Summer Vacation Activities in Texas

Summer is the most popular season to visit Texas since there is so much to see and do. While visiting the Lone Star State this summer, don't miss visiting some of these attractions and taking part in some of Texas' best summer vacation activities.

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Get Soaked at Schlitterbahn

Schlitterbahn Galveston
Schlitterbahn Water Park

Get wet at one of the top waterparks in the country. Schlitterbahn has locations in New Braunfels, Galveston, Corpus Christi and South Padre Island. The parks also feature restaurants, evening entertainment and other amenities, including hotel/resort accommodations. This makes Schlitterbahn a great place to spend a day or an all-inclusive vacation getaway. 

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Visit SeaWorld Texas

Courtesy SeaWorld San Antonio

Marine life shows and displays, adventure camps, thrilling rides, a water park and more await you at SeaWorld San Antonio. Families will have no trouble filling an entire summer day with fun-filled activities at SeaWorld, regardless of whether they choose to get wet or stay dry. 

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Tube the Guadalupe

Guadalupe River
D Wise

Floating down the Guadalupe River in an inner tube is definitely a "Texas thing." If you happen to be visiting the Hill Country, you won't want to miss out on this unique experience. And, since the Guadalupe, like other Hill Country Rivers, runs clear and cold, it is a great way to beat the sweltering summer Texas heat while taking in some of the state's best natural scenery. 

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Have Fun at Fiesta Texas

Danno Wise

San Antonio's Six Flags Fiesta Texas offers the only "floorless" roller coaster in the southwest, plus over 100 rides, shows, a waterpark and more. So, whether thrill seeking or looking to get wet, Six Flags offers plenty of great ways to spend a summer day in the Alamo City. 

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Windsurf South Padre

With miles of shallow, calm water in the Lower Laguna Madre and strong winds coming off the Gulf of Mexico, South Padre Island is a windsurfer's dream. Although the winds are light at times in August, early summer generally offers ideal windsurfing conditions. And, during late summer, conditions are once again often ideal as early season fronts begin to push through. 

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Swim at Barton Springs

Barton Springs
City of Austin

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. Not only does swimming at Barton Springs allow visitors to cool off and beat the Texas summer heat, it also allows them to take part in a treasured Texas summer tradition in the Hill Country Region.

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Take Part in an Outdoor Adventure

Located in the scenic Texas Hill Country, Lake Buchanan Adventures offers a wide variety of activities, including kayaking, hiking, camping and more, which are geared to excite outdoor enthusiasts of all ages.

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Bass Fishing

Danno Wise

Black bass are the most popular freshwater gamefish in the nation. And, Texas is one of the top states when it comes to producing trophy largemouths. Each of Texas' seven geographic regions is home to numerous big bass lakes, each of which features a variety of unique habitat and scenery. 

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Camp and Hike in Big Bend Park


Designated as an International Biosphere Reserve, Big Bend offers a variety of outdoor recreational activities in a primitive setting. Backpacking, mountain biking, fishing, boating, hiking, nature watching, camping - you name it, if it can be done outdoors, it can be done in Big Bend.

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Saltwater Fishing

Danno Wise

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.