Baby, it's hot outside. If you haven’t already, it's time to pull out those swimsuits and cool off in the water. We looked at destinations close enough for a day trip and far enough to feel like you're getting away to come up with a list of five cool spots. Here’s a guide to the best natural places to swim in San Antonio and the surrounding area. Just be sure to check the water conditions prior to your visit.
Forget water parks. The Comal River is a spring-fed body of water with a consistent temperature of 70 to 72 degrees, even in the thick of summer. The natural water provides enough entertainment for the whole family, including kayaking, swimming, and tubing.
Landa Park Dr., New Braunfels. Open daily.
San Pedro Springs Park
Nestled in San Antonio is San Pedro Springs Park, the second oldest park in the United States. In addition to a tennis court and scenic biking and walking trails, there’s a crisp spring-fed pool for splashing around and swimming.
2200 N. Flores St. Open daily through August 14. Free.
Blanco State Park
In the early 19th century, the Blanco River was named by the Spaniards for its white limestone. Since then, the river and the state park have been cherished for generations. In addition to camping and hiking, visitors can rent boats, fish, and swim in the cool waters of the Blanco River at this state park.
101 Park Rd. 23, Blanco. Open daily. $4 for adults, free for children 12 and under.
Guadalupe River State Park
The Guadalupe River has been a hot spot for tubing, fishing, and swimming since it opened in 1983. Located in the Hill Country, the Guadalupe offers scenic views of the pretty Texas terrain.
3350 Park Rd. 31, Spring Branch. Open daily, 8 am to 10 pm. $7 adults, free for children 12 and under.
San Marcos River
It’s mostly about tubing and kayaking on the San Marcos River, even though the spring-fed water is known to be cleaner than drinking water. You’ll find endangered species including Texas wild rice, Texas blind salamander, and fountain darter. The best part? The water temperature is consistently a cool 72 degrees.
City Park St., San Marcos. Open daily.
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