Spring is in the air! Now is the time to get out of the house and enjoy our beautiful East Texas weather. There are plenty of fun things to do in East Texas that don’t require a bank loan and the beauty of these easy Spring activities is they don’t require a lot of preparation either. Just stop by FRESH for your picnic supplies – from prepared sandwiches and salads to bulk trail mix and water – and hit the great outdoors!
There are several parks in East Texas where a family can spend anywhere from an afternoon to an entire weekend in the fresh open air. For instance, the Brookshire’s Wildlife Museum, Country Store and Park (1600 W.S.W. Loop 323 and Old Jacksonville Highway) where you can enjoy the museum, playground and picnic area all free of charge. Tyler State Park (789 Park Road 16) offers picnicking, camping, boating, boat rentals, fishing, birding, hiking, mountain biking, lake swimming, and nature study. And that’s just for one day! Tyler State Park can also be a great and inexpensive – not to mention educational – weekend getaway. They offer picnic sites, campsites with water and electricity, screened shelters, and a group camp with six limited use cabins for overnight use.
For those who want to stay closer to home, check out Rose Rudman Recreational Trail (450 Shiloh Road), a beautiful setting for jogging, walking, biking and roller-blading. You can also bring the family and picnic under tall shade trees, or relax with a good book. Follow the trail south of Shiloh Road and it will lead you to Tyler’s Southside Park, which is a great place for children to play. While there, be sure to check out the Tyler Cancer Bell Pavilion, which is a place of honor and remembrance for cancer patients, their families, and caregivers.
If you’re looking for a more adult day-trip, the nearby Kiepersol Estates Winery (4120 FM 344 E) might be up your alley. Sixty acres of vineyards produce the all estate-grown red and white wines that capture Old World style alongside Texas pride. You can enjoy an elegant dinner or book a room at the bed & breakfast. If you don’t want to make that much of a commitment, guided tours through the winery processing facility are available Saturday at 2:00 pm or 4:00 pm for $5 per person.
Maybe you’re thinking, “Wow, there IS a lot to do around Tyler, but all this still seems like too much of a production.” Well, then, you’re in luck! FRESH makes it easy to have a stress-free outing! Come and enjoy our live music every Friday and Saturday evening, cooking demos every Friday night, Happy Hour every Wednesday, hands-on after-school kids’ cooking classes every other Wednesday, all-you-can-eat pancake brunches on Saturdays and Sundays, and even “you pick it, we prepare it” seafood and market (high quality beef, chicken, pork or lamb) nights every Monday and Thursday, respectively. Wow, that’s a lot of entertainment, not to mention amazing food!
Regardless of how you slice it, East Texas offers an incredible array of activities to entertain and educate your family this spring.