Best River Tubing and Rafting for New Jersey Families
New Jersey offers several scenic spots where you can enjoy river tubing and rafting. Head west to go tubing on the Delaware River for a ride with the current, splashing and gliding past the wildlife and cliff-side rock formations. You can also hitch a ride around one of New Jersey's lakes. There are plenty of gentle tubing and paddling adventures that are suitable for children age 4 and up, so the whole family can enjoy this classic summer thrill.
Life jackets are required for all water sports. Check websites for pricing and reservation information, but we have updated this river tubing NJ list with 2020 COVID-19 info. And be sure to bring river shoes to protect everyone's feet from the slippery, rocky riverbed!
Tubing on the Delaware River in New Jersey
Enjoy a BBQ lunch on the water with Delaware River Tubing.
Delaware River Tubing – Milford
2020 Update: Delaware River Tubing is open for the season by ticket purchase only. Tubing, rafting, canoeing, and kayaking are available all week except Tuesday. Face masks required.
Choose between tubing, rafting, canoeing, or kayaking at this Delaware River outfitter. Halfway down the river, enjoy a BBQ lunch, knee-deep in the current, at the Famous River Hot Dog Man. Lunch is included with rental fees. Tube straps allow families to tether tubes together, so little ones don't float too far ahead.
Delaware River Family Campground – Columbia
2020 Update: This campground has reopened for reservations and river rental trips are available to campers Monday through Thursday.
Riverside fun includes rafting, tubing, kayaking, and canoeing at one of the state's best family-friendly campgrounds. Trailer and cabin rentals are also available for a family camping adventure in the Delaware Water Gap.
Twin Rivers offers family-friendly tubing and more in the calm waters of the Middle Delaware River.
Twin Rivers Tubing – Phillipsburg
2020 Update: Tube, kayak, raft, and canoe rentals are available by reservation. Patio bar is open for refreshments. Face masks required and social distancing enforced.
Enjoy family-friendly tubing, rafting, canoeing, and kayaking on the Middle Delaware River at this fully equipped outfitter. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy miles of riverfront, or stop by the new patio bar for refreshments after a day on the water. Make a weekend of it and combine your tubing adventure with a trip to the Crayola Factory, which is just a mile away. Reservations required. Ages 6 and up.
Winding River Campground – Mays Landing
2020 Update: Winding River Campground is open for camping and canoeing, kayaking, and tubing. Face mask required and social distancing enforced. (The playground, basketball courts, volleyball courts, pool, and rec hall are closed.)
Head down the shore for a day of tubing, kayaking, or canoeing on the Egg Harbor River in Atlantic County. Daily rentals are available for two- to six-hour river trips, and overnight campsite amenities are available for an additional fee.
Tubing on a Lake in New Jersey
Hang on tight! Lakeview Marina offers motorboat-towed tubing adventures.
Lakeview Marina – Lake Hopatcong
2020 Update: Lakeview Marina is open by appointment only and has resumed regular operations.
Tubing around the lake with a motorboat controlling the speed is a great way for kids to experience a thrilling ride. Older, more adventurous children may opt for tube surfing—kneeling or standing on a tube as it is towed around the lake. Reservations required. *NOTE: An algae advisory remains in place for most of the lake, though Indian Harbor has been deemed safe for swimming and water sports. On its Facebook page, Lakeview Marina confirms it is open and operating.
Tubing on the Delaware River in Pennsylvania and New York
Bucks County River Country – Point Pleasant, PA
2020 Update: Tube, kayak, and canoe reservations are available daily by online reservation only. Face masks required and social distancing is enforced.
With three- or four-hour tubing trips, and inflatables in four different sizes (including a new, double "snuggle" tube), this Bucks County destination has adventure tailored for all ages. Life jackets required for all children 13 and under.
Kittatinny Canoes – Barryville, NY
2020 Update: River trips, paintball, cabins, and river beach campsites are available by appointment only at the Kittatinny Pennsylvania and New York locations.
Seven locations along the Delaware in New York and Pennsylvania make Kittatinny a great option for families willing to drive a bit further north or west. Some launch spots are slightly more rugged than others, and all require reservations. Overnight paddling trips are also available in Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.
An earlier version of this article was first published in 2017.
Photos courtesy of the venues.