Sometimes, air conditioning just isn't enough. Are you looking for the perfect place to cool off this summer? In the Lone Star State, there are plenty to choose from.

It's been two long years of COVID restrictions, but now that things are starting to reopen, everyone is on the lookout for some fun ways to chill during their summer break.

Below is a list of the Texas swimming holes your family absolutely must visit this summer, but first...

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National Water Safety Month

The entire month of May has been officially dedicated as a time to bring awareness and education about water safety to the public, according to Pool Magazine. National Water Safety Month is a fun experience should be a safe one as well. Swimming holes can have less supervision and can be hazardous to beginning swimmers. Reminders from the Red Cross:

  • Make sure every member of your family knows how to swim.
  • Know what to do in a water emergency. This includes how to safely help someone having trouble in the water and call for emergency help.
Tamme Taylor, Townsquare Media
Tamme Taylor, Townsquare Media
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Swim Classes in Central Texas

The Armed Services YMCA of Killeen is offering swim classes, and you can find their summer schedule here. Information about swim classes for various organizations throughout Temple can be found here.

Now that everyone is safe and ready to have a good time, you just need to know where to go. The Crazy Tourist and Trips to Discover both list some of the same places as the best areas to take a dip in the great state of Texas. Ready to jump in with both feet?

Chill Out This Summer at the 6 Best Swimming Holes in Texas

Feeling hot, hot, hot? Here are six of the best swimming holes in Texas to get your chill on and lower that core temperature.

Trips to Discover and The Crazy Tourist both list the following six places as the best places to cool off this summer in the great state of Texas. You'll want to keep this list handy as the mercury rises and the sweat starts to pour!

Finished Swimming? Time For Ice Cream!

Blue Bell is the official ice cream of Texas, and my personal favorite. According to a new list of the 15 best brands of ice cream nationwide, Blue Bell was ranked in the middle.

In addition to ingredients, texture, and variety, Tasting Table used Influenster and other site reviews as part of its ranking process.

Scroll on to find out how Blue Bell compared to the number one ice cream, and how all 15 on the list were judged.

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