Mapping East Texas summer activities on a budget

Mapping East Texas summer activities on a budget
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - With summer just a few weeks away, finding activities for the whole family on a budget can be challenging.

Instead of spending time on the couch, there are plenty of outdoors adventures and summer events for the whole family.

Families can utilize the numerous museums that the Piney Woods has to offer as they gear up for the summer months.

"They have activities going on all the time, and all of the museums are run on donations. They ask for a dollar donation, but you certainly don't have to give if you can't give," said Tara Watkins, executive director with Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Tara Watkins with the Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau said multiple museums like the Museum of East Texas or Texas Forestry Museum offer a variety of indoor camps.

As the weather warms up, Watkins said there are plenty of fun outdoor activities such as hiking or paddling the trails. Additionally, residents help kick the summer season off by taking part in the annual Neches Rendezvous.

"Everybody loves the outdoors, and it's a great way for you to experience canoeing or kayaking down the Neches. It is a Texas paddling trail, so it's a designated trail," Watkins said.

That means kids can get off the couch to avoid the summer boredom blues.

Mike Akridge with Lufkin Parks and Recreation said residents can take advantage of the 16 parks and several trails across the city.

"We have the Azalea Trail that's very pretty, and we just built a new trail at Ellen Trout Zoo," Akridge said. "It's a beautiful crushed granite trail that you can take your family out there." 

In Nacogdoches, the city's Convention and Visitors Bureau said this summer they are partnering with businesses in the area to offer demo days.

Demo days offers families to take part in events such as build a better blueberry crepe, or learn how to crochet scarves.

No matter the adventures families choose in East Texas, there are multiple ways to bond during the summer months.

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