Things to Do During Memorial Day Weekend in Texas

Memorial Day weekend is the official start to the summer tourist season across the nation. Texas is no different; all across the Lone Star State, Texas residents and visitors will be ushering in the summer season with a variety of events and activities. No matter what part of the state you spend Memorial Day Weekend this year, rest assured there will be plenty of things to see and do.

You can head for the beach and do a little swimming or spend a day at one of Texas' big amusement parks. There's fun for the whole family this Memorial Day.

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Spend a Day at the Beach

View Of Sea Against Cloudy Sky
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Texas is known for a lot of things. However, many people overlooked the excellent beaches that are located along the Texas coast. With over 600 miles of shoreline, there is no shortage of sand for beachgoers. Here is a list of some of the top spots to spend a day at the beach in Texas.

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Spend a Day at the Lake

Lake Travis Austin, TX
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With hundreds of lakes and reservoirs, Texas has plenty to offer water sports enthusiasts. Whether you prefer skiing, jet skiing, boating, swimming, diving or snorkeling, there is a perfect lake to spend time on the water while visiting Texas, which is a perfect way to beat the Texas heat.

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Swim at Barton Springs

Barton Springs Pool, Austin, Texas
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2131 William Barton Dr, Austin, TX 78746, USA
+1 512-974-6300

Located in Austin's famed Zilker Park, Barton Springs was formed when Barton Creek was dammed. Since its inception, Barton Springs has become one of the most popular swimming holes in the state. The City of Austin has operated Barton Springs as a park since 1917. This spring fed, natural water "swimming hole" measures three acres in size and is fed from underground springs with an average temperature of 68 to 70 degrees, ideal for swimming year around.

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Play a Round of Golf

Schreiner Golf Course

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Texas is home to some of the nation's top golf courses. Although this has been a well-kept secret in the past, recent years have seen an increasing number of golfers traveling to Texas to take advantage of these world-class courses.

Just outside San Antonio, you'll find La Cantera Hill Country Resort, rated as one of the top golf resorts in North America. Open to the public, their Palmer Course is the first Arnold Palmer-designed course in South Texas. There are quite a few resorts in Texas centered around golf.

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Have Fun at Fiesta Texas

Boomerang Fiesta Texas
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17000 W IH 10, San Antonio, TX 78257, USA
+1 210-697-5050

In a city full of attractions, Six Flags Fiesta Texas still stands apart from the crowd. Few visitors leave San Antonio without stopping by for a day of fun at one of Texas' most popular theme parks. Fiesta Texas' popularity is largely due to the fact it is a multifaceted theme park offering park visitors the chance to experience everything from roller coasters to waterslides in a single day. But, of course, like any theme park, the big rides get most of the attention. And, at Fiesta Texas, there are plenty of eye-popping rides.

The Superman Krypton Coaster, Tony Hawk's Big Spin, Poltergeist, and The Rattler are among the most popular thrill rides at Fiesta Texas.

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Spend the Weekend at Garner State Park

Sign for Garner State Park

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234 RR 1050, Concan, TX 78838, USA
+1 830-232-6132

Located on the Frio River in Concan, Garner State Park is one of Texas' most popular summer getaways. Whether it's swimming, fishing, paddling, or tubing, most visitors to Garner find a way to get on or in the water.

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Cool off at Schlitterbahn

Waterslides at Schlitterbahn

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400 N Liberty Ave, New Braunfels, TX 78130, USA
+1 830-625-2351

Texas' original - and best known - waterpark, Schlitterbahn, is located in the Germanic Hill Country town of New Braunfels. Taking advantage of the natural surroundings, most notably the hilly terrain and clear, cold Guadalupe River, Schlitterbahn offers visitors a unique and fun-filled way to cool off beat the Texas heat during the summer.

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Spend a Day at the Zoo

Ocelot at the Houston Zoo

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Brownsville, TX 78520, USA

Few people realize the number of zoos found in Texas. From Brownsville's Gladys Porter Zoo on the Mexican border to the illustrious San Antonio Zoo to the one-of-a-kind Texas Zoo in Victoria, there are a variety of settings in which to view native and exotic wildlife in the Lone Star State.

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Go Fishing

Playful father and sons with fishing rod standing at beach against cloudy sky in Texas


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Texas has a vast amount of rivers, lakes, streams, and ponds. Within these waters live an amazing number of freshwater fish species which give Texas a high quality and diverse freshwater fishery. Additionally, saltwater fishing in Texas is as good as anywhere along the U.S. coastline. More and more anglers have been discovering this in recent years and packing their bags and rods to take advantage of the Lone Star State's world-class saltwater fishery.

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Attend the Kerrville Folk Festival

A performer on stage at the Kerrville Folk Festival

Kerrville Folk Festival  

3876 Medina Hwy, Kerrville, TX 78028-8772, USA
+1 830-257-3600

Having run continuously since 1972, the Kerrville Folk Festival is the longest running festival of its type in North America. Lasting 18 days, the festival features over 100 songwriters, concerts, arts & crafts, kids concerts and more at Quiet Valley Ranch near Kerrville.

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Things to Do During Memorial Day Weekend in Texas