When it’s time to get away from it all and reconnect with your family, a beautiful Possum Kingdom Lake vacation rental is waiting for you. This Texas lake offers all the best in boating, hiking, swimming, and other outdoor activities. With more than 300 miles of shoreline, you can easily find a vacation rental that you love — perhaps a cozy lakeside cottage, or a large luxury home with a dock and deck to enjoy an evening meal together. Check out these ten fun family-friendly activities to try while visiting the area.

1. Boating

Spending time on the lake is one of the most popular activities at Possum Kingdom Lake. With 10 boat ramps around the lake, it’s only a short drive from your vacation rental to launch your own boat. If you’d prefer to rent a boat, Naylor by the Water, Hell’s Gate Watercraft Rentals, and Sam’s Dock rent a variety of boats for an afternoon or the entire length of your stay.

2. Fishing

Stop at the marina closest to your vacation rental to pick up some bait, and then take the family out onto the lake for a day of fishing. Largemouth bass, white crappie, striped and white bass, and channel and blue catfish teem in this lake, and you can have a contest for who in your group catches the largest fish.

3. Party at Hell’s Gate

On the south end of the lake, two stone cliffs serve as a gate to a small cove. Pack a picnic lunch at your vacation rental, and boat down to Hell’s Gate. Locals love to hang out and party here during the long summer days. If you’re at the lake for July 4th, one of the largest fireworks displays in Texas happens here.

4. Mineral Wells Fossil Park

Mineral Wells Fossil Park is just a short drive from your vacation rental. When you need a break from the water, take the family here to hunt for fossils of sea species of crinoids, echinoids, brachiopods, pelecypods, and many others. A fossil makes a unique souvenir of your lake vacation.

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5. Clark Gardens Botanical Park

Take the time to smell the roses in nearby Mineral Wells, where Clark Gardens Botanical Park welcomes visitors year round. Sprawling across 50 acres, this botanical park offers beautiful flora and fauna spread among the waterfalls and ponds. Keep an eye out for the black and white swans that live close to the water features.

6. Swimming

Take a break from being on the water to enjoy being in the water. The beach at Possum Kingdom Lake State Park is open to the public during the day. It gives your family an opportunity to splash and play in the water and the little ones a spot to create the perfect sandcastle.

7. Hiking

Grab your hiking boots and a couple bottles of the water out of the fridge at your lakeside rental before heading over to the Possum Kingdom Lake State Park. This park spans more than 1,500 acres and offers many hiking trails for every skill level. Pick a trail such as Ike’s Haunt and Bobcat Lookout to enjoy the breathtaking scenery.

8. Buy a Bottle of Crazy Water

The nearby town of Mineral Wells is known for its mineral-enriched water. The Famous Mineral Water Company created Crazy Water No. 4 here, known for its healing and health properties. Take a tour of this water company, and sample the three most popular types of water produced. Don’t forget to buy a bottle to take back to your vacation rental.

9. Golfing

Grab your clubs and hit the links at either of the two local golf courses: The Cliffs Resorts and Holiday Hills Country Club. The country club has holes designed for most players, while The Cliffs Resorts caters to the more experienced golfer with a more challenging course.

10. Go See a Movie

If the weather turns rainy and the kids get restless in your vacation rental, gather everyone for a short drive to the nearby city of Graham and the National Theater. This theater is on the historical register, but it still shows all the latest flicks.

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