4th of July

Hate the Shoreline Crowds? Hit the Farmington River Instead

Sunshine and clear skies are sparking nutmeggers to head to the beach. But, if you’re looking for an alternative to avoid the congestion along the shoreline, you might want to head to the Farmington River.

Hundreds of people headed to the Collinsville Canoe and Kayak for the holiday. On July 4th more than 500 customers came to the business to rent and buy canoes, kayaks and paddleboards.

The warm temperatures and gorgeous weather are creating opportunities for fun and adventure.

Stacy D’Anthony decided to trade in the overcrowded beaches for a tranquil canoe ride along the Farmington River.

“I’ve never done it before so I’m excited and I think it’s going to be a lot of fun,” said D’Anthony. “It’s just nice to be out on the water, it’s peaceful.”

D’Anthony says it’s a perfect alternative for dogs too.

“We wanted to bring our pups out here to enjoy the fun,” said D’Anthony. “It’ll be three dogs and three people on one board.”

For 30 years, the family business has created a different way to beat the heat. Jack Warner knows all about the July 4th holiday traffic.

Warner has worked at his family business since 2011.

“We have a lot of families come and go out for group paddies to enjoy the weather,” said Warner.

“You don’t really have to think about the busy world that’s happening around you, you can just go out there and just be by yourself for a little while.”

Warner says it’s the convenience and proximity that’s driving more customers to come and enjoy the activities.

"You can drive 20 minutes from a lot of neighboring towns and enjoy the water," said Warner. “We have a lot of families come and go out for group paddles to enjoy the weather."

If you have a sweet tooth or looking to cool off, you can check out the La Salle Market.

Rachel Pass says it’s the perfect way to relax and enjoy the best ice cream in town.

“We’re a really cute local business and a lot of time cyclists and those coming from the Farmington River stop by to enjoy the different flavors,” said Pass. "It's also a nice business to just kind of relax and distress and get out of the hot weather."

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