From the charming Texas bluebonnets and delicate pink evening primroses to the colourful Indian paintbrushes and cheery Mexican hats, spring is a riot of colours in Texas with the state’s magnificent wildflower blooming as well as stargazing sites, and much more. And as the weather warms up, the state’s more than 11,000 rivers and streams offer refreshing ways to cool down. Both native Texans and tourists enjoy river tubing, and spring is one of the greatest seasons to rent an inner tube and float down the river. In a press statement issued at the US Travel Association’s show IPW, Texas Tourism compiles a list of some of the best vacation ideas around the beautiful nooks and corner of Texas.
San Marcos River – San Marcos, Texas
Spring is the best time to visit the San Marcos River to avoid the summer crowds as it is fed by a large number of springs close to the city centre and remains 72 degrees. The statement says that there are many tube rental companies available to accommodate groups of any size. On their river tour, guests are allowed to bring their own coolers and styrofoam-free drinking containers. Rio Vista Park makes a lovely location for a picnic after the float.
Frio River-Concan, Texas
For a tranquil spring break, the Frio River is the ideal floating destination as it is more secluded. One of the most popular locations in Texas for overnight camping is Garner State Park. The river is lined with lush trees, making for a scenic float, and the sandbars along the river make it simple to stop and take it all in.
Family friendly travel around Texas
With amusement parks like Six Flags Fiesta Texas, SeaWorld, Legoland Discovery Centre and Morgan’s Wonderland, San Antonio is a popular spring break destination. Families can also visit adjacent natural wonders like Natural Bridge Caverns, the largest cavern system in Texas, and Cave Without a Name. San Antonio’s River Walk, where visitors can board a vibrant Go RIO river barge for a tour of the city’s fascinating history, is undoubtedly one of the city’s top attractions.
Houston’s diversity of attractions shouldn’t come as a surprise given that it’s Texas’ largest city. More than 400 space artefacts, permanent and travelling displays, and theatres, all connected to the fascinating present and illustrious past of America’s human spaceflight programme, may be found at Space Centre Houston. Another popular destination for family outings is the Children’s Museum Houston, jam-packed with thrills, interactive projects, shows, and performances.
Located in the heart of Texas, Waco is home to zoos, museums and parks that are sure to keep the young and the young at heart entertained. The statement says that while the Waco Mammoth National Monument is the sole piece of evidence demonstrating the existence of Pleistocene mammoths, Cameron Park Zoo honours the spirit of wild creatures with its free-form environment. Families can visit the Dr Pepper Museum, which includes a stop at the museum gift shop along with a replica of a 1950s soda fountain where youngsters can order an ice-cold Dr Pepper float, for a sweet treat.
Exploring the vast beauty Texas night skies
Big Bend National Park
Big Bend National Park, which borders the Rio Grande River in the far regions of West Texas, is a wonderful location for stargazing. This U.S. national park is an International Dark Sky Park and a refuge for astronomers wanting to witness meteor showers, constellations, and the Milky Way. It is well known for its hiking and backpacking paths. The skies over Big Bend National Park are the darkest of any national park in the lower 48 states due to the region’s significant remoteness from major cities.
Devils River State Natural Area – Del Norte Unit
This natural region, which is a designated International Dark Sky Sanctuary, bears the name of the swift Devils River and was formerly a substantial working ranch. The Mexican free-tailed bat, as well as live oak, pecan, and sycamore trees, call this area, which is now managed by Texas Parks & Wildlife, home. In a rural section of West Texas, Devils River offers clear night skies surrounded by private ranches.
The statement says that in 2014, Dripping Springs was designated as Texas’s first International Dark Sky Community. In part to preserve the region’s bird migration patterns, the city strives to maintain minimal levels of light pollution. The Westcave Outdoor Discovery Centre, Pedernales Falls State Park, and Milton Reimers Ranch all provide night sky programmes that visitors may attend or simply relax and take in the dazzling glory of the stars.
Canyon of the Eagles Resort
Canyon of the Eagles Resort, a stargazing destination in Texas, is situated in the city of Burnet. This natural resort in the Texas Hill Country provides a variety of ‘sky’ experiences. Visitors can go to Movie Under the Stars, where they can enjoy a complimentary family-friendly film every Friday as the sun sets and the stars begin to appear. Stargazers who are passionate about learning more about the stars can learn from the Eagle Eye Observatory’s sessions with committed and educated astronomers.
Be enchanted with wildflower blooms
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
It adds that in the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center gardens, natural areas and arboretum display nearly 900 species of native plants from many of the major ecoregions of Texas, the most diverse collection of Texas native plants in North America. The Center’s new exhibit, Seeing the Invisible, is the most ambitious and expansive exhibition to date of contemporary artworks created with augmented reality (AR). The AR nature of the exhibition allows for the creation of immersive works that engage with existing features of the natural landscape.
Ennis Bluebonnet Trail
The statement adds that in Ennis Bluebonnet Trail, approximately 35 miles southeast of Dallas, showcases more than 40 miles of scenic wildflower drives mapped in detail by the Ennis Garden Club. These trails are the oldest known in the state, and tens of thousands of visitors make the trek to Ennis to view this wonderful wildflower show. Bluebonnets typically peak around the third week of April.