Best River Tubing and Rafting for New Jersey Families
New Jersey offers several scenic spots where you can enjoy river tubing and rafting. Whether you opt to head west to go tubing on the Delaware River or hitch a ride around one of New Jersey's swimming lakes, there are plenty of options, including gentle tubing and paddling adventures suitable for children age 4+, so the whole family can enjoy this classic summer thrill.
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Life jackets are required for all water sports. Be sure to click through to each website for pricing and reservation information and bring river shoes to protect everyone's feet from the slippery, rocky riverbed!
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Tubing on the Delaware River in New Jersey
Delaware River Family Campground – Columbia
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.
Winding River Campground – Mays Landing
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 2- to 6-hour river trips, and overnight campsites are available for an additional fee. Face masks and social distancing may be enforced at certain activities and events.
Twin Rivers offers family-friendly tubing and more in the calm waters of the Middle Delaware River.
Twin Rivers Tubing – Phillipsburg
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 are required, and guests must be ages 6+. Participants must fill out the online waiver in advance.
Tubing on a Lake in New Jersey
Lakeview Marina – Lake Hopatcong
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 are required, and the marina is open by appointment only.
Tubing on the Delaware River in Pennsylvania and New York
Bucks County River Country – Point Pleasant, Pennsylvania
This Bucks County destination has adventure tailored to all ages with 3- or 4-hour tubing trips and inflatables in four different sizes (including a new, double "snuggle" tube). Life jackets are required for all children ages 13 and under. Tube, kayak, and canoe reservations are available daily by online reservation only.
Kittatinny Canoes – Multiple Locations
Seven locations along the Delaware River 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.
This article, first published in 2017, is updated annually.
Photos courtesy of the venues.