Publisher's Letter

Publisher's Letter

Summer in East Texas – how can you not love it? It's a beautiful time of year. Sure, it can be cook-an-egg-on-the-sidewalk hot outside, but so what! It's still a gorgeous area to call home, and we're fortunate to live in a place with so many wonderful spots to visit and things to see. From science experiments to jumping out of airplanes or just playing in the mud, we're blessed with an abundance of activities to choose from this summer.

Choosing these activities was our mission in this month's cover story: Adventures Await: 54 Summer Hot Spots! There are 54 days left of summer from the release of this magazine until the first day of school. So we want to use them all to the fullest. We took polls, asked around, scoured the Internet and did research at the supermarket. Then we called friends and relatives and questioned nieces, nephews, cousins and coworkers. We even got into a few arguments – or as we like to call them, “heated discussions” – trying to decide which 54 activities rank at the top. And if I do say so myself, we have compiled a pretty amazing list. 

There are a number of excursions on our list that I've been able to try firsthand. I've definitely taken the family out to Fire Mountain Amusements. Aiden and Aniston are a bit young for the go-karts, but we had a great time at the arcade and I can't wait to take them back to enjoy some of the new rides. 

Another one of our favorite summer spots is the Waterpark at the Villages. As a parent, there's nothing worse than spending the time and energy setting up a swim party, to then have it ruined by bad weather. The kids are all disappointed and our plans are shot – but with the Waterpark at the Villages, weather isn't even a factor because it's inside. It takes so much of the worry out of planning, and the kids absolutely love it!

Aiden and Aniston have been fascinated with animals in the last few years, always wanting to watch TV shows about cheetahs, horses or crazy fish in the Amazon River. At school, they learn about African lions or snakes in the Brazilian Rainforest, then come home with countless questions. As parents, we may not be totally up-to-date on our Discovery Channel knowledge. But with places like Cherokee Trace Drive-Thru Safari we don't have to be experts in zoology. At Cherokee Trace, we can load the kids in the car and drive through East Texas' very own plains of the Serengeti. From giraffes to water buffalo, you can get up close and personal with some amazing creatures. 

Cameron Park Zoo has something for the entire family – the range of wildlife to see and interact with is fantastic. From the walk-through aviary to the petting zoo, to the hippos and otters, the zoo has endless possibilities. Thankfully, they keep the snakes behind some pretty thick glass! 

Then, there's a few adventurous activities that I want to try out myself (that might not be so great for families with young children). I mean, I have no doubt that Aiden will enjoy playing paintball in a few years, but he's a little young for that now. Also, I don't think Kelly will ever sign-off on skydiving for the kids, regardless of their age! Still, it would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I would love to give skydiving a shot. Seriously, what an adventure that would be!

That's what it's really all about this issue: taking adventures with the people you care about the most. There is so much to see, do and experience in East Texas that it will astound you. Take your family, bring some friends and load up for a trip to some of these places. We guarantee that you will have an amazing time together. 

Be sure to check back with us for more great events and activities – not only during the summer. We have even more content, calendars and information online at BSCENEMAG.COM, as well as on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Bring it all together with BSCENE's app, available for smartphones. Get on the road and have an adventure, then share your photos and experiences with us. We'd love to hear about them. You never know where your adventures may BSCENE!


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