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“Had A Great Time On The River” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Town Tinker Tube Rental

The Town Tinker Tube Rental
10 Bridge Street, Phoenicia, NY 12464
845 688-5553
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Ranked #8 of 9 Attractions in Phoenicia
Type: Tours, Specialty Shops, Gear rentals
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New York
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“Had A Great Time On The River”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2012

The tube ride down the Esopus river was excelllent. Town Tinker was a great place to rent from.

Visited December 2011
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Brooklyn, New York
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“Wonderful Place to rent Tubes”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

This place has been around for years. They are located right next to the Espous. They will even pick you up at the end of your journey.

Visited January 2011
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“Be prepared - might not be what you think”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2011

Let me start by saying there is nothing wrong with the service the Town TInker offers. The tubing business is fairly straightforward - you rent a tube, possibly shoes/helmet/life preserver, and you go. That's all fine and the prices here are fair.

But you should be prepared before you embark on your tubing adventure. The Esopus river seems to be different every day, the depth and roughness of the water really vary. There are a few small bridges in the residential part of town that give you a good idea of the water conditions and I'd advise you to check them out beforehand. We did the 'novice' course and the rapids were really rough. We got stuck on rocks, tipped over and banged around. This is NOT your "relaxing while you float down the river" rafting trip. This is (usually) white water rafting in a tube and you have to pay attention every inch of the way so you don't crash into the boulders or tip over.

I don't recommend it for young kids. Make sure you have good sneakers on. Don't go with glasses.

Visited July 2011
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“White Water Tubing......”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2011

I don't want to trash the service.......but Town Tinker needs to be a little more forthcoming and explicit about the fact that the NOVICE course is CLOSED. The only option is the EXPERT course. If the levels are higher than 5 I would not suggest the ride for any first timers, children under 16 or anyone who doesn't want to WORK really hard to get throught the course. Teenagers basically run the place. They are there to sell tubes. They're not (and the they really shouldn't be) in a position to make sure you are safe. The rapids are fun. The rocks are dangerous. And when the water is running fast, the rocks can be VERY dangerous. Join the Facebook page and read the almost daily updates. Be aware of the water levels and the conditions. Make an informed decision about whether it's a good day for you to go. I went on a water release day......after a night of heavy rain and my family will NEVER go again because we didn't pay mind to the alert that the water levels were high. Be careful and have fun!

Visited August 2011
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“A great tubing adventure in the Catskills!!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2011

I first did this back in the 1980s with a tube that did not have a nice wood seat and life jackets and shoes were not required. The Esopus Creek is much faster today or the water rate was higher. We were told it was an average water flow. The cost was $25 per person for a tube with a wood seat and handles, the bus ride up past the cemetery, and a life jacket. You are required to wear sneakers. I had on crocs, so I rented shoes for $3 (I was glad I had the shoes because I saw a single croc on a rock when I went down the river). It took about two hours to ride back to the third bridge and walk the tube back to the starting point of our trip in Phoenicia.

Visited July 2011
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