Often, the best way to cool off can’t be found in a backyard pool or at the community center. Swimming holes across Texas are great spots to discover family traditions while taking a dip in nature. For adults looking for a great festival to “cool off,” may we suggest our favorite beer festivals?

With you in mind, Patten Title has compiled this list of the top 25 swimming holes and 10 can’t-miss beer bonanzas across Texas. Your family — and taste buds — will thank us!

Swimming Holes for Your Bucket List

Balmorhea State Park

Address: 9207 Texas 17, Toyahvale

About: It’s the largest spring-fed pool in the world.

Barton Springs

Address: 2201 William Barton Dr., Austin

About: A year-round outdoor pool that is always 69 degrees.

Barton Creek Greenbelt

Address: 3755 S Capital of Texas Hwy. B, Austin

About: Swim at Sculpture Falls after hiking about a half-mile to Twin Falls for this great watering hole.


Address: 100 Bluehole Lane, Wimberly

About: Water stays at a balmy 75 degrees year-round. Great place to swim.

Campbell’s Hole Beach

Address: 1337 Spyglass Drive, Austin

About: An out-of-the-way beach that is popular with locals who want to avoid the crowds.

Deep Eddy Pool

Address: 401 Deep Eddy Drive, Austin

About: The oldest pool in Texas, you can feel the history oozing out of it while swimming.

Devil’s Waterhole

Address: 3630 Road 4 West, Burnet

About: Scenic swimming spot dotted with waterfalls and filled with clear water.

Double Lake Recreation Area

Address: 2221 N. Raguet St., Lufkin

About: Located in the Sam Houston National Forest, it’s a great place to swim and camp.

Frio River at Garner State Park

Address: 234 RR 1050, Concan

About: Great spot to cool off in with lots of excellent views.

Hamilton Pool

Address: 24300 Hamilton Rd,. Dripping Springs

About: The watering hole, with some spectacular views, is covered by a half dome.

Huntsville State Park

Address: 565 Park Rd. 40 West, Huntsville

About: Swim, fish and paddle in Lake Raven while camping at Huntsville.

Jacobs Well Natural Area

Address: 1699 Mt. Sharp Rd., Wimberly

About: One of the longest underwater caves in Texas (check website for availability).

Krause Springs

Address: 404 Krause Springs Rd, Spicewood

About: A privately owned camping and swimming site, Krause Springs has 32 springs.

Lake Livingston State Park

Address:  300 State Rd. 65, Livingston

About: One of the largest lakes in Texas, Lake Livingston has plenty of cool, deep water to splash around in.

Lake Longhorn Multisport Training Lake

Address: 2391 Gun Range Rd., League City

About: A lake for serious athletes who like to scuba dive or swim competitively or for anyone who wants to just take a dip.

Lake Somerville

Address: 14222 Park Rd. 57, Somerville

About: Great place for kids to swim in this shallow water lake.

Martin Dies Jr. State Park

Address: 634 Park Rd. 48, South Jasper

About: Swim in the B.A. Steinhagen Reservoir, or rent kayaks and canoes.

McKinney Falls State Park

Address: 5808 McKinney Falls Parkway, Austin

About: For sheer beauty, you can’t beat Onion Creek for swimming with its limestone ledges and clear water.

Menard Creek

Address: 6439 Holly Grove Road, Livingston

About: An out-of-the-way creek that is good for a summer splash.

Scott’s Ridge Swim Site

Address: 13274 Scotts Ridge Road, Montgomery

About: Located on Lake Conroe, Scott’s has picnic tables, a boat launch and a swimming hole.

Secret Beach at Roy G Guerrero Park

Address: 400 Grove Blvd., Austin

About: This shallow swim hole is a great place to walk your dog and wade in the water.

The Quince Camp Woods

Address: 300 W 7th St. Camp, Wood

About: A gorgeous swimming hole fed by the Nueces River that is secluded from the crowds.

Wimberley Blue Hole

Address: Blue Hole Lane, Wimberley

About: Swimming hole that is lined with Cypress trees, it’s a beautiful place to frolic in the water.

Wolf Creek Park Road

Address: 21 Wolf Creek Park Rd., Coldspring

About: A great place for campers at Wolf Creek to swim at Lake Livingston, which is good for kids or experienced swimmers.

Woodsy Hollow Campground

Address: 248 Woodsy Hollow Rd., Goodrich

About: Swim at Sleepy Hollow Lake, a beautiful private lake, while camping at Woodsy Hollow.

Ten Best Brew Bashes

Beaumont Craft Beer Festival

Address: Event Center, 700 Crockett St., Beaumont

Date: Sep. 17

Cost: $45

Buzz: A mix of more than 30 craft beers locally and nationally.

Best Little Brewfest in Texas

Address: 151 W. Church St., Lewisville

Date: Oct. 15

Cost: $40

Buzz: More that 40 breweries appear yearly, and all profits are donated to charity.

Big Texas Beer Fest

Address: 1010 First Ave., Dallas

Date: April 15, 2023

Cost: TBA

Buzz: One of the largest selections of beers with over 100 breweries and more than 500 beers to try.

Brewsology Beer Fest

Address: Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Dr., Houston

Date: July 15, 2023

Cost: $50

Buzz: Check out the museum, and then sample some homegrown craft beers.

Dallas Observer Beer Fest

Address: Dallas Farmers Market, 920 S. Harwood St., Dallas

Date: Sep. 10

Cost: $43

Buzz: At least 52 local breweries on-site for one of the premier beer fests in the Dallas area.

Oktoberfest Southlake

Address: Southlake Town Square (Shuttle service from: White’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 185 S. White Chapel Blvd., Southlake)

Date: Oct.14-16

Cost: Free

Buzz: More than 100,000 people attend this weekend beer extravaganza annually.

San Antonio Beer Festival

Address: 1300 N. Main Ave., San Antonio

Date: Oct. 15

Cost: $50

Buzz: Check out the stouts, pilsners, ales and more at this party.

Texas Craft Brewers Festival

Address: 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St., Austin

Date: Oct. 1


Buzz: The biggest gathering of small and independent Texas breweries.

Texas Panhandle’s Craft Beerfest

Address: Amarillo Netplex, 4101 Hillside Rd., Amarillo

Date: Aug. 27

Cost: $45

Buzz: Check out the best local craft beer at this fest.

Wild West Brewfest

Address: Typhoon Texas Water Park, 555 Katy Fort Bend Rd., Katy

Date: Nov. 5

Cost: $50

Buzz: Featuring over 600 craft beers from 100 different breweries.