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Four Tips for Spring Breaking at a Texas State Park


Texas state parks offer a chance for families 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 every member of the family to enjoy. Here are a few tips to ramp up the fun during spring break.

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CHECK AVAILABILITY ONLINE

The parks reservation system is undergoing changes. Soon, you'll be able to pick your campsite, “save the date” with day-use reservations and purchase your Texas State Parks Pass online. Social media pages can give updates on weather conditions and crowding.

VISIT A NEW PARK

With 95 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?

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.

PLAN A MINI-ADVENTURE

At Longhorn Cavern State Park, visitors can learn about the history and geology of the cave. Families looking for a bird’s-eye view have options in the Rio Grande Valley, with the newly restored Port Isabel Lighthouse State Historic Site offering a unique view of the bay.

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