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Is An Inner Tube Float Trip More Enjoyable Than Rafting?

Being in nature is such a wonderful feeling, especially when exploring water sports like river tubing. It can boost your adrenaline like other water activities, but in a completely different way.

A river tubing trip can be viewed similarly like a rollercoaster, offering a new level of mystery and excitement, especially if you’ve never had this kind of adventure before.

You’re probably wondering what river tubing and rafting is exactly. Are they different and what are the pros and cons of each water activity? Keep reading to learn more!

floating down river in inner tubes

Differences Between A Tube Float and Rafting

A tube float is an exhilarating recreational water activity in which you sit on an inflated tube. Riverbend By the Bridge tubes have a backrest for comfort and cup holder for your beverage.

Free-floating tubing is where you sit on the tube and just allow it to be moved by currents. You can also use your feet or hands to paddle the floating tube through the river.

River Rafting

Rafting is usually considered to be navigating an inflatable boat. Made from super durable materials, a raft can usually withstand the abuse of rocks and other objects in the water. While typically rowed by groups of people, this type of activity is the perfect summer outing.

Pros and Cons of Floating on a Tube vs Rafting

River floating on tubes is a fun and exciting activity for sure, but there are some potential dangers to consider before you book your tube with a tubing outfitter.

Below are the pros and cons of river tubes:

  • Water rates moderately flow with low currents so tubers enjoy a relaxing float throughout the river tubing adventure.
  • A relaxing water activity that is ideal for families that want to enjoy nature and unwind.
  • Floating on a Riverbend By the Bridge custom tube is absolute fun on the Illinois River.
  • Tube floats use inflated single tubes that transport one person at a time.  
  • Tubers use their feet to kick and/ or their hands to paddle.

river rafting

Now, let’s talk about the pros and cons of river rafting:

  • River rafting uses one inflatable raft to accommodate more people simultaneously.
  • Oars and paddles make navigation simple and easy the river.

To ensure a safe experience, it’s a good idea to bring a cooler (up to 50 quarts), drinking water, water shoes, a bathing suit, and other safety gear. Don’t bring your cell phone in the rent tubes or any sharp objects and avoid wearing flip-flops. 

Final Thoughts

If you love adventures and maximum fun while doing it alone, tubing trips may be more enjoyable than river rafting. There’s no need to worry if you’ve never tried this water sport before, it is easy and relaxing.

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