FRIO RIVER Frio River at Garner State Park
234 RR 1050, Concan, TX 78838 $8.00 Adult (13 years and older) FREE for Children under 12 years Garner State Park is a great place to visit for a swim or hike, or to enjoy a relaxing weekend. With 2.9 miles of Frio River winding through 1,774 acres of scenic Hill Country terrain, the park offers lots to see and do! Swim in the Frio River or float its waters on an inner tube, operate a paddleboat, and hike 11 miles of scenic trails. You can also camp, study nature, picnic, canoe, fish, play miniature golf, geocache and ride bikes. And, of course, you can dance.
Boykin Springs Recreation Area, near Jasper
Angelina National Forest, Zavalla, TX 75980 Located in the heart of east Texas, the 153,179-acre Angelina National Forest is located in Angelina, Nacogdoches, San Augustine and Jasper counties. The forest lies in the Neches River Basin and on the north and south shores of Sam Rayburn Reservoir, a 114,500-acre lake on the Angelina River formed by the construction of Sam Rayburn Dam in the early 1960’s.
Inks Lake-Devil’s Waterhole
3630 Park Rd 4 W, Burnet, TX 78611 $6.00 Adult: Daily FREE for Children under 12 years If you want to get out of town a little farther, and prefer to dodge the tubing crowd south of Austin, head northwest to Inks Lake. Here you’ll find more of a rural Texan lake culture. This place is a little quieter, slower, not quite as cosmopolitan, and still plenty of fun for the family. Rent boats, swim, fish and even take a winery tour at nearby Fall Creek Vineyards while you’re in the area. Nowadays, droughts are a big factor in whether or not you’ll enjoy watering holes in a particular area. The cliffs are fun to jump off of for those of you who aren’t afraid of heights. Aside from the swimming hole, there’s plenty to do in the park for all you that like fishing, hiking, and camping.
WINDY POINT Bob Wentz Park – Windy Point
7144 Comanche Trail, Austin, TX 78732 Park Fee: $10 per vehicle Lounging with the kids by the shoreline, scuba diving, and windsurfing—especially windsurfing—all work perfectly at Windy Point. Although it is populated in summer, it’s a big park, so there’s plenty of parking and lots of space for everyone.
Deep Eddy Pool
401 Deep Eddy Drive, Austin, 78703 $8.00 Adult (18-62 years) $4.00 Junior (12-17 years) $3.00 Child (1-11 years) If you’re looking for a traditional public pool experience in the heart of Austin, Deep Eddy is it. Having been around for 100 years, it’s the oldest public pool in Texas. Today, it’s a super popular swimming hole operated by the City of Austin and featuring lots of fun events throughout the summer. For instance, they’ve got Splash Party Movie Nights when they show films on an inflatable screen. Photos courtesy of: Hamilton Pool: Terry Perry Krause Springs: Brian P. Barnes Frio River: Manuel Oblitas Bob Wentz Park-Windy Point: windypointpark.com
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The Goddard School of Spring-Champions Area (May/June 2017)