Spring Camping at Lake Sam Rayburn

Camping at Brookeland/Lake Sam Rayburn KOA is all about enjoying fishing and other water sports by day and gazing upon the starry hosts by night. For those who would like to attend festivals and events in the Piney Woods, the Dogwood Festival in Woodville and Vintage Market Days in Nacogdoches are a drivable distance.

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Tyler County Dogwood Festival

The appearance of blooms on dogwood trees is one of the first signs of spring. In honor of these lovely flowers that grace East Texas, Woodville will host a festival on April 1. The event will include classic cars, an outdoor historical play and a parade, as well as arts and crafts. Fireworks will conclude the festivities.

Vintage Market Days

On April 21 to 23, Vintage Market Days will be held in Nacogdoches. It will be a good time to shop for antiques, outdoor furnishings, handmade items and delicious edibles. A day’s admission is $5, and a three-day pass is $10. The address is 3805 N.W. Stallings Drive.

Stump Restaurant in Brookeland

On those nights when you want to eat out, try The Stump Restaurant and Club in Brookeland. The portions are generous and the food is awesome. You’ll find it at 3819 Highway 255 W.

Stay With Us

We welcome you to Brookeland/Lake Sam Rayburn KOA. To make reservations, call 800-562-1612 or visit our website. For information, call 409-698-3422 or email us at brookelandkoa@gmail.com. Our address is 505 CR 212 in Brookeland, Texas.

Montgomery County Fair

Southeast Texans are looking forward to March 31 to April 9, the dates of a huge local event – the Montgomery County Fair.

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It will feature a rodeo, entertainment, livestock shows, contests, pageants and food. The rodeo on March 31 and April 1, held at the Woodforest National Bank Arena, will be an exciting exhibition of amazing stunts. Talented people in the community will compete in the handicrafts, needlework, horticulture, photography and fine arts shows. The fair will also include a pet parade, horseshoe pitching contest and much more. Every member of the family will find something to enjoy.

Josh Ward Concert

Country music star Josh Ward will present a concert at 7:45 p.m. on March 31 at the Woodforest National Bank Arena. Some of the genre’s founding fathers have influenced his traditional style. Admission is $10 online or $12 at the gate, and parking is $5.

Coming Soon…

On April 7, the Real Texas Gun Show will be held at the KOA event center.

Our park will also resume weekend themed activities at the end of May. Plan now to make several spring and summer camping trips here, so you can fish, hike and relax in the great outdoors. The current weather, which isn’t too warm or too chilly, makes it the perfect time to come.

Stay With Us

To reserve your spot at Lake Conroe KOA, call 800-562-9750 or visit our website. For information, call 936-582-1200 or email lakeconroe@koa.net. Our address is 19785 Highway 105 West Montgomery, Texas.

What’s Happening in Arlington

The entertainment to be found in Arlington as well as the entire DFW area is rich and varied. Here are events you can enjoy this season.

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Planetarium Spring Shows

A local treasure, the Planetarium at UT Arlington educates the public about the galaxies, planets and starry hosts within our wondrous world. Don’t miss the spring shows that are playing on weekends between now and May 28. Phantom of the Universe is a show that reveals the scientific exploration of dark matter, which is believed to comprise 85 percent of the cosmos. It will be presented at 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Chubby Checkers Concert

On March 24, Chubby Checkers, one of the early rock-and-roll stars, will perform at the Arlington Music Hall. While he is best known for his top hit “The Twist,” he produced an array of other popular songs, too. Checkers’ contributions to the music industry are credited for changing the way we dance. Show hours are from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., and the address is 224 N Center Street.

Gene Watson Concert

Well known among country music fans, Gene Watson has been singing for 30 years. He is a master of the traditional, classic style of the genre. Watson will entertain an audience at the Arlington Music Hall from 7:30 to 10 p.m. on March 25.

Arlington Symphony Concert

Symphony music can lift the spirit to higher realms, as the various string and brass instruments play the scores of brilliant composers that touch the emotions. On April 13, the local orchestra will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Arlington Music Hall. It will feature cellist Laura Ospina.

Stay With Us

To make reservations at Dallas/Arlington KOA, call 800-562-3705 or visit our website. For information, call 817-277-6600 or email dallasmetro@koa.net. Our address is 2715 S. Cooper in Arlington, Texas.

Sail the High Seas at South Padre Island

Boat rides for thrill seekers, dolphin watchers and anglers are available at South Padre Island. Several companies provide the service, so you can pick the one that suits your tastes. Below are three suggestions.

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High Speed Water Ride

If you’re in the mood for a thrilling adventure, go on a high-speed ride offered by Osprey Cruises. The boat roars through the water at the speed of 50 miles per hour, but the rides are seatbelt-safe and are recommended for anyone over 2 years of age. Tickets are $27 for adults and $20 for children. Departure times are 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Original Dolphin Watch

If high speeds aren’t your cup of tea, the Original Dolphin Watch is a great alternative. These educational trips offer close-up looks at charming creatures of the sea — dolphins, which makes the rides enjoyable for the whole family. Boats depart at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., and tickets are $10 for adults and children.

