If you’re looking for family - friendly water rafting only a few minutes from downtown Asheville with a good mix of calm water floats, check out the French Broad River. You will explore the third - oldest river in the world. You will learn about the rich history about the river, you will see wildlife, bald eagles and even a black bear. The guided trips, which range from half to full - day jaunts, come with all equipment. After the first half of the trip, your guides treat you with a swim break and a delicious prepared lunch. Then you go forward for another 3 miles of excitement. They also offer zipline tours with ten lines ranging in length from 75 to 1000 feet long. This trip is one of the best things to do in Asheville.