Host the Holidays at Texas State Parks and THC State Historic Sites | KLBK | KAMC

AUSTIN, Texas (press release) – The following is a press release from the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department:

Texas State Parks and the Texas Historical Commission are having their biggest vacation season yet with more than 80 unique vacation events taking place statewide. Starting Saturday, November 20, 47 Texas State Parks and eight State Historic Sites feature themed guided walks, scavenger hunts and more.

Anyone planning a trip to a Texas state park is strongly encouraged to book their day pass in advance, as some parks are expected to reach their capacity limit. Day passes can be booked online at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) website or by phone by calling (512) 389-8900.

Visitors can choose to go outside of Thanksgiving and Black Friday for two guided walks at Bastrop and Buescher State Park. The first hike will be a Turkey Trot Sunrise hike at Buescher State Park on November 25. This ranger-led hike will run from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. at the lookout point and will help you make room for a delicious Thanksgiving meal. On November 26, Bastrop State Park is hosting its Gobble Till You Wobble Backcountry hike from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm This ranger-led hike will pass through areas the public doesn’t often see. Visitors are encouraged to bring Thanksgiving leftovers for a mid-hike picnic by the creek.

Anyone visiting Eisenhower’s Birthplace State Historic Site from December 11-23 can take a self-guided tour package, walk the grounds for free, and find out how Christmas was celebrated in North Texas in the 1890s ( when Dwight Eisenhower was born) and the 1940s (when the Denison community retained the birthplace). Children’s craft kits will be available while supplies last. For more information, call (903) 465-8908.

In South Texas, families can choose a location in the Falcon State Park day-use area to attend the third annual Falcon Lake Christmas Boat Parade from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, December 11. Visitors will be able to see decked boats floating. by in the happy holiday lights.

Celebrate Boxing Day and stretch your legs at 9 a.m. on December 26 at Franklin Mountains State Park with an easy 1.5 mile hike to Agave Loop. Visitors should bring good hiking shoes, plenty of water, and a Santa hat.

Skip the shopping lines and step out to Galveston Island State Park for a Black Friday Paddle on November 26 from 8 am-10:30am. Regular entrance fees apply. For more information, call 409-737-1222.

The grounds of the Kreische Brewery and Monument Hill State Historic Sites are transformed with Christmas lights during the evenings of 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on December 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18. Guests will enjoy the walking trail with holiday lights, shows, refreshments, family activities and a visit with Santa Claus.

For more information on these and other Texas State Parks vacation activities, visit the TPWD website. A full schedule is available online on the TPWD schedule page. For more activities at THC State Historic Sites, visit the Texas Historical Commission website.

Social distancing and the wearing of a mask inside buildings or when reunited with others are encouraged. Local and national limitations and restrictions may apply, they can change quickly, and may force an event to be canceled or modified. Please call the park directly or check social media for updates before visiting.

Photos of past holiday events are available on the TPWD Flickr page.

Texas Parks and Wildlife magazine also offers a special subscription for the holidays. Buy a gift subscription for only $ 10. Don’t want to feel left out? Give yourself the gift of the outdoors! Subscriptions can be ordered online at

(Texas Parks & Wildlife Department press release)

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