The summers in Texas can be hot, with an intense sun that just beats down all day. But that’s ideal weather for heading down the cool waters Comal or Guadalupe Rivers. Summer means tubing, and it has made these rivers of Central Texas are famous worldwide. The New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce offers updated data on weather and river conditions, and also provides a list of river operators, as well as safety information and suggested guidelines. Many of the operators offer group discounts and will offer guidelines for family safety.

Of course in Texas it is often said that things are done bigger and better, and this explains Schlitterbahn WaterPark Resort , which is located on the banks of the Comal River. This park includes full accommodations, along with more than 40 family attractions that include multiple rides and pools and plenty of ways to get wet and wild. The official Web site offers entry prices, information on accommodations and group tours. The park opens on weekends beginning in April and full-time each May, with the season lasting through September.

New Braunfels is also home to the Texas Ski Ranch , but this is the kind of skiing you do in the summer so leave the parka at home. The park features a mini-manmade lake and offers water skiing lessons. In addition there are other activities including a skateboard park, climbing wall and even a motocross track!