The origins of white-water rafting go as far back as the ancient Egyptians, who mastered the Nile’s rapids mainly to fish out tasty sphinxes. Find your own treasures in a churning stream with today's Groupon: for $45, you get an eight-hour white-water rafting trip on the Hudson River, an on-river snack, a cookout dinner, and wetsuit rental from Whitewater Challengers, in North River, New York (a $97 value).
Whitewater Challengers' certified guides navigate paddlers of all experience levels across the skipping surf of the Adirondacks' Hudson River Gorge. Up to seven people per boat steer through challenging Class III–V rapids, peruse pristine wilds, gaze at 500-foot granite cliffs, and extend a diplomatic hand to passing trout. Dam releases flow from Lake Abanakee, ensuring adrenaline-concocting waves all season long. Zip up a wetsuit to keep bodies as warm and dry as incubated cacti, and enjoy a quick snack near the trip's halfway point. Following the on-river trip—which lasts up to six hours—up to 120 rafters in an armada of rafts make sacrifices to the adventure gods at a dinner cookout, typically composed of barbecued chicken, a potato, salad, and a beverage. Rafters-to-be can check out Whitewater Challengers’ FAQ page to enhance the experience.
Whitewater Challengers river guides are prepared to take your group of rafters as young as age 5 down the Lehigh River. A leader in the rafting industry since 1975, the guides have collectively traveled more than 16 million miles of rapids. They chart courses that satisfy a range of experience levels.
The crew’s ultimate goal is to make rafting a fun adventure for the whole family, which means that they take care of the business end, providing all safety equipment, transportation to launch points, a riverside lunch, and lessons for novices. When not on the water, the outdoors-loving crew also organizes mountain-biking and camping trips in Pennsylvania.