Summer Fun


Spend your summer in Texas State Parks! Come for the cool waters and group areas. Stay for the early-morning special events, guided tours and more. Here are a few of the season's top activities and programs:



Temperatures are going up! Cool off (and please stay safe) in and around the water at dozens of refreshing state parks.

Where to swim

Water Safety

Magazine: 10 Parks with Swimming Holes

Canoe and Kayak


Experience a closer look at nature, wildlife and more incredible outdoor scenery. Paddle your way to summer fun! 

Rent canoes or kayaks

See all Texas Paddling Trails

Magazine: 11 Parks to Paddle

Picnic or Grill


Outdoor cooking enthusiasts can choose from a full variety of options, ranging from outdoor grills to indoor ovens. Do you have a large party? Your table is ready!

Reserve group areas

Find cooking events

Make Yourself Comfortable


Hallowed historic sites, welcoming visitor centers and air-conditioned cabins let visitors enjoy plenty of sheltered spaces inside Texas' natural places.

Find cabins and lodges with A/C

Visit historic sites 

Fish For Free


Fishing is easier when you can try it for free, without a license. Catch and release, catch and keep (within the rules), learn new skills or just have fun with friends and family!

Fish at these state parks

Learn to fish at these events

Magazine: 10 Parks to Catch a Whopper

Get a Good Guide


Favorite parks can fill up fast. Fortunately, there may be others nearby that most people never knew about! Try this guide for offline access to amenities, maps and more.

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