It hardly felt like summer when school let out because most students have been home since March. When 90-degree days hit, we knew summer had arrived. One of our favorite ways to spend a relaxing summer day is tubing on the river.
Your next tubing adventure is just 45 minutes away in San Marcos and an hour away in New Braunfels. As always, check the weather and website before you go. Here are the options for tubing near Dripping Springs.
San Marcos Tubing
In San Marcos, you can rent tubes from Texas State Tubes. The company has put safeguards in place to ensure a safe and fun tubing experience. Typically, they have hundreds of vehicles in the parking lot and thousands of tubers. With the changes they’ve made, the company is maintaining a 10 to 15 percent capacity.
They require reservations, which you can do online on the Texas State Tubes website. They launch people into the river every three to five minutes to maintain space. The bus ride back to the parking area contains fewer people. They’ve also set up hand sanitizing stations and social distanced lines.
You can also make tubing reservations on the San Marcos River with Don’s Fish Camp. Time slots are available every 10 minutes to maintain social distancing. They allow up to groups of nine if everyone lives in the same home. You can bring your own tube. They sanitize shuttle buses and tubes.
New Braunfels Tubing
Residents refer to the Comal River as the “longest shortest river in the world.” Yet, tubing on this short river can last two refreshing hours. Check out the live Comal River cam to see what’s happening.
Weather permitting, Texas Tubes is open seven days a week. Before heading out, check their tips and checklist and river rules. Buses and rental equipment get disinfected before and after use. You may want to bring your own life jacket if you need one.
444 Tubing asks that everyone wear masks on the shuttles. They sanitize the shuttle after every use and maintain half capacity. All frequently touched surfaces undergo regular disinfecting. All employees go through a symptom check before their shift. Beware they’re closed on Sundays to give their employees time with their families. Comal Tubes accepts online reservations.