Escape the heat: Dive into adventure at Pennsylvania’s best tubing spots

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By Ashley Adams

May 19, 2023

Throughout the state, there are plenty of places to enjoy a relaxing float down the water with your friends in an inner tube.

Every summer, Pennsylvanians all across the state head for the water to find a respite from the humidity. With 86,000 miles of rivers and streams, what better way to enjoy the warm weather while staying cool than plopping your backside into an inner tube and leisurely floating down the waterway.

Tubing can be a great outdoor activity for just about anyone. If age, injuries, chronic pain, or other disabilities make biking or hiking tough for you, a trip on the river can be a great way to enjoy nature without stressing your body. In fact, it would be difficult to find a more relaxing way to spend a few hours than floating down the water with your family or friends.

So, kick back, dip your toes in the water, and bask in the warmth of the sun at any of these great tubing spots across the state.

The River’s Edge Kayak & Canoe, Leechburg

Head on over to The River’s Edge Kayak & Canoe for a tubing trip down the Kiski River. They offer two-hour short trips, as well as four-, six-, and eight-hour adventures. (Imagine spending eight hours doing nothing but floating in nature—talk about self-care.) Bonus: Thursdays are Ladies Day.

Coal Tubin’, Johnstown

Cool down this summer with a trip down the Stonycreek River with Coal Tubin’. They have everything you need, including a tube for your cooler so it can float along with you and keep you hydrated for the ride. You can rent a tube for the entire day and float as long as you want.

Bucks County River Country, Point Pleasant

You’re in for a fun adventure down the Delaware River with Bucks County River Country. You can go on a two or three-hour excursion, and they even offer a summer river tubing pass so you can go back as many times as you want. Be sure to rent a tube with a backrest and cup holder to ride in style.

Pale Whale Canoe Fleet, Cooksburg

Head on out to Pale Whale Canoe Fleet this summer and take a float down the Clarion River. You have your pick of two summer tubing trips that will take you through the narrow valleys and hardwood forests surrounding the river. Whether you opt for the 2.5-mile, three-hour short trip, or four-mile, five-hour trip, you’re sure to have a relaxing experience on this lazy river in Cook County.

Lazy River Canoe Rental, Ridgway

Summer days were meant to be spent on the water, and that’s exactly where Lazy River Canoe Rental will take you. You can rent one of several tubes for your journey down the waters of the Clarion River. Expect a cool, calm river paired with the kind of views that make you forget the real world.

Buttonwood Campground, Mifflintown

Enjoy a slow moving, peaceful float down the Juniata River with Buttonwood Campground. You’ll pass beautiful farmlands, dense woods, and rolling ridges on any of the numerous trip options Buttonwood offers. Trip lengths range from three to 15 miles.

Port Providence Paddle, Port Providence

Spend a day on the Schuylkill River with a leisurely 2.5-mile tubing trip with Port Providence Paddle. Most trips are approximately two hours long and include everything you need for a fun time on the water. According to the website, eagles have been seen where the Perkiomen flows into the Schuylkill.

Northbrook Canoe Company, West Chester

Let the lazy current of the Brandywine River lull you into contentment as you float downstream on a tubing trip with Northbrook Canoe Company. They have all the gear you’ll need for your adventure, including cooler tubes, water shoes, sunglasses straps, and water blasters for a little extra fun.

Carried Away Outfitters, Greenville

Let loose and get swept away with a tubing adventure on the Greenville River with Carried Away Outfitters. You can choose between a short, one-mile trip or an extended four-mile excursion. Life’s too short to not get, uh, carried away!

Pocono River Tubing, Lehighton

Head out for some summertime fun on the Lehigh River with Pocono River Tubing. They provide the tubes and transportation for a four-mile, three-hour adventure while the river provides the fun.


  • Ashley Adams

    In her 16 years in the communications industry, Ashley Adams has worn many hats, including news reporter, public relations writer, marketing specialist, copy editor and technical writer. Ashley grew up in Berks County and has since returned to her roots to raise her three children.

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