Generally, July in Texas isn’t the prime time of year to be spending long hours outside. The hellfire heat of Texas Summer is in full blaze and generally comes to a peak in late July and early August. Still, the gorgeous sunny days will lure many Texans outside to dine al fresco. So if you’re looking for a lovely, shady spot to spread out a picnic blanket, check out one of these 10 scenic picnic spots in Texas.
10. Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park – Houston
One of Houston’s favorite outdoor spots is also a fantastic picnic spot. The Waterwall is located on Post Oak in uptown Houston. The multi-story waterfall is a picturesque backdrop against a rolling green lawn, ideal for picnics in Texas’s largest city.
9. White Rock Lake – Dallas
White Rock Lake was formed after the damming of White Rock Creek. The beautiful parklands that surround the lake create ample scenic picnic spots. The city of Dallas is currently undertaking several different efforts to preserve and enhance the park’s beauty, such as planting the Celebration Tree Grove.
8. Mustang Island State Park – Mustang Island
If we’re being honest, picnicking at Mustang Island is more about spending a day at the beach than it is about the picnic itself. However, there’s nothing wrong with enjoying this beautiful, natural barrier island and the gentle gulf coast waves along with a delicious picnic lunch.
7. Menil Collection – Houston
Though the Menil Collection is mostly known as an art museum, it is set in such breathtakingly beautiful grounds that it has become something of a hangout in the Houston area for art aficionados and picnickers alike. It was also named Houston’s number one picnic spot by the Houston Press.
6. McKinney Falls State Park – Austin
Located just outside of the Live Music Capital of the World, McKinney Falls State Park is full of serene natural beauty. Take in the beautiful views while picnicking at any of the many scenic locations around the park.
5. Woodlawn Lake Park – San Antonio
Though San Antonio may be known for the tourist-heavy Riverwalk and the San Antonio River that runs through it, the city also has a beautiful park you should visit. For a lovely afternoon picnic, check out Woodlawn Lake Park, which has all the beautiful views with none of the noise and rush.
4. Blue Hole – Wimberly
One of Texas’s favorite swimming holes is also a gorgeous camp and picnic grounds. Head out to Wimberley to swim and enjoy a nice picnic lunch in view of the gorgeous clear waters of Blue Hole.
3. Krause Springs – Spicewood
For an absolutely stunning picnic location, check out Krause Springs in Spicewood, just northwest of Austin. Krause Springs has a multitude of shady spots to lay out a beautiful picnic spread.
2. Dallas Arboretum – Dallas
Near White Rock Lake you’ll find the well-manicured gardens of the Dallas Arboretum. The beautiful flowers and trees are artfully arranged along with glass sculptures by famous glass artist Chihuly. All you need is a blanket and a picnic basket for a satisfying meal on a calm afternoon.
1. Hamilton Pool – Dripping Springs
One of the Texas Hill Country’s most photographed natural wonders is also an enchanting place for a picnic. Since Hamilton Pool was covered by National Geographic in 2012, its popularity as a Texas tourist destination has exploded. You’ll want to spend all day there to get the full effect, so be sure to check ahead for a reservation. Yup. This place is so awesome that they’re taking reservations now.