Cool Escapes


Summer may be drawing to a close, but the Texas heat lingers on. Here are some of the top ways to stay cool in your Texas State Parks! 


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From spring-fed rivers, to Texas-sized lakes, to clear blue pools, Texas State Parks offer a full range of swimming options. Take a dip and stay cool!

Where to swim

Water Safety

Magazine: 10 Parks with Swimming Holes

Paddle and Boat

father and daughter in canoe

Experience a closer look at nature, wildlife and more incredible scenery. Whistles, life jackets, float plans and a quick check of current conditions are all smart ways to stay safe.

Rent canoes or kayaks

Come to a paddling event

See all Texas Paddling Trails

Magazine: 11 Parks to Paddle


Night sky view over a lookout tower

Celestial views and cooler temperatures can be yours when you look to the skies at night. The stars shine brighter in many state parks than almost anywhere else in Texas.

Come to a star party

Get more info on stargazing 

See how state parks are helping to restore the night skies

Learn to Camp

Park ranger shows families how to set up tent

Families can try something new together outdoors in just one weekend. With Texas Outdoor Family, no experience is needed, new campers get full support from staff and volunteers, and all gear is included besides food and bedding. Find an open camping workshop at a park you'd like to visit. Make your reservation today! 

See upcoming events

Read more about Texas Outdoor Family


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