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You Asked. We Answered. 

What river do y’all float down?

We float the San Marcos river, a natural spring fed river located in San Marcos, TX.


How long does the entire day last?

River trips will last approximately 6 to 7 hours total, which includes the trip to and from San Marcos, floating time, and loading/unloading. This can vary depending on weather, traffic, and float conditions. 

Do your buses have air-conditioning?

YES! Our buses are equipped with air conditioning for a comfortable ride to and from the river.

Is there a limit on group size?

We can accommodate groups of all sizes, from a single person to a group of 40. For groups larger than 40, please contact us directly and we would be happy to organize your trip with us!​

Will our party be combined with other groups?

While our trips generally include multiple groups, each group will have their own coolers and cooler tubes, regardless of size, and can mingle as much or as little as they like with the other groups. 

Are these trips family friendly?

We have an 18+ policy on our trips.

What if the weather is bad or it rains?

Texas weather can be unpredictable and we monitor it constantly. We will make the call on the day of, and should weather be too bad to float we will notify you of the cancellation. Conditions that can cause us to cancel a trip include thunderstorms, temperatures under 75 degrees, and flooding. Should the weather cause us to cancel our trip, you will receive a full refund.

Cancellation policy?

Full refunds on cancellations made at least 48 hours in advance. Trips are also weather determined and full refunds will be issued on cancellations due to rain or colder temperatures. No refunds for no shows.

​What should we bring?

Our trips are BYOB, just remember no glass and no styrofoam. Snacks, sunscreen, water, sunglasses, and waterproof phone cases are also highly encouraged.


What does Frontera Tours provide?

We have you covered with tote coolers, ice, roundtrip transportation, life jackets (upon request), tubes and amazing guides who will make sure your trip is one to remember!

How early to arrive?

Please arrive 20 minutes before your scheduled departure time.

Where do we meet for the River Trip?

We pickup and drop-off in downtown Austin at the Austin Visitor Center at 602 E 4th St.​​​

Frequently asked questions about River tubing with Frontera tours

Is there parking available?

We recommend using a ridehare to the Visitor Center, but there is garage parking available for $15 for the day. 

Doesn't Texas have some weird liquor/beer laws?

We sure do! Only on Sundays, beer and wine sales do not begin until 10:00am and liquor is not sold at all. Make sure you plan ahead if you are floating on a Sunday!

What about this "can-ban" I've heard about?

The San Marcos river section that we float is NOT affected by the San Marcos "can-ban", so cans are still totally fine to bring. We do provide multiple red mesh trash bags for each group to use while floating.

Do you sell beer?

All trips are BYOB and we do not sell any alcohol. 

Should I bring my own cooler?

Please do not bring your own cooler, we will provide coolers for you as well as ice. 

What should we wear?

Arrive in comfortable attire, shirts and swimwear on or underneath your clothes as there is no private place to change once the trip begins. Once at the river, any clothes you do not wish to float with will be left secure on the bus. Flip flops or river shoes are encouraged, but not necessary.

Should we bring our phones?

We know you want those sweet photos commemorating your trip, and we don't blame you! We do advise that your phone be in a waterproof case and you tie it to yourself, your cooler, or your tube. Also, to minimize risk we generally advise that only one or two people in your group take their phones, and photos can be shared after. With that said, a gentle reminder that the river will take what it wants and accidents with valuables happen often out on the water.

What do we do with our valuables while we float?

We have a lock-box secured on our bus while you float. Our bus driver will be with the bus for the duration of the float as well. We highly recommend taking advantage of the lock box and not floating with anything that cannot be lost.

Can we stop for food or drinks on the way?

Please come with all of your snacks and beverages, as we do not stop on the way to the river or on the way back.


We’ve never been on a river float, what if we get lost?

Our river guides will be with y’all every step of the way. We will load and ice your coolers, answer any questions you have and explain what to expect on the day. We will take care of the organization and nitty gritty details of the day while floating with you and making sure everyone is having a great time!

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