Tubing is one of the best outdoor activities around when the weather starts to heat up in Texas. When the temperatures start climbing towards 100 and move beyond, you’ll be heading for shade or cooling waters. Thankfully, there are are plenty of great places to go for river tubing in Texas, and some of the best are in the Hill Country.
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Where to Go River Tubing in Texas
The Blanco River is a beautiful river where you can spend some time relaxing on the water and enjoying the scenery. The easiest way to access the river for tubing is by heading to Blanco State Park. If you don’t have your own, you can rent tubes from the park store. In addition to tubing, Blanco State Park offers fishing, swimming, hiking, and great spots for picnics.
Bring a gourmet picnic from the Blair House Inn with you on your visit! Our chef personally prepares your basket, and we have everything from a cheese and cracker tray to a deluxe picnic basket.
The spring-fed Comal River meanders through New Braunfels until it eventually reaches the Guadalupe River. Since its source is a spring, you can expect the water to be between 70 and 72 degrees year-round—a refreshing temperature for those hot summer days! This is a highly popular river to float, so there are several places that offer rentals and float trips on the Comal River. We’ve listed several below.
If you’d like to avoid some of the crowds, Blue Hole Regional Park in Wimberley is an excellent option. Bring your own tube, and don’t forget to reserve your spot! To manage the crowds, Blue Hole Regional Park requires that you make a swimming reservation to swim in the aquamarine waters of Cypress Creek.
After you’ve enjoyed some time cooling off, you’ll be close to Wimberley Square, where you can find fabulous restaurants and shopping, including the second largest outdoor market in all of Texas, which you’ll find at Wimberley Market Days. Enjoy a meal and a drink at Ino’z Brew & Chew as you watch Cypress Creek flow by under the shade of cypress trees.
If you asked locals where the best place to go for river tubing in Texas is, the Guadalupe River would likely be a name that you heard many times. It originates near Kerrville, Texas, flows into Canyon Lake, then is released to create some of the best waters for river tubing and fly fishing around. Below are some of the outfitters serving the Guadalupe River.
- Gruene River Company
- Jerry’s Rentals
- Lone Star Float House
- Rockin’ R River Rides
- Shanty River Center
- Tube Haus
- Whitewater Sports
The sparkling Pedernales River flows over the exposed limestone characteristic of the Texas Hill Country Pedernales Falls State Park. There’s a decent section of the river above the falls available for swimming and tubing.
There aren’t any tube rentals available through the park, so you’ll have to bring your own or rent equipment from a local company. It’s a good idea to buy a pass online in advance because when some of the local parks get full, you won’t be able to enter.
While you’re at the park, it’s well worth your time to explore other sections, especially the falls. There are also a few hiking trails that wind through lovely, rugged landscapes.
The crystal clear water of the San Marcos River draws crowds of visitors every year. It originates from the Edwards Aquifer, which is one of the most prolific artesian springs in the world. At the headwaters for the San Marcos River, you’ll find Spring Lake, which is worth a visit in its own right.
There are several places offering tube rentals and trips on the beautiful San Marcos River. Take a look!
- Don’s Fish Camp
- Great Gonzo’s Tube & Shuttles
- San Marcos Lions Club Tube Rental
- San Marcos Tubing Trips
- Texas State Tubes
Stay at the Blair House Inn
Our gorgeous inn in Wimberley welcomes you to the Texas Hill Country. Whether you want to relax at our day spa, learn a few new skills in our renowned cooking school, or refresh with a stay in one of our beautiful guest rooms or cottages, we would love to be your host. Take a look at all of our accommodations, and don’t hesitate to give us a call if you have any questions.