Although spring official began in March, April is sees spring in full swing. Warm weather and pleasant breezes make April a great time to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities in Texas. Futhermore, several great festivals and events take place in April. And, lest anyone forget, April is the best time to see fields of blooming bluebonnets, the state flower of Texas. In short, April is one of the best times to take a vacation in the Lone Star State.
The bluebonnet is the state flower of Texas. This particular flower was selected in large part due to the vast fields of bluebonnets that bloom each spring throughout the central portion of Texas. Over the years, the wild population has been supplemented with planted parcels of bluebonnets. During spring, fields of bluebonnets can be spotted throughout central, southeast and east Texas. Many of the state's major highways are lined with bluebonnets and other wildflowers during this time of year, making for memorably scenic drives.
Billed as the largest Master Sand Sculpting Competition in the United States, SandFest attracts over 100,000 people to the shores of Port Aransas each year. Spanning three days and including five competitive divisions, SandFest offers a great outlet for sand sculptors, as well as plenty to see for those more interested in looking at - rather than building - sand sculptures. The event is free to the public and various vendors are onhand selling refreshments, curious and souvenirs.
The seeds of Fiesta San Antonio were planted, so to speak, back in 1891 when the first Battle of the Flowers Parade was held. Today the Battle of the Flowers Parade is still held annually, but it is only one of the many events during Fiesta San Antonio, the festival that sprung up around the parade. Today Fiesta San Antonio stretches over 11 days, encompasses over 100 events and benefits 100 different non-profit organizations. Over 3 million people attend Fiesta San Antonio annually. Some of the most popular are the 10k and kids' runs, Fiesta Oyster Bake, Fiesta Mariachi Mass, Roundball Ruckus, arts fair, carnival and A Night in Old San Antonio.
Spring is probably the best season to visit one of Texas' top theme parks. The spring weather is warm enough to dress light, but still cool enough to make an all-day visit bearable (unlike later in the summer, when intense heat can make park visitors fade late in the day). Texas is home to a number of tremendous theme parks, most notably Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio and the original Six Flags in Arlington. In April, most major theme parks in Texas are open at least on a weekend basis.
Birding has become very popular nation wide over the past decade or so. It is a great outdoor activity that can also be used to compliment other outdoor pursuits such as camping and hiking. Birding has become particularly popular in Texas because of the vast number of species which call Texas home at some point during the year. Spring is a prime time for birding in the Lone Star State because of the annual avian migration which brings an increased number of species through Texas. And, like other outdoor activities, birding in Texas is greatly enhanced by the great variation in the state's geographic terrain. Texas is home to virtually every type of ecosystem found in North America and, thus, has a much greater variety of bird and animal life than most other states.
Hiking is a great way to stay in shape and enjoy the outdoors. Spring is a pleasant time for hiking because of the mild temperatures, active wildlife and emerging flora. In short, spring is an opportunity for hikers to witness nature transition from winter to summer. Texas has numerous locations that afford excellent hiking opportunities. And, the vastness of the state ensures hikers seeking solitude will have not problem finding it. Additionally, hikers can choose from a variety of natural settings in which to hike in Texas, including forests, mountains, hills, deserts, seashores, prairies, high altitude plains and more.