Top 5 River Float Trips in Texas

Bald cypress trees at Gruene, near New Braunfels, Guadalupe River, Texas, USA
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Texans love spending time on the state's various rivers. Whether it be with inner tubes, canoes, kayaks, or rope swings, there are plenty of ways to enjoy these rivers and streams. Floating down a river on a warm summer day is practically a right of passage in Texas. If you are hoping to sample some river recreation on your next visit to Texas, try a few of these top spots.

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    New Braunfels

    The Guadalupe River is legendary in Texas. This is the very spot where "tubing," also known as "floating the Guad," was invented. New Braunfels offers excellent access to this famed Texas waterway. Tubing, kayaking, swimming, and fishing are just a few of the recreational opportunities available on this stretch of the Guadalupe. Visitors can go the do-it-yourself route or hire one of the many float trip outfitters operating in the area.

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    San Marcos
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    San Marcos is one of the most popular small towns in Texas. Located in the Texas Hill Country, San Marcos is a short drive from Austin and San Antonio. It's a convenient jumping-off point as the San Marcos River runs right through town.

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    Garner State Park
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    Home to Garner State Park, tiny Concan has one of the best stretches of the Frio River in the Lone Star State. Concan is a little out of the way but is a great escape from crowds that gather at some of Texas's ​better known summer vacation spots.

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    Del Rio

    Rio Grande River

    Named ​after the nearby river, Del Rio serves as the hub for water sports on the upper stretches of Texas's Rio Grande River. In addition to the traditional water sports, many tourists head out of Del Rio in search of adventure aboard a houseboat.

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    Blanco State Park
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    Billed as the "Gateway to the Texas Hill Country," Blanco is home to Blanco State Park and offers river lovers plenty of activities on the town's namesake river. Swimming, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and more are available on the Blanco River both inside and outside of the state park.

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