Summer in Texas gets a bad rap. Sure, it can be hot—blistering even—but that’s where we come in. Over the years, inhabitants of this fine state have found numerous and inventive ways to beat the heat, enjoy the majesty of Texas, and take what could be sweaty and sweltering and make it into something refreshing and restorative. Need a guide? Let us show you where to go, what to eat, what to read, and what to do so you can experience Texas summer at its best.
What to Do
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With its inviting spring-fed pool and abundant wildlife, the former military base is an oasis in Southwest Texas.
No summer retreat is complete without a place to swim and cool off (and nice amenities don’t hurt).
Clark's owner Larry McGuire offers up his tips on escaping the heat and finding the charm in Aspen.
The exploits of a teenager trying to surf in Galveston.
The risks a West Texan will take for a quick dip.
Relinquishing oneself to these green waters is a tradition that runs deep in my family.
Getting wet, getting scared, and getting my family a little closer to Texas at Schlitterbahn.
What to Wear
We’ve rounded up items from the state and beyond that will make these hot days a little more bearable.
What to Eat
Bring some oompah to your summer picnic.
It’s what’s for dinner. And lunch. And breakfast. And snack time.
They’re not actually barbecued, but one bite and you’ll forgive that.
When the pride of Pecos gets overripe, you don’t have to throw it out.
What to Drink
In the midst of a cold, wet winter, an Abilene woman longs for the dog days of August.
A Montanan turned Houstonian’s first summer in Texas isn’t going all that well.
An Amarillo man wants to make sure that his Mustang Island getaway won't go up in smoke.
No disposable containers on the river? No problem.
Photos and memories from the public pool that brings a city together.
Cuddling up to a thousand pounds of ravenous hunger.
The line can be long at your local raspa stand, but that amazing first bite, when the snowy ice is crisp and sweet, makes it so worthwhile.
A photographic tour of the timeless Rio Grande, from its origins in the mountains of Colorado to the Padre Island dunes at the tip of Texas.
One Texan’s tribute to Liz.