Summer Fun

Get your summer started in your state parks with one of these warm-weather adventures!

Food for All


Great meals with friends and family are part of what visitors treasure about their time in state parks. Enjoy the outdoors, and don't go hungry. Do you have a large party? Your table is ready!

Explore group areas

Find cooking events

Pin favorite recipe



Go Get Wet


When people get hot, we look for water. Look no further than your nearby state park. Swim, paddle, ski or try all three! 

Find paddling locations and rentals

Visit rivers, lakes and pools 

Take simple steps to stay safe





 Shelters and Shade

shelterHow can state parks help protect you from the heat? From historic sites to screened-in structures and air-conditioned visitor centers, these sheltered spaces in natural places are perfect for a summer adventure.

Reserve group facilities

Visit historic sites





Plenty of Fish


Do you want to try fishing without having to buy a license? Here is your chance to catch and release, catch and keep, learn new skills, have fun with your loved ones or just get closer to nature.

Visit state parks with fishing

Find events to learn to fish

Check fishing reports




Beauty by Night


The skies after sunset give you glimpses of state parks' finest features. Some activities get tougher as the weather gets hotter, but stargazing shines on. Enjoy better views here than almost anywhere else in Texas.

See stargazing events

Dark Skies Program

Listen: stories of hikes at night





Brand New Guides


Do you have a favorite park? Are there others you've always wanted to see? There could be a few you didn't even know existed! Get offline access to images, amenities, maps and more for all 95 state parks in Texas.

Organizations: order your guides

Individuals: pick yours up or get it mailed when you "take the pledge"

Go paperless: get the app