It's that time of year again: School's out, the temperature's on the verge of triple digits and all you want to do is use your time off to adventure. You want to enjoy the beautiful outdoors, but also keep cool at the same time. How can you have your cake and eat it, too? Luckily for you, Texas has a plethora of activities to offer up no matter what you're looking to do. Whether it's beating the heat or working up sweat during the summer in Texas, you're covered.
There's no doubt that Texans and visitors of the Lone Star State know how to have the best summer ever, and with so many options at hand, it can be daunting to make a decision. You have beaches, hiking trails, water holes, and amusement parks galore. Even if you're Texas born and bred, sometimes the best way to experience your city is to act like a tourist in it.
1. Take a Winery Tour
Believe it or not, the Texas Hill Country is a great place to go and enjoy the outdoors, a glass (or three) of wine, and a properly prepared meat and cheese plate. It might just be the best-kept wine secret in the United States.
Head to Wimberley for wineries galore, where you can take multiple winery tours all in the same day. You'll be thankful to have a shuttle taking you from place to place, too!
2. Float The River
This is essentially a right of passage if you're within the state lines of Texas. Every summer, it gets into the 100s, and every summer, the river is waiting for you.
Blow up your tubes, get your coolers ready and load up the car with friends and family for a relaxing day out on the water of the Guadalupe or Comal River in Canyon Lake and New Braunfels.
3. Hit Up an Amusement Park
With three parks to choose from in the state, your next greatest adventure is right at your fingertips.
Take a day trip to Six Flags in Dallas or San Antonio for an action-packed adventure of rollercoaster and waterpark proportions, or stick to solely water and hit up Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels to keep cool, calm and collected.
4. Go Waterhole Hopping
Seriously, there are a countless number of water holes within state lines, so your choices are seamlessly endless, here. Seek out the more popular Barton Springs if you're in the capital, or follow the next piece of advice.
Get out of the city limits and take a drive out to Dripping Springs to spend the day at Hamilton Pool, or go a step further and head to Blue Hole in Wimberley for a day of rope-swinging into cool waters covered by cypress trees.
5. Visit Big Bend
Take the drive west and plan a hiking trip to Big Bend in South Texas. With multiple trails and on-site lodging, you can hike for a single day or multiple, the choice is yours!
Their rates vary depending on how you're entering the park, but for $25, you and up to 15 of your closest friends can gain entrance into the park in one car for up to seven days. The deal doesn't get much sweeter than that!
Before you go, make sure you check their site for any emergency updates or news relative to camping site closures.
6. Explore Natural Underground Caverns
There are numerous underground caverns in Texas, and they make for a good way to escape the blazing sun while investigating some intriguing natural sites and sounds, especially when it comes to the bat colonies in the Texas Hill Country.
Head outside of Austin to Inner Space Caverns or to San Antonio to Natural Bridge Caverns to spend a day underground.
7. Go Camping
Like water holes, the number of campsites and camping destinations in Texas are essentially limitless. Regardless of your location within state lines, there's a campsite nearby.
Don't know where to go? Check out our list of some of the best camping grounds to head to in Texas. After all, we would never steer you wrong!
8. Go to a Baseball Game
Baseball is one of the more underrated summertime activities, eclipsed by the excitement of the NBA and the NFL. If you live in Houston or Dallas, head out to a ball game for the Astros or the Rangers, but if you don't live near one of the major metropolitan areas, try this instead.
Seek out your local minor league or Triple A baseball team in the Texas League, the eight-team league with major MLB affiliations. If you're near Tulsa, Oklahoma, check out the Tulsa Drillers in the North Division.
If you live in the southern part of Texas, check out the Corpus Christi Hooks, the Frisco RoughRiders, the Midland RockHounds, or the San Antonio Missions.
Still looking for a team? Check out the Pacific Coast League with the Round Rock Express in Round Rock or the El Paso Chihuahuas in El Paso. A great summer is only a small ballpark away.
9. Visit the Riverwalk
This may seem insane to do in the midst of a Texas summer, but there are so many sites to see, all of the shopping to be had, and even better food to be eaten.
Listen to the narrative of San Antonio culture on a Riverwalk cruise, or bask in the setting sun on a restaurant patio right next to the water. Either way, you'll be sure to leave feeling more cultured, refreshed and wanting more.
10. Throw an Ice Cream Social
A true classic! Tin Roof Ice Cream returns to stores beginning today. Tin Roof is a creamy vanilla ice cream with a rich chocolate fudge swirl and roasted peanuts dipped in dark chocolate. We have been making this flavor since 1980…a true classic indeed! #bluebell #bluebellicecream #icecream #tinroof #chocolate #peanuts
If you think you're too old to throw one, we're here to tell you no way, José. For starters, you're never too old for an ice cream party, so you can go ahead and throw that idea out of the window.
Secondly, you're in the land of Blue Bell Ice Cream, which if we're being honest, is some of the best stuff in the country. Gather your friends, some toppings and your favorite flavors of Blue Bell and have an ice cream party to remember.
Take it up a notch and bust out the Kahlua and/or Rumchata for some adult milkshakes so tempting, you'll wonder how you've never mixed the two before.