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Best Rafting And Tubing Near Boston

July 20, 2013 6:00 AM

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(Photo Credit: Crab Apple Whitewater)

(Photo Credit: Crab Apple Whitewater)

No matter what your age may be, gliding down a river never gets old. Excitement can be found around each bend – wildlife, scenic views and, of course, good times for all. Whether by raft or tube, everyone can enjoy the adventure that will unfold. There are many places less than a two hours’ drive outside of Boston that will offer you options for both tubing and rafting.
(Photo Credit: Deerfield River Portage)

(Photo Credit: Deerfield River Portage)

Deerfield River Portage
220 Stillwater Road
Deerfield, MA 01342
(413) 282-7678
www.drportage.com

Click here for information about pricing.

Deerfield River Portage makes it easy for you to plan your lazy ride down the Deerfield River. Offering nearly four miles of slow-moving current, the Deerfield River is a great spot to drop your tube and begin your ride. Deerfield River Portage provides both tubes and transportation to the “put in” point. The cost of your ride also includes an extra tube to hold your cooler. When your ride is finished, Deerfield River Portage will pick you up and bring you back to your car.

(Photo Credit: Hyytinen Hollow Tubes)

(Photo Credit: Hyytinen Hollow Tubes)

Hyytinen Hollow Tubes
7 Tea St.
Charlemont, MA 01339
(413) 339-4786
www.hyytinenhollow.com
Click here for information about pricing.

Also located on the Deerfield River, Hyytinen Hollow Tubes offers a family-friendly experience as well as helpful amenities to make your day with the kids easy. If you are a family with young children, you also have the option of renting life jackets from Hyytinen. Onsite, you will find space for picnicking, and if needed, concessions from D&D’s Hot Dogs – perfect if you are tired from a long, active day.

(Photo Credit: Crab Apple Whitewater)

(Photo Credit: Crab Apple Whitewater)

Crab Apple Whitewater
3 Lake Moxie Road
The Forks, ME 04985
(800) 553-7238
www.crabapplewhitewater.com
Click here for information about tours and pricing.

Offering rafting trips for all experience levels, consider an organized rafting trip for your family or group with Crab Apple Whitewater. Tours are offered on either the Deerfield or Millers River in Massachusetts and also include lunch. For those with more experience in whitewater rafting, Crab Apple can organize a tour in Vermont or Maine. Check the website for more information about these options.

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(Photo credit: Zoar Outdoor)

(Photo credit: Zoar Outdoor)

Zoar Outdoor
7 Main St.
Charlemont, MA 01339
(800) 532-7483
www.zoaroutdoor.com

Click here for information about tours and pricing.

Zoar Outdoor offers guided rafting tours on the Deerfield, Millers, Concord and West Rivers in Massachusetts. If you are looking for a fully planned adventure including overnight accommodations and plenty of day activities to keep you busy, a tour with Zoar will give you just that and then some. Zip-lining, rock climbing and kayaking are also available as well. Reservations for all activities, including lodging, can be booked via the website.

(Photo Credit:Farmington River Tubing)

(Photo Credit:Farmington River Tubing)

Farmington River Tubing
92 Main St.
New Hartford, CT 06057
(860) 693-6465
www.farmingtonrivertubing.com
Click here for information about pricing.

If you are willing to take your tubing adventure a little south, head to Farmington River Tubing to take a ride down the popular Farmington River. Facilities onsite include restrooms and changing rooms. Ticket cost includes tube rental, life jacket and shuttle bus service. If you decide to take another trip down the river on the same day, you can do so for another $10. Riders can also save money by visiting on a weekday where the cost is reduced. On the day of your planned visit, be sure to call to determine river conditions and for continuing updates in the case of inclement weather.

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Cristy is a city dwelling enthusiast, an arts, culture, and technology lover, and an all around curious person. As an examiner, she covers all things Boston. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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