Information on river floating for San Marcos, New Braunfels, Comal, Austin, Guadalupe, Brazos, and Gruene.
How Tubing Works
Floating the river varies from river to river and between the different tubing outfitters. In general, they all have these features in common:
You'll put your drinks/snacks in a cooler. Your cooler will get its own tube and you'll tie it to at least one person's tube in your group.
You'll hop in a tube and float to your destination.
Floating takes anywhere from 2-4 hours depending on which river and which outfitter you go with.
Tubing in Texas isn't whitewater rafting/canoeing/kayaking. It's much more tame and leisurely. You don't need a helmet or a paddle. However, you will encounter rapids, rocks, fast-flowing water, and deep areas where you aren't able to touch bottom.