Cool Escapes


Summer comes to a close in September, but your time in state parks can still bring plenty of heat. Here are some of the top ways to stay cool! 

Please remember to check alerts for updates on state parks impacted by Tropical Storm Harvey.


swimming2Cooling off (safely) in and around the water is one of the most popular activities in state parks, especially during this time of year. 

Where to swim

Water Safety

Magazine: 10 Parks with Swimming Holes


Paddle and Boat

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



Stars of the night, stargazingCelestial views and cooler temperatures can be yours when you look to the skies at night. The stars shine better and 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

TOF Camping GearFamilies 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

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