It’s summer in Texas. That means vacation time and spending more time outdoors. Yes, it’s hot. But there are lots of cool things to do around the Lone Star State to enjoy our long summer days. Here are a few ideas:
- Ride the Galveston Bolivar Ferry from Galveston Island to the Bolivar Peninsula and back. It’s free! And you’ll probably see porpoises, lots of sea gulls and a majestic view of the Texas coastline.
- Harvest and stomp grapes at the Messina Hoff Winery Harvest Festival near Bryan in August. The first four weekends of the month you can pick grapes, participate in the traditional grape stomping and enjoy the wine.
- Take a tricycle tour of historic downtown sites in San Antonio. You’ll sit back and enjoy the view on recumbent tricycles. It’s a self-propelled tour via San Antonio Bike Tours.
- Visit Hippy Hollow in Austin for the best people watching in town. It’s a bevy of people helping to “Keep Austin Weird.” The site also offers beautiful views of Lake Travis, especially when there’s water in the lake!
- Kayak Buffalo Bayou in Houston. You’ll almost forget you are in the middle of the largest city in Texas. The lush river ride shows off all kinds of nature while you relax.
- Stroll across the Trinity River on the new Continental Avenue Pedestrian Bridge from downtown Dallas to the West Dallas Gateway outdoor activity space. Lounge and play by the river, then take the plaza-style connection to Trinity Groves for a bite to eat.
What does having fun in Texas have to do with being a good communicator? In the words of our founder Clyde Hopkins: “We view vacations as not only a pleasure, but a necessity in the public relations business. The demands of the business are extreme in terms of time, energy, creativity and general wear and tear on the soul. Going without vacation can literally affect your ability to perform on the job. Therefore, we encourage employees to take their vacations every year.”
So get out there and repair your soul!