Friday, March 11, 2016

~ 10 Fun Things to Do in Texas This Spring ~





Officially, Spring won’t arrive until March 20 this year, but here in the Lone Star State the weather has warmed, the birds are out in full force, and trees and flowers are in magnificent bloom already.
Spring in Texas is a beautiful thing. The hellfire temperatures of Summer haven’t yet arrived, and everything that was dry and brown in the Winter is bright green and living again. The weather will be unpredictable, but this is Texas, and you already knew that. However, you’ve absolutely got to get outside and enjoy it, because it only lasts through May, after which you won’t be able to step outside without having your eyebrows singed off by the sun.
Here are 10 things you’re going to want to do here in Texas every spring, while it’s still cool enough to enjoy them.

Go see some bluebonnets.


The bluebonnets are already in bloom in Texas along with dozens of other varieties of native Texas wildflowers. Go check out what’s in bloom along the Texas highways and down the back roads, or go somewhere you’re certain to see plenty of flora, like the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, or Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg.

Go pick some Texas fruit.


Flickr/S.Reilly

The peaches will be ripe in May. Until then, go check out places you can pick your own strawberries like Marburger Orchard in Fredericksburg, or Sweet Berry Farm in Marble Falls. Strawberries ripen in March, so you should be able to go this weekend if you want.

Go camping.

Flickr/Visit El Paso

Spring is a perfect time for camping in the Lone Star State. It’s not so hot that you feel like you’ll melt if you have to sleep in a tent, but the days are already getting longer, which allow for more time to explore the great outdoors of this state you call home. Big Bend National Park and Garner State Park are two of Texas’s most popular camping destinations, but campgrounds are found pretty much all over the state, so there’s bound to be something close to home if you don’t want to drive very far. * I know so many people love camping...not me! Roughing it for me is the Ritz-Carlton without a remote! :)

Go to a rodeo.

Flickr/Texas A&M University Commerce Marketing Communications Photography


Texas rodeos actually happen almost all year long. You can find rodeos taking place in the Summer and Fall, but the big ones happen in Spring. 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 Texas tradition and Spring is a great time to go see one because you can walk around all day most days and not get too hot.

Go to a zoo.

Image via Elizabeth Abrahamsen

Texas has some absolutely 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. The Fort Worth Zoo offers great discounts many times during the year. Check it out ~ and prepare for traffic on those days.

Go pick dewberries.

Flickr/Robert Benner

Right about now the wild brambles along every fence post in Texas will be blossoming with white flowers that are the precursors to those tart but delectable wild Texas treat, dewberries. Picking dewberries is like a right of passage for every Texas kid, and no childhood is complete without it. Dewberries are largely a foraging fruit, and are not generally commercially grown, so you have to go in search of them yourself. They’ll be ripe in May, so head out into nature and enjoy the fruits of your labors.

Go antiquing.

Facebook/French and English Antiques

Texas has some of the best antique shopping of the entire country. The Round Top Antiques Fair is coming up at the end of this month for the die-hard antiquers, but you can visit antique shops any time this Spring all over Texas, especially in Brenham and Gruene.

Go hiking somewhere beautiful.

Enchanted Rock Image via Texas Parks and Wildlife


Texas is full of glorious places to tromp about in the wilderness. There’s Enchanted Rock in the Texas Hill Country, Big Thicket National Preserve, and the Guadalupe Mountains are all great places to go hiking. You can check out the scenery and enjoy the beautiful weather, because it’s still spring.

Go have a picnic.



While the water will still be too cold to swim for a couple more months, you can still go enjoy places like Hamilton Pool and Krause Springs with a picnic lunch and dip your toes in the water. There’s nothing more relaxing than getting out into nature with a picnic lunch.

Go fly a kite.


Image via Elizabeth Abrahamsen


The constant meeting of warm and cold air that typifies Spring creates a lot of wind, which is perfect for flying kites! If you missed the Zilker Park Kite Festival already, check out the upcoming Herman Park Kite Festival in Houston or the Fest of Tails Kite Festival and Dog Fair in San Antonio. You could always just go to an open field with a few friends and make your own kite festival, too.

In case you haven't noticed, there is a common theme here. The Hill Country and surrounding areas offer anything and everything you might enjoy! It's my "peaceful place".



