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Texas Parks: Life's better outside



April: Birding
March: Photography
February: Biking
January: Hiking
December: Family gathering
November: Camping
October: History
September: Geocaching
August: Swimming
July: Fishing
June: Paddling

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Whether you relax on a blanket, sit at a picnic table or cook outdoors on an open grill -- food just tastes better outside!

Find a park near you and start planning your picnic. How about a special picnic for Mother's Day on May 12? Texas State Parks offer picnic tables in some of the most beautiful places in the statenext to rivers, lakes, historic structures, beaches and more. You can even put on a Texas-sized picnic in a group pavilion. To reserve a picnic pavilion or area, call 512-389-8900.

Picnic Recipes

Looking for some scrumptious, easy-to-make picnic recipes for your next outing? Texas State Parks has teamed up with the Texas Department of Agriculture, the Texas Beef Council and our food-blogging friends to bring you 28 special recipes in the following categories: romantic, kid-friendly, family gatherings and outdoor cooking. And if you need a little inspiration or help planning your picnic menu, visit Texas State Park's Pinterest board.

Picnic location ideas

Find out some of the primo picnic spots for a picnic any time of the year in this article in Texas Parks and Wildlife magazine. Find 8 Texas State Parks and natural state areas in the Houston area for your picnic.

Benefits of Nature Play

Send in your nature photos!

  • Food and beverage, ice chest
  • Tablecloth, utensils, plates
  • Blanket or lawn chairs
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • Sunscreen
  • And please remember to keep your parks beautiful by following the Leave No Trace principles.

    Animal Trackers
    Outdoor Kid Journal
    Texas Geocaching Challenge
    Texas Outdoor Family Workshops
    Go Fish! Learn to Fish events
    Neighborhood Fishin' Program
    Ranger Talks

    Mega Doppler 13
    Check the forecast
    Interactive weather

    Remember, pack what you bring in. Leave no trace!