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
Where to stay, shop, eat, drink—and maybe take in a pirate cruise with the kids.
With its inviting spring-fed pool and abundant wildlife, the former military base is an oasis in Southwest Texas.
Clark's owner Larry McGuire offers up his tips on escaping the heat and finding the charm in Aspen.
No summer retreat is complete without a place to swim and cool off (and nice amenities don’t hurt).
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
What to Read
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.
The Baja wilderness isn’t a great place to confront one’s own neuroses, but it’s an even worse place to confront someone else’s.