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5 Hot Places To Go Tubing in the Hill Country

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Nothing brings on the vibe of summer relaxation like a lazy day floating the rivers of the Texas Hill Country. Bathing suit clad folks in colorful rubber inner tubes drift downstream like a giant meandering conveyor belt of frying donuts. With multiple rivers flowing through the Hill Country, a trip to the nearest tube stop is just a short drive away. Here’s a list of rivers and outfitters to make tube trip planning a breeze.

1. Comal River

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Heading down New Braunfels way, a stop at Texas Tubes on the shores of the Comal River provides easy access to cool crystal clear waters. Simply park, rent a tube and jump in the river to the get the party started. Adult beverages are permitted but don’t bring glass bottles or any type of Styrofoam. Visitor beverages can hitch a ride in an ice chest tube also available for rental. A shuttle service returns customers to the rental center after the trip is complete.  250 Meusebach, New Braunfels; (830) 626-9900.

2. Guadalupe River

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Photo: Flickr/dustinlarimer

In the late 1970s, Tube Haus at Canyon Lake opened its doors to tubing enthusiasts and has acquired plenty of experience creating the best in river adventures. Located at the start of the famous Horseshoe Loop (a bend in the Guadalupe River where tubers from all around can meet up and hang out), Tube Haus offers short, medium and long trips lasting anywhere from two to six hours depending on river flow. Like the Comal River, tubers can bring along adult beverages with their sunscreen and swimsuits. Tube Haus also rents ice chest tubes. Keep in mind glass and Styrofoam are banned. 12454 FM 306, Canyon Lake; (830) 964-3011

3. San Marcos River

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