I’ve lived in many places, from New York to San Francisco, but I’m delighted to call San Antonio my home for the past 25 years. The people are warm and friendly, the food is delicious, and despite the South Texas heat, the landscape stays lush and green almost all year round, even in August!
I’ll admit, though – the August heat is enough to drive some people out of town quickly. It’s our hottest month, with average highs in the upper 90s. And, it’s been hot since May, so everyone is more than ready for fall’s cooler temperatures. So how can you survive August, especially with the kids out of school and vacationing family descending?
- Stay inside
Sounds simple, but between 11am and 5pm, you need air-conditioning. That doesn’t mean staying home, though! August is a great time to visit San Antonio’s amazing museums. The DoSeum, our new childrens’ museum, has activities that will appeal to all children from newborns to tweens, and the newly renovated and expanded Witte Museum showcases the natural history of South Texas. Free public tours at the McNay Art Museum and the San Antonio Museum of Art make their famous works of art come alive. (Need something a little more out-of-the-box for your Instagram feed? Try the Toilet Seat Museum!)
- Get wet
If you need to be outside, try to spend the day submerged in cool water! San Antonio’s Parks and Recreation department offers more than 20 outdoor public pools, including the historic San Pedro Springs Park, the second oldest park in the United States. Kids will love the lazy rivers tube rides at the Six Flags Fiesta Texas Water Park and the JW Marriott Hill Country Resort and Spa. Just north of the city, the Hill Country is filled with cool, clean rivers for tubing, canoeing, and swimming. Start at Landa Park, New Braunfels, or Guadalupe State Park in Spring Branch. Looking for the ultimate swimming hole? It’s Jacob’s Well in Wimberley, where the water is a constant 68 degrees!
- Wait until after dark
The sun doesn’t completely set until 8:30 or so, but temperatures begin to fall considerably after 6pm. Twilight is the perfect time to catch big-city sports with a small-town feel: San Antonio’s AA baseball team, the Missions, play at Wolff Stadium, and our new soccer team, the San Antonio Football Club, play at Toyota Field. Want to show off the Riverwalk to out-of-town guests? Evening is the best time to go – start at the Pearl complex, at the end of the Museum Reach, and walk leisurely among the starry outdoor lights into downtown. Feeling fancy? How about a grown-up pool party? Try Evenings on the Edge at Topaz, La Cantera Resort and Spa’s adults-only infinity pool, with a sunset champagne toast!
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