Texas Living

Spring Flings Across Texas

By Callie Leahy 4.3.15

Springtime is upon us. The sun is out, the weather is warm, and the Lone Star State is painted with vibrant wildflowers as far as the eye can see.  Check out these family-friendly spring flings across the state for some Texas-sized outdoor fun.

  • Attend a festival — From fruit and flowers, to chicken fried steak and crawfish, Texas festivals are plentiful in the spring! Some of the most notable festivals in the state include the Poteet Strawberry Festival, which draws an estimated 100,000 visitors each year, the Port Aransas Texas SandFest featuring intricate sand sculptures along the coast, and the National Polka Festival in Ennis celebrating Czech heritage in the Lone Star State.
  • Hit the drive-in — Drive up, roll the windows down, grab a snack, and put your feet up — life at the drive-in is just that simple. Catch a flick at one of these classic Texas locales.
  • See the animals — Our great state is full of wildlife, but there’s nothing more fascinating than the zoos, wildlife ranches, and aquariums. From interactive exotic game ranch Fossil Rim to the Texas State Aquarium, there’s a unique wildlife experience just around the corner.
  • Go on a ghost tour — Check out the spooky history that surrounds the state of Texas with a walking tour of our most ghastly tales. Ghost tours are available in most major cities.
  • Stop and smell the wildflowers — Dallas Blooms – The 2015 theme is “Deep In the Hearts of Texans,” featuring more than 500,000 blooming tulips, daffodils, and other springtime annuals alongside life-size Texas-themed topiaries and other special attractions.
  • Picnic at a state park — Pack a picnic and head to one of the scenic state parks for an outdoor afternoon. No matter which region of Texas you call home, a state park is just right around the corner; visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife website to find a park near you.