Here’s a great way to tour Sonoma Valley for the day — paddle down the Russian River in an inflatable canoe. Take the family, take the dog, or just take it easy and roll down the river with your feet up over the tubes … all for half the price. And if you’re staying over, scroll down for local hotel recommendations.
This eco-adventure takes place along the most secluded section of the Russian River, starting in Healdsburg, in Sonoma County. You can stop at swimming holes along the way and play on rope swings, or keep an eye out for owls, egrets, heron, osprey, kingfisher and ducks.
Here’s what’s included:
- A SOAR inflatable canoe
- Two paddles
- Life jackets for all passengers
- Dry bag to keep personal articles dry
- Return shuttle from Wohler Bridge back to your car
You can book a half or full day trip. Pack a picnic lunch to eat on the river, or order lunch (optional from the first ticket link below, where you’ll also see delicious menu options). Taking the family dog? They’ll charge you an extra $10.
TICKETS: Russian River Canoe Trip — From $45 (reg. $50) via Viator. This trusted source doesn’t add fees, and they offer a “low price guarantee” which means they promise the lowest regular price. If you see it lower elsewhere after you’ve made your purchase, tell them and they will refund the difference. (Does not include matching prices for flash deal sites like Groupon.)
DEAL: Russian River Canoe Trip (Inflatable Paddle Canoes) — 50% Off – $25 (reg. $50) plus fees. Sign up with the ticket deal source (Goldstar) to access this great price. This deal sells out often, but every so often they add a new block of discounted tickets. Worth a look, but they ask for free email sign-in first (you can unsub at any time).
WHEN: Many upcoming dates available for (at this writing) but the offer tends to sell out and then return, so check back often. Generally runs May through September.
WHERE: You’ll launch from the base of Memorial Beach Dam, near the Russian River Adventure office in Healdsburg, CA. A return shuttle will meet you at Wohler Bridge. Park free at the facility. (The deal page will take you to a map.)
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