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Things to Do in February in Texas

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February is the year's second month and provides visitors to the Lone Star State an excellent opportunity to have a fun-filled vacation while the year is still young. Of course, much of February is dominated by Valentine's Day. Texas offers visitors plenty of options for a romantic vacation during February. February is also home to a number of unique celebrations and festivals across the Lone Star State. And, although it is winter's final month, the February weather in Texas is usually mild enough to allow for a variety of outdoor activities.

1. Celebrate Valentine's Day

Texas has a number of towns and cities that are perfect for a romantic Valentine's Day vacation. From the Gulf Coast to the Texas Hill Country, there is a Texas town to accommodate anyone's preferences and tastes. Major cities such as Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio offer plenty of Valentine's Day, but so do more quaint locations such as Fredericksburg and Wimberley.

2. Visit the Romantic Texas Hill Country

Many people don’t realize it, but the Texas Hill Country is one of the most romantic regions in the country. With scenic rolling hills, clear streams, and quaint small towns, the Hill Country is a perfect escape for Valentine’s Day or any other special occasion with that someone special.

3. Take a Romantic Vacation on the Texas Coast

Looking for a place to spend a romantic weekend? The Texas Gulf Coast is loaded with romantic getaways that are perfect for Valentine’s Day or any other special occasion. And, although February is the dead of winter, there is usually mild enough weather for a walk on the beach or to go birding. Plus, most Texas beach destinations offer a variety of quaint shops, restaurants and other "all weather" attractions.

4. See the San Antonio Stock Show

Held each February, the San Antonio Rodeo and Stock Show is one of the largest and longest running annual rodeo and stock show events in the nation. PRCA Rodeo events are staged throughout the two weeks of the SA Rodeo and Stock Show. The stock show features show animals from both professional and amateur handlers, as well as a horse show. The event also features a family fair and carnival, as well as nightly live entertainment from some of the country's top musical acts

5. Celebrate Charro Days

Charro Days, the hugely popular “fiesta” staged in the border town of Brownsville each February, is one of Texas' most unique celebrations. Although Charro Days has been around in its current format since 1938, it is rumored that the first “unofficial” Charro Days took place in the early to mid-1800s, when citizens of Brownsville and Matamoros, just across the Rio Grande River in Mexico, came together to celebrate a cooperative climate between the two nations. The traditions of this “two-nation fiesta” continue today. Those in attendance at this year’s festival will have plenty of opportunity to “baile” as dances are scheduled for both weekends of the event. In addition, there will be a flour tortilla eating contest, folkloric dancing, a golf tournament, parades, and more.

6. Mardi Gras!

Galveston’s Mardi Gras is a 12 day, 11 night party prior to lent. Not as famous as Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans or Mobile, the Galveston event is nonetheless packed with tradition and, more importantly, packed with fun. Of course, Mardi Gras revelers will be dressed in costume as they wander the streets, listening to the more than 30 bands which will perform on the two stages set up in the Entertainment District. Mardi Gras goers will also be treated to several parades and processions.
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