You can't be unhappy in the middle of a big, beautiful river. -Jim Harrison
Just to be clear, we floated the Comal in the fall... there was NOBODY there. I understand it is a VERY different experience in the summer- as you can see below.
Comal in Summer
Comal in Fall
We ended up just buying some tubes since ALL the rental places were closed. Luckily, our rental place was about 3 blocks from the river exit which is right by Schlitterbahn so we drove the mile to Landa Park, (which is where the 1st chute is) walked home after the river, and then walked the mile to pick up our car again. It was easy peasy. In the summer, there are transport services, we were just off season. The hardest part was fitting all the tubes in... (You can see a photo of how we drove over on the video. As anything goes, it wasn't super smooth. Shanae had to physically place Toben in a tube screaming and crying before the 1st chute and then had to dive snag him when he tried to bail. We're good parents... (insert eyeroll here.) He ended up loving it! After the 1st chute, Asher got ahead of everyone, and started into hysterics "What if a deer jumps in and kills me!" We also made it through that crisis. Here are a few tips if you're going to do this with kiddos.
1st of all, our kids are 14, 10 and 9
It's a good idea to have someone waiting at the bottom of the 1st chute. Chase tipped over on his 1st run and Ash got stuck in the "whirlpool area" at the bottom and a random friend hopped in and pulled his tube into the current.
We were glad we had shoes just so we could walk in the river as needed
It takes quite a while. Both times it took us over 2 hours, but I understand that in the summer, it can take up to 4-
The river is beautiful, slow and clear. This is a MUST DO if you're in the area on a warm day!