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10 Best Parks in Texas for the Family

Nature has so much to offer; beautiful sceneries, herbs, fruits, free entertainment, wildlife watching, and more. Manzanilla Sophia wants you to get out and enjoy the outdoors. Keep reading to learn about some of our favorite parks in Texas, so you can go exploring and have a great time with your loved ones.

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Best for Hiking

1) Palo Duro Canyon

an incredible canyon that began forming a million years ago near Amarillo and Canyon. Palo Duro Canyon is one of the most beautiful parks in the Southwest United States. It is the second-largest canyon in the United States. As you descend 500 feet to the floor of the canyon, you can witness the beautiful colors of the four geologic layers. An easy, family-friendly hike we recommend is the lighthouse trail. Give it a try with your family, but don’t forget to pack Manzanilla Sophia in case the sand gets in your eyes.

2) Big Bend National Park

With over eight hundred thousand acres, you are bound to have your adventure at Big Bend. Take a day to explore the vastness of the park with your family. An easy hike that kids and adults can enjoy is the upper burro mesa pour off. Go explore and learn more about the outdoors and yourself.

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Lovely Views
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3) Guadalupe Mountains National Park

If you love hiking and animals, this is the place for you. Take a lovely hike in the Guadalupe Mountains and discover the many birds the park has to offer. Northern mockingbird and Ladder-backed woodpecker are some of the notable species found in the Guadalupe Mountains. Don’t forget to pack binoculars and Manzanilla Sophia chamomile eye drops to make the best of your bird-watching adventure.

4) Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area

Looking for jaw-dropping views? Then pack your bags and head towards Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area. Known for its wildflower fields, Muleshoe will leave you amazed. Plan a day hike amongst the six species of bluebonnet present in the area, or take your Kayak out for a fun day in the water.

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Take A Dip
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5) Lake Livingston State Park

One of the largest reservoirs in Texas, with 83,000 surface acres. Lake Livingston can be your family’s go-to adventure place. Go for a swim, fish, hike, or take a horseback riding trip. The options are endless at Lake Livingston.

6) Port Aransas

Although technically not a National or State Park, we could not leave Port Aransas out of the list. It is located 180 miles southeast of San Antonio and has a free dolphin viewpoint. Port Aransas is home to the best sunsets in Texas and will not leave you disappointed. If you are looking for a safe, relaxing, and comfortable day at the beach, Port Aransas is what you need. If you need help packing for your trip, read our blog, the packing essentials for a road trip.

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Free Entrance

7) Big Spring State Park

Located, as its name suggests, in Big Spring, Texas, this stunning State Park will leave you speechless. Not only is it free admission, but it also offers a myriad of activities to take on. Some of the available activities at Big Spring include hiking, biking, nature watching, or just taking a scenic drive to enjoy the views.

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Stay the Night
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8) Padre Island National Seashore 

If camping is more your style, look into Padre Island. Located off the coast of South Texas and not to be confused with South Padre Island, this beautiful seashore will leave you dreaming of it for days to come. Padre Island offers a long beach where nature is preserved, and you can camp on a first come first served basis in any of the five camping areas.

9) Garner State Park 

Swim and go tubing on the Frio river or take a relaxing hike on the 1,774 acres of scenic terrain that this park has to offer. No matter what you feel like doing, Garner park has something for everyone. Have a picnic or hike to the scenic overlook. If you hike the overlook, you can take a carry-on propane stove to have some chamomile tea after the hike.

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10) Inks Lake State Park

Located in Burnet County, Texas, Inks Lake is another great spot for campers. It offers swimming, boating, water-skiing, and you can also rent kayaks and paddleboards on site. If water sports are not your thing, head to any of the 200 campsites and relax around nature. You can also take a hike or backpack across the several miles of trails the park has to offer.

We hope you enjoyed the list and would love to see you visit any of these beautiful parks. Restock on Manzanilla Sophia to be adventure-ready, now. Learn new family traditions your children will love with Manzanilla Sophia!

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