Spring Break: 4 Reasons You Don’t Need to Leave Texas

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No reason to cross the state line over spring break — unless you’re on the other side of the Texas border — because the Lone Star state has it all.

Padre Island Seashore

Padre Island Seashore

1. Wide Open Spaces

From the Piney Woods to the Pecos River, Texas has more than 40 mountain ranges, some of the best surfing in the nation off the 600 miles of beaches, and not just any ocean, but the Atlantic Ocean by way of the Gulf of Mexico, the Florida Straits, and the Caribbean Sea. That’s a whole lot of culture flowing through those cool waters.

Texas has two National Parks — Big Bend and Guadalupe Mountains — and plenty of Texas State Parks for camping, hiking, and other leisure activities, along with 15 major rivers and 3,700 streams giving us 80,000 miles of waterways.

If you’re looking for more one-day excursions around DFW, you can try out the latest thrills at Six Flags Over Texas,  picnic and stroll through the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, Klyde Warren Park, or the Katy Trail, work on your golf game at Top Golf, or walk and talk with the animals at the Dallas and Fort Worth Zoos.

No matter where you are, you’ll no doubt be able to enjoy Bluebonnets and other wildflowers along Texas highways. Thank you, Lady Bird Johnson.

2. Music Festival Season

AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 21: Vocalist Greg Puciato of The Dillinger Escape Plan performs at Converse & Thrasher Magazine's Death Match during the 2015 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at The Gypsy on March 21, 2015 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for SXSW)

Greg Puciato of The Dillinger Escape Plan performs at the 2015 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for SXSW)

 

Everyone from Bob Wills to Beyonce. Blind Lemon Jefferson to Janis Joplin. Stevie Ray Vaughn to Van Cliburn. George Jones to George Strait. They all came out of Texas and Texans still knows how to celebrate music.

Great festivals going on during this spring break, like the award-winning 35 Denton 2016, combining local artists with national touring acts giving more than 50 performances. Wear comfortable shoes, y’all. And drink plenty of water.

The Ultimate Music Experience is happening if you’re at South Padre Island; 15 acts and a legendary beach scene.

And then there’s the big daddy of them all, South by Southwest. You can’t camp here, we’ll just tell you that right now.  For 9 days in March, Austin keeps it weird while celebrating music, art, interactive technology, comedies, movies, and a whole lot more. Takes a little organization to get yourself there, but well worth it.

3. World’s Greatest Shopping & Swapping

Shopping

Shopping in the City

If you can’t be at Canton for First Monday Trade days, fear not. Across the entire state, there are great town squares, flea markets, and antique malls for picking up pieces of the past. For starters, there’s Fredericksburg, Wimberley, Halletsville, Kerrville, McKinney, Waxahachie, Granbury, Georgetown, — and oh yeah, and we can’t forget Marfa with its Prada storefront.

Oh hello, Dallas, land of beautiful women (and let’s be honest: men too), high fashion, and the first shopping center in America. You could spend days going between Highland Park Village, Northpark Center, Galleria Dallas and, of course, the Farmers Market and Sam Moon.

4. The Food

Barbeque Chicken and Ribs with Fries Slaw and Salsa

Texas Barbeque Chicken and Ribs with Fries Slaw and Salsa

Did you think we’d leave out the most important part?? Even the menus are bigger in Texas! You can spend each day of spring break celebrating a different traditional Texas dish, like barbecue, Tex Mex, chicken fried steak, pecan pie, huge Gulf shrimp, brisket tacos, fried okra, chili, margaritas, and anything with queso and salsa. For starters.

And remember, you’re in Texas. It’s warm. It’s cool. And we’re friendly.