At Blanchard Springs you can try your hand at reeling in a rainbow trout from Mirror Lake, taking in scenic views from waterfalls and hiking trails and swim in chilling but relaxing waters. If you’d prefer a more guided experience, they have three tours available: Dripstone , Wild Cave and Discovery tour.
Take a trip up north, where the sun barely sets in the summer, and the temperatures are just right. If avoiding humidity is on your list for the summer, an Alaskan escape is right up your alley. The Chena Hot Springs in Fairbanks has everything from wildlife train rides to hot springs, seafood and more.
Just 7.6 miles from the junction of US Highway 64 and 276, you’ll find Sliding Rock in the Pisgah National Forest. The 60-foot cascade is plunge friendly with an 8-foot deep pool. Peak hours run from noon-4 p.m. with entry fees of $4 per person.
The Meadow Run Natural Waterslides is a must-do if you’re up for fishing, whitewater kayaking, and having a great time. While they’re famous for being a waterslide, it’s noted that this location isn’t for swimming and doesn’t have a designated swimming area.
Blue Hole is a 126-acre park with a natural swimming hole in the heart of Texas Hill Country. They provide a fun experience with plenty of grass for sunbathers and rope swings for adventure seekers.