Once a year, we try to get out and find things to do that aren't your normal crowded tourist destinations like big museums, amusement parks, etc. Coal Tubin' was perfect for the goal of our trip, and it was overall a great time. We took three kids, from 5 - 10 years old, and they had a really fun time on the river. The attitude of the staff sets the tone for many experiences, and in this case, the experience started off on the right foot with the staff being very friendly and welcoming. This continued throughout the trip from the bus ride to the drop-off through the return of the equipment. We rented a cooler, and they gave us rope to tie tubes together. I'd strongly recommend either bringing or renting a cooler. The 3 hour float in the sun would be less fun if you are thirsty. On the float itself, we had a relaxing time. There are small "rapids" to keep things interesting and slower spots where the kids loved getting off of the tubes and playing in the river. Along the way we saw lots of wildlife, including some ducks who stayed with us, at a respectable "keep away from humans" distance of course, for a little while.
Regarding my rating, I really want to give this place a 4.5, but the website doesn't allow for decimal ratings, so I had to go with 4. It's just not quite a 5, due primarily to the facilities at the start/end point, but that did not detract from our experience. Either a little sprucing up of the restroom/changing room or being a person/family who isn't concerned about such things, would allow for a rating of 5.
Overall, we had a fantastic summer afternoon, and we definitely plan on going back!
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