Summer in Asheville can get hot, so spend a day cooling down on the water! Asheville is home to the French Broad River that runs right through the city. The area is home to many beautiful lakes, too. Whether you’re alone or with a big group, a day out on the water is a fun way to explore the Asheville area, relax, and take advantage of all the city can offer. Even if you’ve lived in Asheville forever, there’s always a new way to see it: from the water! Check out some fun river tours and water activities you can do this summer!

Paddle down the French Broad with Wai Mauna Stand Up Paddleboard Tours
Stand up paddleboarding has become a new favorite in Asheville, and the highest rated place to do so is at Wai Mauna. At Wai Mauna, they offer four different tour options to take you on the water at your convenience: early morning, mid-morning, afternoon, and sunset. Taking place on the French Broad River, your tour gets put in at Hominy Creek and ends by Jean Webb Park, which is near the exciting River Arts District, so after your tour you can enjoy a great meal at a downtown restaurant. Every tour is Class 1, meaning it’s an easy ride that is suitable for people of all ages and skill levels. As if it couldn’t get any better, $5 from every tour and $2 from every rental goes directly to charity to help conserve the river!

Have an adventure-filled day with French Broad Rafting & Ziplines

French Broad Rafting & Zipline Adventures (FBRZ) is for those who want a little more adventure than paddleboarding. Not only do they offer whitewater rafting, they offer ziplining too! FBRZ ensures that you can have an awesome day out on the river or up in the trees and still make it back to downtown Asheville in time for dinner. There are half-day rafting trips through Class 1-3 rapids, full day trips through Class 1-4 rapids, or float trips for those seeking a more laid-back trip or those with young families. Zipline canopy tours take you through the beauty of the forested mountains that surround the area while giving you the rush (and view) of a lifetime! If both sound fun to you, FBRZ offers packages that combine the two for a fun day that you’ll never forget!

Relax and rejuvenate in Hot Springs

One of the oldest attractions in the Asheville area is the hot springs, located in the town of Hot Springs, only 40 minutes from downtown Asheville. Hot Springs is right at the junction of the Appalachian Trail and the French Broad River and is surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Pisgah National Forest, making for beautiful views all around. Hot Springs healing mineral springs aren’t the only thing the town offers, either! You will also find rafting, tubing, biking, hiking, fishing and more there. It’s the perfect day getaway!

Leisurely float down the river with Zen Tubing

Relax and float down the river with Zen Tubing! The great thing about Zen Tubing is the location. Their trips leave from the heart of midtown Asheville, floating past awesome breweries and the bustling River Arts District, and south Asheville, floating past plenty of islands and places to stop for a picnic. Their trips are an ideal 2.5 – 3 hours long, the perfect time to lay back in the sun and enjoy the beautiful Asheville weather!