3- Apple River
One of the great Midwestern traditions that doesn’t involve football, cornhole, or stuffing your face with brats is a trip down the Apple River. Not only do riders tie their tubes together (with a communal beer cooler in the middle), but the scene is almost like a floating Mardi Gras. Beads are worn… and thrown. And there’s even a sandbar midway down the river where the party is always kicking with food, drinks, and beach volleyball.
2- Rainbow River
Though Florida has about as many great places to tube as it does guys who’ve been indicted for Medicare fraud, this one is far and away the most scenic. The clear waters allow floaters to see all the way to the bottom of the sub-tropical rainbow spring, making it a prime spot to also go snorkeling. The float takes about two to four hours, and the state park even runs a tram to drive folks upriver to the launch site.
1- Comal River
New Braunfels, Texas
You might call New Braunfels, Texas the tubing capital of America, since every Texan not floating the aforementioned Guadalupe River is probably drinking in the sun on the nearby Comal. Yup, two tubing rivers in one town.