Summer Attractions in Texas

Summer is a great time to visit Texas. And, the Lone Star State is home to numerous seasonal attractions that are opened during the summer months, ensuring visitors have plenty of fun-filled options during their Texas vacation.

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Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Big Spin
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San Antonio's Six Flags Fiesta Texas has been one of Texas' top attractions since its inception. This massive theme park offers the only "floorless" roller coaster in the southwest, plus over 100 rides - including Tony Hawk's Big spin, shows, a waterpark and more.

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Texas State Aquarium

Located in Corpus Christi on the middle of the Texas coast, the Texas State Aquarium attracts over 500,000 visitors each year (and educates over 60,000 children each year through a variety of educational camps and programs). Designated as the “Official Aquarium of Texas,” the Texas State Aquarium provides both educational and entertaining experiences for those who walk through its doors.

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Schlitterbahn New Braunfels

Schlitterbahn New Braunfels

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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Schlitterbahn South Padre Island

One of the top waterparks in the country, South Padre Island's Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark is located right on the beach and offers a wide variety of waterslides, rides, pools and other ways to 'get wet.' Schlitterbahn Beach also features a restaurant, sports bar and evening entertainment during the summer season.

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Schlitterbahn Galveston Island

Schlitterbahn Galveston
Schlitterbahn Water Park

Schlitterbahn Galveston Island, which is the world’s first ‘convertible waterpark.’ Due its ‘convertible’ nature, Schlitterbahn Galveston Island is a year around attraction. The entire park is open during the summer season, which is April through September. When the weather cools, the Wasserfest Indoor Waterpark opens for the fall and winter season (October through March).

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Garner State Park

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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SeaWorld San Antonio

Killer Whale Show at San Antonio SeaWorld
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SeaWorld has long been known as a leader in marine exhibits and waterpark entertainment. SeaWorld San Antonio lives up to its billing, featuring marine life shows and displays, adventure camps, thrilling rides, a water park and more.

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Natural Bridge Caverns

An underground wonder, Natural Bridge Caverns shows the family a side of the world they probably haven't seen. In addition to a variety of subterranean tours, Natural Bridge Caverns offers a host of above-ground educational activities for kids of all ages. With a constant underground temperature around 70 degrees, Natural Bridge is also a great way to escape the summer heat.

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Barton Springs

People laying out on the grass by Barton Springs

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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. Several improvements have been made to the Barton Springs "pool" over the years, but it remains a spring fed, natural water "swimming hole."

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Schlitterbahn Corpus Christi

Schlitterbahn Corpus Christi
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 Schlitterbahn, which is one of Corpus’ newest attractions is located on the island portion of Corpus Christi. The fourth location in the Schitterbahn Park chain across Texas, Schlitterbahn Corpus Christi is much more than just a water park. Schlitterbahn Corpus Christi features not only a ton of great rides, but also a full service hotel, the Veranda Restaurant, a golf club and tennis courts, making it as close to an all-inclusive resort as can be found along the Texas Gulf Coast.