Spring is coming! Get ready to have some fun in the sun! Here are 9 must-do spring activities in the Hill Country.
Search for Bluebonnets
When spring arrives and the bluebonnets bloom, it’s time to get out and take a look—and a few pictures. The city of Burnet is the "Bluebonnet Capital of Texas,” but you can also find them all throughout the Hill country, on roadsides and in fields. Try:
The Texas Hill Country is filled with great golf courses for the beginning and experienced player looking for a challenging day of 18 holes. From Landa Park Golf Course in New Braunfels to Quail Creek Golf Course in San Marcos, you’ll find a great spot to spend a day on the links in the Hill Country.
Explore a Texas Cave
Caverns in thee Hill Country provide unique opportunities for exploration. The Natural Bridge Caverns are the largest caverns in the state of Texas, with an abundance of natural features including cave formations, emerald pools, crystalline straws, and a natural limestone bridge. Wonder World Park in San Marcos is a one-of-a-kind experience with guided tours exploring the Balcones Fault Line
Go for a hike
With so many beautiful spaces to see right in your backyard in the Hill Country, it might be hard to find where to go first. Hiking the hills and trails provide some of the area’s best views as well as a great opportunity to get active. Here are a few places to take a great hike:
- Garner State Park in Concan—This 1,420-acre park features 11 miles of trails, with some along the river. Numerous varieties of wildlife along with stone cliffs and towering cypress tress await. Climb Old Baldy for some inspired Hill Country views.
- Cibolo Nature Center in Boerne—A hike here is a great opportunity to see nature at its finest, including abundant Texas wildflowers.
- Lost Maples State Natural Area in Vanderpool—This is the Hill Country destination for fall foliage.
- Prospect Park & Purgatory Creek Greenspace in San Marcos—Take advantage of miles of trails for walking, hiking and bird watching.
- Hill Country State Natural Area in Bandera— With more than 40 miles of trails, this is also a great place for biking and horseback riding.
Have a picnic
Serene spaces to spread out with family abound in the Hill Country. Head for Landa Park or Fischer Park, or one of the scenic spots long the Guadalupe or Comal rivers. The Crossings grassy field provides another ideal picnic spot in New Braunfels.
Do some shopping
Beautiful weather makes it a great time to hit up shopping areas like Boerne’s Hauptstrasse and the charming town of Gruene in New Braunfels. And who can resist the Premium Outlets in San Marcos, named the third-best place to shop in the world by ABC’s “The View.”
Enjoy some Hill Country music
Some of the best live music venues and performers can be found in the Hill Country. From the historic Gruene Hall to San Marcos’ Cheatham Street Warehouse, you can see live music almost every night of the year. Festivals including Gruene Music & Wine Fest, BIGFEST, the Hill Country Jazz Festival, Wein & Saengerfest, and JMBLYA, and freedom Fest, which takes place in Concan on march 4–5, bring music lovers to the Hill Country.
Go wine tasting
The Texas Wine Country includes 44 unique wineries spread throughout the Hill Country. Huffington Post called the area the "New Napa” thanks to its “perfect growing conditions” and the fact that it’s “the second most visited wine tasting region in North American and top 10 in the world.”
Make a new friend
Warm weather makes people head outside. A new best friend for your three-year-old—or for you—may be playing right in your neighborhood or on a family walk on one of the community trails. The Crossings’ community amenities were planned to provide enjoyment and recreational opportunities for residents, while also making it easy for them to meet each other. The Crossings, the newest single-family home community in New Braunfels, offers homes from Lennar, a range of amenities, and a convenient location.
For more information, visit The Crossings.