Texas’ Top 10 Summer Attractions

This year, don’t hide at home with the A/C. Take your family out to do something special and memorable. You’ll be talking about these top ten Texas attractions for years to come.

Kemah Boardwalk

If you like waterfront shopping and dining, the Kemah Boardwalk, 20 miles from downtown Houston, is calling your name. Ride a roller coaster or Ferris wheel, or board the Boardwalk Beast Speedboat for a 25-minute ride on Galveston Bay. This summer, enjoy the Rock the Dock concert series Thursday nights at 7 or come for the fireworks on Friday nights in July.

San Antonio’s Six Flags Fiesta Texas

This massive amusement park contains all the thrill rides any daredevil kid – or adult – could want. Summer 2019 marks the opening of the Joker Carnival of Chaos, one of the world’s tallest pendulum rides. This giant disc rises 17 stories into the air and reaches speeds of 75 mph.

Schlitterbahn Water Parks

Nothing screams “Summer!” like a water park. In Texas, the Schlitterbahn family of waterparks offers you the chance to splash through New Braunfels, South Padre Island, Galveston, and Corpus Christi. Visitors can expect uphill water coasters, surfing rides, and tubing rivers. One of the big plusses is that you can stay onsite, keeping the kiddies entertained for days. Firefighters, police officers, EMTs, and military are admitted free during American Heroes Week, May 27 – June 2, 2019.

Vanishing Texas River Cruise

Take the Vanishing Texas River Cruise for a more relaxing approach to water. The cruise starts at Lake Buchanan in the Texas Hill Country, then takes an 18-mile journey to the mouth of the Colorado River. If your family loves nature, you’ll enjoy spotting eagles, vultures and Spanish goats from the boat and learning about geology and history from the guide.

Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park

Make an educational visit to the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Park in Johnson City to learn about our country’s 36th president. The park includes his boyhood home, visitor centers, and the ranch he loved so much — and spent so much time at during his presidency – that it was dubbed the Texas White House.

Barton Springs

Austin’s outdoor “swimming pool,” Barton Springs, is in Zilker Park. This beloved summer hangout has cooled off Austin dwellers for generations. Fed by underground springs, it averages 68-70 degrees year-round. It’s the federally protected habitat of the endangered Barton Springs salamander.

Longhorn Caverns

Spelunking is another reliable way to cool off. Longhorn Caverns State Park, 1.5 hours northwest of Austin, was first developed as a tourist attraction in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Summertime visitors love the constant 68-degree temperature. You can opt for a fairly sedate guided tour over mostly level ground, or the Wild Cave Tour, which involves crawling and wiggling through small openings. Look out for the tiny tri-colored bats that hang from the cave ceiling.

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

Eighteen miles north of Fredericksburg, in Gillespie &Llano Counties, a huge pink granite dome rises over the surrounding area. It’s an easy walk to the top, or you can pack your rock climbing gear and choose a more difficult route. This is a prime area for stargazing. In the rainy season, you can find small pools of tiny, translucent fairy shrimp on the top of the dome.

Concerts at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
Shade-seeking, music-loving families will find both at the Dallas Arboretum’s concert series. Running March 28 – June 27 in the spring and September 5 – October 24, 2019, in fall, the Cool Thursdays Concert Series brings lively bands to the only music venue overlooking White Rock Lake. Sorry, even the arboretum can’t guarantee a cool temperature in July and August! This year’s lineup features a lot of tribute bands, including those paying homage to Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, the Beach Boys and Brooks & Dunn.

Austin Bat Fest

Who doesn’t like to watch 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats swoop out from under the Congress Avenue Bridge to start a night of hunting? On August 24, Bat Fest party goers will also enjoy two stages with live music and more than 75 arts and crafts vendors. Wear your best bat costume and you might win a prize.

Transportation

Summer fun often means crowds, and crowds mean the frustration that comes with traffic congestion and a lack of parking. But AFC is standing by, ready to safely ferry your group to your chosen summer event. Give us a call to arrange stylish and convenient transportation for your friends and family this summer. We serve all of Texas and beyond.