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Easy, Breezy Adventure Vacation

Family vacation is supposed to be a stress-free getaway everyone looks forward to, but let’s be honest-it usually ends up being more stressful than just staying home. But good news, it doesn’t have to be. When you book an adventure vacation to ACE Adventure Resort, we make it our mission to give you and your family an experience you won’t forget. Now, I could go on and on about every activity ACE offers, but I’d end up with a book rather than a blog, so I’ll just summarize it for you.

A family rafts on the Lower New River

First and foremost, let’s talk about rafting. Whether it’s your first time on the river or you’re an experienced veteran of the water, climbing into that raft and paddling into rapids is a feeling that will never grow old. ACE Adventure Resort offers a rafting  trip for just about everyone and nearly every age. Upper New trips begin at just six years old! Yep, you heard that right-six. We’re not finished though, a kiddo 6-11 rafts FREE with a paying adult. I mean, seriously how does it get better than that?? The Upper New is great for beginners or a family looking for a more relaxed trip. This full day trip includes lunch, so you and your family will get to enjoy a riverside picnic before heading back out on the river. ACE Adventure Resort even offers overnight Upper New rafting trips, so the fun doesn’t have to end when the sun goes down.

Now, let’s talk about my favorite, The Lower New! Similar to the Upper New, the Lower New offers mild rapids and great spots to hop out of the raft and go for a quick dip in the river. But, it also has bigger rapids for those seeking more adventure! The rapids range from class III to IV making it a little more intense than the Upper New, but that makes it all the more fun for families with older kids! The scenery along the way also makes it a destination whitewater rafting trip, with huge boulders, sheer cliffs, and abundant wildlife along the way. You’ll even get to see the famous New River Gorge Bridge from below!

Summer isn’t the only time to raft when you book a trip with ACE Adventure Resort, Gauley Season takes place during the fall and attracts thousands to West Virginia. The Upper and Lower Gauley are great options for families with teenagers or young adults! While we recommend that rafters have previous whitewater experience in order to raft on the Upper Gauley, the Lower Gauley is a great (and incredible trip) for those who are totally new to rafting. Want to impress your high schooler? Book a trip on the Gauley and win the coolest parent Award!

So, you book a cabin and rafting trip but what is there to do in between? The better question is what isn’t there to do?! At ACE Adventure Resort you can zipline through the trees, climb and rappel, mountain bike, take an ATV tour with your teens, enjoy a fun filled day on the mud course, or take a dip in Wonderland Waterpark! You can find ziplining trips, climbing and rappelling, mountain biking, and mud courses with a minimum age of just eight years old! Have younger kiddos? Don’t worry! Enjoy a beautiful day on our spring fed lake with your little ones, relax on the beach, or check out the new splash pad! ACE Adventure Resort prides itself on having something for everyone, no matter the age. What are you waiting for? Book your next family adventure vacation today!

BY Larkin Cook

Larkin grew up here at ACE Adventure Resort and on the New River. Her dad, Jerry, is one of the owners of ACE, so adventure is in her blood. When Larkin isn’t studying at Concord University, she is working in the marketing department as a social media specialist. Larkin enjoys hiking, whitewater rafting, and being outdoors. If you can’t find Larkin at ACE or on the River, she’s at home with her cats Misa and Oscar.