June is the official start of summer and, hence, the beginning of summer vacation season. As soon as school lets out, the nature of vacations and vacation activities change, as families flock to all parts of the Lone Star State for a summer vacation. Luckily, early summer offers plenty to see and do in Texas, including a full slate of outdoor activites, festivals, celebrations and more.
Luling's annual Watermelon Thump is a four-day celebration of everyone's favorite summer treat - watermelon. The festival includes a carnival, kiddie rides, food booths, live entertainment, watermelon seed spitting contest, watermelon eating contest and more. The Luling Watermelon Thump kicks off with a pageant, live music and a dance on Thursday night and continues on through the weekend.
For more than six decades, thousands have come to Aransas Pass to attend the annual Shrimporee. This event celebrates all things shrimp, which means there is always plenty of good seafood. In addition to the shrimp cookoff, Shrimporee, which is billed as "The Largest Shrimp Festival in the World," offers lots of live entertainment, a beauty pageant, parade, petting zoo, arts & crafts exposition, carnival rides and plenty of other fun-filled events and activities.
Founded in 1972 by Rob Kennedy and held every year since, the Kerrville Folk Festival is the longest running event of its kind in North America. Over the years, it has also grown to be one of the largest, with recent events featuring more than 100 artists. In fact, since its inception, more than 1,500 singer-songwriters have performed at the Kerrville Folk Festival. More than 30,000 people attend the Kerrville Folk Festival each year, many of whom choose to camp onsite and enjoy the Festival 24 hours a day. In addition to the concerts, the KFF features an arts & crafts show, kid concerts and activities, and more. The Kerrville Folk Festival begins at the end of May, but runs through the first weeks of June as well.
Spending a day at the beach is the quintessential summer vacation activity. Can you really ever get enough of the beach? During the summer season, it is worth spending as many days as possible 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.
Floating down the Guadalupe River in an inner tube is definitely a "Texas thing." If you happen to be visiting the Hill Country, you won't want to miss out on this unique experience. Through the years, this uniquely Texan water sport has become a ritualistic tradition among residents and visitors alike. Perhaps the most simplistic of all water sports, tubing involves relaxing in an inflated inner tube while drifting downstream. The cold, crystal clear waters of the Guadalupe (and other Hill Country Rivers) only add to the enjoyment on a hot summer day.
Texas is home to some of the nation's top golf courses. Although this has been a well-kept secret in the past, recent years have seen an increasing number of golfers traveling to Texas to take advantage of these world-class courses. In June, the weather is perfect for a morning or evening round.
Texas is home to numerous lakes, rivers, ponds and streams, giving it an incredibly diverse freshwater fishery. Within these waters live an amazing variety of freshwater fish species, many of which one would never expect to come across in the Lone Star State.
Saltwater fishing in Texas is as good as anywhere along the U.S. coastline. More and more anglers have been discovering this in recent years and packing their bags and rods to take advantage of the Lone Star State's world-class saltwater fishery.