State Parks Getaways - May 2017

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The Beach Beckons

beach umbrella and dune flowers

Summer is coming. Let's face it, at some point you'll be hot, stressed and in need of a break to chill out. Head to the beach! Beach activities can range from full-throttle windsurfing to strolling the beach for shells. Build a sandcastle, cast a line, fly a kite, or camp overnight  the beach is your oyster. And outdoor fun is known to improve mental health. These 3 state parks have beaches and are each perfect for a summer getaway:

There are more beach-y activity ideas in this Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine story. To find events, check the individual park's calendar. And before you head home, take time to dig your toes in the sand and let those gentle Gulf waves roll over you. Aaaahhh.

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Travel Back in Time

Buffalo Soldiers with trumpets

Washington-on-the-Brazos is throwing a huge Juneteenth Celebration Sat., June 24. It will include cowboys, Buffalo Soldiers, choirs, folk art, an Underground Railroad quilt display, and more. Speakers will include Hugh McElroy, the first black football player to start for Texas A&M. Come out and join us at the birthplace of Texas independence in a celebration of freedom.


Experience Independence Day the old-fashioned way at Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm with games and other early 1900s activities. Or visit Freshwater Fisheries Center to see a BIG fireworks display and fish for free at Lake Athens. Keep an eye on our holiday calendar – more exciting July 4th events will be added! 

Battleship Texas sepia photo

The Battleship Texas is the last remaining battleship that served in World War l and ll. It is now a floating memorial and museum, docked near the San Jacinto Battleground. Five times a year we offer an elite Hard Hat Guided Tour that allows you access to rarely seen areas. The next one is Sat., May 20  why not take Dad for an early Father's Day outing?


Port Isabel Lighthouse Sees Brighter Future

Port Isabel lighthouse

The lighthouse at Port Isabel State Historic Site has been getting a much-needed facelift and will reopen to visitors in July. Built in 1852, this is the only lighthouse on our coast open to the public, and the view from the top is spectacular. Plan to pay it a visit when you head to the coast.

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The lighthouse project is one of many state park improvements underway as we prepare for 2023, our 100th anniversary. The Centennial Plan is our blueprint to improve the park system and serve the state's growing and diverse population. See our Instagram for photos of current projects.

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Children 12 and under always get in free to state parks. That's much more affordable than an amusement park and more memorable, too. Check our kid's page for events and activities tailored to the younger set. 

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