What’s the best activity to do in Asheville? Do you need a reservation? What should you bring? What is the weather policy?
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Do I need a reservation for Zen Tubing?
Yes, we require reservations for all of our guests.Book online now!
When do shuttles run?
At our South (Brevard Road) location shuttles run from 10am-3pm, 7 days a week from May 5-September 12, 2021.
At our Midtown (River Arts District) location shuttles run from 9:30am-3pm, Friday-Monday from June 5-August 15, 2021.
How long is the trip?
At our South (Brevard Road) location the average float time is 2-2.5 hours. At our Midtown (River Arts District Location) the average float time is 3-3.5 hours.
How does the tubing trip work?
The process is so easy – just park at one of our two locations and check in. After checking in, we’ll shuttle you upstream to the starting point where you’ll receive your tube, get some safety instructions and begin your lazy river float. Along the way, you can stop to swim, wade and hang out to enjoy all the French Broad River has to offer (we want you to be on your own time- just don’t leave your tube behind). Your car will be waiting for you at the end of your trip. (Yes, we rock.)
What are the Zen Tubing hours?
At our South location gates open at 9:30 am. Trips run continuously between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm, seven days a week. (Reservations are required). You may stay on the water as long as you like provided you must return to the outpost by 6:30 pm- gates close at 7:00 pm.
At our Midtown location gates open at 9:00 am. Trips run continuously between 9:30 am and 3:00 pm, Friday-Monday (Reservations are required). You may stay on the water as long as you like, just don’t leave your tube to visit the breweries along the way. We suggest you relax and enjoy your time on the river and then visit the Asheville’s best restaurants and breweries once you are off the river. You must return to the outpost by 6:30 pm- gates close at 7:00 pm.
What is the minimum age allowed?
For safety reasons, (4) four-years-old is the youngest age we can allow. This is for your child’s own protection and a requirement by our insurance.
What do I get for the price?
Where do we check in?
For our South location go to 1648 Brevard Road and for our Midtown (River Arts District) location go to 608 Riverside Drive. Free parking is available at both location. Once checked in we shuttle you upstream to the starting point. You will then take a leisurely, lazy float downstream back to the outpost on the tube of your choice where your keys, car and dry clothes will be waiting. Forget to bring a dry t-shirt? We have plenty for sale.
Where do I get a cooler carrier?
We offer cooler carrier tubes for coolers up to 50 qt. These are the carriers only and you must bring your own cooler. Adult beverages are allowed but NO GLASS please. For just $5 each add a cooler carrier to your reservation when you check out or get one when you check in.
Is Footwear Required?
Yes, we ask that you wear some type of foot protection. These can be flip flops, sandals, Tevas, Crocs, river shoes, old tennis shoes, etc. If you don’t have any, we sell river shoes and flip flops in our on-site shop.
Can I bring a cooler?
Yes. Coolers are welcome. Bring your own cooler (we don’t supply them) filled with your favorite beverages, snacks, etc. Cooler Carriers are available for $5. Adult beverages are allowed but NO DISTILLED SPIRITS. Glass containers are strictly prohibited. Littering is illegal. We ask that you please hold on to your empty cans and other trash and return it to the outpost. We have trash cans and recycling containers at our outpost where you may dispose of garbage properly when you return.
What if I want to bring my own tube?
If you want to bring your own tube, we say “Do it!” We’ll shuttle you and your tube for $20 per person. We’ll even inflate it for you. Just make sure your tubes are out of any packaging and are to be deflated (no pool toys, please).
Are life jackets required?
Life vests are required for tubers who are 13-years-old and younger. It’s optional if you’re 14 and up, but we highly recommend wearing one, regardless of age.
What should we wear to go tubing?
You should wear your bathing suit or shorts, basically anything you are comfortable getting wet in. Footwear is required (flip flops, sandals, old sneakers, etc.) You will be on the water for two or more hours, so we also recommend that you bring sunscreen and something to drink.
What should I not bring tubing?
Do not take anything on the river that you do not wish to lose or cannot get wet. If you drop it in the river, it’s most likely gone forever. This includes cell phones, electronics, jewelry, wallets, keys, etc. We are not responsible for any items lost or damaged that you bring on the river. You may lock personal belongings in your car, and we will keep your keys securely for you while you are on the river. We give back your keys…the river doesn’t.
Do you have lockers?
We offer lockers for guests who UBER or shuttle to our location. If you plan on driving to us your vehicle is your locker. We will hold your keys for you in a safe, dry, and secure place so that the river doesn’t eat them (the river loves cell phones – leave them in your car).
Will I get wet in my tube?
Yes, you will get wet but not soaked (unless you want to – it feels great on a hot day).
How deep is the water in the French Broad?
The water depth can vary from one spot to the next. In most places it’s about knee to waist deep on an adult (perfect for tubing). Because of varying depth, we again highly recommend wearing a life jacket.
Is the water cold?
No! The French Broad River is wide and gets a lot of sunlight. Average temps in the summer can reach 75 degrees or more (nice).
What is the weather policy for tubing?
During our season, we are open rain or shine. If it starts raining during your trip, continue down the river. If it starts thundering or lightening, pull over to the bank and stay in your tube. Generally storms pass through the mountains quickly. Once the thunder/lightning stops, continue your trip. Unfortunately, due to the landscape around the river, we are UNABLE to come and get you if it starts to rain/storm. If we have to close due to severe weather or unsafe water levels we will contact our guests with reservations and post on all Social Media outlets.
Can I bring my dog?
Sorry, no, for the safety of pets and other floaters, no dogs are allowed.
Will I see wildlife?
Yes! and they will see you (no scary critters, though).