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Here are five float-friendly rivers perfect for a long and lazy afternoon

Here are five float-friendly rivers perfect for a long and lazy afternoon

Need a non-crowded, fireworks-free, blissful Fourth of July activity? River tubing meets all of these criteria, and it’s perfectly celebratory. Here are five float-friendly rivers perfect for a long and lazy afternoon.

San Marcos River in Texas

The San Marcos River’s convenient location about 30 miles south of Austin allows you to grab provisions in the city and hop in the water minutes later. The cool, spring-fed route passes through downtown San Marcos, but thanks to the dense trees, you wouldn’t know it. For an hour-long float, start at City Park, where you can rent a tube ($12) and storage box ($5) from Lions Club Tube Rental. Then mosey down the river until you reach...

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