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“Perfect introduction to Whitewater Rafting - Great Fun!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Crab Apple Whitewater

Crab Apple Whitewater
Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Charlemont
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Perfect introduction to Whitewater Rafting - Great Fun!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2013

We were so pleased with this outing, with a very timid daughter and an older daughter roaring to go, this was the perfect trip for Whitewater Rafting. We found the staff very fun, conversational with everyone, and focused on the safety first, but having a great time out on the river. Our guide Mae, was perfect with my teenage daughters and our raft mates (Mother son, age 10) - she provide good guidance and directions and help to keep all of us in line, even prodding my husband who seemed to be the first to "rest" in paddling. It was fun to do the variations in the rapids, going forward, backwards and in circles to jostling boulders and even wheelies. Our hope is to come back for the higher level rafting when both girls are 15 and even sites on the big stuff in Maine. Great day, lunch (snack was forgotten though) - but the slide presentation was a blast.

Visited August 2013
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appleraft, Manager at Crab Apple Whitewater, responded to this review, December 8, 2013
Glad you had such a good experience with your family. We offer so many varied trips that you can find the right match for younger and older kids that are looking for different levels of challenge. You were lucky to spend the day with Mae, a great kid and great guide.

Hope you make it Maine for some bigger rapids next summer. The Kennebec River trip has a minimum age of 10.
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“Excellent family rafting.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2013

We took our 4 kids ( 7-12 yrs) rafting last week. We had played down the white water bit for our older boys so they wouldn't expect raging rapids but in the end they and our younger two girls all had a great time with enough Class 2 ( limit for our 7 yr old) white water to keep them entertained but never frightened. The owner (Jenn) and our guide ( Connor) had a great atitude and were really good fun. We also had some fun with water guns with other families and basically had a great time. There were photos taken and available to buy but no big 'sell'. highly recommend them - we will be back next year for the class 3 run...

Visited August 2013
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appleraft, Owner at Crab Apple Whitewater, responded to this review, December 8, 2013
Thanks for joining us this summer for family rafting on the Deerfield River. Nice to see that your guide was a good match for the kids and adults and made the trip fun for all ages.

We look forward to hosting you next season on the Class 3 Deerfield trip. the kids will love it!
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“Fun and family friendly!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2013

I took the Youth Group from our church. The kids had a blast, and were asking to go back next summer, and we weren't even done with this trip yet! Myself and the other chaperone on the trip enjoyed how personable and friendly everyone was. It is a family run business and that shows in how they go out of their way to make everyone comfortable, and see that everyone is having a good time. Would definitely recommend .

Visited August 2013
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appleraft, Manager at Crab Apple Whitewater, responded to this review, December 16, 2013
Thanks for the wonderful feedback from you and your church youth group. We hear similar comments every day - before the trip is over kids are asking if they can come back to raft again with Crab Apple. That is very satisfying for our family to hear!

See you next summer!!
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“Awesome!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2013

It was my first time rafting- we saw great wildlife and even swam in the rapids.. it was a blast! All of the staff members were extremely helpful and very friendly. Mae was an awesome guide :)

Visited August 2013
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appleraft, Manager at Crab Apple Whitewater, responded to this review, December 16, 2013
Thanks for letting Mae and our family know that she is doing a great job. Sounds like you got lucky to see some wildlife on the trip. On our Massachusetts trips we often see Eagles, osprey and many other big birds. We also see beaver, otter, deer and the occasional black bear. Glad they came out to see you on the river!

Awesome! see you next year.
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Medford, Massachusetts
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“Code Red at CrabApple!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2013

We had an incredible time rafting down the Deerfield River on a gorgeous August Tuesday! It was just the right blend of relaxation and whitewater thrill! Our guide, Cody, aka Code Red, was absolutely fabulous. I was nervous because this was my first time rafting with my children and nephew (ages 14, 11, and 8) and Cody immediately put me at ease. He was warm and friendly and very knowledgeable. I felt safe the entire time.

From the very beginning we were greeted with a happy smile and fitted with life vests and helmets. Each of the guides were helpful and so personable, making the kids and adults laugh the whole day long.

Cody kept us on the river safely and added so many cool tricks, like popping a wheelie, doing donuts, spinning off huge rocks, spying on two beavers at their lodge, and taking a photo op at a natural rock archway. We all had a fabulous time! Cody also shared so much information with us about other rivers, the dams, and the area in general. He made our day the best!! Just the right mix of fear and fun.

The whole package was wonderful. The gear was clean and safe, the food at the picnic was delicious, the buses were comfortable and the training was helpful. We can’t wait to do another CrabApple rafting adventure next year!! Thank you Cody!!

Oh, and the wonderful photographer, Jillian scampered down incredibly steep ledges at the roughest part of the rapids to capture our adventure on film!! Thank you Jillian and thank you Ashley for helping wrap up all the purchases!

CrabApple, you rock!!

Visited August 2013
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appleraft, Manager at Crab Apple Whitewater, responded to this review, December 16, 2013
Wow, thanks for such a thorough and great review. Glad you had such a fantastic day at Crab Apple. In your review you noted so many of the things that our family cares so much about - clean and safe gear, clear instruction, whitewater thrills balanced with safety, knowledgeable and entertaining guides, good food and helpful support staff.

Thanks again and ask for Cody when you return for the next trip.
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