While we applaud the New York City Parks Department for their efforts to bring us a little slice of the wild outdoors with kayaking on the Hudson, let’s be frank—it’s not exactly an adrenaline rush.
Lucky for us city folk, as well as those with a healthy fear of murky water, exciting aquatic escapades are not so far away. Take a break from the hiking and biking this summer and get rolling on some whitewater rapids. Here’s where you can go whitewater rafting near NYC.
Adirondack River Outfitters Adventures | aroadventures.com
Whether you’re looking to explore gentle cascades or wild rapids, Aro has something for every adventurer with their whitewater rafting tours on the Black River, Hudson River and Moose River. Upcoming specials include rafting Black River Gorge for $55 on Black River Fridays and the Labor Day excursion for $59, wetsuits included. All trips have standard equipment and gear, shuttle service, and a post-ride meal to help refuel and reward the body.
How to get there: Consult oM’s guide to renting hybrids in NYC.
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Leave from 73rd and Broadway and land on the Lehigh River for a thrilling, chilling outing you won’t soon forget. Roundtrip transportation, lunch, and expert river guides are all part of the deal, so you don’t have to worry about anything but enjoying the ride (and staying in the raft) while paddling over 17 rapids. Check the calendar for upcoming trips.