State Parks Getaways – June 2024

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Road Trip – to the Stars!

Milky Way in arch over tent at Copper Breaks, video link

Your parks are perfect for stargazing because their night skies are darker than those over towns. The darker the sky, the more celestial objects you'll see – like this summer's Perseid meteor shower. Some parks have darker skies than others, including these:

Many parks have stargazing events. Find more parks with unusually dark skies in the Texas Parks and Wildlife magazine story Stargazing.

We've Got Tons of Summer Fun for Kids

Two boys watching birds from a blind

Parks are your low-cost summer solution to get kids off screens and active in the outdoors. Children 12 and under always get in free, and all parks have events for children, including special events for arts and crafts and wildlife viewing.

Kids Geocaching, video link

Our Junior Ranger program offers free activity guides and packs. Geocaching is a beloved treasure hunt, and everyone can fish for free at state parks. Some parks will lend you fishing gear – just bring bait and a smile. See you this summer! 

Get Your Parks Pass Before the Cost Increase

Texas State Parks Pass, video link

This summer is your last chance to get the annual Texas State Parks Pass for $70. The cost will be $95 beginning Sept. 1.

With the parks pass you receive:

  • Unlimited free entry to state parks for you and your guests.
  • Discounts on camping, items in park stores and more. 

Buy a Texas State Parks Pass online, at any state park, or call (512) 389-8900 to order. Get your parks pass today and start planning to visit every Texas state park (video) – and bring along a carload of your friends for free entry! See details

Heat Hacks for You and Your Dog

Silhouette of man drinking water in sun

Summer in Texas is a lot of fun and a lot of hot. If you plan to visit a park during the day, activities will be more enjoyable and safer if you use these heat hacks:

  1. Wear lightweight clothes, a wet neck bandana and a hat.
  2. Hydrate by drinking 16 oz. of water each hour. 
  3. Eat salty snacks to replace salt lost to sweating. 
Face of dog panting, video link

Help keep your pet safe with these tips:

  1. Bring a bowl and extra water just for the dog.
  2. Check surface heat – paws can blister on hot surfaces.
  3. Take breaks in the shade to let your dog cool off.  

Check out more of our heat hacks and our video Heat Safety for Dogs


Join Us on the GOSH Scavenger Hunt

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Add a kick to your summer park trips by joining in this year's Great Outdoor Scavenger Hunt (GOSH).

It's free and easy to play – take a selfie doing designated activities, email your selfies to with the subject line “GOSH 2024” or post on Instagram with #GOSH2024.

Pick up a free sticker at most GOSH locations. Complete all activities in a region and you’ll get a certificate and a shout-out in Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine. Complete every challenge and you could win 1 of 4 grand prizes. Get started today!

More about GOSH

Reserve Now for Dad’s Day and July 4th

Father's Day is Sunday, June 16, so take dad to one of your parks to make some memories. Do some grilling, have a picnic, take a scenic walk, try fishing or paddling, or just kick back and relax in the outdoors.

The 4th of July weekend is also approaching, so get your day passes for both holidays as soon as possible – you can reserve day passes up to 30 days in advance. Make reservations now to avoid disappointment later. 

State Parks Pass before the price goes up, link

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