8 Last-Minute Additions to Your Texas Summer Bucket List

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As summer comes to a close and the beginning of school is right around the corner, many of us are frantically rushing to check everything off our summer bucket list. Here are a few things you definitely shouldn’t skip before you get back into your school year routine!

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Natural Bridge Caverns
Natural Bridge Caverns

Natural Bridge Caverns

The Natural Bridge Caverns are the largest known commercial caverns in Texas. They have a variety of tours you can choose from such as the aquifer tour, hidden passages tour, or the lantern tour. You can eat and shop onsite, and there is a wonderful history of the caverns’ formation and their discovery.

Enchanted Rock
Sunrise at Enchanted Rock

Enchanted Rock

A popular attraction near Fredericksburg, Enchanted Rock is a huge pink granite dome that rises high above Central Texas. Its unique beauty has drawn in people for thousands of years, but there’s more to this area than just a big pink rock. It is part of a state park and natural area so you will find beautiful protected land and room to hike, stargaze, rock climb, bird watch, picnic, and even camp. It’s a treat to be able to see a portion of Central Texas untouched and in its natural state. This makes for a great day trip, or plan to camp and do an overnight trip.

Guadalupe Peak
The Guadalupe Peak

Guadalupe Peak

Also known as Signal Peak, this is the highest natural point in Texas. It’s also within the Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Take in Texas’ natural beauty and experience all the typical park events like hiking, rock climbing, and general mountaineering. If you hike to the very top of Guadalupe Peak, you can read the register and see what those who have come before you had to say.

Jacob's Well
Jacob's Well

Jacob's Well

Jacob’s Well is a perennial karstic spring in the Texas Hill Country. It comes from the bed of Cypress Creek and it is a very popular, natural swimming hole. The water is clear and cool, and it’s a perfect spot for a summer day swim.

Padre Island
Blanca County Park on South Padre Island

Padre Island

Also called South Padre Island, this little barrier island in South Texas is a popular tourist attraction with beautiful beaches, fishing, boating, warm waters for swimming, and much more. It can be a quieter alternative to Corpus Christi which gets really busy during the summer seasons.

San Antonio River Walk
San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio River Walk

The San Antonio River Walk is beautiful, day or night. You can head out for a stroll after shopping in the mall, or attend one of the many summer events that take place directly on the River Walk. You can even take a little boat down the river.

Inner Space Cavern
Inner Space Cavern

Inner Space Cavern

Inner Space Cavern is a karst cave located in Georgetown, Texas. The cave was discovered by the Texas Highway Department in 1963 during the construction of Interstate 35 and you’ll find it right off the interstate. It was hidden for so long, it’s one of the best-preserved caves in Texas and it’s one of only a few places where prehistoric remains are found. It also has a variety of tours available and you’ll love learning the history as you explore what’s below I-35.

City Tube Chute, New Braunfels
Tube shoot on the Comal River in New Braunels

City Tube Chute, New Braunfels

In New Braunfels, you can find this 20-foot city dam that has been transformed into an epic water slide. It sends riders down the chute on tubes into the cool swimming hole at the bottom. There’s nothing else like it, and it’s a perfect addition to your summer bucket list!