You can float down a crystal clear Texas river at night on a shiny glass bottom kayak


One of the clearest bodies of water in Texas is the spring-fed San Marcos River. It flows through San Marcos, TX and the creek is popular for all kinds of water activities like floating all day on an inner tube.

If you really want to take in the ultra-clear waters of the iconic Texas River, Paddle SMTX offers a nighttime glass-bottom kayak tour and the views are quite unique.

The bottom of the boat is fitted with brightly colored LED lights, so it illuminates the lush grassy ground and you can see everything almost perfectly.


The San Marcos River bubbles with life from hundreds of springs right in the center of town, making this river crystal clear and 72 degrees year-round. The city works hard to keep this river pure. #glowkayaking #sanmarcosriver #sanmarcos #bucketlist #texastravel #traveltexas #paddlesmtx #floattexas

During the tour you will be led by a guide who will take you out on the river and show you all the sights the waterway has to offer.

You can spot the occasional fish or see the bottom of the river which is famous for being covered in bright green wild rice grass. The whole tour lasts 75 minutes and in the last 20 minutes you are allowed to paddle wherever you want.

Tours are offered every day of the week, and you can choose from four different departure times (between 8:15 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 10 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.). Each kayak can hold up to two people, so there’s enough room for you to bring your bae, your best friend or, if you prefer, you can also go solo.

Regardless of how many people you choose, the adventure costs $44.95 per person.

SMTX paddle

Price: $44.95

Address: 170 Charles Austin Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666

Why you need to go: You can see some of the clearest water in Texas from a glass-bottom kayak that glows in the dark.



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