Water Sports on the Delaware River
Several different companies offer tubing, rafting, canoeing, and kayaking along the Delaware River throughout the summer—a lovely way to spend a hot day. Sometimes called the “Eden of the East,” the Delaware River moves at an average speed of 1.5 miles per hour, is about five feet deep, and often near 80 degrees all summer. There aren’t many rapids in the area, so be prepared for more of a lazy, gentle float than an adrenaline-pumping journey.
Delaware River Tubing Co. (2998 Daniel Bray Hwy., Frenchtown, NJ, 866/938-8823, www.delawarerivertubing.com) offers great prices on tubing and rafting, with rates starting at $9.95 for a tube or $14.95 for a raft, with an additional $5 for a meal package. At a stand part-way through the trip, your meal ticket will get you a burger or dog, chips or candy bar, and a drink.
In addition to offering tubes and rafts at slightly higher rates than Delaware River Tubing Co., Bucks County River Country (2 Walters La., Point Pleasant, PA, 215/297-5000, www.rivercountry.net) on the Pennsylvania side of the river offers kayak and canoe rentals. Both follow similar routes and offer comparable experiences, and if you go with Bucks County, you can still buy food from the other company’s food stand.
© Karrie Gavin from Moon Philadelphia, 1st Edition