Tubing down the Comal and Guadalupe rivers in New Braunfels, Texas, is a favorite pastime of Lone Star State locals and visitors alike. Bring your own tube or rent one from one of the many nearby companies that provide scheduled trips, shuttles and even coolers available for rent. (Yes, you can sip a beer while bobbing down the river — it’s kind of the whole point.)
Float for two hours or up to six hours, depending on how much relaxation you desire. It gets crowded on the river during the summertime, but during off-season, it’s a quiet, peaceful cruise. I stopped for a short solo tubing excursion in August on my way out of San Antonio, and I had the Comal nearly all to myself. I listened to the breeze, watched the sun dance on the calm water and played landing strip to a few dragonflies that darted alongside me as I drifted.
I ended the day at Gristmill River Restaurant & Bar, which opened in 1977 and quickly became a local favorite in the historic district of Gruene. Situated under tall oak trees on a bluff overlooking the Guadalupe, the casual-dining eatery is the perfect spot to keep the relaxation going.