Now that Texas has re-opened, many people are left wondering about how to safely experience their summer vacation plans. Even though the coronavirus is still around, you can still safely travel around the state and enjoy summer with your family.

What’s Re-opened in Texas?

One of the great things about the Lone Star state is its size and geographical diversity, which gives people plenty of options when considering a summer break. Among the many venue re-openings are parks, beaches, amusement parks, zoos and aquariums, fine arts performance halls and summer camps.

To view the full list of businesses and entertainment venues that have re-opened in Texas, check out the Governor’s Strike Force to Open Texas.

What Makes a Summer Venue Safe?

There are certain elements of a venue that effect your overall safety. For instance, enclosed spaces with crowds of people are far more unsafe than parks or trails that are sparsely populated outside. A good rule of thumb to follow is to embrace outdoor adventures, and do your best to avoid enclosed spaces, or sharing tight quarters with more than ten people. If you do choose to go to a place that is indoors, be sure to wear a mask and maintain a social distance of at least six feet. Also, call ahead and ask about their COVID-19 protocols to get a better sense of the safety guidelines they’ve put into place. This will help you determine if a getaway venue meets your own personal safety guidelines.

Go Camping, Hiking or Backpacking

Texas is replete with plenty of camping, hiking and backpacking options. Parks like Colorado Bend State Park, Palo Duro Canyon, and Pedernales State Park offer visitors a chance to embrace the outdoors without having to squeeze through crowds of people. You can fish, hike, swim, rock climb and even horseback ride in a lot of Texas’ state parks, so, we advise checking out the park’s activities before attending and planning your trip around them.

Enjoy a Lake with a Select Group

It’s summertime in Texas and it’s hot – which is always the case. Luckily, we have an abundance of lakes in North Texas that are open and safe for you to visit with friends and family. When planning a lake trip, be sure to understand where that trip will take place – are you going to be in a cove or on a beach? Or, are you going to be in a boat? These will ultimately affect the crowds that you encounter on your lake trip and should inform how you prepare. If you’re not going to be on a boat, be prepared to socially distance from people and avoid sharing food and drinks with people outside of your group. If you’re going to be on a boat with other people, be sure that no one in your group has tested positive for COVID-19 before sharing a boat with them. It’s also wise to share a boat with people that have taken similar coronavirus protective measures, to help you control your exposure levels.

Take a Good Old-Fashioned Road Trip

A time-honored tradition across the United States, the classic road trip is still on the table as a safer travel option while we battle COVID-19. Before embarking on your road trip, consider where you’re going, and the group that’s going with you. It’s important that no one in your group has been diagnosed with COVID-19, and they must be healthy at the time of your trip. Additionally, it’s important to have a plan to safely use the restroom and get food while you’re on the road. Be sure to take your mask and hand sanitizer for any restroom visit while you’re on your road trip. Also, consider taking bleach wipes to wipe down any public surfaces before you touch them, which will help to ensure that you’re touching a clean surface. We also advise packing food for the road to reduce your stops and limit your exposure to other people.

Enjoy Texas and Maintain Caution

You can – and should – enjoy the summer in a responsible manner. Just remember to keep you and your community safe by maintaining practical social distancing practices, wearing a mask in public and diligently washing your hands. Join our newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest COVID-19 news and to learn more about what you can do to flatten the curve in Fort Worth.