Bringing your family gathering outside this holiday season is easier than ever. That's because 70 state parks throughout Texas offer group facilities, from dining and recreation halls to group bunkhouses and open-air pavilions. Or, if you were thinking of a smaller get-together, try a cabin or screened shelter. Austin has 13 state parks in the area, so why not try something different this year by gathering family and friends for some outdoor holiday fun? To reserve cabins or group facilities, call (512) 389-8900.
Check out the video below to see how some visitors enjoy the holidays at Texas State Parks. Then visit our "Calendar of Events" to find a holiday event at a state park near you! For a printable PDF of holiday events in State Parks, go here.
Welcome 2013 with a "First Day Hike"
You may have heard about a growing nationwide tradition: First Day Hikes. On New Years Day, Texas State Parks are featuring trails and ranger-led hikes that offer beautiful scenery, wildlife watching, tranquility, and a sense of adventure.
Find a First Day Hike near you and get your family off to a healthy, fun start in the New Year.