Blackwater River Tubing Trip

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One of the few all sand rivers in the world, the Blackwater River is a clear, spring-fed water with a walking-speed current that is prime for a relaxing tubing trip with the whole crew! Hop on in, stash some snacks and beverages in a cooler tube, and meander your way through miles of untouched wilderness on your way to the historic Deaton Bridge. Make a day of it and stop one of several of the 30 beaches along the route. Just a short drive from Destin and Pensacola Beach, the Blackwater River is conveniently located and waiting for you!

Activity Highlights

  • Scenic float down the Blackwater River
  • Stop at one of 30 beaches
  • Cooler tubes available for convenient snacking and beverages
  • Rent 4 tubes and receive a free cooler tube rental

What's Included

  • Personal Flotation Device
  • Whistle
  • Transportation back to starting point

What to bring

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Cooler for food and drinks

Restrictions

  • Must be 18 with a valid ID and credit card to book.
  • No children under 12 months old.
  • No service or comfort animals allowed.
  • No glass containers allowed on river.

Additional information

  • Food and drinks are available for purchase on-site.
  • The tubes are not handicap accessible.
  • Bathrooms available at the start of trip.
  • Pets allowed on kayak and canoe at $5 charge. Dogs MUST be calm around people and owners must adhere to state leash laws.

Cancellation policy

Customer can cancel up to 24 hours before their trip for a full refund minus a $5 service fee. Last minute cancellations are accepted only in the case of inclement weather, and must be approved by the tour provider.

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  • Brian Rankin USA about 1 month ago

    Excellent

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  • Orlando Rosado Alabama, USA about 1 month ago

    Awesome experience!

    Great staff and beautiful day spent on an amazing stretch of beautiful scenery!

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  • Richard Early USA about 9 months ago

    Easy set up

    Enjoyed the trip. Easy booking experience, easy to navigate and answered most of the relevant questions

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  • San Francisco, CA about 12 months ago

    Extreme-ly awesome

    Oh man, it was so wide open. No one out there. Really pretty and peaceful. Nothing like floating the river on a perfect day. We stopped at 2 of the beaches just to chill out for a second and dry off. Really the perfect idea for a couple or a group of friends. A gem

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  • Wendi Myers USA about 12 months ago

    No experience, no problem!

    We upgraded to kayaks when we got there. Had an amazing time! We had never been kayaking before and it was really easy and enjoyable.

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  • Kim Williams USA about 2 years ago

    River trip

    This was the worst experience of my life. We went on the trip after it rained and we were told the river was flowing fast but we would be fine. Life jackets were not required but we got them for the smaller kids. Truthfully everyone should have been required to wear a life jacket. The river was moving so fast we were not able to stop at the sand bars because we couldn't stop. We saw no one on this trip (other people, guides), we were the only ones on the river. If I could have called someone to come get us I would have. The river float took 4 hours, which was 3 hours and 55 minutes too long. Had anyone got hurt no one would have known, there were no signs stating (x) miles left and no guide. We were given tubes and stated we would be picked up at the end, when we see the bridge go towards... read more

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  • Management Response, about 2 years ago

    We're saddened to learn of this experience. We take great pride in our customer service abilities and we're very sorry that your trip wasn’t enjoyable. Our trips are conducted in a 200,000-acre state forest on all-natural waterways. June brought record rainfall, however, we work closely with the state to determine where the levels are, and we won't run trips if waters are above the 'safe' level. The day you went out was posted at 'caution' stage. Caution stage is an area where the river is above normal, but not too high or unsafe to float. Most folks experience good trips during this level. We had this posted on-site and in the release you signed, but apparently this was not explained in detail where you fully understood, and for this we greatly apologize. The last thing we want is for...

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    We're saddened to learn of this experience. We take great pride in our customer service abilities and we're very sorry that your trip wasn’t enjoyable. Our trips are conducted in a 200,000-acre state forest on all-natural waterways. June brought record rainfall, however, we work closely with the state to determine where the levels are, and we won't run trips if waters are above the 'safe' level. The day you went out was posted at 'caution' stage. Caution stage is an area where the river is above normal, but not too high or unsafe to float. Most folks experience good trips during this level. We had this posted on-site and in the release you signed, but apparently this was not explained in detail where you fully understood, and for this we greatly apologize. The last thing we want is for anyone to have a bad trip. Again, I want to express how sorry we are for your experience and if we can ever make it up to you in the future in any way, please let us know.

  • Kathryn USA about 2 years ago

    Great Time!

    If you're looking for a way to spend half the day... It took about 3½ - 4 hrs to do the tubing trip. This was a blast for the whole family. We took a 3 & 5 year old all the way up to a 70 year old. Everyone had fun! We will definitely be doing it again.

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