Texas Summer Activities
Whether you are looking for a romantic weekend getaway or wanting to reconnect with friends, our roundup of the best adult-friendly fun in Texas is sure to fill this summer break with a lifetime of memories.
Ridin’ and Rockin’ Along the Guadalupe River – Canyon Lake Dam, TX
Gather a group of friends for a rowdy good time floating the crystal clear waters of the upper Guadalupe River. The 20-mile stretch between Canyon Lake Dam and New Braunfels offers exciting twists and turns as you travel past boulders, down rapids and through tube chutes against the stunning scenic backdrop of towering limestone bluffs and cypress trees. Dozens of outfitters are positioned along the riverbank offering rentals for tubes, canoes and kayaks as well as return shuttle services. You can pull out at nearly any point to grab a bite to eat, down a refreshing beer or dance to live music at a dive bar.
Dos Amigos – Odessa, TX
From special celebrations to after-work cocktails, few places do it better than Dos Amigos. A local favorite since 1982 after being converted from a horse barn, the recently renovated honky tonk has added 400 feet of bar tops and a concert space complete with hardwood floors for dancing. Drop by six days a week to enjoy live music, ice cold beer and cornhole tournaments on the outdoor patio. Scoop up sweet happy hour specials, which run Tuesday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., like $1 domestic drafts and $4 Crown and Down or grab your tickets for an intimate summer concert.
Settles Hotel – Big Spring, TX
Escape to one of the best staycations in Texas with an overnight indulgence at the Settles Hotel. This Big Spring landmark has been a staple of the community since 1930, serving as the point place for drinking libations, talking politics and playing cards by locals and famous guests alike. You will feel like royalty as you ascend the historic hotel’s grand staircase to your luxurious room. Spend the day pampering yourself with a massage, facial and pedicure in the full-service day spa and then take in a breathtaking Texas sunset from the courtyard pool before sipping on signature drinks in the Pharmacy Parlor.
“JAWS” on the Water – Leander, TX
Get your adrenaline pumping with an after-sunset screening of Steven Spielberg’s epic thriller “JAWS” while your toes are dangerously dangling in the waters of Lake Travis. Alamo Drafthouse has fashioned its own fabulously freaky version of Amity Island with the coolest beach party of the summer. Limited screenings of the entire thrilling franchise will dance across the waters at Volente Beach Water Park from June 30 through July 23. There is even a special 3-D showing on July 15. The general admission $55 On the Water tickets, which include a collectible Alamo Shark inner tube, can be upgraded to a BBQ dinner and collector Alamo Drafthouse “JAWS” pint glass.
Gruene Hall – New Braunfels, TX
After arriving at Gruene Hall, you’ll instantly realize why it was worth the five-hour drive. Built in 1878, the oldest dance hall in Texas has been featured in America’s most respected publications, from Country Weekly to Southern Living to Rolling
Stone. The high-pitched tin roof provides the perfect acoustics for daily live bands. You’ll either catch newcomer singer-songwriters or some of the biggest stars in country music. Join a Tuesday swing dance lesson, Sunday morning Gospel Brunch or Friday Afternoon Club special guest interview that broadcasts live on KNBT 92.1 FM Radio.
Grand Central Station Antique Mall – Lubbock, TX
Load up your girlfriends in the car and head north on I-87 to explore Lubbock’s Grand Central Station Antique Mall where you’ll discover a trove of treasures that will fulfill all your Pinterest fantasies. The friendly vendors offer fair prices and are always willing to negotiate as you hunt for vintage gems, collectibles and unique home décor throughout the 24,000-square-foot former bowling alley. Top off your girlfriend getaway with a visit to McPherson Cellars Winery for a vintage wine tasting and tour of the award-winning historic grounds.
Hidden Falls Adventure Park – Marble Falls, TX
Hidden Falls Adventure Park offers the ultimate adventure mancation or unforgettable bachelor party destination. Get ready for a wild ride throughout this 3,000-acre park as you zip along Valley Road, Snoopy Falls and Wildcat Mountain in your 4×4, ATV or motorcycle. With more than 240 miles of off-road trails, you’ll find no problem filling a weekend with adrenaline-fueled fun. You can choose to stay overnight in a primitive camping spot, RV site or 8-man bunkhouse.