• 5 perfect places for tubing

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    We can’t think of a better way to cool off and relax on a hot summer's day than floating down a clear mountain river.

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    If that sounds refreshing to you, here are a few of our favorite places to go tubing: 

    High Mountain Expeditions
    Begins and ends at the New River Outpost in Boone
    Price: $20 adults and kids, $10 cooler tube 
    Age restrictions: Children must be 3 or older  
    Trip length: 2 to 3 hours
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    Cherokee Rapids
    Begins and ends on the Oconaluftee River in Cherokee
    Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend
    Price: $12 per person
    Age restrictions: Children must be 4 or older 
    Trip length: 2 to 3 hours
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    Zen Tubing
    Two locations on the French Broad River in Asheville  
    Price: $20 adults and kids; $5 cooler tube
    Age restrictions: Children must be 4 or older 
    Trip length: 2 to 4 hours
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    >> Best places to beat the heat

    Deep Creek Tubing
    Great Smoky Mountain National Park in Bryson City
    Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend
    Price: $6 for an all-day pass
    Trip length: Tube as long as you want on the 1-mile stretch
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    Thrifty Adventures 
    Toe River, Bakersville/Green Mountain
    Open May through Oct. 7 
    Price: $15 for 2 hours (shuttle ride not included); $20 for up to 4 hours with round trip shuttle ride; $5 children 5 and under   
    Age restrictions: All ages welcome; children 5 and under must ride with parent
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