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The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Swimming Spots

We have to come clean, there aren't really any natural swimming spots inside the Houston city limits, so we've gone a little farther looking for places to take a dip. These spots might not be in Houston, but they are the most popular with Houstonians. Some are just 30 minutes away, one requires more than six hours drive, but most are just an hour or two away, easily doable in one day. We've got beaches, rivers and lakes on our list. See if your favorite spot made it into the top 10.

10. Garner State Park / Rio Frio 234 RR 1050, Concan 830-232-6132

The furthest destination that makes our list is Garner State Park / Rio Frio, some six hours drive away. There's lots of traffic at Garner, so plan your trip accordingly. But even with the crowds, the ice cold water of Rio Frio is too tempting to resist. Swimmers and inner tube riders share the river, while canoeing is also popular.

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Olivia Flores Alvarez