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Where to Go Tubing in the Hill Country

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Where to Tube in The Hill Country

On a hot Texas day, many natives flock to the local, slow-flowing rivers to relax in the cool water. Tubing is one of the most popular types of water recreation in the Hill Country. You just need an inner tube, some cold drinks, and a few friends. Please remember glass and Styrofoam are illegal on all Texas waterways, and contact your local tubing outfitters to check on local conditions before you set out.

San Marcos River

Where to Go Tubing in TheHillCountry

Photo: Flickr / Aaron Baltierra

The spring-fed San Marcos river is clear and cool year round. The San Marcos River protected from development, so tubers can enjoy views of the beautiful park and the natural flora lining the banks.

Most tubing trips down the river start at the Lions Club Tube Rental, located in the Rec Hall at San Marcos City Park. The float is about one mile and lasts roughly one hour, ending at Rio Vista Park. Then tubers can then either take a quick walk back to the beginning or catch a shuttle, which also operated by the San Marcos Lions Club.

The funds raised from tube rentals and river shuttle service help support local charities and educational programs.

Medina River – Medina River Company 

Where to Go Tubing in TheHillCountry
Photo: Facebook.com/Medina-River-Company

The Medina River is flowing great this time of year.  Lesser crowds makes this tubing experience a one of a kind lazy river trip that you just can’t beat with the summer heat. Peaceful and tranquil, this river is passed up way too much for the more crowded river venues.

The Medina River Company, located at 1307 Main Street in Bandera, offers a welcoming way to float the Medina. They offer a shuttle service, in which you can choose anything from a 2 hour float up to a 7 hour float.  They also have Tube Rentals and Kayaks; if needed. Just ask for Brian or Charlotte and you are sure to get a welcoming smile and advice for your journey.

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