State Park Getaways - April 2017

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underwater swimmers

10 Parks for Taking a Dip 

It’s nearly May and that means swimming season is about to begin! Make plans now to take a plunge into a state park’s spring-fed pool, or chill out with a dip in a river or lake. Add snorkeling to the experience and you’ll be entertained for hours.

Because most park swimming spots are natural, each has its own unique character. Some favorites:


You'll want to bring waterproof sunscreen, drinking water and a hat for shade when you're not swimming. Stay safe by learning the water safety rules, and park staff will be nearby if you have any questions.

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When You Want to Keep It Simple 

Girl running with a kite

Kite flying is easy outdoor fun. You can usually find a clearing big enough to fly a kite at a park - ask when you check in. Parks with beaches are perfect; there’s always a breeze and room to run. Try Sea Rim or Mustang Island. Keep your kite away from power lines, trees and cactus. 

picnic blanket with utensils

Park picnics are a simple way to make a meal special. Once you’ve found a sweet park view, it’s all about the food, so here are recipes and a Pinterest board to inspire you. Mother's Day is May 14, surprise mom with a picnic at a park!

couple walking 2 golden retreivers

Walking your dog in a park is a terrific way to give you both a change of scenery. Parks are dog-friendly as long as your canine pal is on a leash and you follow the rules. Here’s a video with tips for keeping your dog safe, like taking shade breaks and bringing plenty of water.


Insider Tip: How to Avoid the Crowds

line of cars

Park visitation has gone up recently, especially on weekends and holidays. Popular parks may have long lines to get in, or they may reach capacity. 

To avoid crowds: Plan a weekday visit or find a nearby alternate park on the park’s webpage or with the State Parks App

young men at state park check-in desk

If you are determined to visit a popular park on a weekend or holiday, make plans ahead of time to get your entire group there as early as possible. 

On the day of your visit, monitor the park's Twitter account for real-time status reports. 

State Parks month at WEPCO

Looking for ways to support your Texas State Parks? During April, visit any of the 8 Whole Earth Provision Co. stores to pick up a free State Park Guide and make a donation to Texas State Parks. Donors of $20 or more will receive a Texas State Parks Gift Card.

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