March is here and springtime has unofficially arrived. This is one of the most beautiful seasons in Texas, not only is the weather practically perfect, but the wildflowers blooming in the fields just make you want to get out and enjoy nature. Use some of these ideas to inspire your outdoor adventures this season!
- Wineries and hill country are right in our backyard in The Woodlands, Spring and Magnolia areas. Take a drive out Route 105 and spend the afternoon at some of the award-winning wineries along the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail. With seven different member wineries, you’re sure to find one that will become your favorite. With breathtaking views along the winding roads, the trip is almost as much fun as the destination! Once you arrive, grab a glass and sit outside on the property. Many wineries have tours of their grape fields and welcome you to take a walk around the grounds. Get more details at www.texasbluebonnetwinetrail.com.
- Hiking is a great way to slow down and be active in nature.
- Up closer to Shenandoah, you’ll find the George Mitchell Nature Preserve. A great place to get out and hike or rent a boat and float on the lake, the Preserve has been a local escape since it opened in 2007. More information available at https://www.thewoodlandstx.com/parks/george-mitchell-nature-preserve.php.
- The Spring Creek Greenway consists of over 40 miles of nature trails to hike and bike and encompasses over 12,000 acres of forest on both sides of Spring Creek. Spend the day canoeing down the creek, fishing, or just relaxing in any of the 10 parks along the greenway. Further details at http://www.springcreekgreenway.org.
- Organized outdoor activities can be great fun and also a good motivator. Sign up for a 5K race or family fun walk to get your juices flowing and your heart pumping, then train for it together. There’s a Tiger Spirit 5K on March 24 in Conroe, Muddy Trails Bash on April 7 in The Woodlands, and the Cypress Family Color 5K on April 24, just to name a few. If you’re up for a big challenge, the famous bike race, the BP MS 150, where riders spend two days cycling from Houston to Austin, is on April 28-29 this year.
No matter what you choose to do, whether just sitting outside at your favorite restaurant, having dinner on your patio in the backyard, or listening to music at an outdoor concert, make the most of this time of year by spending as much time outside as possible. Before you know it, it will be too hot to do anything outside but swim!