Family Whitewater Rafting

The Family Trip

The Family Trip is our mildest whitewater trip. On this two hour trip expect splashy excitement from class I-III rapids, perfect white water rafting for kids. Mid-way through your trip, cool off as you float through our natural lazy river.


2 hours long

River Rafting

Up to Class III+
Mild Adventure


1000 Bay Ave.
Columbus, GA 31901


Minimum 60 lbs or 6 years old

About This Trip

This family white water rafting trip goes through the Habitat float where you can relax and let the natural current of the Chattahoochee pull you gently downstream. Experience spectacular wildlife, including bald eagles, osprey, blue herons, and turtles. This trip is recommended for families with young children, older guests and those apprehensive of water. Our focus is on the river and the beauty of our urban environment, perfect for whitewater rafting family vacations.

Trip Highlights:

  • Family Friendly
  • Cool off in our “lazy river” Habitat Float
  • Fantastic Rapids like Ambush, Jaws, Pemberton Falls and more!
  • Experience Amazing Wildlife

What To Bring

What To Wear

Quick dry, active wear or a swimsuit.

Shoes Are Required

Water shoes, Sandals with a heel strap or old sneakers.

Leave It In The Car

We have 12 x12 lockers for rent. However we recommend that you leave behind all valuables or anything you do not want to lose!

Customer Reviews

  • So fun! So fun! Great outfitter company, very laid back and fun. They appear unorganized at first, but don't worry, they know what they are about. The great guide was Cujo! He made our experience extra awesome! All my kids had fun and the lazy river was an extra little fun detail. Great experience for the money. I definitely will come back!

    Dawn C.
  • I highly recommend this for a family day trip! Our family had a great day creating memories. I highly recommend this for a family day trip! Our guide was extremely mindful and careful of our smaller children. He helped make sure that he kept an eye on them and was intentional with them. More importantly, two of our kids have special needs and he made sure that it didn’t keep them from having fun. We will be making another trip here in the future!

    MaryAnn P.
  • A thrill, but not too dangerous We did the Family raft trip at 11 a.m. Did get dumped out of the raft once, but no problems. The rapids increase in intensity later in the day, but this was good enough for us. A thrill, but not too dangerous. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the river, the history of the area, etc. Very good experience and I would highly recommend it.

  • Well run, Staff is great, & the Guides are awesome! We were are able to run two types of trips (Classic and Challenge) on the same 2.5 mile stretch of river due to the dam-controlled release which occurs daily! ( We choose the classic as our friends were not dressed for the occasion.. (water)

    Call ahead .... Make reservations.... Bring sunscreen..... Extra towels SO... dress accordingly, bring street clothes to change into after... GO early.... blah, blah, blah

    Columbus downtown has great after rafting food and its right there just a few hundred feet away.

    Have fun

    Scott J.

Frequently Asked Questions

You do not need experience to raft all trips are Professionally Guided, but you should be comfortable in and around water.

We accommodate 4-7 guests per boat but have a limited number of larger boats that hold up to 9 guests.

Going for a short swim is always a possibility of a whitewater trip. You’ll be wearing a Type V USCG-approved personal flotation device and we’ll brief everyone on what to expect and how to behave in the event that someone does fall out.

Wetsuits are not needed for the majority of the year as we have warm water for the majority of the year. If you’re rafting during the colder months, we’ve got you covered! Wetsuits and Splash Jackets are provided free of charge! Most guests choose to wear a pair of sneakers or sandals for river use to provide the best fit. If you have a lightweight fleece you may wear it in addition to the gear we provide. Our trips run rain or shine.

You will get very wet as you will be going through big slashes and waves as you enjoy our great rapids. You also have the choice to float out of the boat the lazy river “habitat float” a narrow mild section of our river that flows through a Blue Heron rookery.

The river is low-risk. With over 40 years of experience, Whitewater Express’ risk management procedures are unsurpassed. We train our guides extensively and follow the most up-to-date industry standards. However, it is important that you and your group know this: Whitewater rafting, like all adventure activities, involves inherent risks. It is important that guests know their comfort level and take proper responsibility for their own safety. If Whitewater Express staff feel that any individual is not in the proper condition to raft, we reserve the right to not allow that individual to raft for his or her own safety.


Just can’t get enough whitewater time?

Our Season Pass gives you unlimited access to Classic and Challenge rafting trips on the Chattahoochee River. Additionally, passes allow unlimited use of the Blue Heron Zip Line. This pass is valid one year from the date of purchase.

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