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Family Friendly Fun Things to do in Boerne This Summer

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Summertime means family fun time. And lucky for those of us in the Texas Hill Country, we don’t have to go far to find a myriad of entertaining activities for the whole family to enjoy. Pack up the kids and the sunscreen, set the GPS for Boerne, and check out these entertaining activities. Better make a hotel reservation (or a camping reservation)—you’re going to want to spend the night.

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Lake Play

Before the family starts to melt, head into the water at Boerne City Lake Park. Park gates open at 5 a.m. so avoid the rush and get there early. Activities at the park include picnicking, swimming, fishing, and hiking. Try your aim for a bucket at the park’s disc golf course. Look for Hill Country Paddle Sports and rent stand up paddleboards or kayaks to explore the entire lake. Motorized boats aren’t allowed, so water sports are safe. Bring your tube or your float and let the gentle lake waves lull you into relaxation.

Photo: Facebook/Texas Tarzan Boat Boerne

Take a dip from the Texas Tarzan Boat, a new activity this year at the lake. Challenge your kids to a jumping contest off of the boat’s jumping platform, channel your inner-Greg Louganis while performing spirited leaps off the 12-foot diving board. Do your best Tarzan yell from the rope swing, spring into the water from the trampoline, or swoosh down the water slide like a seasoned bobsledder. Sound too much like a raucous party barge to you? Nope, no alcohol on board so no drunk diving and the family stays safe. Got your swimming trunks on yet?

Boerne Walking Tour

Photo: Wikipedia/Larry D. Moore/CC-SA 3.0

Want to educate the family a bit while still enjoying that small Hill Country town charm? Schedule a Boerne Walking Tour. Started by a fifth generation Boerne family of German ancestry, you know you’re going to get the real facts on Boerne’s history and heritage. The 90-minute, 1.5-mile round trip tour wanders down the famous Hill Country Mile. Learn about the architecture and the stories the buildings could tell if they talked. Some whisper a handful of the buildings carry reputations of the haunted sort. Be sure to take note of the interesting shops lining the street for a later shopping excursion. Learn about the legends and the settlers whose character and determination built Boerne into the town it is today. Where else are you going to get 150 years worth of history in 90 minutes?

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