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“Great for a day trip”
Review of East Race Waterway

East Race Waterway
Ranked #15 of 57 things to do in South Bend
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Reviewed December 20, 2013

Don't go here expecting colorado or west virginia... But don't be surprised if the rapids are powerful enough to flip your raft of 4 over either.

This place is fun for what it is. $5 for a 7 min raft ride unlike anything you will get within a short drive from chicago. I take friends here every year and we have a blast.

Theres not many other places in the world where you can raft with out a guide, but have life guards staged every 100ft... so if you have friends afraid of water, this is the place to get them wet!

Thank circuitmonkey
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Reviewed December 6, 2013

our boat was way to big for the three of us in it (2 adults and a 12 year old) and when it tipped over and threw us out, one of us got trapped beneath the boat, and it was way to large to tip over. Staff was quite slow to respond and acted like it was no big deal to a very harrowing experience. We'll never do it again and are doing everything we can to keep friends away.

1  Thank sheilaoc
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Reviewed August 8, 2013

kind of cool but in a very bad part of town i use to go there alot as a kid and walk around with my dad but now its a diffrent time .

2  Thank krystal k
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

There are kayak and raft rentals summer weekend afternoons, but we mostly just walk the East Race. At the head of the race there's Seitz Park on one side, and the parking lot for the Emporium on the other. Weekend afternoons in the summer you can rent rafts and kayaks there; rental includes safety gear like helmets and life jackets. Be mentally prepared to fall out; seems to me most rafts seem to lose somebody.

In the mornings you can walk along the East Race on the east side and find shade most of the way. You have to cross the river on walkway bridges a couple of times, which is usually in the sun as is the west side that time of day, and where East Race merges back into the river is also pretty exposed. The last half or so the east side path is narrow; most bicyclists go around the other way through that part but every once in a while one braves it. Weekdays the water is pretty mellow; weekends they reset the gates and the water can be pretty high and anytime the water's particularly high there are a couple of places the path can get wet; be careful in sandals and other potentially slick shoes!

The Emporium Restaurant gets fair reviews, and is right by the Race; we usually go up one block on LaSalle or Colfax (20) to Macri's Italian Bakery to get a snack. Macri's also has a restaurant, Carmela's; haven't eaten there but it gets good reviews.

If you cross the river on the north side at Colfax, there's the John Hunt Memorial Plaza in front of the Morris; Friday afternoons in the summer there's usually a band playing there. If you cross on the south side of Colfax, you can cut back down behind the Century Center and get a great view of the waterfalls at the dam from the island behind the Century Center (a couple of afternoons a year it's closed for parties). Or, you can stick to the road and do the South Bend Museum of Art (not a big deal, depending on the temp exhibit, but not very expensive, either), or head up past the former College Football Hall of Fame to the South Bend Chocolate Factory, which at this site is just a cafe and a candy store, but we like to stop there for a bite sometimes.

If the weather's nice, wandering downtown South Bend might be worth doing. My kids like to check out Griffin Bookstore, behind the Morris, for gaming stuff, while I go downstairs to check out the s/f and fantasy books, We also like the Idle Hours Bookshop, which is a block past the South Bend Chocolate Factory; Idle Hours is a more straight-up used bookstore, while Griffin's specializes. There are some other little shops, but South Bend's downtown is more oriented toward serving the people working there than to tourists, so there's more food and drink than shopping.

4  Thank hobbitmom
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Kayak course used for training and for pleasure by many. I don't kayak but do enjoy bicycling the East Race Trail. The trail runs between South Bend and Mishawaka, much of it along the river.
Set back and relax watching the kayak competitions or enjoy a concert at Seitz Park.

1  Thank J C
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