The best part of whitewater rafting is the exhilaration of exploration, up until you realize the difficulty of paddling through pudding in your bathtub and must face yourself in the mirror. Take to real rivers with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $25 for a rafting trip for one adult and one child (a $50 value)
- $49 for a rafting trip for two adults and two children (a $100 value)
As long as they are healthy and comfortable with the water, children as young as 4 may join a guardian on one of two approximately two-hour, guided rafting trips that rumble down the Tuckasegee River. The total time of the trip is around 3.5 hours, including a safety briefing and putting on provided safety gear.
Rafting With My Kids
Kim Warner’s daughter, Clare, was riding whitewater by age 3, and had advanced to doing it dressage style the following season. The owner of Rafting With My Kids, Warner has safely launched families since 1988, when she and her outfitters turned their condo in Asheville into a base camp for trips down the Tuckasegee, Green, and French Broad rivers. Now in its 24th season, a group of CPR- and first-aid-certified guides lead exhilarating two-hour voyages exclusively on the Tuckasegee River. Their gear includes lifejackets designed specifically for kids, enabling adventurers as young as 4 to pile into inflatable rafts with a guardian and older kids the freedom to venture out in two-person duckies. The water is only 3–5 feet deep on average and, as Warner puts it on the business’s website, the rapids are not “too hardcore.” Each guide carries a cell phone and a first-aid kit, as well as light snacks of cookies and peanut-butter or cheese crackers to keep rafters energized.