Jun 2, 2024 - News

Tube like a Texan

A woman relaxes on an inflatable tube while floating down a tree-lined river.

A super hot day on the San Marcos River. Photo: Madalyn Mendoza/Axios

Tubing the San Marcos River with sun-kissed skin, good music and better friends, enjoying the beauty of doing nothing, is the quintessential summer shindig.

How it works: Outfitters like Texas State Tubes and Don's Fish Camp provide everything you need, including tube rentals and shuttle services back to your car for $20-$30.

The vibe: It's a leisurely float with fewer crowds and no major obstacles like the Comal River's treacherous, rapid-filled tube chute that we all love to hate.

If you go: Pack essentials like a waterproof phone pouch, water shoes, cheap sunglasses and a reusable bottle.

  • Avoid bringing anything valuable or non-waterproof.
  • A rope to tie tubes together is useful for larger groups.

The bottom line: Sit back and relax.

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