I’ve lived in Texas my whole life and, to be honest, all I ever wanted to do was leave. It might sound cliche, but it wasn’t until I broadened my horizons and moved to Austin for my freshman year of college that I realized how beautiful this place could be. Obviously, due to the pandemic, these new hopes of exploring the lone star state were put on the back burner. However, as we wrap up the spring semester and things begin to slowly return to some sort of normalcy, I decided it was finally time to compile a bucket list of just a few places in Texas I’m dying to visit this summer!
- Monahans Sandhills State Park
Who knew there were sand dunes in Texas? This beautiful state park in West Texas includes nearly 4,000 acres of white sands where visitors can horseback ride and watch wildlife. Equipment for surfing the dunes is also available for visitors to rent. My parents went a few months ago and all of their IG worthy pictures made me super jealous!
- Jacob’s Well
This has been on my bucket list for years! Located northwest of Wimberly, Texas, this natural spring is just so cool. You’re basically swimming over a 140 ft deep black hole that’s an entrance to an underwater cave system. It’s kinda scary, but also kinda awesome. Some people say it’s one of the most dangerous diving spots in the world, but no worries! They banned diving years ago for the safety of visitors and it’s perfect for some harmless swimming!
- Krause Springs
Krause Springs is a camping and swimming site located northwest of Austin, perfect for fun with family and friends! I don’t know about you, but I’ve seen so many magical pictures of this place on my Instagram feed. There’s a dreamy waterfall in the natural swimming area that’s incredible for photography!
- Garner State Park
This place seriously looks like a Mac background. It’s located slightly northwest of San Antonio, with the Frio River allowing visitors the chance to float and swim! It also happens to be the most popular state park in Texas for overnight camping. I can only imagine what the stars must look like at night!
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