We are a paddling family. I don’t mean as in corporal punishment, however my kids can be really naughty, but I’m talking about paddling on a lake or river! We have a family canoe, and both of my older kids have had their own boats since they turned 10. We love the sport, and we were so excited that Adventures Unlimited Paddling Company was opening on Lake Arlington that we visited on their opening day! They have a great assortment of boats to get you out on the water, especially if it’s your first time! The friendly and informative staff will help you with the basics to make sure you have fun, and stay safe!
Know Before You Go
Open weekends 9am – 6pm. Always check their facebook page for up to date openings and closings. Click HERE to visit.
If it’s your first time, I recommend just one rental, and taking turns until you find what’s right for you. Kids will have a great time just playing on it near the shore.
Bring your own life jacket or borrow one of theirs.
Don’t forget sunscreen and plenty of water. Water-friendly shoes are a plus, too.
Cotton clothing holds water, so choose light-weight synthetics. Work-out type clothing is great!
Adventures Unlimited has both sit-in and sit-upon kayaks, so you can choose which one you prefer, or you can try out both!
My daughter loves paddleboarding, which you can do either standing or on your knees for more stability. They are extremely popular right now, and a terrific workout!
Since they are so open, it’s easy for my daughter to just let my son sit on it while she paddles, too! I think they are a great introduction for kids, since they are easy to climb back on and rarely flip over.
Basic Skills Classes
AU teaches basic skills classes for kayaking and paddleboarding, too! Classes run about 3 hours and will teach you different paddle strokes, equipment, and safety!
Richard Simpson Park
Adventures Unlimited calls Richard Simpson Park home. There is plenty of free parking, and picnic tables under the trees, so bring a cooler with drinks and pack a lunch for a great day on the lake!
Lake Arlington Paddling Trail
When you’re ready for a float, head out on the Lake Arlington Paddling Trail! Pack a lunch (in a waterproof drybag), and stop at Eugene McCray Park on the opposite side of the lake for a picnic! Remember, a tour of the entire lake is going to take all day, so ask about full day rates! Click HERE for a map of the trail!
Village Creek Paddling Trail
Now you’re ready for an adventure! Village Creek Paddling Trail starts at the water release from Richland-Chambers Lake, which can give you a moving current and nice ripples even during July! A trip down to Lake Arlington will take a couple of hours. Click HERE to read more!
Things To Do in Arlington
The Levitt Pavilion offers GREAT free and family-friendly concerts from Spring – Fall! Click HERE to learn more!
The Flying Fish at 300 E. Abrams is a fun place to grab something after a day in the park!
Adventures Unlimited Paddling Company
6300 W. Arkansas Lane, Arlington
Click HERE to visit their website.
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