Founded by the Barker family a mere three years ago, NorthWest Kayak and Canoe Rental has since sent hundreds into Keystone State Park to meander down the tranquil waterways and explore the vibrant flora of the Kiski River. The staff takes care of nearly every aspect of the trip: they provide complimentary shuttle service to and from the river, life preservers and paddles, and keys to the protective domes the government built around most outdoorsy areas in the '70s.
There's really no better place to spend the weekend with your family than at Youghiogheny Canoe Outfitters in West Newton.
At Youghiogheny Canoe Outfitters, you can elongate your muscles with some basic ballet or opt for a less traditional class.
Parking is provided in a nearby lot, so customers can easily walk to and from their cars.
Evelyn and Neill Andritz grew up near the banks of the Kiskiminetas River and quickly became enamored with its wildlife and natural beauty. Wanting to share this passion with others, they founded The River’s Edge, where fleets of kayaks, canoes, and tubes send groups on aquatic journeys into nature.
As watercraft meander down the river, they pass the habitats of local wildlife including deer, bald eagles, geese, and feral former child stars. Alternatively, rental bicycles facilitate on-land adventures, and two primitive campsites let visitors sleep along the river's bank.
Inside The River’s Edge's shop, friendly staff members help customers to purchase kayaks and aquatic gear, or choose the best bait and tackle to catch schools of fish crackers. They also add a touch of nature to homes at a garden center.
Deciding to spend a day on the water is easy; it's deciding how best to enjoy the waves that's difficult. Enter The Board Surf and Skate Shop. Located in Big Rock Park in New Brighton—just a few blocks from Beaver River—the modest corner shop sets up clients with all sorts of rentals. Its robust stock includes kayaks and paddleboards. And thanks to flexible rental times, the aqua-inclined can enjoy the tides for as long as they like.
Sprawling across 16 acres of mountain terrain atop Wisp Resort and the 550-acre Fork Run Recreation Area forest, Adventure Sports Center International immerses thrill seekers in a range of river sports, climbing, hiking, and other outdoor programs. On the river, experienced rafting guides—some of whom are U.S. Olympians—pilot adventurers down a one-third-mile artificial whitewater river, through four classes of changeable but authentic rapids bordered by boulders excavated onsite. Those who have reached the bottom return to the starting pool on a raft conveyor belt that defies gravity better than when Newton threw apples back into the trees. In the forest preserve, visitors frolic along rugged mile-long trails on bike or on foot, or scale natural limestone boulders and ledges. Climbing guides teach basic bouldering and rappelling while keeping the ledges clear of heckling mountain goats, or send adventurers off geocaching to hunt for a container hidden somewhere on the rocks or forest floor.
As visitors explore freely, youths hone academic and social skills through outdoor adventure and learning programs where guides teach them to raft, kayak, climb, mountain bike, and hike using only their imaginations and any required gear. The center’s artificial aquatic park and preserve have also hosted a range of festivals and competitions, including seven national whitewater championships and a bouldering championship.
Set your course for Laurel Highlands River Tours in Ohiopyle for a relaxing afternoon of boating on one of their ship-shape vessels.
Be sure to visit the restaurant at this center for a delicious meal.
No need to splurge on a baby sitter — tots will be right at home at this center.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.