inside the rotating sphere as 10 gallons of filtered water lubricate each twist and turn. The Fishpipe claims to send soaked beings farther than the world's longest water slide, as the barrel spins up to 45 revolutions per minute—the same speed as Zeus’s tumble-dry low cycle. Riders stay cushioned by the orb’s slick surfaces, and a steel frame suspends the inflatable barrel off the ground, allowing the sphere to spin freely in one place. After each ride, the Fishpipe's water system cleans and filters the barrel, adding fresh water for new riders and their freshwater salmon companions to enjoy.
The swimsuit-clad guests at Skyventure New Hampshire's Surf's Up attraction may not be going anywhere, but they're having lots of fun along the way. Designed to be the largest indoor wave park of its kind, the new venue from simulated-extreme-sports specialists sets surfers atop a standing wave that can—depending on the settings of its modular SurfStream machine—reach heights of 6 feet. Surfers with experience can use it to stay conditioned and improve their balance on barrel waves year round, while beginners can more easily learn to mount their boards in a 100% jellyfish-free setting. As reported on the Discovery Channel, the machine can release a rush of 750,000 liters of water per minute. And because the water temperature is kept at a mild 83 degrees, no wetsuits are necessary.
At 32 feet wide—making it the largest in North America, the owners say—the surf pool is a star attraction. But it's not the only one. There's also the FishPipe, a wildly spinning water-filled sphere that replicates the thrill of an ultra-steep water slide, a 24-foot Nicros art rock wall with an auto-belay system, and SkyVenture itself. The last provides the surreal thrill of falling slowly through the air with no need for a parachute—it's an indoor, vertical wind tunnel, of a kind used not only by everyday thrill-seekers but also by pro skydivers.
Right beside the rolling waters and powerful winds is the Oasis Cafe Restaurant, which completes the beachy experience with a thatched roof and tabletop shakers of sand. Even approaching the wave park puts surfers in a tropical mood—its exterior is bedecked with towering palm trees and other tiki trimmings.