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25 Beautiful Rivers and Swimming Holes that are Driving Distance from SA 

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Texans are tough enough to endure the heat that comes with living in paradise, but that doesn't mean we haven't come up with a few ways to stay cool. Raspas and margaritas are summer staples, but nothing works quite as well as being in the water. Whether you're down for swimming, tubing, canoeing or kayaking, we've found the most gorgeous and fun freshwater spots for you to spend some time in.
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Comal River
1880 Interstate 35 Business, New Braunfels, (830) 387-4408, comaltubes.com
Because tubing down the Comal is a Texan rite of passage.
Photo via Instagram, _jeepingtx_
Barton Springs
2201 Barton Springs Road, Austin, (512) 867-3080, austintexas.gov
Play a few rounds of ultimate frisbee in the nearby Zilker Park, then cool off with a swim.
Photo via Instagram, olivialsilvestri
Frio River
234 RR 1050, Concan, (830) 232-6132, tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/garner
Would your year be complete without a swim or two in the Frio River?
Photo via Instagram, axel.sir
Hippie Hollow
7000 Comanche Trail, Austin, (512) 854-7275, hippiehollow.com
Let it all hang out at this nude beach, ya hippie.
Photo via Instagram, iamthezizz
Krause Springs
404 Krause Spring Rd, Spicewood, (830) 693-4181, krausesprings.net
Choose between the manmade pool and natural pools with a waterfall and grotto. We think we know which one you’ll love more.
Photo via Instagram, lorenzomarezphotography
Devils River State Natural Area
21715 Dolan Creek Rd, Del Rio, (830) 395-2133, tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/devils-river
You might scratch up your body on the rocks, but the water is totally worth it.
Photo via Instagram, jcra8ton
Landa Park
164 Landa Park Dr, New Braunfels, (830) 221-4350, nbtexas.org
The inner child in you is already so excited for that slide, we know.
Photo via Instagram, katgus
Rio Vista Park
555 Cheatham St, San Marcos, (512) 393-8400
Spend a day on the water and practice your kayaking skills.
Photo via Instagram, miss_yvette_rod
McKinney Falls State Park
5808 McKinney Falls Pkwy, Austin, (512) 243-1643, tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/mckinney-falls
Take a dip in calmer waters or battle the current right next to the falls.
Photo via Instagram, harlenem
Cattail Falls
Big Bend National Park, visitbigbend.com
Big Bend is practically it’s own state, so make sure to visit this exquisite waterfall when you’re exploring.
Photo via Instagram, ld08rn
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Blue Hole
100 Blue Hole Ln, Wimberley, (512) 660-9111, blueholeregionalpark.com
Save yourself from getting beaten by the Texas sun by jumping in these waters with plenty of shade from the trees.
Photo via Instagram, ipheek
Blue Lagoon
649 Pinedale Rd, Huntsville, (936) 438-8888, facebook.com/BlueLagoonScuba
Grab a tube and friend, and get your ass down to Blue Lagoon.
Photo via Instagram, nicoletfinger
Campbell’s Hole
Barton Creek, Austin, facebook.com/pages/Campbells-Hole
Make a few splashes in these serene waters.
Photo via Facebook, Carole Yeong
Colorado Bend State Park
Bend, (325) 628-3240, tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/colorado-bend
Whether you want to go fishing, paddling or both, you can do it all at Colorado Bend.
Photo via Instagram, tailsofcharmingcharlie
Hamilton Pool
24300 Hamilton Pool Road, Dripping Springs, (512) 264-2740, parks.traviscountytx.gov
Because where else but Texas would you find something so cool?
Photo via Instagram, matthew_little_g
Westcave Waterfall
24814 Hamilton Pool Road, Round Mountain, (830) 825-3442, westcave.org
Explore these caves and relax underneath the natural waterfall.
Photo via Instagram, douggep
Twin Falls
S Mo-Pac Expy, Austin, (512) 974-6700, facebook.com/TwinFallsofAustin
You know you’re tempted to belt out “Part of Your World” on those rocks.
Photo via Instagram, jmmmaniar
Guadalupe State Park
3350 Park Road 31, Spring Branch, (830) 438-2656, tpwd.texas.gov/guadalupe-river
Tired of swimming? You can still enjoy the river by tube or canoe.
Photo via Instagram, guadaluperiverstatepark
Fort Clark Springs
300 US-90, Brackettville, (830) 563-2493, fortclark.com
Clear waters, full coolers, can’t lose.
Photo via Instagram, the_maryann
Gorman Falls
Colorado Bend State Park, (325) 628-3240, tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/colorado-bend
Hike the Gorman Falls trail and end your rugged excursion with a swim.
Photo via Instagram, luen96
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Paradise Canyon
2220 Co Rd 2615, Rio Medina, (830) 751-9911, paradisecanyon.com
Try something new and go snorkeling at one of the water spots closest to SA.
Photo via Instagram, ashlip_lium88
Riding River Ranch
971 Kent Creek Rd, Leakey, (830) 555-1234, ridingriverranch.com
With a swimming spot as beautiful as this one, you won’t want to get out of the water.
Photo via Instagram, ibethekatiemae
Jacob’s Well
1699 Mt Sharp Rd, Wimberley, (512) 214-4593, co.hays.tx.us
Who wouldn’t want to dive into this gorgeous well?
Photo via Instagram, silverhero
Schumacher Crossing
Hunt, hillcountryoutdoorguide.com/location/schumacher-crossing/
Prepare to see plenty of fish right by this man made waterfall.
Photo via Instagram, strawberry_roan
Blanco State Park
101 Park Road 23, Blanco, (830) 833-4333, tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/blanco
There’s enough water for days, but your trip won’t be complete without a few hours of swimming.
Photo via Instagram, pj_dunn
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Comal River
1880 Interstate 35 Business, New Braunfels, (830) 387-4408, comaltubes.com
Because tubing down the Comal is a Texan rite of passage.
Photo via Instagram, _jeepingtx_

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