24 comments:

  1. Pat, what a perfect post! All of these are fun things to do in Texas and I've done all of them. '-)
    Happy spring!

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  2. I love this post. It's very nice to meet you, Pat. We are going to see the Bluebonnets next week and just did some antiquing at First Monday in Canton. There are so many things to do here. But we better hurry before summer hits!

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  3. Hi Pat, your post has truly captured what springtime in Texas is all about. So many wonderful things to do and see before the heat fires up and we all stand around the AC. Love each one of your photos. Can't wait to see the bluebonnets near my home again.
    Thanks for sharing. xo

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  4. Pat,
    You nailed it with all the great things to do here! Canton is my monthly fix of antiquing and junking! Love dewberries...have to make a pie or two each year. And of course, bluebonnets. ahhh!

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  5. Good Morning Pat,
    I love this post!
    Thank you for sharing all of the wonderment and opportunities that await us in Texas!
    This is our favorite time of year, isn't it?
    We Texans love our Spring and now I want to go pick some berries, as soon as the sunshine's!
    xo
    Jemma

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  6. Hi Pat,
    What a great Texas Tour Guide for us. I am saving this awesome post to give me ideas for entertaining guest and me of course! It is so much fun sharing the Bluebonnet Hop with you!
    Happy Spring!
    Miz Helen

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  7. What a wonderful collection! I'd love to pick dewberries as I have never experienced that. I do plan on going to Round Top later this month and an't wait!

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  8. What wonderful ideas and gorgeous pictures you've shared of all the fun things to do in our great state, Pat! I've never picked dewberries and I've always wanted to go to Round Top!

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  9. Great suggestions for spring in Texas. I'm ready for this rainy week to end so I can go do some of them!

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  10. Good Morning Pat! Oh, I want to put this on my list of "to-dos!" We are lucky girls to live in the great state of Texas aren't we? Thank you for ideas on all the wonderful places to visit. Wishing you a beautiful spring season!

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  11. Good morning Pat, such a great post sharing so many wonderful activities in your state. Berrie picking brings back memories. Such beautiful flowers too. Thank you for sharing your state's beautiful activities. Xo

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  12. The Hill Country is so beautiful this time of year. The bluebonnets are just stunning!

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  13. I'm going to be in San Antonio the last week in April and I was enjoying your suggestions of things to do in Texas. Have a great weekend.
    http://happywonderer.com/

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  14. Pat, I just saw the Texas Bluebonnets on sweet Jemma's blog. What a fun post showing some of the delightful things to do in spring. I used to fly kites with my son when he was little, so this brought back a nice memory. Picnics are fun also. Do you know that the ZOO is one of my favorite places to visit?

    Thanks for this interesting post, Pat. Have a blessed weekend.

    ~Sheri

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  15. All great suggestions! Visiting from Lone Star Sisters ;)

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  16. Pat,
    These are great ideas for things to do in Texas in the Spring. I have never been to a kite festival, but think that would be so much fun. As a child growing up in rural Alabama with uncles just a little older than I am, we made our own kites using newspaper and thin tree branches. Those memories have lain dormant for many years, but sprang to my mind today as I saw your photo of the kite festival.

    Judith

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  17. Lots of fun things to do there. I have never heard of dewberries. Love the bluebells. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

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  18. Great suggestions, I miss seeing the Bluebonnets! We're headed south for a few days next week, you've given me some great ideas!

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  19. I love these ideas. I'm your neighbor in Oklahoma. We have it all but the Bluebonnets. They always put on a show.

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  20. I love these ideas. I'm your neighbor in Oklahoma. We have it all but the Bluebonnets. They always put on a show.

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  21. All good things to do!!! I hope to visit Lavender Farms soon! It's not too far away and I do so love the fragrance!!! They have a festival every spring - I think in May. I'll have to check!

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  22. What a great list! We will be in Texas soon, visiting the in-laws, and I hope to put a few of these on my list.

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  23. I love Bluebonnet season. Time to put my camera in the car when we go to the doctor's offices. Next week will be a ROAD trip for me & hubby. Maybe the doggies, too. The mock cherry trees have blooms, too. Our rebus on the street are blooming. Can't wait to see our first blubonnets. Spring.

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