Summer Fun in Texas For The Whole Family!

School’s out, which means that in a matter of weeks (or days) your kids are going to utter those two magic words: “I’m bored.” There are fun things to do in Texas all year long, but in the summertime, opportunities for summer fun in Texas are ramped up.


 Hawaiian Falls waterpark courtesy or Flickr user David R. Tribble


Warm weather in Texas often means one thing: bring on the water.

Whether it’s heading for the Gulf of Mexico, tubing on the Comal River in New Braunfels, boating on Joe Pool Lake, or spending a day at one of the many water parks located throughout the state (like Schlitterbahn, Hawaiian Falls, and Six Flags’ Hurricane Harbor to name a few), there is never a shortage of ways to make a splash here in Texas.

There are also numerous family-friendly parks in nearly every city in Texas that have built-in water features (most of which are free), like these in


Bryan-College Station or the interactive fountain at Uptown Village at Cedar Hill near Lake Ridge. Pack a picnic lunch and you’ve got a fun, free day with the family.


 Uptown Village at Cedar’s Hill’s popular water fountain

Spending some time in the Hill Country? Head for New Braunfels’s Landa Park and take a dip in the spring-fed pool—complete with mushroom fountain, water slide, overhead climbing net, rope swing, and zip line.

If you’re not looking to spend the day in your bathing suit, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy some summer fun in Texas.


 The Sanctuary at Joe Pool lake offers water views and rolling hillsides

Explore the state. No, really explore the state, examining the different topographies. After all, anyone who says Texas is flat has clearly never climbed been to Vintage Oaks…or to , parts of Dallas, for that matter.


 Lake Ridge offers beautiful water views and rolling hillsides

The hilly terrain throughout New Braunfels and its adjacent cities, and the hillside and waterfront views of Lake Ridge in Dallas overlooking Joe Pool Lake are surprising to anyone who is experiencing Texas for the first time. But they are only the beginning of what the state has to offer.


 The peaceful terrain of King Oaks in Bryan-College Station.

From the piney woods of East Texas to the King Oaks near Bryan-College Station, from the beaches of Galveston and Corpus Christie, to the many lakes all over the state where swimming, boating, watersports and playing in the sand offer affordable outings, there are so many opportunities for summer fun in Texas. These spots can be explored within a few hours’ drive of most anywhere in DFW. And the special bonus for parents: a geography lesson hidden in a family outing!

Spending some time in Austin? Don’t miss the Congress Avenue bats, a favorite local summertime event and one that is totally free. Forming the largest urban bat colony in North America, the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge in downtown Austin is where bats hang out (literally) in spring and summer. When they take off in search of food around sunset, the sight can be amazing. Line up along Congress Avenue anytime between now and October (but best viewing is late summer) or spread out on the lawn next to Lady Bird Lake, be patient, enjoy the view, and beware of guano.

But if you’re really looking for the ultimate way to enjoy yourself in the summertime, pack up the car and head out to some of the finest master-planned communities in Texas to explore opportunities for land ownership in Texas. Whether you want lakeside living like Lake Ridge offers, a combination of peaceful country living and college town excitement like at King Oaks, or upscale living along the Texas Wine Trail in the Hill Country at Vintage Oaks, you can embrace your dream as a land owner in Texas.