5 of the Coolest Ways to Beat the Heat In Kerrville
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5 of the Coolest Ways to Beat the Heat in Kerrville

Dive into one of Texas’s most gorgeous rivers, savor an ice-cold pint of locally made craft beer and listen to some of the greatest songwriters in the country. These are just a few of the many ways you can beat the heat in Kerrville, a picturesque and inviting destination tucked away in the heart of the Hill Country. Straddling the beautiful Guadalupe River, Kerrville offers breathtaking views, plenty of places to enjoy outdoors, and more than its fair share of other surprises that make for an amazing spring and summer getaway. Discover some of the ways you can beat the heat in Kerrville below.
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Beat the Heat at a Swimming Hole

When that Texas heat really starts to set in, there’s no better place to be than one of Kerrville’s swimming holes. Bring a picnic blanket and find a shady spot just steps away from the Guadalupe River at Kerrville Schreiner Park. Hop into the river to cool off, or rent a canoe, kayak, or inner tube and float along at your own pace. These rentals are available Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend, and you can make your reservation by contacting Kerrville Kayak and Canoe.

If you want to get away from it all, head west to Hunt. Along the way, you’ll find two scenic swimming holes where the water is invigorating, and the shade is abundant. Settle in under the towering cypress trees of Schumachers Crossing, located on Highway 39 one mile east of Hunt. Listen to the small waterfalls and you’ll feel like you’re far away from just about everything. The waters at Hunt Crossing are a bit deeper, making it the perfect spot to play on the rope swing and savor a relaxing swim.

No matter which swimming hole you visit, you’ll find an easygoing escape from the summer swelter.

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Celebrate the Craft of Songwriting

Start your day paddling down the pristine waters of the Guadalupe. Then follow that up with an afternoon loaded with intimate concerts by some of the best songwriters around. This is all part of the fun at the Kerrville Folk Festival (May 23 – June 9), an 18-day music extravaganza that has been a cultural mainstay in Kerrville since 1972.

Such titanic names as Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson and Robert Earl Keen have performed here in the past, and each year brings more than 100 celebrated artists to town. This year’s addition includes the likes of Grammy Award winner Rodney Crowell and Verlon Thompson, whose compositions have been performed by Jimmy Buffett and Kenny Rogers.

Although listening to these shows is cool enough, take it a step further by attending one of the songwriting, guitar, and harmonica classes. For a taste of Texas, don’t miss the wine (May 25) and craft beer (June 1) seminars that offer the chance to sip, savor, and learn a thing or two about the Lone Star State’s best spirits. Along with the guided paddling trips, the festival also has 26-mile bike rides through the Hill Country’s spectacular scenery and yoga sessions every Saturday morning of the event.

Come for all the great music and enjoy a bit of everything that makes this part of Texas special at the Kerrville Folk Festival.

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Enjoy Great Music on the Bank of the Guadalupe

A full day of country and folk music just steps away from the Guadalupe River and the largest fireworks display in the Texas Hill Country. It doesn’t get any better than this. Unless you add a performance by Texas music legend Robert Earl Keen, of course. Join Keen, and other performers, at Louise Hays Park on July 4 for Robert Earl Keen’s Fourth on the River. Hit up the beer garden before finding your spot on the lawn in front of the stage. Stick around for the fireworks show that celebrates Independence Day with an awe-inspiring display of color and sound. With free admission for all, Fourth on the River is one of the coolest things you can do in Kerrville.

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Tip Back a Pint of Ice-Cold Beer

As inviting as the Guadalupe River is, it’s not the only place you can go to beat the heat. Treat yourself to a refreshing pint of cold craft beer at one of Kerrville’s two breweries. Pint & Plow Brewing Co. brews up sessional brews like light and crisp San Y’bon Lager and the big and hoppy Tchoupitoulas IPA. The brewery even has its own restaurant that serves salads, sandwiches and pizzas, as well as a coffee shop if caffeine is what you crave.

For those of you that are into beers that are a little out there, swing by Basement Brewers of Texas. Purveyors of frequently rotating small-batch brews light and dark, you can always find something new here. While the house-made beers are delectable, Basement Brewers of Texas has a multitude of other craft beers from Texas and beyond. Needless to say, you could hang out here for a while. With all the brews to try, why wouldn’t you?

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Admire the Art of the American West

Sometimes, all you need is a bit of sweet, sweet air conditioning. When you’re ready for a break from the sun, find your way to The Museum of Western Art. The museum celebrates the iconic imagery of the American cowboy with its collection of artifacts, 150 sculptures, and 250 paintings created by some of the most celebrated artists in this genre. Along with its permanent collection, the museum has a special exhibit (The Children’s Gallery: Journey West) with interactive elements that share the story of a family traveling west. Temporary exhibits showcase the events and people that helped shape the region, meaning there’s always something new to see at The Museum of Western Art.

Whether you’re swimming in the pristine Guadalupe River, cooling off with a pint of locally made craft beer or enjoying a spectacular show, there are many ways to chill out here in Kerrville. Find out more here.

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