Updated 4/18/22: Our Whitewater Rafting Day Trips from NYC are live for the 2022 season! Book in advance to reserve your spot. Buses Sanitize & Masks Required. Read more about our Covid Safety Protocols.
Join us for the summer trip that started it all – Whitewater Rafting from New York! If you’re looking for an excuse to escape the city on a hot summer day, we’ve got you covered.
Twisting turns, rollicking rapids, and Sourced Adventures. There’s no better recipe for an awesome day on the Lehigh River. Cruise down 9 miles of class III rapids all the while taking in some of the best scenery the Poconos has to offer. The river runs through miles of pristine gorge, allowing you to feel secluded and remote, despite being just 2 hours away from NYC.
The #1 Whitewater Rafting Trip Near New York
Meet the Sourced Adventures staff at 85 Delancey Street or West 45th Street and 11th Avenue to board a bus for Whitewater Challengers, where you’ll take a short ride to the Lehigh River for approximately three to four hours of rafting down Class II to III rapids on the river’s best dam-release days. You’ll raft for two to three hours, then break for lunch. After lunch, you’ll spend another hour Whitewater Rafting on the Lehigh before heading back to NYC.
Whitewater Rafting New York is the ultimate summer pastime, so don’t miss out! When the city gets hot there is no better way to cool off. We’ll see you on the bus!
Pro Tip: if you’re looking for a more relaxing adventure, check out our River Tubing Day Trip from NYC!
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-3-4 hours of rafting class II and III rapids on the Lehigh River Gorge
-Life-vest, Paddle and Raft
-Sourced Adventures Guide
Where do I meet the bus?
First pickup is always at our HQ, Adventure Cafe located at 85 Delancey St on the Lower East Side between Ludlow & Orchard.
Second pickup is always West 45th & 11th Ave on the street across from Gotham Market.
It is always the same bus picking up downtown and heading uptown so if you’re meeting a friend and each want to use separate pick up locations that is no problem, just inform your guide.
How long is the trip?
The entire trip is about 10-11 hours long.
What should I bring?
- Clothes that you do not mind getting wet. i.e – bathing-suit, quick dry shorts/top, sports-bra, etc…
- A pair of closed toed shoes. They will not let you on the river without them. If you’d like, they have rental booties on site for $5/pair
- Snacks for the ride. We are gone for a good portion of the day, so make sure to bring snacks with you. If you have dietary restrictions, we suggest packing your own lunch for the day in plastic bags to bring on the river with you (there will be a bucket in each raft for you to store it in).
- A dry change of clothes and shoes. This is a big one. We want you to have a comfortable ride home, and a pair of dry clothes is the way to do it.
- Waterproof camera / Go Pro. This is not necessary, but always a plus to capture the day with. We strongly vote against bringing your phones on the river with you, unless you have a waterproof case for it.
- A nalgene to stay hydrated. The facility hands out plastic water bottles, but let’s be kind to the environment whenever possible! Bring a nalgene so you stay hydrated throughout the day, which is especially important when you’re out in the sun all day.
- Any medicine you might need. If you need to take any medicine out on the river with you, bring it in a plastic bag to store in the buckets that are placed in each of the rafts.
What is for lunch?
We provide three different sandwich options: Ham & cheese, turkey & cheese, or PB&J sandwiches. Each sandwich comes with a bag of chips and cookies, as well as a water bottle, although we suggest you bring a reusable nalgene.
What should I bring with me on the river?
Just yourself! You can leave all of your belongings on the bus, as it will be locked throughout the day. If you want to bring your phone, please make sure it is in a protective waterproof case, because you will be getting wet.
Do you need to know how to swim to attend this trip?
Although it is not required, it is strongly suggested.
How many people are in my raft?
We pair people up in groups from 5-8 in a raft. If you are coming alone or with one other person, don’t worry about it! Our guides will help get everyone in a raft.
How long is the drive?
The drive, depending on traffic, is about 2 hours and 15 minutes.
Can I bring my kids on the trip?
Unfortunately, no. This is an 18+ trip.
Can I drink or smoke on the river?
There is no drinking on the river or on the grounds of whitewater challengers and there is no smoking within national state park zones.
Are you guys running trips on the 4th of July?
Unfortunately not as this is not a dam release day. If you’re looking for an adventure that day however, you should check out our tubing & brewery tour.
We're committed to providing you with the best value and best customer service possible, this is the Sourced Adventures promise. We have a trained and capable Group Leader on every bus who not only ensures you get everything you came for, but that you have the best time possible. We go above and beyond and our staff does the same. If you have a bad experience, or if something prevents you from enjoying the activity the way it was supposed to be enjoyed pleased let us know and we'll do what we can to make it right. We want you to have an awesome time, period -- it's what we do.
Trip is nonrefundable. No full or partial refunds are given to customers who miss the event. In the event of a cancellation by the operator, your ticket will be fully refunded. Event subject to change/cancellation based on weather/river/snow level conditions. All trips run rain or shine; in the unlikely event of a cancellation you will be notified via email. For reschedules within 10 days of departure there is a $35 rescheduling fee per person. There are no reschedules or refunds for missing the bus or no-shows. Each ticket is good for one (1) person, unless specified otherwise. Trips involving alcohol are 21+ , valid ID required. All other trips are 18+. The deal is valid only for tickets on the date[s] of the event as listed and may not be exchanged or redeemed for any other dates. Provided transportation by Sourced Adventures is required; you may not drive yourself.
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