See Y’all at the Watering Hole

The rain has passed and heat is back on. Now, the question that lingers on everyone’s mind is, “Where can I cool off and not have to swim in a sea of humanity?” It’s when the question gets stuck in the minds of those 12 and under that you’ve got a code red. If you want to avoid the relentless, “Can you take us to Mount Splashmore?” start taking notes.

Hamilton Pool

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Don’t let the drought get you down – Hamilton Pool certainly doesn’t. This creek-fed pool remains full no matter the lack of rain thanks to the never-ending waterfall that hangs above the pool. Make a day of it and take the scenic hour drive northwest through Drippings Springs by way of Farm to Market 150. Hamilton Pool is under a strict 75-person limit so if you arrive early enough and claim your spot, you know you don’t have to compete for space to dunk, play, swim and canon ball. Word to the wise: call ahead and ensure the park is open before hitting the road. Got a pen? The number is (512) 264-2740.

Wimberley’s Blue Hole

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(Photo credit: Wimberley Visitor Center)

If you’ve been through Wimberley, you know it’s a special place. The town that works to keep big box chains outside city limits is the same town that works to keep their swimming spots pristine and enjoyable for all. Texas Monthly named Wimberley’s Blue Hole the second-best swimming spot in Texas in August 2008. In 2012, Travel & Leisure named it one of the top 12 swimming spots in the entire nation. Are we beginning to paint a picture? Even for an admission price of $7 for adults, Wimberley’s Blue Hole is worth every penny. Pack for an afternoon picnic on the spacious grass, stock up on the sunscreen and head the half hour east.

San Marcos River

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If you want to stick closer to home, you’re in luck. Just 15 minutes down the road, the San Marcos River offers a full day of water recreation, however you like it. Weekdays are best for this trip; since the river is free and open to the public, expect a bit more of a crowd. However, it doesn’t mean the experience is diminished. Enjoy tubing, swimming, picnicking and all forms of summer fun at most any access point. The San Marcos River is the perfect spot to get a quick dip and be home by dinner.

For the best way to beat the heat that doesn’t involve succumbing to another day indoors, grab your swimsuit and head to one of our nearby swimming spots. Let us know where you are; tweet us a picture of your good times in the sun!

Five Mile Dam Park

Photo by Brad Rollins

Situated on the Blanco River in Hays County, Five Mile Dam Park has just been reopened since being renovated and expanded.  The new facilities offer access to the river via canoe launches, parking, new sidewalks, and 4 regulation-sized soccer fields.  Parks are open from 9am-9pm seven days a week.  As renovations continue a large concession and restroom building, hike-and-bike trails, landscaping, 6 additional soccer fields and landscaping will be put in.


Texas Ski Ranch

Photo by Austin Hart

Texas Ski Ranch is a 70-acres action sports complex just south of San Marcos, TX on I-35 that offers wakeboarding, wakeskating, skateboarding, motocross, and rockclimbing all in one place.  The complex also hosts competitions which draw many famous action sports figures, and also hosted the nationals tournament for collegiate wakeboarding this year.  Texas Ski Ranch also sells Mastercraft ski boats, action sports equipment, and swimwear and apparel.  There are 2 cable lakes, a private boat lake, a beach for spectators, and a restaurant in case you get hungry playing in the sun!

Rider - Parks Bonifay, Photo - Blake Hess


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Austin Aquaplex

The Austin Aquaplex is a slalom skiing lake built to host professional and collegiate ski tournaments.  It is located about 16 miles East of Plum Creek.  The lake is about 2,500 feet long, with room for up to 60,000 spectators.  Upcoming events at the Austin Aquaplex include:

Steak & Lobster – June 19-20

Collegiate Nationals hosted by the University of Texas – October 14-16