White Water Rafting Tours as a Theme Park Alternative

Theme parks seem to be a dime a dozen these days. This true no matter what state the consumer lives in. A lot of families want to do more or See more when they have free time to spend together. This leaves some families on a search for something more fulfilling when they spend time together. When considering that whitewater rafting tours are typically more cost-effective than the price of 4-6 theme park tickets, the attraction that many families experience towards this adventurous past time should be easy to understand. Those who are already on the market for a family vacation might want to consider learning more about this topic.

The immediate advantage that rafting tours have to offer is their sense of real-life adventure. Theme park attractions simply attempt to emulate such natural adventure. The experience often feels predefined and cookie cutter like in nature to the non-children members of the family. Nothing beats a real outdoor adventure. No matter how hard Mickey Mouse and the other studios try, creating real boat adventure inside of a building is tough. The family needs to be out in real natural environments that were not man-made to feel a true sense of adventure. The family needs to be powering their boat not some mechanical track system!

Let’s not overlook the level of bonding that often takes place for members of these tours. A lot of fortune 500 companies over the years have scheduled rafting tours for middle/upper management simply because of this. The activity requires every passenger to paddle the boat if things are to move at the optimal level. The ability of everybody to work together as a cohesive team remains the most prominent component of getting through the experience as dryly as possible. If a family has trouble seeing eye to eye on small stuff, perhaps the bonding experience of correctly paddling a raft through whitewater will properly align everybody’s attitude towards one another? If not? Perhaps the family will enjoy getting wet together. It’s still a vacation activity!

While most tour companies will admit that their activities are essentially safe and that the media sometimes blows isolated stories out of proportion to sensationalize the danger involved with the activity, rafting is still more dangerous than a theme park visit is. Remember, this adventure is not predefined, so we should keep a few safety tips in mind. Tip number one is to always utilize a guide if it is your first tour. Another tip is to always stay as dry as possible. The water is very cold, so not wearing clothing that will dry quickly enough could hinder your paddling performance. The best piece of advice is to simply listen carefully to the guidelines laid out by the tour company and to also just have fun while doing it.

When whitewater rafting, remember that all whitewater tours are considered level 4 and up on a scale that runs from 1-6. This means that there will be rough water, drops, and unpredictable conditions. All three of these items are featured on a level 4 tour alone! Levels 5-6 can have extremely dangerous elements and are only recommended for the very experienced rafters out there. Most tours offer the safest level 4 trips around. Many of them are beginner routes.