Before tubing, enjoyable water activities were limited to swimming, floating on planks of wood, and penning critical reviews of beaver dams for the Journal of Architecture. Partake in a fun-fueled float with today's Groupon to BTI Whitewater in Purcellville. Choose between the following options, redeemable for flat water or whitewater tubing:
- For $12 you get an all-day weekday tubing pass (a $24 value).
- For $16, you get an all-day weekend tubing pass (up to a $32 value).
BTI Whitewater guides intrepid explorers down the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers during equipment-inclusive tubing journeys. Tubing trips start with complimentary shuttle transportation to the Potomac or the Shenandoah River, where tube takers get dropped off with all the necessary safety equipment, including life jackets and large inflatable spears for self-defense. During the allotted hours, tubers, like hit Broadway musicals, can do as many runs as they want, and over the course of self-guided daytrips, floating naturalists can commune with wildlife such as osprey, turtles, and bald eagles. The hydration-hungry can bring delectable drinks in coolers that sit comfortably on their laps and hold no more than 30 quarts.
Whitewater tubers must be at least 12 years old and weigh 50 pounds or more. Flat-water tubers must be at least 5 years old and weigh 50 pounds or more.
Harpers Ferry Adventure Center
In 1992, Dewey Heffner and his son George started selling black tire tubes out of their truck under a sign that read, "Butts Tubes." Through the years, the seed of this roadside tubing company sprouted 11 different outdoor activities and matured into Harpers Ferry Adventure Center.
At Harper's Adventure Center, single- and multiday adventures fuse adrenaline-packed thrills with the scenery of the Potomac and Shenandoah River regions. More than 100 species of birds, 60 types of butterflies, and flocks of wild birthday balloons fill the sky on hiking trails, which wind through hilly terrain. The crashing sound of Bull Falls forms the soundtrack for whitewater-rafting trips, and treetop canopies serve as the decor for ziplining.
Drawing from these activities, Harpers Ferry Adventure Center's crew can design custom adventure packages or help customers to choose a predesigned trip. They also lead team-building retreats using outdoor activities to teach universal skills such as working toward a common goal or ziplining to the stage for business presentations.