Top Ten Spring Activities in the Midsouth

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See American Paintings in Houston

The Museum of Fine Art’s Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens is in the former home of an historic Houston philanthropist. It features American decorative arts and paintings and beautiful gardens – especially in spring.

Hit the Beach in Galveston

The beaches, restaurants, shopping, art galleries, and entertainment are all great reasons to go to Galveston Island in the Gulf of Mexico. It’s 40 minutes from Houston, and there are plenty of great things to do on a budget.

See Native American Artifacts

Native Americans have lived in America for 30,000 years. More than 67 tribal nations have lived in Oklahoma alone. Learn more local history and see artifacts and art.

Go to the LBJ Presidential Library

Like politics and history? Visit the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas. It shares the challenges and achievements of Lyndon Baines Johnson, the 36th president of the United States.

See a Basketball Game

Witness amazing feats of athleticism by your region’s professional basketball team. See the Dallas MavericksHouston RocketsNew Orleans PelicansSan Antonio Spurs, or Oklahoma City Thunder. You may see the next great superstar emerge at one of the many NBA Development League team games in this region.

Visit an Old Dance Hall

First built in 1878, Gruene Hall in New Braunfels, Texas, hasn’t missed a beat. From its old days as a dance hall to a beloved modern music venue, it’s always been a cornerstone of live entertainment.

Get a true sense of the South

Tour one of the many genteel plantations around New Orleans, Louisiana, including the still-working Evergreen Plantation, the South’s most intact plantation complex, with 37 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, including 22 slave cabins, between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. A visit to the Ogden Museum of Southern Art will further enlighten you about all things Southern.

See New Orleans by streetcar

It costs just $1.25 to take a streetcar tour through exciting New Orleans in Louisiana. A tour on the Riverside Line will take you through the attraction-loaded area, from the French Market, to the amazing Audubon Nature Institute, and the Charles Line winds through the Central Business District into majestic uptown New Orleans, past antebellum mansions, monuments, the Audubon Zoological Gardens, and much more.

See stunning scenery

Ouachita National Forest, the oldest National Forest in the southern United States, is located in 13 counties in Arkansas and two in Oklahoma. It's huge – 1.8 million acres, and the closest city is Hot Springs, Arkansas. The forest contains trails for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and canoeing and fishing are popular in its many rivers. Here's your chance to see the wilderness.

Get close to a gator

Cruise along a mossy Louisiana bayou on a swamp tour, and you’re apt to see an alligator, deadly snakes, unusual flora and fauna, and much more. If you’re up for a swampy adventure in New Orleans, there are plenty of options. 

 

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