About Discover Outdoors Whitewater Rafting
Adventure is closer than you think. That’s the motto of Discover Outdoors, whose goal is simple: to get you out of the urban jungle and into the real thing, but back in Manhattan for cocktail hour.
Discover Outdoors, established in 1982, runs trips from the Catskills to Central Park. An outdoor adventure is only as good as the guide, and this is where Discover Outdoors truly excels. The guides are as knowledgeable as they are enthusiastic, and have credentials of New York State Licensed Trail Guide, Wilderness First Responders or Wilderness EMTs.
Ready to get the adrenaline pumping? Embark on the Discover Outdoors Whitewater Rafting trip, where getting wet is all part of the fun. On this full-day trip, the destination is the churning Lehigh River in Eastern Pennsylvania, where you’ll raft down a twelve-mile stretch of class I–III rapids. A big bonus is that the trip caters to all skill levels. The guides will teach you all the whitewater basics, and there are plenty of rest stops along the way, where you can take a dip in the water—and snap photos that are sure to raise your adventure credibility with friends.
It’s not just about the rapids. The surrounding landscape is equally impressive. The Lehigh River, which is a tributary of the Delaware River, is flanked by protected woodlands, and you may spy everything from regal blue herons to colorful kingfishers darting through the air.
Best of all, Outdoor Bound’s guiding philosophy is to respect the environment, and they conduct all their trips with an eye to “leaving no trace” behind. So, not only are you exploring the great outdoors, but you’re helping preserve it as well.
A full day (10 hours)
Did you know?
The Lehigh River has such a rich variety of nature and wildlife that naturalist and artist John James Audubon visited in 1829 to study and paint birds.
The Discover Outdoors Foundation, established in 2012, has a laudable goal: to increase graduation rates in urban schools through education experienced in the outdoors.
Discover Outdoors is ideal for visitors who want to explore the great outdoors, and the Whitewater Rafting trip is especially popular with those looking for thrills on the water. All are welcome, even if you’ve never rafted before.
Good for kids?
The Whitewater Rafting trip is adrenaline-charged and fast-paced, so it’s best for kids who are comfortable in and around the water.
Eastern Mountain Sports Upper West Side Location Information:
New York City, NY 10023
Manhattan departure points vary per tour date.