Try Tubing Down the Delaware River

Soak up the sun while taking in some Garden State scenery.

delaware riving tubing

Illustration by Annelise Capossela

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The Delaware River shapes New Jersey’s western border—and provides great opportunities for summer recreation. Consistently wide and free-flowing—with occasional stretches of beginner-level rapids—the section below the Delaware Water Gap is ideal for summer tubing. Several tubing companies offer multiple starting points along the river (some on the Pennsylvania side) for self-guided floats of up to six miles. Tube rentals include shuttle service to and from launch and pick-up points. You’ll have ample time to enjoy a day in the sun, taking in the scenery as bald eagles soar above.

Delaware River Tubing

All-inclusive rental tickets cover tube rental, parking, shuttle buses, meals, key check, life jackets, straps, photos and more. The 5-6 mile floats take 2-3 hours. Every trip includes a stop at Adventure Island for a barbecue meal. Rafts also available. Tubing: Check-in 11 am-1 pm, Wednesday-Sunday; weekdays, $89; weekends, $119 per person.

778 Frenchtown Road, Milford; 908-996-5386

Kittatinny Canoes

This 80-year-old business runs multiple tubing, canoe, kayak and raft trips from various points along the upper river. The New Jersey trip runs three miles from Westfall to River Beach; launch is at River Beach in Milford, on the Pennsylvania side. Campsites also available at River Beach. Tube rentals: $28-$30 (booked in advance).

378 Route 6, Milford, PA; 800-356-2852

Twin Rivers Tubing

Tickets for the 2-3 hour floats include life vest, tethers, key check, parking and more. Trips start on the Pennsylvania side of the river, opposite Phillipsburg. Canoes, kayaks and rafts also available. Tube rentals: $25-$35; cash only.

97 Larry Holmes Drive, Easton, PA; 908-857-1289

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