The temperatures are sizzling, and the kids are out of school. What are you going to do to make this summer special? Here are 10 top Texas attractions to enjoy with your family this summer.
San Antonio’s Six Flags Fiesta Texas
This massive amusement park contains all the thrill rides any daredevil kid – or adult – could want. This year the new Wonder Woman Golden Lasso Coaster will join the already famous Batman and Superman coasters. Hate lines? Splurge and buy the flash pass.
Schlitterbahn Water Parks
Nothing screams “Summer!” like a waterpark. 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 find lodging onsite, keeping the kiddies entertained for days.
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 Historic Park
Take 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, furnished in 1920s décor, and the ranch he loved so much — and spent so much time at during his presidency – that it was dubbed the Texas White House.
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.
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 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 top of the dome.
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. If your child has a summer birthday, look into the Boardwalk’s fun party packages.
Concerts at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
Shade-seeking, music-loving families will find both at the Dallas Arboretum’s concert series. The Cool Thursdays Fall Concert Series runs March 29 to June 28 and September 6 to October 25, 2018. 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 Journey, The Beatles, Johnny Cash, and the whole decade of the ‘80s.
Neon Desert Music Festival
The multi-genre Neon Desert Music Festival brings rock, Latin music, hip-hop and electronica to West Texas. Expect more than 40 performers, including At The Drive In, Lil Wayne, and Sick.Life to fill downtown El Paso with music over Memorial Day weekend.
Summer fun often means crowds, and crowds result in the frustration that comes with traffic congestion and a lack of parking. But Echo 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.