Tubing the Brandywine Creek has always been a favorite family activity! (When I am not DJing on WJBR, you’ll find me doing something fun outdoors!)
We are so fortunate to live here in the Brandywine Valley that offers so many different outdoor activity opportunities.
The Brandywine flows from Chester County PA all the way to Wilmington. Along the way there are great sections for kayaking, canoeing and my favorite-tubing!
Our favorite section for tubing the Brandywine starts at the Brandywine River Museum of Art to Thompson Bridge at Brandywine Creek State Park here in Delaware.
Your first step of course is securing your tubes! Your best bet for the best variety of tubes is to tap up Amazon. Local stores that carry a nice selection of tubes includes Cabela’s in Newark and Dicks Sporting Goods at 202 and Naamans Road.
Then once you pick the day you would like to go, you need to arrange your transportation between point A and B.
I suggest your group travel with two or three cars and drop one off in the parking lot on the southern end of the trip, at Thompson Bridge. (At last check, the lot at Thompson’s Bridge were charging $8 a car.)
Then you need to drive up Route 100 to Route 1 to the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford.
Parking at the museum costs about $20 per car and there is always room at the lot just off US1. The trip can take 3 to about 6 hours depending on how quickly the river is flowing. Generally the creek is about 3 feet deep with some areas as deep as 6 feet. As of this writing the water is running a little slower and lower. Some sections may be shallow you would need to walk a little bit to get back to deeper water.
Once you are in the water, it’s time to relax, have fun with your friends, maybe take a swim! Remember to bring an extra tube to support a cooler for snacks and refreshing drinks!
Other items to remember are a dry bag for your keys and stuff, sunscreen, a hat and water shoes (I always forget those!)
And of course a great soundtrack is listening the the Brandywine Valley’s own radio station Mix 99.5 WJBR! Be sure to bring a waterproof Bluetooth speaker!
Enjoy the scenery along the way through our beautiful Brandywine Valley!
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