Most people think of tumbleweeds and endless deserts when they think of Texas. Texas is actually home to a huge variety of landscapes, from expanses of desert to lush rivers and lakes. During the Texas summer, there’s no better way to beat the heat than to head for the water.
There are several popular areas along the Texas coast that surfers flock to. Galveston is a popular beach near the city of Houston, and though the water is shallow it can get some decently sized waves. Corpus Cristi is one of the windiest beaches along the Texas coast and can be a great location to surf, but South Padre Island tends to be a more popular destination.
Many lakes and beachfront venues offer Jet Ski rental services, since most of us don’t own our own. Most national and state parks forbid Jet Skiing in their lakes to protect the local wildlife, such as Padre Island National Seashore. The lakes of the Hill Country and the Gulf Coast are ideal destinations for those who want to try their hand at Jet Skiing.
Snorkeling and Diving
Snorkeling and diving are a great way to have up close encounters with local Texan marine life. South Padre Island is a popular dive destination for its abundance of wildlife such as sharks and stingrays. You can also take an eerie tour of the sunken Texas clipper. Other springs, lagoons and lakes offer plenty of diving and snorkeling opportunities as well.
Kayaking, Canoeing and Rafting
Texas is home to more than 15 major rivers and over 3,700 streams. There are plenty of places to choose from if you want to go kayaking or canoeing, and many offer rental services. If you don’t have much experience with kayaks or canoes, a lot of rental agencies also offer lessons and guided tours.
Whitewater rafting is popular during certain seasons when the rivers are running high enough to be turbulent. Rivers around the Hill country and the Guadalupe are some of the best areas for rafting.
Boating and Sailing
Whether you want a romantic captained voyage down the coast or to steer your own boat across a lake, you can find an experience to suit your needs in Texas. If you want to sail yourself but don’t have the know-how, many boat rental agencies offer lessons from a qualified captain. Some even offer certification programs. There are plenty of wide, windy lakes and expansive coastlines throughout Texas that offer the perfect opportunity to try out sailing.
Flyboarding is a relatively new extreme water sport that is taking off in Texas. A Flyboard is a water jetpack that is attached to and powered by a watercraft such as a Jet Ski. Streams of water propel you up into the air, much like an aquatic hoverboard. There are a couple of Flyboard rental services scattered throughout Texas, and many of them offer lessons for beginners.
Hitting the Water
Texas is home to an abundance of rivers, lakes and coastal regions. No matter which watersport you’re into, you can find somewhere in Texas to practice your hobby. The next time you’re feeling a little hot, slap on a swimsuit and jump in the water.