5 Ways to Beat the Heat In and Around Boerne
Welcome to Texas… Where you wish you were a fish so you could live in the water during the month of August! Here’s a quick survival guide to staying cool in our local waterways in Boerne through the end of our hot summer months. You can find me chilling in a kayak floating down the river this weekend. How about you?
1. Kayak the Guadalupe- Take a quick drive to the north up scenic Hwy 1376 and meet our friend Bret at the Sisterdale General Store and Kayak Outfitters. He takes the stress out of the kayak trip planning! You pretty much just SHOW UP and he takes care of the rest. Have your own kayak and don’t need to rent the gear? No worries! Bret can just do the drop off and pick up for you. He also provides guided fishing trip services as well. Make time to explore the adorable community of Sisterdale while you are in the area. It boasts a winery, an art gallery, a dance hall, the general store and more.
2. A Day of Play at Boerne City Lake Park- Feel like bouncing or paddling? Both are an option at the lake. Paddleboards and kayaks are available from Kyle; owner of Hill Country Paddle Sports and all around great guy. Kids & kids-at-heart have quickly fallen in love with Bee Inflatable Waterpark. It’s exactly as it sounds! A FLOATING WATERPARK! Take note that during summer months there is a parking fee at the lake for non-Boerne residents.
3. Wade through the water at the Cibolo Creek- Hit the trail at the Cibolo Nature Center and make your way down to the water and dip your toes in the creek. Pop in the Nature Center, too, while you’re there for an educational experience and up-close view of many of the critters that call the Cibolo Creek home. Catch & release fishing is permitted and there are some pools that are deep enough for a little dip. I have many fond memories as a child turning over stones and finding crawdads and other water animals.
4. Play at Guadalupe River State Park- Visit for the day or camp out under the stars. A trip to Guadalupe River State Park isn’t complete without a splash or two in the river, so bring a swimsuit or at the very least, some river walking shoes. The park contains 4 miles of river frontage and they encourage the public to swim, fish, tube, canoe and love their river! Regular educational programs are offered. Take a gander at their website or Facebook page in advance for a list of programs.
5. Tube the Guadalupe- In the mood for tubing? Further downstream on the Guadalupe river, Bergheim Campground & River Outfitters offers tube rentals WITH a shuttle service for $15-$18 per tube, per trip. Can’t beat that!