Any native Texan knows that there are way more than 10 things to do in the Lone Star state. However, when you’ve lived in any one place too long, it’s easy to forget all the things there are to experience. Maybe you’ve passed by that one landmark one too many times or have already heard about all the cool restaurants there are to eat at. Still, summertime is THE time to get out and live life a little. Explore all of the awesome places Texas has to offer.

The summer season is here and it’s time for you to relax so we’ve put together a bucket list of 10 things bloomin’ in Texas this summer. Best of all, most of these are outdoors and COVID friendly.


Hike and Stargaze at Big Bend National Park

There’s plenty to see and do here! Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast or not, Big Bend National Park has your name written ALL over it. All 800,000 acres of the park house all kinds of wildlife and beautiful flowers that you can spend all day exploring.

Not to mention, it’s also known as one of the best places in Texas to stargaze. That’s because it has the least light pollution of any other national park in the lower 48 states. Beat the heat and make a summer night trip to enjoy the starry sky.

Explore the Caverns at Sonora

Love seeing natural wonders? Sonora is home to a cave that was carved into limestone nearly 1.5 million years ago.

There are tons of heavy and beautiful crystal formations inside. It’s definitely a site you don’t want to miss!

Drive Down the Bluebonnet Trail

If you love flowers, this is a must-see! Drive down over 40 miles of Bluebonnet Trails in Ennis for a beautiful flower sight that will make for some amazing selfies.

Best of all, it’s a great way to enjoy the summer sun AND an opportunity for a road trip!

Take a Dip in the Krause Springs

If you’re looking for some water activities to cool off on a hot day, this one’s a great idea!

Krause Springs is home to around 32 springs, and some are even equipped with rope swings for a fun-filled day.

Check Out Texas Wine Country

Yeah, California has some pretty amazing wine, but so does Texas! In fact, Texas has some great wineries in Fredericksburg where you can go on a wine tasting tour.

Summer is supposed to be fun. What are you waiting for?

Plan a Picnic at Gorman Falls

Even if you’re not crazy about hiking, the natural beauty and views here make it all worth your time. Make it a day by stopping by HEB and picking up some food and flowers for a summertime picnic. If it gets too hot, take a dip in the water. This is what we call “summer fun!”

Treat Yourself to Tex-Mex

When in Rome, right? You can’t enjoy Texas without trying Tex-Mex. It differs from Mexican food because the recipes were created by the Tejano people of south Texas.

Make sure to enjoy some of this comfort food this summer.

Visit the Rose Garden in Tyler

Seriously, who doesn’t love roses? The Tyler, Texas rose garden is the biggest municipal rose garden in the U.S.

If you haven’t seen it yet, summer is the perfect time to get up and smell the roses!

Two Step at Gruene Hall or Luckenbach Dance Hall

Two-stepping is a part of Texan culture, and Gruene and Luckenbach Dance Hall are THE places to do it!

Gruene Hall is the oldest dance hall in Texas. We know you’ll have loads of fun.

Watch Sunflowers Soak up the Texas Sun Along I-35

Summertime is the best time to see sunflowers, and driving along I-35, you’re guaranteed to see plenty! Located just outside of Ellis County, exploring the sunflower fields is one of the best warm-weather activities in Texas. While you’re at it, take some summertime family pictures in the fields.

Time to check off all 10 of these items on your Texas summer bucket list. Pack your bags and fill up your car because this list is sure to keep you busy all summer long.