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Things to do in the spring

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In my opinion, spring is the best time to be in Texas, especially Austin. Lucky for us, it just arrived and it shows. The wildflowers are blooming in abundance, the excitement of summer is just around the corner and the weather is sunny, blue-skied and pleasantly warm. Instead of wasting the beautiful weather by spending your weekends inside, here are some convenient suggestions for getting out and making the most of springtime and all it brings.

  1. Wildflowers

If you think the bright blooms on the side of the highway are as good as it gets for wildflower season, think again. There are plenty of great spots to experience them both in Austin and the surrounding area. Go to Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center or St. Edward’s University in town, or take a day trip to Wildseed Farms or the Willow City Loop in Fredericksburg or Turkey Bend Recreation area in Marble Falls. The roads on the way there will be filled with flowers, but they won’t even compare to the stunning vistas full of color that await. If you plan on taking pictures, make sure to check your surroundings for snakes (snake season coincides with wildflower season) and avoid trampling the flowers.

  1. Pecan Street Festival (http://pecanstreetfestival.org)

This famous festival on Sixth Street is held every year in the spring and fall. This year, the spring dates are May 4-5 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. As one of the largest arts/crafts and music festivals in the country, it has a lot to offer. Free admission gets you the opportunity to explore the work of hundreds of local and national artisans, enjoy live music, indulge in a variety of delicious food and more.

  1. Swimming holes

There are so many great swimming places in Austin that it’s hard to pick just one. Barton Springs is always a good bet, but don’t be afraid to branch out a little. Try the Barton Creek Greenbelt in town, or venture out to Jacob’s Well northwest of Wimberley. Hamilton Pool in Dripping Springs, Krause Springs in Spicewood and the Blue Hole in Georgetown are also amazing options. Make sure to check the websites for more information before setting off.

  1. Lake Travis Zipline Adventures (https://www.ziplaketravis.com/rates-tours/)

This is the only Zipline company in the Austin area and it gets stellar reviews. It even has the longest Zipline in Texas at over 2800 feet. It’s a more extravagant outing, priced at $125 plus tax for a three hour Zipline tour and nature walks, but reviewers say it’s well worth the cost, which includes access to a private beach, water and snacks, equipment and boat transportation. You will Zipline across Lake Travis and beautiful canyons and experience all sorts of thrilling sights. Be sure to check the website for more information and requirements and to make a reservation.

  1. Farmers’ Market

Yes, this could be done at any time, but there’s something about strolling around stands on a clear, sunny spring morning that really brings farmers’ markets to mind. There are several great options in town, too. Every Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Barton Creek Farmers’ Market is in full blast at Barton Creek Mall. Another great option happening at the same time is the SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown at 422 Guadalupe St., also featuring live music. Take note of and sample delicious local produce, like seasonal asparagus, lemons, strawberries and radishes.

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