Who says summer has to be over? Not us! Texas keeps summer alive with their warm weather and fun activities. The southern state is home to an array of activities suitable for all ages and all types of travelers. Whether you're looking to escape the summer heat, get back to nature, unwind at a resort or simply tuck into some soul food, Texas has you covered.
With so much to choose from, New York travel company AllTheRooms has narrowed down four of the best travel experiences you simply have to try in the Lone Star State.
Visit a waterpark
Head to one of the Schlitterbahn water parks for a well-needed cool-down in the blazing Texas heat. There are actually four locations of the park: Corpus Christi, Galveston, New Braunfels, and South Padre, so if you’ve got some time, why not drive around and visit them all? If you can only commit to one waterpark, we suggest South Padre. It boasts stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico, as well as having indoor and outdoor sections. There are wave rivers, tall tube slides, and an extensive outside river system to spend hours splashing around.
Explore Big Bend
Big Bend National Park consists of over 800,00 acres and is considered one of the largest national parks in the U.S. If you’re road-tripping with your family, this is an absolute must. There are a number of hiking trails to take through the park, including Chimneys and Marufo Vega, but if you prefer to discover on your own terms, head to Cattail Falls or the Santa Elena Canyon. The open space and stunning landscape is well worth the exercise!
This is a real thing, trust us. Perhaps there's a little someone (and by "little" they can absolutely be a parent still) in your family who loves a certain superhero by the name of Batman? Well, they’re going to love this. In the capital city of Austin, the Congress Avenue Bridge is home to the largest colony of urban bats in the world. There are a reported 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats there, and at dusk, they spiral out of the bridge and into the night sky. The best time to visit is from April through to October when the sight of the speckled darkness is truly a wonder.
Spend an afternoon at Kemah Boardwalk
Located in Houston, the Kemah Boardwalk is the ideal place to spend a sunny afternoon with your family. Keep everyone entertained and let the adrenaline junkies get their fix with all the rides. Take in the sights from the 65-foot Ferris Wheel, feel the vibrations on the wooden roller coaster traveling at 51 mph, and try to scream on the way down from a 140-foot free-fall drop. Once everyone is sufficiently worn out, walk along the waterfront where you’ll find tons of restaurants to replenish your energy levels.
Feeling inspired to visit Texas yet? You should be!
Sage Fitzpatrick is a travel blogger currently living in London. She can be found drinking tea, reading and traveling the world. When she’s not traveling she spends her time blogging about her travels over at A Virtual Postcard.