It’s almost summer, and that means it’s time to start thinking about where to take the kids once school lets out. Nothing beats the heat of Texas than jumping into cool water to relax in. Below, we’ve provided four places for a day trip away from San Antonio to enjoy water this summer. Don’t forget to hydrate, bring sunglasses and some sunscreen before you head out for some summer fun!
- Comal River
Just outside of San Antonio is New Braunfels, a German-inspired town that has a great little downtown for tourists. Right in the heart of New Braunfels, you can go tubing down the Comal River with your friends and family. Tubes can be rented or bought at several businesses right along the river. The Comal River is also right by Schlitterbahn water park, which makes for a great day trip for the whole family.
- Jacob’s Well
Rumors have been floated that no one has ever touched the bottom of Jacob’s Well. This well is different – you can’t see or touch the bottom since it’s such a deep hole. Jacob’s Well is great for those of you who like standing on the rock ledge or jumping into the water. This underground spring is one of the clearest and freshest sources of water around in Wimberley, Texas.
October through April is the aquatic and riparian restoration period. Jacob’s Well is currently closed but is open for reservations for the 2017 summer season. No fee is required to enter the natural area or view the spring. Fees and reservations are required for swimming access. Reservation information is available online.
Info: 1699 Mt. Sharp Rd. Wimberley, Texas 78676.
Park information line: 512-214-4593. Website: co.hays.tx.us
- Barton Springs Pool
Taking a day trip to Austin? Explore the crown jewel of ATX: Barton Springs Pool. Take some time and cool off in the iconic and most talked about spot in Austin inside Zilker Park and only a five-minute drive from downtown. Locals call Barton Springs “The most beautiful public swimming pool ever.” You can dive in on the diving board or relax right on the grassy hill. If you love trying new places, Barton Springs is perfect for you.
Info: 2101 Barton Springs Rd. No food or drink allowed inside. Lifeguard. Open year-round, summer hours: 5 am -10 pm. Closed on Thursdays. Cash only: $3 for adults, $2 for ages 12-17, $1 for ages 11 and under and $1 for seniors.
Phone: (512) 867-3080. Website: austintexas.gov
- McKinney Falls
Looking to get away from city life without going too far? Take a trip to McKinney Falls to escape the hassles of work and a non-stop schedule. This family friendly spot is great to cool off in – and it’s just a few miles from downtown Austin. Looking for a night stay? Don’t worry McKinney Falls even has a campsite available.
Info: 5808 McKinney Falls Pkwy, Austin, TX 78744. Entrance Fees- Adults: $6- Under 12 years: Free.
Phone: (512) 243-1643. Website: tpwd.texas.gov.