Interested in a staycation this year, but want to avoid the crowds found in Texas’ major cities? We have 21 ideas for you to take advantage of in 2021 that are off the beaten path and that offer tons of fun. No matter how you like to spend your leisure time, we can assure you that we have something on our list that will appeal to you.
6. Head east this Spring Break and take a paddle around the towering bald cypress trees found in Caddo Lake State Park — just watch out for alligators. For those that don’t have their own canoe, rentals are available on site.
12. Climb 1,823 feet to the summit of Enchanted Rock for views that will take your breath away. Make a day of it by rock climbing and exploring the park’s trails that span 11 miles. For those who have already checked that off their bucket list, visit some of Austin’s other natural wonders that will take your fitness game to the next level.
14. Mark Ennis as a destination to visit this April. With more than 40 miles of mapped driving bluebonnet trails, it’s the “Official Bluebonnet City of Texas.” We can assure you, you won’t want to miss out on seeing these spectacular views.
16. If you’re just as big a “foodie” as we are, head to Snow’s BBQ in Lexington to sample some of the state’s best BBQ. Looking for another incentive? You may even have an opportunity to meet the legendary Tootsie Tomanetz, featured on Chef’s Table: BBQ.
17. Skip the overcrowded Spring Break tubing destinations of the Comal and Guadalupe rivers. Instead, head to Blanco River for a day filled with beautiful scenery and relaxation. If this is a place you frequent often, check out Blanco Vista – a community that will transform Blanco River into your home.
21. Take your accommodations to new heights (literally), by staying in a treehouse at Cypress Valley in Spicewood. Sleep in the trees and watch for shooting stars as you take part in this overnight experience that is unlike any other.
All images courtesy of: Texas Parks & Wildlife (Colorado Bend, Dinosaur Valley, Caddo Lake, Enchanted Rock, Blanco River); Culture Map Houston (Lagoon); Six Flags Fiesta Texas (Zip Line); Glamping.com (Railcar); Roadesque (Presidio La Bahia); Wikipedia (Train); Agoda (Hotel Galvez); BBC (Marfa); Travel Texas (Gruene Hall); Irving Texas (Bluebonnet Trails); D Magazine (Llama); Texas Monthly (Snow’s BBQ); City of Boerne (Town of Boerne); House Beautiful (Cypress Valley).