Taking a Tube Ride Down the San Marcos River in San Marcos, Texas
The cold water is shocking, even on a hot Texas summer day, but once you are well placed in your tube, with a drink in hand, the 72-degree temperature becomes quite pleasant. The San Marcos River ride is slow and steady, more like a casual stroll than a rapid adventure. Rent a tube at the Lion's Club Tube Depot and float with friends for more than an hour under roads and bridges. If you are lucky enough to hear a train coming, be sure to grab onto the rail bridge and hang on tight as the train crosses. Kids will enjoy the rope swings hanging from branches along the river. Make sure to watch out for private property signs, but many are on the city-owned park lands. Once you reach the end of the ride, a 20-foot tube shoot will roll you out of your tube and relieve those hot shoulders from the sun. The River Taxi picks up here and takes you back to start all over again. The price of your rental includes a full day of tubing and taxi rides. The beautiful Texas State University campus next door has a huge river park full of picnic spots, volleyball courts, and scenery.