How to Beat the Heat in Austin
School in Austin starts next week, but there is no end in sight for the summer weather. Here are a few suggestions of Austin things to do to beat the heat on the weekends:
Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort
What better way to beat the heat than getting soaked at Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort south of Austin in New Braunfels. This gigantic water park has a free tram that runs between three different sections. There is everything from water coasters to tube chutes to water playgrounds to help cool off tikes to teenagers.
Inner Space Cavern
If the family is feeling a little waterlogged, then a cool afternoon in a cave may be the way to go. In 1963, a Texas Highway Department worker discovered a 10,000 year old cave system while drilling through limestone rocks in Georgetown. It is one of the best preserved prehistoric caves in Texas, complete with well preserved fossils. Inner Space Caverns offers can only be seen with guided tours and different levels of tours are available throughout the day.
Hamilton Pool Preserve
Swimming holes abound in the limestone rocks of Central Texas and one of the best is Hamilton Pool west of Austin. Hamilton Pool Preserve is where the Pedernales River meets Hamilton Creek to flow into a 50 foot waterfall. Bring the family to swim in the pool, explore and picnic. It’s a good idea to get there early, because once the parking lot is full there is no admittance to the park.
Tube San Marcos River
Fed by the Aquarena Springs, the San Marcos River is a refreshing way to spend a hot Texas Saturday. Enjoy the scenery while navigating the chutes and rapids over the Rio Vista Dam. Although there are many places to rent tubes, providing tube rentals and river taxis is a fundraiser for the San Marcos Lions Club from the City Park.
Rock’N River Water Park
If a drive to New Braunfels sounds like too much for a Saturday ( or the wallet) then the water park run by the Round Rock Parks and Recreation Department may be the coolest solution. The Rock’N River Water Park is located in the Old Settlers Park, with a lazy river, water slides and a water playground. This park is great for the younger members of the family with fun creatures sprouting water, but older siblings won’t mind getting wet here either.
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