The Ultimate Guide to Tubing in Texas

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:

ATXcursions river tubing on the San Marcos River

Which river should I float?

In Texas, no two rivers are the same. Each has its own special qualities and we’ll outline them for you here. A quick summary:

San Marcos River

The most tube-able. This river is spring-fed so it never runs dry. It’s a pretty blue-green color and the vibe here has a lot to do with the Millennial crowds from Texas State University in San Marcos and Austin.

Visitors coming from Austin will have the most streamlined and social experience by going with ATXcursions.

Comal River

For families and those looking for the easiest float. If you’re looking to enjoy Shlitterbahn and plan to be in New Braunfels for your vacation, this is the place for you.

Comal River Tubing tube chute

Photo by @treydaffin

Guadalupe river

Absolutely gorgeous crystal clear water. Crowd is a true mix of families and younger generations out to party, most of them from Texas. If camping by the river is part of your vacation plan, this is where you want to be. The Guad’s flow is dam-controlled, so sometimes the river can be low or completely dry in parts. Be sure to check before you float. Our favorite outfitter for the Guad is Rockin’ R.

Guadalupe river

Photo by @dulinha

Quick tips for all tubing

Group floating on the San Marcos River

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