How to Enjoy Spring in Texas for Free (or on a Budget)
Getting out and about is almost a spring ritual in Austin. Let’s face it; we live in a place that’s just not conducive to spending your entire life indoors. We have great weather, lots of spectacular scenery, and plenty of free and affordable activities to indulge in. There is no reason not to get out.
We understand that a lot of our readers have to plan their spring activities according to their budgets. Some are raising families; others are saving for more important things. Well, no worries. We have put together a brief list of suggestions for enjoying spring in Texas, either for free or on a limited budget. Rest assured that this list is by no means exhaustive. There are plenty of things that did not make our list for lack of space.
Organize a Picnic
Sometimes it seems like Americans have forgotten the art of organizing a picnic. We always have to be busy doing something high energy and terribly immersive. Well, why not take a break from all that hyperactivity and enjoy a simple, family-friendly picnic? Austin has a ton of great picnic destinations including:
- Zilker Park
- McKinney Falls State Park
- Covert Park
- Mueller Lake Park
- Barton Springs Pool.
Choose a picnic destination that will allow your family to enjoy whatever interests you. For example, Zilker Park offers things such as disc golf, hiking and biking trails, and volleyball.
See the Texas Wildflowers
Texas is known around the world for our incredible wildflowers. If you appreciate the beautiful colors of spring, you can grab your camera and go shoot to your heart’s content without paying a penny. Your only expense will be the gas to get you there. Here are a few suggestions:
- Marble Falls – This is one of Texas’ most loved spots for bluebonnets. Highway 281 between Burnet and Lampasas comes highly recommended.
- Burnet – If you want to combine Burnet and Marble Falls, the city of Burnet hosts an annual Bluebonnet Festival that draws thousands. You will see amazing colors dotting the hillsides and roads along your entire trip out there.
- Cedar Park – Just outside of Austin is the town of Cedar Park, home to Brushy Creek Lake Park and a ton of indigenous wildflowers. There are trails to walk along with easily accessible picnic areas.
Visit Hamilton Pool Preserve
Some 23 miles west of Austin is one of the most incredible natural wonders in the Lone Star State. Hamilton Pool Preserve is a natural pool created by the collapse of an underground river and its dome. The preserve is a feast for the eyes thanks to giant slabs of limestone, impressive stalactites, and enough juniper trees to satisfy the local birds. You can swim there as well, though there may be restrictions in place when water quality is not good.
Attend a Festival
Texas is known for the many festivals we host every year. You might have to drive some distance depending on your tastes, but even in Austin, there are plenty to choose from. We suggest:
- Euphoria Music and Camping Festival (Austin)
- Old Settlers Music Festival (Driftwood)
- Derrick Days Festival (Corsicana)
- Austin Food and Wine Festival (Austin)
- King William Fair (San Antonio).
The key to enjoying springtime in Texas while on a budget is not to limit yourself. Do your best to think outside the box; consider doing new things you have never done before. You will never know what’s out there if you don’t leave your comfort zone. Trust us; you will have a great time.