Harpers Ferry Must-Do Summer Activities

Are you in need of some ideas for your summer adventures? We have you covered with our Harpers Ferry Must-Do Summer Activities list! From white water rafting to river tubing and everything in between, you can enjoy all that Harpers Ferry has to offer. We, of course, enjoy spending our summers on the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers but there are also lots of land activities to indulge in as well! 


Find your next adventure with our list of Harpers Ferry must-do summer activities :

  1. Whitewater Rafting
  2. Harpers Ferry Ghost Tour
  3. Harpers Ferry Historical National Park
  4. River Tubing
  5. Harpers Ferry Adventure Park
  6. John Brown Wax Museum

Harpers Ferry Whitewater Rafting

If you have never tried whitewater rafting ever, the Shenandoah river is the best in the world for beginners and family to get their rafting start. You will raft on the Shenandoah River through class I-III rapids and you can raft with River Riders in Harpers Ferry – you will raft past downtown Harpers Ferry through historical ruins and you’ll enjoy tons of Harpers Ferry wildlife.


Harpers Ferry Ghost Tour

A thrilling-night activity to do in Harpers Ferry is to go on a ghost tour in Harpers Ferry! Ghost tours are available everyday in the summertime. The tour is a ‘Family & Dog Friendly’ Spooky Stories experience appropriate for most people of all ages. Harpers Ferry Ghost Tours is a thrilling way to end your day after visiting many of the things to do in Harpers Ferry!


Harpers Ferry Historical National Park

A MUST-do attraction in Harpers Ferry is to park and take the Harpers Ferry Historical National Park headquarters. Then you would take the bus shuttle into downtown Harpers Ferry through the Harpers Ferry Historical National Park Service. There are tons of free and exciting museums in Harpers Ferry to explore with your friends and family.


Harpers Ferry River Tubing

Beat the summer heat with a refreshing float down the Shenandoah or Potomac River. Choose from either relaxing flat water tubing or our more adventurous tubing on white water rapids.
River Riders Harpers Ferry tubing trip was Voted one of the top 5 tubing trips in America in USA Today’s Top 10 Poll and the closest to Washington, DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia.

River Riders is THE Original Harpers Ferry tubing company, with over 3 decades of experience, and is consistently ranked as the #1 Outdoor Activity in Harpers Ferry on Trip Advisor for the last 10 years. On a sizzling summer day, there’s nothing as refreshing as floating down the river in a tube. No other area outfitter can compare to the experience, quality, comfort, and value of tubing with River Riders!


Harpers Ferry Adventure Park

If you want some more adventure, you can climb through the trees like Tarzan on our aerial ropes course that we call The Harpers Ferry Adventure Park! Our Harpers Ferry Aerial Adventure Park challenges you to reach new heights. With 9 aerial forest challenge ropes course trails, 5 different levels of varying difficulty, and 4 wooded acres of space, our Harpers Ferry Adventure Park provides hours of fun for all ages. Each of our courses has approximately 12 elements, including ziplines! Your kids will love leaping across the hanging lily pads, wiggling through the wobble bridge, and getting stumped on the tree-stump ladder!


John Brown Was Museum

The John Brown Wax Museum is a unique, lifelike wax figure museum in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. The museum tours you through John Brown’s hatred of slavery in detail and traces the history of his violent exploits that was months in the planning for one sad night. It also depicts a number of scenes from Brown’s raid on the town of Harpers Ferry with the wax figures. The long legacy story of John Brown can be explored today by thousands of visitors to the John Brown Wax Museum.


We could go on and on about things to do in Harpers Ferry but, it would be a novel. Enjoy these summer must do’s in Harpers Ferry!

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