A buoyant fleet of inflatable rafts and tubes drifts lazily down two sprawling rivers populated with exciting rapids and falls. During 1.5- to 5-hour treks, guests can traverse the Comal or Guadalupe River in an inner tube, relax with a partner in a two-seater raft, or host a regulation poker game with friends inside a raft that holds up to six. Trip durations and age cutoffs may change on a daily basis depending on current river flow.
The accommodating staff at Island Surf Shop and Kayaks rents out a large selection of beach buggies, skillfully coupling wayward beachcombers with a coast-exploring vehicle. Hop into your sand-flecked buggie to discover the dune-hugged beaches of Port Aransas, a town on the northern tip of Mustang Island, replete with brightly hued beach houses, trilling seabirds, and coin-operated sandcastle-building machines. Each one-hour rental outfits sandfaring customers in a shaded, four-seater golf cart fitted with oversized beach-ready tires. Rentals are subject to weather conditions, so plan your adventure on a day with a low chance of raindrops or gumdrops hailstorms.
While donuts and bagels are delicious morning treats, they simply can't support you like an inner tube can. After you park for free at the float starting point, you'll board the donuty vessel for an adventure of earth sights, sounds, smells, and gentle watery caresses. With river levels sitting high, you're guaranteed an abundant body of crisp water to ferry you down the river. As you float amid the big sky and shimmering water, you'll be closer to nature than you've been since your life form rose from the fertile soil and materialized on your mother figure's porch step. You can choose the route and length of your float, including an optional repeat performance of the first one-hour leg after an epic three-hour odyssey. When you've reached your endpoint, a Whitewater Sports shuttle will be waiting to transport you back to the parking and tube drop-off.
Chuck's Tubes' team sends their customers on laid-back journeys down the Comal River's tree-lined waterways. Their inflatable vessels—which can also accommodate coolers and nonrobotic dogs—float down the river as it winds through the city of New Braunfels. Once tubers reach the end of their journey, an air-conditioned shuttle ferries them back to the launch point for another trip down the river. A private DJ spins tunes back at Chuck's Tubes' headquarters, where staff members help visitors understand maps of the Comal River and that tubes don't actually taste like donuts.