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River rafting

People come from all over to raft on the black river. It’s an amazing sight to see.it is very... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Watertown, New York
Had a great time!!

Was a great experience, excellent staff. Very well organized! Matt was awesome!! We will... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Redwood, New York
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Whitewater raft trips ranging from family fun to high adventure. ARO has been providing whitewater adventures for 34 years. We have trips on the Black River in Watertown and the Hudson River in the Adirondacks.
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
140 Newell St, Watertown, NY 13601-2517
+1 800-525-7238
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Reviewed 4 days ago

People come from all over to raft on the black river. It’s an amazing sight to see.it is very challenging to all those who try it. It is a beautiful area. There is also a restaurant on site. We also have shopping,hotels,and many other restaurants...More

Thank 382corvette1974
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Was a great experience, excellent staff. Very well organized! Matt was awesome!! We will definitely go again!

Thank tiprincess15
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The place is absolutely fantastic. I legitimately don't have the vocabulary to say how much I loved this place. I'm a grumpy money grubbing guy too and I have no second thoughts at all! I literally went Thursday and then again Sunday. The BBQ was...More

Thank Ryan L
Reviewed 30 July 2018 via mobile

Had a blast going down the beautiful picturesque Black River! Erica was an awesome guide. She trusted the paddlers in the boat and treated us with respect. She took us into the big waves and was excellent at her job of guiding us. Chris added...More

Thank K N
Reviewed 30 July 2018

Enjoyed a phenomenal rafting experience on the black River. Even with higher than normal water levels, felt extremely safe and it was a very fun filled activity! Loved swimming some of the smaller rapids and the cliff jumping was refreshing! Guide was always conscientious of...More

Thank Melinda B
Reviewed 24 July 2018

I was so happy I did this. First I'm in my early 50's and never did rafting before. I was really excited to do this. The price was reasonable, they provided a helmet, life jacket and paddle. It was on the Black River. Every raft...More

Thank DSwiss1
Reviewed 9 July 2018

A group of 7 of us came up from NYC to try out ARO rafting and we had a blast!! Well worth the journey. Our guide Chris (everyone there called him "City Boy") was extremely knowledgeable, friendly, professional, and fun! We were all laughing the...More

Thank Chloe C
Reviewed 7 July 2018

ARO is a fantastic company to raft with. The guides were knowledgeable and made us feel very safe. It was a low flow day, making the rapids short in duration and small in height. Still an enjoyable day as we were treated to many swimming...More

3  Thank TravelEZinNY
Reviewed 24 August 2017 via mobile

We had a great day of rafting with my kids and their friends. The river is beautiful and our guide filled the hours with laughter and a history of Watertown. Make sure to request Larry! We'll be back....

Thank lisasears11
Reviewed 7 August 2017

I have ran with another company on the Black River twice before and ARO was a better one than other company. The raft had less people and I felt as if we got to swim more.You start out by checking in and getting fitted. They...More

2  Thank Kirk E
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16 January 2018|
Response from Steve A |
I have never taken a rafting trip on the river, however grew up on the river. Knowing how dangerous the river is, I would NEVER recommend taking young kids. I would however suggest consulting the rafting companies, there... More