Okay. It’s that time of year that the snow has melted (if you were fortunate enough to even experience snow in Texas), the birds are singing, the flowers are blooming, and the kids have too much energy.
It’s SPRINGTIME! With so many spectacular places to visit in Texas, it’s hard to narrow it down. But, here are the top 5 places to visit in Texas during the Spring.
Of course, where there’s Spring in Texas, there’s bluebonnets. And one of the best places to view an abundance of this Texas state flower is Brenham, TX. You don’t even have to travel off the main roads to find these beauties. You can find them near hotels, Wal-Mart, churches, or even a Whataburger! Since bluebonnets are one of the most photographed flowers in Texas and even have their own “wildflower blog” in Brenham, you can get updates on their blooming stages! That way you know exactly where they located and where they are the most plentiful.
You can’t visit the city of Brenham without visiting the Blue Bell Creameries…a staple that’s as Texan as iced tea and Dr. Pepper. Founded over 100 years ago, Blue Bell ice cream is now the 4th highest selling brand of ice cream in the U.S. Even during his administration, former President George W. Bush had Blue Bell shipped to Camp David, a U.S. President country retreat.
- DINOSAUR VALLEY STATE PARK, GLEN ROSE
This state park, and National Natural Landmark, was first opened to the public in 1968. Furthermore, with the Paluxy River running through the park, this is the perfect place to rest, relax, and search for dinosaur tracks, some of the best preserved in the country, in the river bed. While there, feel free to watch for wildlife, mountain bike, kayak, hike, picnic, or even go camping. Oh, and if you are lucky enough to have your own horse, bring it along and explore the 100-acre park on horseback!
- SIX FLAGS OVER TEXAS, ARLINGTON
If you’re the ultimate thrill-seeker, Six Flags Over Texas, the first of the Six Flags theme parks, is the place to visit. First, opening in 1961, this theme park is named for the flags of the 6 nations that previously ruled over Texas, including the 1) Confederate States of America, 2) Mexico, 3) Spain, 4) France, 5) the Republic of Texas, and 6) the United States of America. Next, it is the home of Titan, the tallest and fastest roller coaster in Texas.
- NEW BRAUNFELS
If you prefer a water park to a theme park, then New Braunfels is a must-see for any tourist. It is the location of the original water park, Schlitterbahn WaterPark Resort. Additionally, this was awarded since 1998 “Amusement Today’s Golden Ticket Award” for the Best Waterpark. For skateboard enthusiasts, there’s the Jaws Skatepark; This is the only professionally- designed skate park in New Braunfels, located in Ernest Eikel Park. And within the Park, you can find a walking trail, basketball court, and outdoor exercise equipment. There’s a little something for everyone.
Rich in history and full of adventure, Amarillo is a main tourist attraction with endless possibilities. Its arts and culture scene includes the Amarillo Symphony, the Amarillo Little Theatre (one of the oldest continually working theaters in the U.S.), and the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and Museum. Next, the famed Cadillac Ranch, which consists of 10 Cadillac cars, buried nose down, half-way in the ground, and organized in single file. Oh, and if you’ve built an appetite from all that sight-seeing, you’ll have to try The Big Texas Steak Ranch, home of the well-known 72 oz. Steak Challenge. All you have to do is eat the entire 72 oz steak dinner (includes salad, baked potato, shrimp cocktail, and a bread roll) in one hour or less and the meal is free! Most noteworthy, the world-record holder for this challenge is Molly Schuyler, who not only finished her entire meal in 4:58, but finished it off by eating a 2ND entire meal in 9:59!! See the amazing video here.
Therefore whether you’re a Texan or planning to visit…see what Texas has to offer!