One surefire way to beat the heat is to escape to the cool, spring-fed waters of Burger's Lake. The heartbeat of the swimming hole is a spring that emerges from the ground at 69 degrees and flows at 300 gallons a minute, enough to refill the 1-acre lake every four days.
The lake is part of a 28-acre park that has sandy beaches, six diving boards, a water slide, charcoal grills and a grove of trees. The atmosphere is decidedly family friendly -- neither alcohol nor loud music is allowed here. Visitors typically pack a lunch or plan a cookout, and then spend the day splashing around or sunning themselves on the beaches.
Co-owner Curtis Mahan says that there are at least 10 lifeguards on duty at all times and that 18 to 20 lifeguards work the weekends. Burger's Lake is open 9 a.m.-7 p.m. seven days a week through Labor Day. Admission $12 ages 7 and older; $5 ages 1 to 6. It is at 1200 Meandering Road Fort Worth, 817-737-3414; www.burgerslake.com