Tips for Making New Outdoor Memories at a Texas State Park This Spring Break
AUSTIN— With Spring Break around the corner, most Texans are finalizing plans to travel to their favorite places in search of sun and fun. If you’ve waited until the last minute to find something to do, never fear. Some Texas State Parks still have day-use and overnight availability for anyone still looking for their next outdoor adventure. Park staff have helpful tips about how to make the most of your state park visit.
”Spring is a special time to get outside, with warmer temperatures and blooming wildflowers — parks are perfect places to experience both,” said Tara Humphreys, director of interpretation for Texas State Parks. “As we celebrate our 100-year anniversary this year, we welcome and encourage every Texan to ‘take a walk on the wild side’ and visit a Texas State Park.”
Here are some tips from TPWD staff to make your Spring Break visit to a Texas State Park one for the books:
- Reserve Passes Online: Day passes and overnight camping reservations can be booked in advance at any Texas State Park though the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) website. Through the online portal, you can narrow down your search by city, by activity and even by site. If you want to bike, hike or fish, you can see which parks have day passes available (up to 30 days in advance). For overnight camping, you can also search the “Camping This Weekend” tab and see which parks have sites open for the upcoming Friday and Saturday.
- Check the Weather: Texas is notorious for wacky weather, so be sure to check the forecast before hitting the road. Spring storms can sweep in unexpectedly and put a hiccup in outdoor plans.
- Wear Proper Clothing: Flip-flops may be comfortable, but they aren’t the best option for long walks on the trail. Rangers recommend rocking sneakers or boots for hikes. Don’t forget the sunscreen, insect repellant and plenty of water. It’s important to drink at least 16 ounces of water every hour in the heat to replenish your body and prevent dehydration. Bring enough for your four-legged family members, too!
- Attend an Event: Have you ever wanted to start fishing or learn about the wild night life at a Texas State Park? Attend one of the guided events hosted by park rangers across the state. A complete list of all state park events can be found on the calendar page on the TPWD website. Looking for a specific activity? Check the “Things to do” page to get a list of recommendations.
- Visit Somewhere New:– With nearly 90 Texas State Parks located throughout the state, there are plenty of things to see and do. Take a chance on exploring a new state park or a new part of the state that you have yet to experience. Still looking for overnight reservations? Several iconic state parks such as Big Bend Ranch State Park, Franklin Mountains State Park, Lake Colorado City State Park, Mustang Island State Park, San Angelo State Park and Sea Rim State Park still have campsites available for the next two weeks.
For more information about Texas State Parks, visit texasstateparks.org.