Four Tips for the Best Family/Friends Getaway
Looking for the ultimate spring break nature experience for your friends or family? Texas state parks are the perfect places to get outside and enjoy the diverse landscapes that make up Texas. With opportunities to swim, walk and play at many parks, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Here are a few tips to ramp up the fun during spring break.
1. Check Availability Online
It’s never been easier to save your spot at a state park, whether you’re visiting for a day or a week. You can now pick your campsite, “save the date” with day-use reservations and purchase your Texas State Parks Pass online. Social media pages offer updates on weather conditions and crowding.
2. Visit a New Park
With 89 state parks around Texas, there is always something new to discover. Instead of fighting the crowds at old favorites, why not visit a “new to you” state park like Mother Neff, Estero Llano Grande or Cleburne?
3. Take Part in a Park Program or Activity
Park staff hosts many guided activities, including bird walks, kayaking tours, archery 101 classes, arts and crafts, yoga in the park, stargazing and cooking demos, to name just a few.
4. Plan a Mini-Adventure
At Longhorn Cavern State Park, visitors can learn about the history and geology of the cave. Head out west to climb a mountain (and catch a cool breeze) at Franklin Mountains State Park or relax by the Sabinal during the off-season (translate “not crowded”) at Lost Maples State Natural Area. There are so many experiences, from challenging to relaxing, to discover across the state.
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