One of the benefits of living on the Main Line is the topography, specifically the abundance of rivers and creeks. They provide not only picturesque scenery, but offer entertainment like swimming, fishing, boating and tubing. Every year, my oldest daughter celebrates her late May birthday with her college friends and, if the weather cooperates, they often choose to go tubing down the Brandywine River. There are a couple of different companies that rent tubes (as well as kayaks and canoes) and drive the customers to a “put-in” point upriver. Then, they spend a few hours in shallow water, allowing the current to carry them back to their starting point. They often tie their tubes together, but you could just as easily take a solo journey for a peaceful personal get-away. If the water is too cold for your liking or you are not a fan of being in water, you can choose to kayak or canoe.
If you live closer to the Delaware River, there are opportunities to go tubing there as well. Personally, I’m a bit partial to the smaller, more intimate Brandywine, but they are both a great way to spend an afternoon (I speak from experience!). The landscape that is visible from the water is different from what you see from the road and there’s something both refreshing and serene about a float down the river. Try it, you’ll see.