While rafting or tubing might be considered a bit of an extreme activity in some parts of the world, it’s a walk in the park for most Texans during the spring and summer. There are many magnificent rivers to float in the Lone Star State, each with its own properties that will cater to some individuals more than others. Here’s an overview of some of the top rafting places in the state – take your friends or family out to any of these and you’re all-but-guaranteed a good time.
Rafting And Tubing In Texas
Neches River: The first choice for those looking for an adventure, Neches River is almost 20 miles long (which is 10 times longer than some entries on this list!) and every meter passed offers new adventures. You might not want to bring your family here, although many of the parts along the river’s side make for a perfect camping spot – instead, pick a handful of daring friends, put a sturdy raft underneath you, and you’re sure to have a wild and memorable time.
Comal River: Perhaps the smallest and tamest body of water on our list, the Comal hasn’t lost a bit of its popularity as a tubing destination over the years despite the fact that the river’s size frequently makes it chock-full of people (some of whom might be enjoying the effects of too much alcohol). How? The crystal-clear water with a constantly-pleasant temperature helps, as does the fact that the river runs through a beautiful historic city that everyone can enjoy.
Guadalupe River: The Comal’s bigger and badder sister, the Guadalupe is close and yet almost the exact opposite: even when it’s not being flooded, the river is long, quick and unpredictable, meaning that inexperienced rafters and tubers are smart to shy away from it. Thanks to its larger size, rafting here is no problem, although you’ll definitely want to make sure that everyone on the raft follows instructions lest the whole crew finds itself upside-down.
Frio River: If you have kids who want to join you on the rafting adventure (or even hop on a tube themselves), Frio River is a great choice due to its year-round safety and wonderful scenery along its stretch. The constant flow and the natural sights will ensure that nobody gets bored, although you might find yourself dozing off in the tube because of how relaxing the environment is – if you do, make sure there’s someone around to wake you up when needed.
San Antonio River: With a bit over six miles to its size, San Antonio River falls somewhere in the middle despite being the last on this list. Like many other Texas rivers, San Antonio’s pride doesn’t offer too much excitement or unpredictability and can generally be rafted through in no more than six hours. What makes this river stand out from many of its cousins is the sheer amount of animal life found throughout the banks – from impressive birds to not-so-commonly-seen land mammals, you and your family are sure to have a blast just guessing the names of every animal you spot.