The Activity We Experienced
What we chose to do
Paddling Through the River on a Kayak was Calming and Fun
How did you discover this activity?
My Aunt told me about TripShock and I searched for fun things to do in Destin, FL after visiting the site. I found a good deal on a family-fun adventure to ride floating tubes on the river close to Destin.
When did you book your tour compared to the departure date?
I booked the day before the event when I arrived to Pensacola, FL, that evening.
Why did you choose this activity?
It sounded fun since it was a 2-3 hour activity, could involve children, and had beaches along the way!
How did you get to the activity location?
We drove to the Blackwater area to check in, and then drove to the park to meet the bus. The bus dropped us off at the docking station located on the river.
What was your experience with the activity’s staff?
The bus driver was hilarious, providing background of the area on the way to the river docking station. He gave tips on how to get through the course, and told funny stories of people who did not listen to him on the way up. Pay close attention to the instructions!
Highlights or memories you and your group will take from the trip?
The river was calm, but worthy of respect! We used the kayak instead of the floating tubes, and I’m glad we made that choice! There were surprises along the way that included trees in the the river that naturally fell off into the river. We had to maneuver the kayak around them and a couple of times we were stuck! It was so funny, but we managed to get out.
One girl on another kayak decided to use it as a standing kayak, and all of a sudden, we heard a scream, and the boat flipped over! It was hilarious! She was fine, the water is only about 1-4 feet high.
My son stopped along the way at one of the beaches, and after we got back on the river and back on the path, he realized he dropped his phone at the stop. We tried turning around in the kayaks and going up stream, but good luck trying to guide a kayak against the river flow. We made him walk back in the water!
He found his phone and headed back! The water came to his lower chest. He’s about 5’10”. It’s pretty safe out there. I would wear a life jacket, but it’s not needed if you know how to swim or stand in the water!
Would you recommend this activity to another group like yours? Why or why not?
I would recommend this activity to a family or couple. It was fun, peaceful, and full of surprises and laughter!
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