Cool Off With These 5 Texas Getaways

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Cool Off With These 5 Texas Getaways

Nothing captures the feeling of summertime quite like a trip to the beach or lake. And thanks to Texas’ coastline (which stretches over 350 miles along the Gulf of Mexico), and our seven thousand lakes, you’re not too far from experiencing a little sun, a few waves, and a whole lot of time to relax.

If you’re looking for a chance to get away this summer, take our advice and book one of these 5 phenomenal destinations in Texas. Whether you need family-friendly picks, options for couples, or a place to gather with friends, we’ve got you covered. 

Galveston beach and seat

1. For Historic Beach Charm

Galveston is a well-known Texas beach destination and is just 5 hours from Fort Worth so it’s easy to hop down for a long weekend stay. With a mix of historic charm and easy beach access, it’s the perfect place for history buffs or those looking for a luxury beach stay.

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When it comes to resort accommodations on the island, no one does it better than the San Luis Resort. We recommend you spring for The Villas, secluded premium guest suites in a quiet corner of the property. Each comes with welcome champagne, a separate veranda with personal hot tub, valet service and a serene pool with cabanas and daybeds.

While you’re there, head to Gaido’s for the fresh catch of the day and great views of the bay. And, when you need a break from the sun, tour some of historic Galveston’s most beautiful properties like the Moody Mansion or the 1892 Bishop’s Palace. 

Cool Off With These 5 Texas Getaways

2. For Plenty of Water Wildlife

South Padre Island is about as far south as you can get in Texas. But the drive down there is worth it. The island is perfect for getting up close to wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Voyage out on the ocean for a chance to see some dolphins. See how sea turtle conservation is protecting some of Texas’ most fascinating wildlife. Or, charter a boat and head out to deep sea waters to fish. Redfish, Speckled Trout, Flounder, and even Snook are easy to reel in thanks to the Gulf of Mexico’s warm water environment.

While you’re there, visit Sea Ranch for marina views and the freshest seafood. Or, head to Josephine’s Kitchen for an early breakfast to fuel up for your day at the beach. 

Cool Off With These 5 Texas Getaways

3. For Something Close to Home

Wildcatter Ranch & Resort, a stone’s throw from the Brazos River and Possum Kingdom Lake, is just an hour and half away from Fort Worth in Graham. This quintessentially Texan resort is the perfect place to unwind when you’re short on time. Spend some time on the lake, or take a break with a variety of activities available at the resort. Choose from horseback riding, clay shooting, archery, ranch roping, and even pony rides for the kids.

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Book a room in The Estate for rustic Texas accommodations. The best part is — you can bring your furry, four-legged friend with you.

Autumn trees next to large river

4. For Hill Country Views

Planning a family reunion? Want to get the friends together for a weekend trip? Book this AirBnB in Gruene, Texas, that overlooks the Guadalupe River and comes with its own pool. It’s the perfect way to upgrade your group get-together for a trip everyone will remember for years.

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You must make a stop at the historic Gruene Hall while you’re there for a photo op and a little live music. Or, if you’re looking to cool off, start a float trip down the Guadalupe in nearby New Braunfels. Finish the day with dinner and drinks at the Gruene River Grill and enjoy those waterfront views.

Buildings decorated with many lit lights.

5. For the Urban Adventurers

Water views don’t have to come with peace and solitude. If you’re looking for something a little more lively, book a stay at the Hotel Contessa on the San Antonio Riverwalk. Choose a Riverview Suite for views of the historic Riverwalk and take in all the walkable downtown area has to offer. he perfect way to upgrade your group get-together for a trip everyone will remember for years.

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A river cruise is a must for first-time visitors (or if it’s been a minute since you’ve seen Alama City from the water). We think the cruise gives the best view of the area and knowledgeable tour guides will enlighten you with all kinds of San Antonio history and culture facts. When you’re hungry, head to Boudro’s for patio seating and table-side guacamole. Or, if you’re on-the-go, grab a sandwich (and a homemade root beer) from German deli Schilo’s.

Explore the Best Texas Waterfront Getaways This Summer

Texas has so much to explore, we hope you can find a spare weekend this summer to visit one of these locales to cool off and recharge.

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