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Splash, savor, stroll

Let’s just say it had been a long day in the driver’s seat, and patience was wearing thin. Each summer,…

Room to Breathe

The trouble with the traditional American school calendar is that it conditions you to believe that summers should be spent…

Colors of the Coast

By the time you finish reading this paragraph, hundreds of glass-green waves will have completed crossing the Gulf of Mexico…

Best Summer Ever 2014

Contrary to popular belief, summer vacation did not originate as a time for rural schoolchildren to take an extended break…

Swimming Holes

Our bodies are mostly water. Our primordial ancestors lived in it. Science tells us that looking at it lowers stress.…

All Wet!: Nueces River, Cooksey County Park

Clear springs flowing from the ground in northern Real County join with a second fork to the west and become…

All Wet!: Fort Clark Springs, Brackettville

Also called Las Moras Springs, these fill a 300-foot-long pool, among the largest in Texas. There’s a separate pool for…

All Wet!: Krause Springs, Spicewood

Lyle Lovett and Matthew McConaughey swam here. Robert Rodriguez filmed onsite. And countless families have created wonderful memories at this…

All Wet!: Hancock Springs, Lampasas

Under the light of the full August moon, tall shade trees throw shadows on the grass around Hancock pool, its…

All Wet!: Blue Hole, Wimberley

This tranquil pool on Cypress Creek first opened to the public in the 1920s. For several decades, it belonged to…

All Wet!: Blue Hole, Georgetown

This swimming hole lies just a few blocks from the quaint town square. A low dam on the South Fork…

All Wet! Barton Springs, Austin

This three-acre, 1,000-foot-long swimming hole beats as the literal and metaphorical heart of Austin. Ten to 80 million gallons of…
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