During this summer of intense heat, the water is the perfect place to spend the day. Skip the pool and go tubing down the river for a scenic ride that the whole family will love. Here are some of our favorite spots:
Tubing in New Jersey
Big Bear Gear River Tubing
Cooley Tract of the D&R Canal State Park, Route 29, approximately 0.9 miles south of the Kingwood boat launch
Big Bear Gear offers Delaware River tubing rentals with river access in Kingwood. Enjoy a cool, relaxing and adventure-filled day floating down the beautiful Delaware River. Tube rental includes a river tube and personal flotation device for your 5-mile float down the Delaware. The trip by tube usually can take anywhere from 90 minutes to 3 hours depending on river conditions.
Delaware River Tubing
778 Frenchtown Rd., Milford
Delaware River Tubing is currently closed until better river access can be found.
Delaware River Family Campground
100 Rte. 46, Columbia
Enjoy camping, tubing, kayaking and canoeing while celebrating Kymer’s Camping Resort’s 50th anniversary. This family-friendly campground amid 200 acres of the Kittatinny Mountains is a great place to enjoy the summer weather. Four- or 8-mile tubing trips are available and are a great family excursion. They also offer a swimming pool, basketball and volleyball courts, miniature golf, a playground, a pavilion, and special events on the weekends.
Winding River Campground
6752 Weymouth Rd., Mays Landing
You can tube, canoe or kayak at Winding River on your choice of a 2-, 3-, 5- or 6-hour self-guided trip, with daily departures from 9 am – 2:45 pm. If you need equipment, we rent canoes, kayaks and tubes, as well as providing convenient transportation. Equipment rental is available so you can spend a fund day exploring the beauty of the Egg Harbor River and the peaceful surrounding forests. At the end of the day you can enjoy a campsite or cabin along with a heated swimming pool.
Tubing in Pennsylvania
Kittatinny Canoes Delaware River
2130 Rte. 739, Dingmans Ferry
Enjoy the fresh mountain air where the Poconos meet the Catskills. Lay back, relax and drift along. You have a choice of two different tubing trips offered daily. You can either meet at the River Beach campgrounds in Pennsylvania or the Barryville campgrounds in New York. Whichever trip you choose, Kittatinny will transport you upriver to a launch site that will send you on a 3-mile float trip. Tubing trips generally last between 2 and 3 hours.
Minisink Acres Mall
River Rd., Minisink Hills
You can rent tubes, canoes, kayaks and rafts, and experience the majestic Delaware River in Pennsylvania. From the water you will see the natural beauty of the area and take a break from your busy lifestyle. Chamberlain Canoes also offers Overnight River Camping from Port Jervis, New York, to the Delaware Water Gap.
Bucks County River Country
2 Walters Lane
Look at the beautiful wildlife and rock formations as you float down the Delaware River. Best of all, it’s kid-friendly and very easy to do – the water moves at around 1.5 mph with a depth of one to five feet. Tubes in four different sizes, plus Snuggle Tubes that can accommodate two people, mean everyone in the family can enjoy the fun no matter their size. Be sure to check their website’s coupon page for special discount days.
Tubing in New York
Indian Head Canoes River Rafting
3883 Rte. 97, Barryville
Delaware River rafting, canoeing, kayaking and tubing is exciting for everyone. Choose from the 3-hour tube ride from Pond Eddy to Knights Eddy, or the 6-hour tube ride from Knights Eddy to Matamoras. Unique to the Delaware River, they also offer a variety of overnight lodging such as cabins, bunkhouses and campgrounds.
4659 Rte. 28, North River, NY
Glide along a pristine scenic Adirondack lake in a canoe or kayak, watch for loons or enjoy a lazy river paddle. Want a bit more excitement? Hit some Class II to III white water rapids on an inflatable kayak (“Duckie”), or bring the whole family along for a day of tubing down the Middle Hudson River from North River to North Creek, NY!
Janine E. Mooney, Sunah Choudhry and Taryn Guettler contributed to this article.