Beat the heat with these summer getaways

Posted by Mission del Lago on Aug 15, 2015 8:00:00 AM

There’s something to do every day of the summer right here in San Antonio, but if you’re looking for great summer getaways, there are numerous options. You can swim, float, fish, boat, and see and experience some of the incredible natural beauty that makes Texas so incredible, all within a couple of hours from home.

Krause Springs 

Krause Springs in Spicewood is 90 miles from San Antonio, giving you plenty of time to enjoy this popular swimming hole and still make it back the same day. But leave home early. With the constant-68-degree-water, and its crystal clear nature, you’ll want to enjoy it as long as possible. 

Dripping Springs

Shady, scenic, and spectacular, Hamilton Pool offers a cool spot to spend a day, plus a 50-foot waterfall you won’t be able to take your eyes off of. 

Considered the “Gateway to the Hill Country,” Dripping Springs is also developing a reputation as a “foodie hotspot,” said Culture Map. Get a few recommendations for great meals here


The sandstone bluffs jutting out from the water help make the Llano River one of the more stunning sites you’ll find on a day trip. The river is also a top spot for fly fishing. At just under two hours, the drive will be well worth it—especially if you dig up a nice piece of quartz while you’re in Mason County. Quartz ranging from brown to blue is one of the area’s claims to fame, so you might want to bring a shovel.  

Mustang Island State Park

This 170-mile drive will take you two-and-a-half hours—more than worth it for a chance to discover the private oasis and nature-rich setting between the more densely populated Port Aransas and Padre island.

Del Rio

Fishing, birding, and canoeing are just a few of the activities that await visitors to Lake Amistad National Recreation Area, in the border city of Del Rio.

A two-and-a-half-hour-drive from San Antonio, the lake is considered one of the most magnificent in the state and is adjacent to the Rio Grande.

San Marcos

The city is a haven for tubing along the San Marcos River or taking a dip in one of the many parks along its border. Once you’re nice and cooled off, head for the Outlet Stores, voted among the “Best places to shop” by the Austin Business Journal and named the third-best place to shop in the world by ABC’s “The View.”

Or to the Aquarena Wetlands Boardwalk, located on the campus of Texas State University, for a glass-bottom boat tour. 

Marble Falls

This resort town 85 miles north of San Antonio offers numerous opportunities to escape the sun while playing, swimming, or boating in Lake Marble Falls. Vistors also enjoy swimming at Lake LBJ Marina’s water park, antiquing in the many area shops, and visiting local art galleries.

Frio River

A beautifully scenic spot 90 miles away, the Frio River is also one of the best places to cool down on a hot day. Its spring-fed waters keep cool all year long.

Cascade Caverns

It won’t take you more than a few minutes to get there, but once you do, you’ll marvel at the unique properties of this cavern in Boerne, which remains 68 degrees all year round and also features a beautiful 100-foot waterfall.

New Braunfels

Just over a half hour from San Antonio and you’re in the heart of New Braunfels, where you can float the river, take in some beautiful Hill Country scenery, and head over to Gruene for dinner at The Gristmill and dancing at historic Gruene Hall.


Water not your thing? How about beer? In the tiny town of Shiner, about 90 minutes from San Antonio, you’ll get your fill. Several breweries including K. Spoetzl Brewery and Antiques, Art, and Beer antiquesartandbeer offer tastings and tours.

Now that you know where to get away to, its time to learn more about where to come home to. Mission del Lago is South San Antonio's most popular community, offering masterplanned living with an array of new homes and amenities and a convenient location. 

For more information, visit Mission del Lago or click below to view Move-In Ready Homes.


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