Aloha Paddleboards, nestled along the shores of the Trinity River in Fort Worth’s Panther Pavilion, offers an affordable nearby experience that feels far from home. For $15, sporty folk can rent the paddleboard, oar, and inflatable life jacket, and a pair of hours at one with the river. Groups are welcome to come share the water with kayakers and canoers alike. Hours are normally Fridays through Sundays from 12 to 6 p.m., however, the weather and temperature affect availability, so checking Facebook updates is a must for this worthwhile adventure.
Backwoods Kayak Rentals also set up on weekends along the shore is another healthy and freeing option to meander free range on the water. For those with experience or even newbies, kayaks, including the new Hobie kayaks paddled by foot instead of with oars, kayaks can be rented from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays. Backwoods has a gallery of kayaks to choose from including the Hobie Oasis and Ocean Kayak Malibu Tandem, all ranging in rental prices from $10 to $25 for the first hour and prices slashed in half or less for the second hour.
Part of the Fort Worth Trinity Trails area, horseback riding, biking, and walking or running the trails, is a great way to work up a sweat just before hitting the water. Whether standing or sitting is your style, either option is a great summer ride.