It’s always a bummer when it rains in the summer. Instead of splashing through swimming holes or trekking through State Parks, you find yourself stuck indoors, watching TV or snoring the day away. But we’re here to tell you it doesn’t have to be that way! Turn off the TV, grab your rain coat and make your way through our list of Texas attractions that are epic rain or shine.
1. Race a T-Rex at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas.
2. Learn the ropes of rock and roll at Lubbock’s legendary museum, the Buddy Holly Center
3. Explore, climb and discover at The Doseum (pronounced “Do-see-um) Museum for kids in San Antonio.
4. Take a trip to the past and learn about transportation in the 1860s-1900s at the Blanco Buggy Barn Museum in Blanco.
5. Get a triple-scoop cone of homemade ice cream at Beth Marie’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream in Denton.
6. Slither into Rattlers & Reptiles in Fort Davis to get up close and personal with rattlesnakes and dozens of other creepy crawlies.
7. Walk through the history of the cowboy in Fort Worth at the Stockyards Museum and learn about the legends at the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame.
8. Trek through the rainforest, check out the aquarium or catch a 3D movie at the Moody Gardens in Galveston.
9. Play with tons of unique toys at All Things Kids on The Square in Georgetown.
10. Have summer fun splashing around at the indoor water park at Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine.
11. Munch on dozens of flavors of homemade jerky at Whittington’s Beef Jerky in Johnson City.
12. Soar through the sky like an astronaut or man mission-control at Space Center Houston.
13. Eat all the classic candies you can handle at the Atkinson’s Candy Company store in Lufkin. (See Chet as an Oompa-Loompa here…)
14. Enjoy as many $4 slices of pie as you please during Pie Happy Hour at the Blue Bonnet Cafe in Marble Falls.
15. Use your imagination to learn about “why” and “how” at The Thinkery in Austin.
16. Get the heebie-jeebies at one of the most iconic roadside attractions in America, the Snake Farm in New Braunfels.
17. Peek at the fishies under the sea at The Aquarium at Rockport Harbor in Rockport.
18. Learn about polka at the Texas Polka Music Museum, then grab your dancing shoes and POLKA at Sengelmann Hall in Schulenburg.
19. Punch your ticket to the good old days when trains were the thing at the Railroad Depot in Tomball.
20. Gulp down the history of one of Texas’s favorite soft drinks at the Dr Pepper Museum in Waco.