River tubing is not something we did/do in Slower Lower Delaware so when I moved to Baltimore and Chris wanted to take me “tubing”, I had to ask the question. What exactly is “tubing” and where are we doing this?
Since then we’ve spent the last four summers in our inflated tubes floating down local rivers on hot summer days with some of our favorite people. It’s become a past time that we strive to do at least once each Summer, before the heat subsides to cooler temps. With Labor Day weekend quickly approaching, I hope you have some fun water filled activities on the schedule. If not, maybe tubing? 🙂
Tubing is exactly as it sounds- floating in an inner tube down a local river for hours on end soaking up sunshine, listening to the sounds of nature and throwing back a cold one or two.
We go tubing in either Gunpowder State Park or Harper’s Ferry, both have pros and cons and for your first tubing experience I would recommend Gunpowder. Harper’s Ferry is a wider river with deeper waters and small rapids whereas Gunpowder State Park has such a shallow riverbed that we had to stand at a few points and drag our tubes to a deeper spot. While this isn’t ideal for someone who goes tubing a lot- it is a decent introduction to the activity if you are at all nervous like I was. Silly now to think about how anxious I was, but it’s the truth!
If you decide to give tubing a try, I have to recommend a few crucial supplies for the trip. We either own or are thinking about purchasing the following items for our tubing adventures.
Watch a video I made of our tubing adventures three years ago!