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Tubing the Guadalupe River

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A travel journal to Austin by Ben the Grate

Tubin the Guadalupe Photo, Austin, Texas More Photos
Quote: Tubing on the Guadalupe is a quintessential Texas experience. In fact, if you're young and outrageous, or a little white trashy, or BOTH, there isn't a single thing to do in the ENTIRE STATE that is quite as unique and pleasurable.

Tubing the Guadalupe River

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Overview

Tubin' the Guadalupe Photo, Austin, Texas
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Floating on a big inner-tube down a crystal clear river through a rugged gorge, toting a tube full of cold beer behind you. "Shooting the chute" where half of the river's volume is channeled into a natural narrow chute of whitewater. Playing Tarzan and plunging into the river from a rope swing. Feasting on superb barbecue afterwards at Rudy's. Quick Tips: From May 31 through September 1 the river is literally JAM PACKED with people. This can be good, or bad, depending on your perspective. The river is certainly a fun place when it's packed with drunken students singing and carousing and splashing each other. But not exactly a family atmosphere. Quiter floating times are mid-to-...Read More

Rudy's Country Store and Bar-B-Q

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Restaurant | "Rudy's Bar-B-Que and General Store"

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Rudy's is a dive that serves up incredible barbecue, the PERFECT thing to fill that stomach after a long hot day on the river. As you head back towards I-35 you'll see it on your LEFT on Hwy 45/337 right next to Johnny Carino's. The place certainly has atmosphere. It looks like a giant barn with anti-vegetarian murals painted all over it, loudly proclaiming "REAL PEOPLE EAT MEAT" or "I DIDN'T CLAW MY WAY TO THE TOP OF THE FOOD CHAIN TO EAT VEGETABLES." Rudy's serves up mouth wateringly tender brisket, barbecued chicken, pork sausage, ribs, and chopped brisket. Everything is done perfectly, but the only downside is that you order by WEIGHT, not by menu. "I'd like a half pou...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 30, 2002

Rudy's Country Store and Bar-B-Q
936 Loop 337
New Braunfels, Texas 78130
(830) 609-3337

Oma's Haus Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Oma's Haus"

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If you have some pants to put on over your swimsuit after tubing the Guadalupe, continue on Hwy 46 UNDER I-35 and you'll see Oma's Haus on the left. In keeping with New Braunfels' German heritage, Oma's serves up INCREDIBLE German cuisine for a remarkeably low price. You can eat there under $10, but I recommend splurging a bit. Most combination entrees will run you around $12. The sausages here are the specialty, and they'll knock your socks off. But also excellent are the weinerschnitzel, and the spinach-stuffed puff pastry. You also simply MUST save room for desserts. The Germans are known for their desserts, and Oma's is no exception. The pastries here are si...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 30, 2002

Oma's Haus Restaurant
541 S State Highway 46
New Braunfels, Texas 78130
(830) 609-3280

Tubing Experience

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Attraction | "The Tubing Experience"

Tubing Experience Photo, Austin, Texas
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There is nothing quite like laying back across a giant tractor-tire inner tube and floating along the placid Guadalupe. The river is a clean, crystal clear spring fed river that is revered throughout the state as "THE" recreational river in this part of the world. Folks try really hard to keep the river clean for others to enjoy, so you should, too. Pack out all your cans and trash. The river water is ice cold year-round, but it can be downright unpleasant in early spring or late fall. Tubing is generally safe at a river flow between 100-500 cfs and you can check out the daily flow level at www.river-fun.com/ After you've s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 30, 2002

Tubing Experience
River Road, Guadalupe River
Austin, Texas

Janie's Riverbank Outfitters

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Story/Tip

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Janie's is the outfitter we ALWAYS use when we float the Guadalupe. They sit right at the end of the best short run of the river, and they're always friendly and helpful. They are located on River Road between the first and second bridges, about 4.5 miles from the junction of Hwy 45 and River Road. Tube rentals vary per season, but a basic price list is below for peak season: River Use Fee - $6 per person Open bottom tube - $6 Closed bottom tube - $8 Cooler tube - $10 (canned beer only, no glass bottles) They also rent kayaks, canoes, and rafts at a high charge. They will ask you to leave your keys as a deposit, which is NICE because ...Read More