Island Outfitters

For those who prefer to go on a chartered boat trip with a fly-fishing guide, Island Outfitters fits the bill. Whether you are a novice or very experienced, experts will find the spots that ensure you get the best catch. All you need to bring is sunglasses and sunscreen because the gear will be furnished. A 5-hour trip is $400 for two people.

Stay With Us

March 15 to 18 are the dates for Spring Break, an exciting event filled with cool concerts. We are also looking forward to Easter weekend, when we’ll have campground activities and an Easter egg hunt. Make your reservations at South Padre Island KOA today. Call 800-562-9724 or visit our website. For information, call 956-761-5665 or email southpadre@koa.net

Visit Exciting San Antonio

San Antonio is a very exciting city, and it has something of interest to everyone. Events on the horizon include baseball spring training, SeaWorld’s Wild Days, Mardi Gras and Fiesta.

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Big League Weekend

Every year baseball fans look forward to spring training, when they can watch teams prepare for the upcoming season’s games. During Big League Weekend on March 17 to 19, you can watch the Texas Rangers face the Cleveland Indians at the Alamadome downtown. Tickets may be purchased on the website.

Wild Days

SeaWorld’s Wild Days is scheduled on the weekends between March 4 and 26, as well as the entire week of March 11 to 19. Celebrity wildlife experts will be on hand to introduce visitors to the wonders of the animal kingdom, and opportunities for close-up looks at the native wildlife of Texas will be presented. The gala will also include entertaining shows, children’s activities and a high-energy lumberjack competition. Aside from the events associated with Wild Days, you can enjoy the rides and other attractions at SeaWorld.

Mardi Gras Festival

Six Flags Fiesta Texas will host the Mardi Gras Festival on March 24 to April 30. It will involve a parade of street floats and marching bands, along with themed food like beignets. Visiting Six Flags is always fun, but the New Orleans-style party will make it extra special.

Fiesta

The city’s Fiesta will be held on April 20 to 30. This major celebration is multifaceted, offering a broad spectrum of diverse events. It will include parades, pageants and music, in addition to patriotic, athletic and cultural activities.

Stay With Us

Plan a trip to San Antonio KOA, so you can take in all the wonderful sights of this great city of the Southwest. To reserve your spot, call 800-562-7783. For information, visit our website, call 210-224-9296 or email info@sanantoniokoa.com. The address is 602 Gembler Road in San Antonio, Texas.

West Texas Festivals

Plan a late winter camping trip to the great city of Abilene. It has interesting attractions such as Frontier Texas and Buffalo Gap Historic Village, along with the zoo and several museums. In addition, two major events are coming up – Outlaws and Legends and the Sweetwater Rattlesnake Roundup.

 

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Outlaws and Legends

March 31 and April 1 are the dates of a music festival called Outlaws and Legends. Quite a big local gala, it has been featured in Texas Monthly, Texas Highways and other publications. Attending the concerts is a nice way to relax and celebrate Texas Independence Day. A few of the performing artists scheduled for this year’s event include Lee Ann Womack, Cody Johnson, Mark Chesnutt and Kevin Fowler.

Click here to purchase tickets. The location is The Back Porch of Texas at 3350 N. Clack Street in Abilene.

Sweetwater Rattlesnake Roundup

Where else but in West Texas can you attend a rattlesnake parade and watch a snake-eating contest! On March 10 to 12, Sweetwater will host the World’s Largest Rattlesnake Roundup, an event that will also include a carnival, guided hunts, dance and cook-off. It will be held at the Nolan County Coliseum at 1699 Cypress in Sweetwater.

Stay With Us

We’d like to introduce Lowell and Rosanne Forbes as our new General Managers. They look forward to meeting you.

Spring is a busy time at Abilene KOA, so book early. We have a new Park Model RV that houses five to seven people, and it has its own private bathroom! Call 800-562-3651 to make reservations. For information, visit our website, call 325-672-3681 or email manager@texaskoa.com. The address is 4851 West Stamford Street in Abilene, Texas.

Tour Texas Hill Country

Kerrville makes a good home base when touring beautiful Texas Hill Country.

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One day you could visit Stonehenge, an art project that replicates the mysterious stones of England. On another day, you could drive to Bandera, a town called the Texas Cowboy Capital of the World. A third day trip could take you to Fredericksburg, a charming town settled by German immigrants.

Entertainment at Cailloux Theater

While Kerrville is close to several interesting spots, you needn’t leave the city limits to find entertainment. The Cailloux Theater will be offering the following shows within the coming weeks:

  • A tribute to Hank Williams, the renowned singer who greatly influenced country music, will be presented on February 11.
  • February 23 is the date of a Symphony of the Hills concert called Invitation to the Dance. The program will include music by Strauss and an array of other composers.
  • Popular singers Robert Earl Keen and Lee Ann Womack will give a concert on March 4.

Stay With Us

Aside from attending events at the Cailloux Theater, you’ll find other pleasant pursuits in town. These include visiting parks and museums, as well as golfing and shopping at specialty stores. A favorite pastime in spring is to drive along the winding country roads to admire the wildflowers blooming in the fields.

To make reservations at Kerrville KOA, call 800-562-1665 or visit our website. For information, call 830-895-1665 or email kervlkoa@ktc.com. Our address is 2400 Goat Creek Road in Kerrville, Texas.