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“My Whitewater trip and the details :)”

Adirondack River Outfitters
Ranked #1 of 2 Tours in Watertown
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Whitewater raft trips ranging from family fun to high adventure. ARO has been providing whitewater adventures for 34 years. We have trips on the Black River in Watertown and the Hudson River in the Adirondacks.
Reviewed August 6, 2017

I have ran with another company on the Black River twice before and ARO was a better one than other company. The raft had less people and I felt as if we got to swim more.You start out by checking in and getting fitted. They let us use the wetsuits do to the cold. It wasn't really cold though. You run the rapids and they let you swim in a few different places. You also can leap off a small cliff if you want. Half way through we got wraps that wear peanut butter, corn flakes, and honey. I was surprised how good it was. Along with a Dixie cup of water or lemonade. At the end you get pulled back to shore by a boat and we got a beer or bottle of water. Then we climbed on the bus and they drove us back. We were all mostly dry when we got back, so you don't really need a towel. At the end was a chicken cookout with salad & various dressings, along with 2 home made pasta salads that are taste and not oily. Along with beer and water. It was a great trip. If I had a complaint it would be I wish they had more than just beer and water at the end. Maybe a soda or the lemonade. Great experience and I am bring the cards I got from them to work.

2  Thank Kirk E
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Reviewed July 25, 2017

I was very nervous to go white water rafting, but I am so excited I did. Our tour guide, Larry, was excellent. He was very knowledgeable about rafting and the history of Watertown. He made our experience incredibly enjoyable, and he kept us safe on our journey. We were expecting some more intense rapids, but were pleased with our overall experience. I strongly recommend giving it a try. Our journey was about three hours, we encountered multiple rapids, went cliff jumping, swam in the rapids and were given free Blue Light as we were towed towards the ending spot. From there we were given a bus ride back to the meeting spot. The cookout was delicious, and it was a nice way to end the trip. Just a fair warning, it is not included in the price, but plan on a tip for your tour guide, especially if they make it as much fun as Larry did for us.

1  Thank leolszewski
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Reviewed July 9, 2017 via mobile

We had such a good time rafting the black river with Andrew as our guide. It was one of our first times rafting with good 3-4 class rapids. It was an excellently guided trip, both safe and fun with a lot of options to do what you're comfortable with. I couldn't have been happier with ARO, even the dinner served was yummy.

Park across the street, change in the municipal bathrooms before and after the adventure, that way you get quick change for quick access to food and beer!

I would definitely recommend using ARO for rafting.

1  Thank juliabZ5600BJ
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Reviewed July 9, 2017 via mobile

We had a very fun several hour trip down the Black River with our guide Erica. There are a few rough spots but for the most part it seems to be good for anyone above 12 that can swim well.

1  Thank Q1454HSsamuelr
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Reviewed June 21, 2017 via mobile

I wasn't excited about white water rafting, and was terrified the entire time leading up to getting into the water. However once we met our guide Eric, he did a great job of ensuring that everyone enjoyed the experience.

The way the river runs if you talk to your guide and express your expectations they can navigate the trip according to your comfort or excitement level. We started off conservatively because we were nervous and first timers, but as we got more comfortable he made the trip a bit more thrilling. Other groups wanted to start off intense and the guides are able to navigate the space to make sure you enjoy the experience. It's obvious our guide really cared that it was fun for us.

Eric with the American flag shorts and the Hawaiian shirt was funny and great at slowly giving instructions so we weren't overwhelmed with information. He didn't push us to do more than the group was comfortable with but did encourage us to try some more exciting things when we felt more comfortable. It was a great experience that I would have never tried unless I was pushed by friends to do it and I loved it, I would recommend it and I plan on going again.

Thank Meagan M
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