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Floating Through Texas

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Back in the day, tubing was nature’s air-conditioning. Nothing says summer like relaxing inside a doughnut-shaped float, and letting the rapids swirl you along a watery highway. In Texas, we cruise down rivers and streams—and sometimes behind a speedboat in our myriad lakes. Join the fun!
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Compared to some water treks, the Comal jaunt is Lilliputian. The shortest navigable river in Texas, the watery playground draws friends and families galore. Hop in—and go. It’s that easy. Two to three hours later, you’ll come across an exit spot,...
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Join the party and glide down the relatively slow moving waters of the Brazos, located around 150 miles from Dallas. With 70 miles of stellar tubing flow, the water remains mostly flat and languid, with the occasional rapid or stubborn sandbar. In...
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I awoke at 6:30 this morning to find this view greeting me from our 12th floor balcony. This is looking eastward across Memorial Drive and Buffalo Bayou Park toward the Houston downtown skyline just about an hour before sunrise. Waking up at this...
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For the more intrepid tube enthusiast, the Rio Grande offers an array of challenges. Floaters with less experience can still easily and safely navigate Boquillas Canyon, a jewel box of towering walls, awash in colors from orchid to emerald. Take...
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A short course that the kids will beg to do everyday, this one-mile drift atop the jade-colored, spring-fed San Marcos River, begins at City Park. Look for it just behind Strahan Basketball Stadium. Be prepared for three waterfall drops, near the...
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It’s a Texas Tradition. People go for the glide and slide, but also for the old-fashioned summer night dances at Garner State Park’s Concession Building. Tunes from a jukebox take over the airwaves nostalgically at night, but vacationers spend...
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Many people don’t want you to know about Wallisville, outside Houston, and its Heritage Park. But the secret’s out. Before you mosey down the river, step into the town’s museum for a smidgen of culture. There, peruse a cache of artifacts from the...
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Riffles make the ride a hoot when you drift down the San Antonio River, near Goliad. Join a fleet of craft, from kayaks to tubes, then mosey along this 6.6 mile route. Shooting through Goliad State Park, the river runs past Mission Espiritu and...
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The Piney Woods, that corner of eastern Texas that shares borders with Louisiana and Arkansas, stretches to the Red River. Awash in swampland, abundant with woodland, it exudes a lost in time essence that awakens the spirit. With plentiful manmade...
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On the Canadian River, you’ll find tubing so easy you can peer through binoculars to spot wildlife on the 22 miles between US 83 and Texas Highway 70. Khaki-colored grassland and limestone mesa mark the terrain, which attracts duck hunters in...