whitewater rafting
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NEW JERSEY

Delaware River Tubing
Not quite whitewater rafting, but Delaware River Tubing in Milford, NJ, offers relaxing rafting activities perfect for families with children ages 4 and up. The five-six mile course is ideal for beginners, with the water temperature averaging in the 80s and the average depth ranging from 2-4 feet. Delaware River Tubing offers two person rafts and rafts that can hold up to five people. There are also single tubes available. If your group is larger than five people, you will be given a raft for every four participants. If you and your family are in separate rafts, you can purchase “stay together straps” which safely connect two or more rafts. Halfway on the trip, you and your family can eat at The Famous River Hot Dog Man floating food stand, which is included in your tickets. The second half of the course, in which you will experience seven sets of beginner level rapids. Swimwear is recommended, as you’ll get wet up to your knees at least, and you also have the option of swimming in the river during the trip. Proper footwear for rafting (closed toed shoes) is available at the River Store, if you and your family are in need. The entire course takes about 3-4 hours to finish. Delaware River Tubing will be open for the 2021 season from July 1 through September 19. 

Prices: Tickets must be purchased in advance on the Delaware River Tubing website. Group rates are no longer offered due to limited capacity. General admission on Wednesday and Friday is $119.99/rider and $179.99/rider on Saturday-Sunday and holidays, single tubes are $89.99/person weekdays and $119/person on the weekends. 

PENNSYLVANIA

Jim Thorpe River Adventures 
Want to start white water rafting, try their Intro to Whitewater course, which travels 10 miles of the Lehigh river and takes about 4-6 hours, and is open to kids as young as 6. If you’ve got younger kids, opt for the EasyWater adventure (pictured above), which gives the kids and family the thrill of some easy rapids without so much intensity. This fun trip is great for all beginners and covers 8 miles of the river and you are only on the water for about 3 hours. Feeling brave? the BigTime Whitewater trip is a challenging trip through the Lehigh Gorge State Park. You’ll paddle through the canyon with 900-foot walls and has some adrenaline inducing moments. Kids 8 and up are welcome. Most trips are available May through Labor Day. 

Prices: Advance registration is required. The EasyWater rafting experience is $48.95/adult, and $41.95/child. On weekends it is $58.95/person. Intro to Whitewater Rafting is $61.95/adult, $59.95/child. BigTime Whitewater rafting tickets are $65.96/person. Wet suits are available to rent, and they are required by PA for any trips through the end of April.

Kittatinny Canoes
Kittatinny Canoes in Milford, PA, offers four different whitewater rafting trips on the Delaware River. Children ages 4 and older can participate. The Staircase to Matamoras trip is the shortest, with a distance of 6 miles and a length of 3 hours. The Barryville to Pond Eddy trip is slightly longer, with a distance of 7 miles and a length of 4 hours. The Pond Eddy to Matamoras trip is a distance of 10 miles and a length of 5 hours. The Lackawaxen to Barryville trip is the longest, with a distance of 11 miles and a length of 5 hours. For a bit more of a thrill, try for a release day on  Lackawazen River when the local hydro-electric plant pushes extra water into the river. Check their site for dates and details.  There is a minimum of 2 adults per raft at all times, a minimum of 2 people per raft Monday-Thursday, and a minimum of 3 people per raft at all times. There is a maximum of six people per raft at all times. 

Prices: Trips can be booked on Kittatinny Canoes’ website. Participation for ages 4-9 on Monday-Thursday is $15/child, and $30/person ages 10 and older. On Friday, participation for ages 4-9 is $20 and $40 for anyone 10 and up.  On weekends and holidays,  it is $25 for ages 4-9 and $50 for ages 10 and older. 

Pocono Whitewater Rafting
Pocono Whitewater Rafting offers five different rafting adventures. The Dam Release Whitewater adventure in the Lehigh Gorge State Park, for ages 8 and up, is 12 miles and four-five hours long and takes you through 17 sets of rapids. If you have children younger than 8, the Family Style Whitewater rafting adventure on the Lehigh river is an 8 mile and 3-4 hour trip is more relaxed than the Dam Release Whitewater adventure. The Family Style Whitewater rafting adventure also includes a free all-you-can-eat riverside barbecue served at the site’s riverside meadow. Trips are offered daily from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day, as well as on weekends in May, September and October. The Pocono Pirate Rafting adventure adds a fun element to the typical whitewater rafting experience. Perfect for ages 4 and up, this trip includes a custom pirate ship raft which riders will experience Class I and II whitewater rapids in. If your kids are older, the Moonlight Rafting adventure, for ages 13 and up, is a great option. You depart on the raft at sundown and continue on an eight mile path, accompanied by a guide to help you experience the river at night. Afterwards, sit by the bonfire and roast marshmallows. The Expedition is another option for ages 13 and up, which entails traveling down a twelve mile course in an inflatable kayak.

