1. Barton Springs is free in the morning
You may think when the temperature rises over 100 degrees in Texas, it’s best to hit watering holes like Barton Springs in Austin. Bad news — everybody else has the same idea, but the pool is free at 5 AM for a few hours and after 9 PM. Admission is only $3 other than those times.
2. The Ballpark in Arlington
Every small town in Texas from Paris to Marfa has a baseball diamond suitable for summer fun, but for me, it’s always the Texas Rangers at The Ballpark in Arlington. Get a $5 hot dog, holler and feel the camaraderie.