If you’ve been searching for an activity that’s beautiful, enjoyable, and doesn’t require a lot of thought, Tube Haus in San Antonio has the solution for you: one of the most relaxing things in the world is water tubing, and in Texas, the Guadalupe River is the place to do it. Get in your inner tube, close your eyes, and enjoy the relaxing float downstream. Located just outside of Austin and San Antonio, Tube Haus is a quick drive from the city for a long day of fun.

River Rules

In order to keep everyone safe and to help protect the environment, Tube Haus has implemented quite a few rules that must be followed if you want to ride down the river. Rules are as follows: absolutely no glass bottles, no Styrofoam or foam, no littering, no jumping from any surfaces into the water, no open plastic containers of five fluid ounces or less, and children under the age of five must be accompanied by an adult. Things you are allowed to do include drink alcohol, make use of disposable containers or drink from cans, and have a lot of fun!

What to Bring for a Day of Tubing

Before you head to the Guadalupe River for a day on the river, make sure you’re prepared with all the proper fun-in-the-sun equipment. For example, make sure you have good river shoes, like tennis shoes or sandals that secure to your feet and cannot slip off. Additionally, caps, hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen are all highly recommended for sun protection. Also, make sure you bring plenty of water, and snacks to replenish yourself after a long and active day in the sun. This is especially true if you’re drinking alcohol.

Rental Rates and Hours

Tube Haus has fairly affordable rates so that you can take the whole family. Bottomless tubes are $15, and if you want to purchase a tube to float your cooler on, that’ll be another $15. Life jackets are absolutely free when you pay for a tube rental, providing a great incentive for parents to make sure their kids stay safe. Without tube rental, life vests cost $7 apiece. You can also purchase a bag of ice or rent a cooler at Tube Haus, and the collective cost for both is $10.50. If you’re going with a large group, are a member of the U.S. Military, or are a student, Tube Haus will offer you a discounted price.

Tube Haus is open seven days a week during the tubing season, from 9 AM to 7 PM.

If you’re drinking, make sure you do so responsibly; make sure you stay hydrated throughout the day; keep an eye on little ones; and wear a life vest if you’re not a strong swimmer. Otherwise, float lazily down the Gaudalupe River in your own innertube, or rent one from the folks at Tube Haus– you’ll have the time of your life!