Vacation season is quickly approaching. East Texans look forward to getting away during the summer months with family and friends for a little fun and relaxation. Many look for a way to escape the heat and humidity while others search out awesome spots to soak up some rays and have a chill time.

While others may seek the relief of the cooler temperatures of The Great Smoky Mountains, the Rocky Mountains or, umm, the New England area of the U.S. (said sarcastically and jokingly) other Texans are looking for a crisp cool river to float down.

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If you've never floated a river, you are missing out on an awesome experience. You become totally relaxed while the current of the river takes you from point A to point B. It's you and your family or group of friends and some coolers filled with beverages and snacks. While in the inner-tube you get to see parts of nature you never have the opportunity to see.

Why are people floating Texas rivers?

  • Relaxation: Experience a tranquil feeling and let go of daily stress and listen to nature as they float by.
  • Cooling off: It's one of the best ways to escape the scorching Texas sun, especially when you float under the canopy from the trees, plus the water is much cooler.
  • Socializing: It's a social thing! Float in groups with friends and family chatting, laughing, and enjoying each other's company.
  • Scenic views: Texas rivers wind through beautiful landscapes allowing people to take in the stunning scenery and appreciate the natural beauty of Texas.
  • Wildlife spotting: If you're quiet enough you may spot deer, otters, ducks, and other animals on the banks or if the water is clear enough you'll see fish swim right below you.
  • Picnicking and swimming: While floating you may stop for a break and enjoy a picnic on the shore or go for a swim and play in the water.
  • Tubing games and activities: There's unlimited fun while floating in the river. Some inflatable tubes are equipped with coolers or built-in cup holders, allowing for floating in comfort. Some enjoy tunes from their waterproof speaker while others may be playing tubing games like water tag or water volleyball.

Floating a Texas river is a great inexpensive summer activity that will give a break from the sun and an appreciation for the 'lazier' life too!

Let's take a look at some of the fantastic floating rivers that Texas has to offer for some summer fun.

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