The hottest time of year has finally arrived – the time when temperatures creep past 100 and the blazing sun seems to never take a break.

Fortunately, this hot Texas weather doesn’t have to mean hiding indoors for the next three months.

In fact, if you live in San Antonio, Schertz or anywhere near Hill Country, beating the heat is actually pretty easy. With dozens of swimming holes, rivers, pools, water parks and even ice cream shops, there are endless ways to keep cool these hot summer days.

Need help finding the best spot to cool off in your neighborhood? Here are Hill Country’s top favorite summer retreats:

Outdoor swimming holes:
Barton Springs is by far one of Hill Country’s hottest outdoor swimming spots. Located in Austin, this local favorite boasts clear waters and a chilly 68-degree temperature year-round. There are even deep, shallow and diving areas. Other outdoor swimming holes in the area include Deep Eddy Pool (Austin), Krause Springs (Spicewood), Hamilton Pool (Dripping Springs) and Jacob’s Well (Wimberly). If you head to Hamilton Pool, make sure to check the website for hours – especially if there were recent storms. The pool closes when bacteria levels get too high.

Local water parks:
Hill Country is teeming with water park options, including the massive, 70-acre Schlitterbahn, located in New Braunfels. Other parks in the area include the Lone Star Lagoon in Bandera, the River Bluff Water Experience at the JW Marriott San Antonio, Inspiration Island at Morgan’s Wonderland in San Antonio and the Shore Club Volente Beach in Leander.

Float-friendly rivers:
Floating the river is a Hill Country resident’s favorite pastime, and fortunately, there are plenty of spots to do it. Rent a tube and float the cool currents of the Comal River (New Braunfels), Guadalupe River (Canyon Lake), Frio River (Concan), South Llano River (Austin), Brazos River (Caddo), San Marcos River (San Marcos) and Medina River (Bandera).

Pools and splash pads:
The Yanaguana Garden splash pad at Hemisfair Park is a favorite among San Antonio-area parents, and The Fischer Park Sprayground in New Braunfels is tops with kiddos in the north part of town. Other top splash pad options include Park West (Seguin), Bulverde Community Park (Bulverde) and Pearsall Park (San Antonio). Favorite spots to swim include The Seguin Aquatic Center, which has a beach-entry pool, wave pool, splash pool and raindrop mushroom, and Josh Davis Natatorium & Bill Walker Pool.

Ice cream and snow cone shops:
For a cold treat, head to Amy’s Ice Creams in Bee Cave or Lick in San Antonio. The latter offers unique flavors like cilantro lime and roasted beet and mint, while the former’s a longtime local favorite. There are several Amy’s located throughout San Antonio and Austin.

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