You, in swimsuit, hat, and river shoes. Family. Friends. Drifting along together after months of quarantine. Your inner tube, floating lazily along crystal-clear, cypress-lined waters. Laughter. Craft beer. Groups of tubers calling to one another. Turtles in a row in the sun. The sound of rapids. The smell of sunscreen. The promise of a post-float lunch. Fish nibbling your toes. Music. The sound of cicadas. Relaxation. Bliss.

This is floating the river in the Lone Star State, the trip you should take—carefully, and always observing local, state, and federal guidelines to protect you and yours as we all figure out how to navigate the strange times we find ourselves in—this summer. Whether you’re intimately familiar with this grand Texas tradition or new to these parts, you’ll want to have our guide in hand when you do take the plunge and plan your next trip.

In This Feature:

Float the Frio River

A river for cool customers.

06/09/2020 By Timothy Malcolm

Float the San Marcos River

It doesn't get any easier than smooth sailing down the stream.

06/09/2020 By Dianna Wray

Float the Medina River

Ride a tube right through a fairy tale.

06/09/2020 By Catherine Wendlandt

Float the Guadalupe River

Spend an afternoon on New Braunfels’s other river.

06/09/2020 By Gwendolyn Knapp

Float the Comal River

Oh, chute.

06/09/2020 By Gwendolyn Knapp

6 Tips for Your Next Tubing Adventure

What to know before you go.

06/09/2020 By Gwendolyn Knapp

9 Essential Items for Your Next Tubing Trip

Float your boat with the right look.

06/09/2020 By Abby Ledoux