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When a Texan says "floating the river is a must," they aren't kidding. It's the only way to survive the 100 degree summers here in the good ole lone star state. I guess we also have warm beautiful evenings, live music, and beer but we'll get back to that on another convo. Floating the river in Austin, Texas actually means river tubing down in San Marcos, Texas. A fun college town settled by Germans a long time ago. The float is quite lazy and can take up to 3-4 hours. This activity is great for bachelor and bachelorette parties, big corporate groups, and even solo travelers.

The San Marcos river is located 45 minutes south of Austin, Texas. Frontera Tours offers shuttles down to the river and back. What's cool about the river is that it originates from the San Marcos Spring. Central Texas is considered subtropical and can feel quite jungly at times. After our wet season the Edwards Aquifer, which is an under ground cave system, collects rain water and creates swimming holes all over central Texas. The fresh water river stays about 72 degree all year around and is the best way to beat the heat. 

During the float, you'll see huge cypress trees, tons of turtles, and colorful sun fish. Drinking alcohol is allowed on the river and be sure to prepare for the hot sun. Drink plenty of water and don't forget sunscreen.

Remember to please pack your trash, no glass and styrofoam, and have FUN!


What is River Tubing in Austin

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