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Things to Do in Texas During August

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Although summer doesn't technically end until mid-September, August is roundly recognized as the end of the summer tourist season. With school back in session by month's end, August usually represents the last chance for a summer vacation for the year. However, the weather in Texas is usually perfect for just such a trip during August and there are plenty of activities and events to fill out a summer vacation in the Lone Star State during August.

1. Spend Another Day at the Beach

Spending a day at the beach is the quintessential summer vacation activity. Undoubtedly, many summer vacationers have already done so at some point this summer. But, can you really ever get enough of the beach? Before the curtain draws on the summer season, it is worth spending at least one more day soaking up sun, swimming, body boarding, surfing, shell collecting, wind surfing or playing at the beach. Texas has hundreds of miles of shorelines, so there is no shortage of beachfront for vacationers in the Lone Star State.

2. Cool Off at the Austin Ice Cream Festival

Intent on bringing back old-fashioned family fun, the Austin Ice Cream Festival offers Austin area residents and visitors an entire day of simple pleasure. Of course, ice cream is the main event at the festival. In addition to just enjoying ice cream treats, those in attendance have the option of taking part is some ice cream-based contests, such as the Ice Cream Eating Contest, Homemade Ice Cream Making Contest, Popsicle Stick Sculpture Contest, and the Ice Cream Screaming Contest.

3. Head to the North Texas State Fair

Held annually for more than 80 years, Denton's North Texas State Fair is one of the longest running events of its type in the Lone Star State. Typically held in late August, the North Texas State fair is a 9-day-long event featuring both professional and amateur rodeos, live music, a queen's contest, BBQ cookoff, parade, carnival and more.

4. Reel in the Big One During the Texas International Fishing Tournament

For over seven decades, the first full weekend of August has meant one thing for anglers across Texas – a chance to vie for the titles of Texas Grand Champion Bay and Offshore Angler during the annual Texas International Fishing Tournament. Over the years, the tournament has grown from a novelty event designed to attract tourists to the Lower Texas Coast into the largest saltwater fishing tournament in the Lone Star State. Today, over 1,200 anglers participate in the event each year. Besides bay and offshore divisions, TIFT also has categories for young anglers of all ages, making it a true family event.

5. Make a Final Splash at a Water Park

August may be the final "official" month of the season but it is just as hot -- or hotter -- than the other months of the summer season. This makes August a perfect time to visit one of Texas' several great water parks. Typically, most of Texas' water parks are open daily through Labor Day, then on weekends through September before closing for the season. So, August also represents some of the year's last opportunities to cool off and have fun at Schlitterbahn, Lost Lagoon, Hurricane Alley and other great Texas water parks.

6. Take One Last Ride at a Theme Park

Like water parks, Texas theme parks will be closing for the season at the end of summer. So now is the time to take advantage of the season's final few days by visiting one of Texas' many theme parks. Six Flags, Sea World, Wonder World, Fun Trackers and Fiesta Texas are just a few of the theme parks in Texas that will be open daily through the end of summer.

7. End Summer With a Bang Over Labor Day Weekend

If Labor Day closes the door on summer, you might as well have a good time over the season's final three-day weekend! There are a variety of Labor Day events held across the Lone Star State each year. Luckenbach's Labor Day Celebration, the Ruff Rider Regatta on South Padre Island, the World Championship BBQ Goat Cook-off in Brady and West's annual WestFest are just a few of the great events held over Labor Day Weekend each year.
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