Even though Spring officially arrives on March 20th this year, here in Texas, the weather has started to warm, I can hear the birds chirping in full force and trees in my neighborhood are in full bloom already. I can sense a whole new energy in the air and I’m #readyforspring (honestly, I’d begun to get really tired of the layers).
Spring in the Lone Star State is fabulous. I can easily say that Spring looks good on Texas! It’s the perfect time to get out and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors before the hellfire temperatures take over. We all know that the weather can be unpredictable in Texas but that should not stop you from getting out and about because well, all this splendor will only last until May, after which you wouldn’t want to step outside.
The best part is that springtime in Texas offers tons of things to do which will keep your weekends busy and before you know it, it’ll be summer. So I’ve put together a list of things you’d like to do here in Texas during Spring.
Go Looking for Bluebonnets
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Enjoying the beauty of the vast range of wildflowers, especially the Bluebonnets, that bloom across Texas during Spring is an annual tradition for a lot of Texans. Getting out and photographing them is a ritual for some. A Bluebonnet road trip is a great idea this time of the year. You’ll see these pretty flowers blooming on both sides of the Texas highways and down the back roads. It’s great fun looking around and then suddenly discovering that perfect scenic drive. In case you’d like to go somewhere where you’re certain of Bluebonnet sightings, I suggest the Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg, or the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin. Other places that have high chances of amazing Bluebonnet sightings are the Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area and Turkey Bend Recreation Area near Spicewood, TX. A road trip in the Texas Hill Country will ensure you get to see and photograph some of the best wildflower blooms in the state.
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Spring is a great time to go camping in Texas since it’s neither too hot nor too cold. The days are beginning to get longer which means you can spend more time exploring the great outdoors. The water is the perfect temperature for kayaking or paddling. There are amazing campgrounds spread all across Texas and you can even find one close to home if you’re not too keen on driving far. Some of the most popular Spring camping destinations in the state are Big Bend National Park, Garner State Park, Inks Lake State Park, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area and Lost Maples State Natural Area.
Go on a Beautiful Hike
What better way to enjoy the glorious scenery and amazing Spring weather than go on a hike somewhere beautiful? Texas has plenty of stunning wilderness spots and trails where you can find yourself closer to nature. There’s Devil’s Waterhole in Inks Lake State Park (Burnet, TX), Enchanted Rock in the Texas Hill Country, and the Guadalupe Mountains which are all great for hiking.
Pick your own fruit
Picking your own fruit makes for a fun family activity and Texas has plenty of farms where you can pick your own fruit – everything from peaches to blueberries to strawberries and other sweet treats. While peaches are usually ready for picking during summer (anywhere between May-August), you can check out other places where you can pick strawberries and blackberries like Marburger Orchard in Fredericksburg, or Sweet Berry Farm in Marble Falls, Texas. Strawberries usually ripen in March but it’s advisable to call the farm to check before you head there.
Get a Taste of Holland in Texas at Texas Tulips
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So you’ve seen the Bluebonnets and got lovely pictures clicked surrounded by those beauties. But if like me, you’re obsessed with flowers and can’t get enough of them, you might want to spend an afternoon tip-toeing through a beautiful tulip field. Tulips in Texas? Yes, you read that right! Texas has it’s very own tulips and like everything else in Texas, they are big and beautiful. You can head to Texas Tulips, a pick-your-own tulip farm in Pilot Point, TX and enjoy the various varieties of these colorful flowers from Holland. For $2.5 per stem, you can pick your own.
Go Get Some Rodeo Action
When in Texas, you have to watch a Rodeo at least once. Rodeo shows in Texas happen all year long, but the major ones happen during the Spring season. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the Star of Texas Livestock Show and Rodeo (in Austin) both take place in the Spring, and in fact are going on right now. Rodeo is a quintessential Texas tradition and spring is the perfect time to go see one.
Spend an Afternoon at a Zoo
Texas has some really stellar zoos. The San Antonio Zoo, the Houston Zoo, and the Fort Worth Zoo are just a few across the state that offer incredible exhibits and family-friendly activities that will keep you entertained all day long. There might also be great discounts going on during this time of the year. With or without kids, a day at the zoo is always fun!
Go For a Picnic
The water might still be too cold to go for a swim, but you can head to places like the Hamilton Pool and Krause Springs with your family or a bunch of friends and enjoy a great picnic lunch while dipping your toes in water. You could even go to one of the parks in your city and spend a nice afternoon picnicking and playing games. A barbecue picnic would be a great idea too!
Go Antique Shopping
Texas has some of the best antique shopping in the entire nation. If you’re a die-hard antiques collector, you’d be interested in The Round Top Antiques Fair which is coming up in the first week of April (April 2-7). You can also visit antique shops and flea markets any time this Spring all over Texas, especially in Brenham and Gruene.
Try Your Hand at Kite Flying
Spring brings with it the perfect weather and wind conditions for kite flying and there are a couple of Kite Flying Festivals that happen in the state. In case you missed the Zilker Kite Festival in Austin (March 4th), you can still check out the Fest of Tails Kite Festival & Dog Fair in San Antonio (March 17th), the Hermann Park Kite Festival in Houston (March 25th) and Vibha’s Kite Flying Festival in Irving (May 5th). Of course, you can just head to any open field nearby with a group of friends and make your own kite festival too!
There you go! Texas has absolutely no dearth of fun activities to do and there’s something for everyone. In case you haven’t noticed, Texas Hill Country and the surrounding areas are where you need to be if you want to make the best of your Spring season.
What are your plans for Spring? Tell me in the comments below.
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