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The Joy of Early Season River Tubing with Frontera Tours

Float season is finally here, and we've already kicked off a few amazing trips tubing down the beautiful San Marcos river. The months of April and May represent the early season for floating, and generally provide a unique experience when compared to the busiest time of the year starting after Memorial Day. What's unique about these trips, you ask? Well, let us give y'all a rundown on why floating in the early season rocks!

Why Choose the San Marcos River in April and May?

Perfect Weather for Tubing

Unlike the scorching heat of the Texas summer where temperatures often soar above 100 degrees, April and May serve up milder weather that's just perfect for a day on the water. The gentle warmth of the sun complemented by the cool, fresh river water creates an idyllic setting for both relaxation and adventure. Austin river tubing during these months allows you to enjoy the outdoors without the oppressive heat—a major plus for anyone looking to spend a full day floating down the river.

Fewer Crowds, More Wildlife

One of the best parts of hitting the river early in the season is the tranquility. Before the summer crowds descend, the San Marcos River is quieter, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the natural beauty around you. This calm environment also encourages wildlife to make an appearance. It’s not uncommon to spot numerous sun-bathing turtles, various bird species, and maybe even a glimpse of deer along the banks. Austin river floats are a nature lover’s paradise in the early season, and Frontera Tours ensures that you have the peaceful, scenic experience you're seeking.

Ideal Crowd Size

While the river is less crowded in April and May, there’s still a vibrant buzz created by fellow floaters who share your eagerness for a good time on the water. This medium-sized crowd offers the best of both worlds—it’s large enough to feel festive and fun, yet small enough to retain a relaxing vibe. You can make new friends, share a few laughs, and enjoy the communal spirit of Austin river floats without feeling overwhelmed.

The Frontera Tours Advantage

Tailored Experiences

At Frontera Tours, we specialize in creating personalized floating experiences. Whether you’re a seasoned floater or it’s your first time, we cater to all levels of experience. Our guides are not only experts in navigating the San Marcos River but are also enthusiastic about making sure you have the best trip possible.

All-Inclusive Trips

Forget about packing heavy gear—Frontera Tours offers all-inclusive trips that include high-quality tubes, coolers and ice for your drinks, and even a shared-private bus to get you to and from the river smoothly. All you need to bring is your beer, sunscreen, a hat, and a readiness to have a great time!

How to Make the Most of Your Early Season Float

Book Early

April and May are popular months for those in the know, so it’s wise to book your trip early. By planning ahead, you ensure that you have a spot on our bus before it's filled up!

Prepare for the Day

While we take care of the big details, here are a few tips to make your float more enjoyable:

- Stay Hydrated: It's easy to underestimate the sun and the exertion of floating. Bring water along to keep hydrated throughout the day.

- Protect Your Skin: Sunscreen is a must, even on cloudy days. Consider a hat and UV-protective clothing as additional shields against the sun.

- Secure Your Belongings: Waterproof bags or containers can protect your snacks, cameras, and phones from getting wet. We also have a lockbox on the bus for those items you wish to leave behind.


Choosing to float the San Marcos River with Frontera Tours during the early season of April and May is the best way to experience the joys of Austin river tubing. With perfect weather, manageable crowds, and abundant natural wildlife, your trip is sure to be memorable. So why wait? Book your adventure today and find out firsthand why the early season is the prime time to float the river!




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