Delaware River Tubing launches tubes, rafts, and kayaks on five- to six-mile trips down scenic waterways just north of where George Washington historically crossed the Delaware River. Shuttles ferry groups to launch points, where watercraft journeys begin along the wide river. In addition to renting vessels, Delaware River Tubing's crew leads guided kayak tours that can highlight local wildlife and tackle class one rapids like a mall cop tackling a gummy-bear thief.
During river adventures, scents of barbecue waft across the water from the aptly named Famous River Hotdog Man. The riverside eatery, founded in 1987, partners with Delaware River Tubing to give each customer a hot meal, which they can devour at picnic tables in the water.
Paddle Creek’s picturesque launch settings makes it an ideal jumping-off point for river excursions in single and tandem kayaks and canoes or atop a standup paddleboard. The staff of outdoor enthusiasts helps everyone from novice to advanced paddlers select their ideal vessels―for rental or purchase―and even recommends areas of interest. In addition to equipment rentals, the adventure spot offers lessons as well as self-guided tours.
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 2–4 hours
Brands Used: Old Town Canoes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Two-hour river trip
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
Pro Tip: Pack snacks, water, and sunscreen, and get ready for a fun day floating down the Delaware River.
Chuck, the owner of Edge of the Woods Outfitters, patronizes his own business as often as possible, canoeing on the Delaware River with his customers throughout the week. "Floating down the river with family and friends and experiencing the natural beauty of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area never gets old," he says. He loves sharing that adventure with people of all ages, especially those who might not experience the great outdoors all that often. Since his stretch of river lies a mere hour from New York City and about two hours from Philadelphia, he sees more than a few city folk. His passion for what he does is not lost on his customers, as he shares his infectious enthusiasm and shows off the Park's 70,000 acres of wilderness and the 1 acre where squirrels have come together to form a rudimentary society.
Although they started with only five canoes in 1967, the river riders at Bucks County River Country, Inc. knew their fleet of watercraft was destined to grow. They now rent kayaks, tubes, and rafts alongside their traditional canoes. Now led by the charismatic River Dan, the shop draws patrons in with its proximity to the Delaware River. Once there, they can choose from a variety of vessels to drift past wildlife, including six kayak and four tube options.
Framed by unfiltered wilderness and the occasional supports of a crossing bridge, the Schuylkill River is a secluded getaway for water lovers looking to float down nature’s slow-motion roller coaster. Reading Rivertribe shuttles aqueous adventurers to chosen points along the river for leisurely kayaking, canoeing, or tubing, with each trip ending where it started: in the stomach of a dreaming whale or next to a CPR-certified shuttle driver.
Just a short walk from the colonial-era fieldstone barn, a sea of green sprouts up around a small pond. Inside this self-sustained ecosystem, turtles leisurely perch on fallen tree limbs that float atop the cool water. Scenes like this are common at Great Valley Nature Center, which stretches 10.5 verdant acres across streams, ponds, wetlands, fields, and woodland habitats. The center fosters an awareness of the land through educational programs for all ages, including kayaking trips, geocaching adventures, or Owl Prowl dinner expeditions. Along with enjoying access to 500 partner museums and gardens throughout the world, members can tour a replica Native American Lenape village, or visit raptors on the mend at the Bird of Prey center. The center’s wildflower garden blooms yellow and white in the spring, and its maple-sugar house preserves the artisanal technique of boiling down flannel shirts from sweet-smelling lumberjacks.