Swim into the summer: wet and wild places to visit in Texas

If you’re looking for a great place to cool off and beat the heat during the summer, then find one of these swimming holes right here in the Lone Star State.

1. Barton Springs Pool, Austin
This is a natural spring located in Zilker Park. The temperature stays at a nice 70 degrees year-round.
The cost to get in is eight dollars plus the cost of parking.

2. Inks Lake State Park, Burnet
This state park’s main attraction is the lake. You can rent kayaks and float your way to Devil’s Waterhole.
The cost is six dollars to get into the park.

3. Schlitterbahn, New Braunfels
This is one of the biggest waterparks in Texas, with lots of different attractions.
You can buy a day pass for $50.99 or purchase a variety of other packages.

4. Isla Blanca Park, South Padre Island
This park is perfect for surfing and taking a nice little vacation over the summer. It is a beach on the Gulf.
The cost is four dollars per vehicle, per day, and you can also get cheap surfing lessons while you’re there.

5. Balmorhea State Park, Toyahvale
This park features the only spring-fed pool in the state. The water is clear and cool.
The pool can get up to 25ft deep. There is a seven dollars entrance fee per person to get into the park.

6. Pedernales Falls State Park, Johnson City
This park features a river that you can swim, tube, canoe or kayak in. There are also beautiful falls that you can look at. However, swimming is not permitted. The entry fee is $6.

7. Blanco State Park, Blanco
This park permits swimming in all parts of the river. There is a shallow wading area next to Falls Dam.
You can also rent tubes in the afternoon. Cost is $5.

Author: Katrina Wordell

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