Summer is here and along with it is the Texas heat. One of the best ways to beat the Texas heat but still work on your tan is to float the Comal River in New Braunfels, Texas. As businesses continue to open up in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s possible to save 25% on tube rentals on the Comal River. 

The Comal River officially opened up last Friday and most of the people who have already been back to it report that it’s a great change of pace. There’s no doubt that many people are sick of sitting inside and are looking to soak up some vitamin D as temperatures increase.

New Braunfels may Barron Casteel explained that “Following the Governor’s orders, we are encouraged to see our community begin to reopen. Our goal is to create an environment where social distancing is possible while enjoying our beautiful parks and rivers. However, park-goers also have a responsibility to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and should commit to following the Governor’s orders and safety precautions, including social distancing,” in a statement.

River tubing companies and outfitters are also excited to get back to work and create a “new normal” Coley Reno owns Texas Tubes, a New Braunfels institution that has been in business for over 20 years. The coronavirus pandemic was the first time they were forced to close in their business’s entire history. Reno explained that it was financially devastating for his staff, but they’re ready to get back to work and see people on the river again.

What’s Open and Some Rules:

  • Prince Solms Park, Hinman Island, and the City Tube Chute plan reopened Friday May 8, at limited capacity.
  • Floating under the San Antonio Street Bridge is still closed since that bridge reconstruction project is still underway. The Last Public Exit will also remain closed, so floaters should expect a shorter trip on the river.  
  • Lifeguards and life jackets are both available and on duty. Lifeguards will also follow refined protocols that limit physical interaction while performing their duties. 


Plan on tubing? Make sure you save on tube rental!