Prices: Reservations and tickets are available on the Pocono Whitewater Rafting’s website. Tickets for the Family Style Whitewater adventure are $54.99/adult, $44.99/childTickets for the Dam Release Whitewater adventure are $69.99/person. Tickets for the Pocono Pirate Rafting adventure are $54.99/adult, $44.99/child. Tickets for the Moonlight Rafting adventure are $99.99 for both adults and youth; and tickets for the Expedition adventure are $84.99/person.

Whitewater Rafting Adventures
Whitewater Rafting Adventuresin the Poconos offers several types of trips. Their Whitewater trip, for ages 8 and up, is 13 miles long, 4-6 hours, and courses through Class II and Class III whitewater. This trip requires no experience and a professional guide will accompany you and your family in a kayak. If you’re looking for something more relaxed, the EZ Whitewater trip is perfect. It’s 11 miles long and takes about 4 hours to complete. Its class I and II rapids are great for children ages 6 and up. The Summer Rafting trip is another option ideal for families. You’ll start the trip in Jim Thorpe, PA, and take out in Bowmanstown. You’ll experience half a dozen small rapids on this eight mile adventure, and feel free to stop and swim in the Lehigh river on the way. Children 4 and older are allowed to participate. The trips are available to the public in the summer on scheduled whitewater dam release dates,

Prices: To make a reservation, you can either call Whitewater Rafting Adventures at (570) 669-9127 / toll-free at (800) 876-0285, or visit their website. The Whitewater Rafting trip is $69.95/ person. The EZ Whitewater trip is $57.95/adult, $47.95/ child. The Summer Rafting trip is $53.95/adult, $43.95/child. A $2.00 insurance fee is included in all trip rates. 

NEW YORK

Adirondac Rafting Company
The Adirondac Rafting Company offers a whitewater rafting trip on the Hudson River Gorge. The minimum age for this trip is 8 and children must be accompanied by a family group. A licensed river guide, rafting gear, a bus shuttle to and from Hudson River Gorge and riverside lunch is included in the rates. Wetsuits are recommended based on the weather and are available to rent. Private rafts with a guide are available for groups of five; otherwise groups of five or less will be placed with other small groups in one raft. 

Prices: Reservations can be made on the Adirondac Rafting Company’s website or over the phone at (518) 523-1635. A deposit of 50% is required to reserve a trip, and the balance can be paid the day of the trip. The individual rate is $90 per person and the private raft option is $499. 

Adventure Center at Whitewater Challengers
Take a whitewater rafting trip on the Hudson River with the Adventure Center at Whitewater Challengers. The trip is fifteen miles and 4-6 miles long with class three to four plus whitewater rapids. An on-river snack and wetsuits are included. Ages 7 and up are able to participate from Memorial Day through October. The minimum group size is one raft with at least three riders. Trips on the Hudson River are available throughout the Summer every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. The Adventure Center at Whitewater Challengers also offers whitewater rafting trips on upstate New York’s Black River, as well as Pennsylvania’s Lehigh River.

Prices: Reservations can be booked online on Whitewater Challengers’ website. The price of one private raft with three or four passengers is $475. It’s an additional $79 for each additional person in the raft, but the eighth person in the same raft is free. 

Silver Canoe and Whitewater Rafting
Take a day trip to upstate New York and visit Silver Canoe and Whitewater Rafting, and raft on the Delaware River. Silver Canoe and Whitewater Rafting offers two different rafting trips: one from Pond Eddy to Port Jervis Landing and the other from Mongaup to Port Jervis. The Pond Eddy to Port Jervis Landing trip is nine miles and typically takes about 4-5 hours to complete with several rapids to traverse. The Mongaup to Port Jervis trip is more suitable for families, as it is three miles and 1.5-2.5 hours long. On this course, you will experience the Mongaup rapids, the Hawks Neck section of the river, the Millrift rapids, the #2 Bridge and the Eddy Farm rapids and cliffs. Rafts hold up to six people and two-three person rafts for smaller groups are sometimes offered. 

Prices: Rates are on a per-person basis. If you are renting rafts for a party of 1-9 persons, the rate is $45 on weekdays and $50 on weekends and holidays. Larger groups can receive discounts. If you are renting for a party of 2-3 persons, the weekday rate is $50 and the weekends and holidays rate is $55. The cost for Children 50” and under is $25 or one-half of the adult weekend rental rate when they are accompanied by two adults.