What are y’all doing for spring break? Oh, so you haven’t decided yet. Well, The Huntsville Item is here to help.
A few of the young people, and one or two of our old-timers, teamed up on this spring break 2015 project. We want to give you, our loyal readers, some ideas that might make this week memorable and fun.
For the first time in years, a tank of gasoline won’t break the bank, but traveling is still expensive. We kept that in mind when we came up with most of our proposals. We’ve recommended a few day trips, a jaunt down to the big city, a country cruise, things for the sportsman and sports fans and a few ideas for those who don’t want to leave their own backyards.
Whatever you do, have fun, be safe, relax and take it easy. If you try some of the following ideas, take pictures and send them our way. You can email them to huntsvilleitem@gmail or put them on our Facebook page. We will publish the best ones later this week.
Now, go have a blast everybody.
A quick trip to Galveston is doable for most folks and it won’t cost a lot, if you just want to spend a day at the beach. Pack up a picnic and head south early one morning. The weatherman says it’ll be warm (highs in the mid-60s, anyway) starting Tuesday or Wednesday, so a casual afternoon on the beach might be a nice family outing.
Want more excitement? Test your skills on the Boogie Bahn at Schlitterbahn in Galveston. Wasserfest Park, the heated and indoor area at Schlitterbahn, will be open every day during spring break. There are seven indoor water slides, a heated swim-up bar, the Torrent River and a toddlers’ play area. Tickets cost $27.99. More information is available at schlitterbahn.com.
You can’t go wrong with Huntsville State Park, but if you would like to get in the car and get away for the day there is another pretty cool state park that is close enough to make a day trip. Washington on the Brazos State Park is 293 acres of Texas history located off State Highway 105 and FM 1155, halfway between Brenham and Navasota.
The park features attractions such as the Barrington Living History Farm, Independence Hall, Star of the Republic Museum and the Six Flags Over Texas Monument. For more information about the park, visit http://www.birthplaceoftexas.com.
Cap off your visit to Washington on the Brazos by traveling to Brenham for some tasty Blue Bell ice cream.
The Blue Bell factory, located at 1101 South Blue Bell Road, offers tours Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. General admission is $6 and $4 for seniors ages 55 and up and children ages 6 to 14. Each tour lasts 45 minutes and includes a serving of ice cream.
For more information on the Blue Bell tour, call 1-800-327-8135 or visit www.bluebell.com.
How about Houston?
There are lots of fun and exciting activities going on in Houston this week, such as the highly popular Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo taking place through March 23. There’s a value day on Wednesday when admission will be only $5 into the festival and $10 for the rodeo and concert.
Other Bayou City events include the Houston Children’s Museum’s Amazingly Immature Spring Break for Kids. Young folks can participate in wacky and weird activities ranging from juggling workshops and snot making, to balloon cars and plastic fusion fashion. Kids can also make their very own delicious vanilla or chocolate pudding pie during the museum’s celebration of Pi(e) Day on Saturday.
Take a stroll around the Museum District and soak in all of the beautiful art and natural wonders inside The Health Museum, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and The Children’s Museum for free on Thursday.
The MFAH will also be hosting spring break at Bayou Bend, which will feature self-guided garden tours, arts and crafts in the gardens and even a scavenger hunt. Admission is only $10 for adults and free for kids.
Other Houston activities include strawberry picking at Blessington Farm, the always entertaining (and affordable) Houston Zoo and a fun performance of a children’s play, “The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley” taking place at the Main Street Theater Monday, Tuesday and Friday.
On the cheap
Take a country cruise and try your best not to spend a dime.
Go west toward Brenham and see if the wildflowers are starting to pop. Head east toward Livingston and find a relaxing spot for lunch at the lake. Go north or south for a couple of hours, then choose a different route, maybe one you’ve never taken, and come back home.
Beloved Houston Chronicle columnist Leon Hale used to take a trip south about this time of year and try and “meet spring.” He and his old friend Gene Morgan would drive toward Victoria through little towns like El Campo, Ganado and Edna looking for signs that signaled springtime. Some years, the guys would have to go further through Refugio, Odem and Robstown, maybe all the way to Kingsville to find warmer air and brighter colors on the sides of the highway.
A daylong family drive may not sound like a lot of fun, but with the right attitude and a tank full of gas, this might be better and more memorable than a week at the beach.
If you’re looking to stay close to home for spring break while saving money, Huntsville and Walker County have plenty of fun options that won’t break the bank.
Pack up a picnic lunch and head over to Eastham-Thomason Park for a quick game of Frisbee golf with some friends, or take a stroll on the city’s super-fun hiking trail and soak up some sunshine.
If you’ve got furry friends in the family, there’s a dog park close by where your pets can socialize and soak up some rays, too. Next door is a great playground where the kids can play as well.
Just down Sam Houston Avenue, you’ll find the Sam Houston Memorial Museum and its sprawling historic grounds. This is a great place to spend a half-day.
There’s a beautiful duck pond with lots of friendly fowls who’d love you to throw some bread their way. You can walk through the winding paths and take a trip back in time with the old-time architecture, native plants and educational signage.
For the more adventurous among you, there’s a prime skateboarding destination right down the road in Conroe. Kasmiersky Park is home to one of the largest skateparks around, boasting 15,000 square feet of pure concrete goodness.
There’s a massive bowl for the old-school shredders, along with half-pipes and quarter-pipes for the high-flyers in the group. There are street-style obstacles, rails, boxes and just about everything under the sun for your wheeled pleasure. Bikes, skateboards and scooters are all allowed and helmets and safety gear are always encouraged.
Even if you don’t feel like skating, Kasmiersky is a gorgeous park with shady trees, basketball courts, soccer fields, playgrounds and a dog park to boot. It’s worth a visit, for sure.
If you’re looking to sharpen your swing during spring break, there are plenty of options for golfers in the family. Huntsville is home to the fabulous Raven Nest Golf Club. Play 18 on a sunny day this week. There are plenty of birdies left on these links.
A little further down the interstate, you’ll run into one of the coolest golf centers out there — Top Golf. Top Golf features three floors of fun-filled driving range action for friends and the whole family.
This isn’t your grandpa’s driving range. With micro-chipped balls and computer screens in the mix, there’s a host of games you can play and targets you can aim for.
Top Golf is an absolute blast for both the scratch golfer and the complete amateur.