There are plenty of popular places to visit in Texas during the summer but the ultimate spot is the beach. While most people go to South Padre Island there are other beaches around that are a little less crowded. Eisenhower State Park in Denison, Texas has a beautiful hidden beach just waiting to be your summer escape.

Just an hour north of Dallas, Eisenhower State Park offers a great opportunity for a day trip. Visitors of the park can enjoy four miles of trails that lead them to the shoreline. The park has several horseshoe stations and swings for people of any age. At the shoreline, you'll more than likely see fossils of the ocean wildlife that occupied Texas in the prehistoric area.

The park asks that if you do see fossils to please not pick them up as they are trying to preserve as much of them as they can, but you are more than welcome to take pictures. Visitors are allowed to fish from one of their two fishing piers and they have a cleaning station close the boat dock. The blue water will keep you cool in the Texas heat and is so beautiful - who wouldn't want to jump in!?

Camping is permitted for anyone who just can't get enough of the stunning park. Tent camping starts at $12 and RV camping at $20 or you can also choose to stay in one of their cabins for $55. Daily entrance fee is only $5 and if you're not camping, the park opens at 8 a.m. every day and closes at 8 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday. On Fridays, the park closes at 10 p.m. and on Saturday the park closes at 9 p.m.

Eisenhower State Park is located at 50 Park Road 20. To book your stay or to find more information about the park, you can visit their website here.

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