The season of spring almost always ushers in a budding of topographical and personal renewal. Ring in the warm months and lay the seeds for a prosperous year by stepping out of your Dallas home by spending some time in the Texas countryside and acknowledge all that this unique land has to offer. The month of April, especially, offers specific opportunities to commune and reconnect with the natural bounty of the land. Blooming Bluebonnet Trails and engaging outdoor festivals are sure to make an appreciation for the great outdoors sprout in even the most persistent of city slickers.
Frolic through more than 40 miles of bluebonnet-dotted terrain in Ennis, Texas, any time during the month of April. This natural showcase of blooming beauty will keep you swaying in the wind with amazement. While this official flower of Texas tends to boast full blooms towards the end of month, regularly checking in with the Ennis Garden Club or Bluebonnet Love can keep you up to date on specific areas along Bluebonnet Trails that flourish with vivid azures and stark whites that rival the midday sky. Book tours on trails with a knowledgeable and friendly guide to learn about history and botany while also searching for that perfect, album-worthy snapshot.
Terrell Heritage Jubilee
Nothing says “fun” for Texans quite like an old-fashioned, country celebration. At the annual Terrell Heritage Jubilee during April 16–19, you’ll be treated to the sights and sounds of a down-home festival. A barbeque cook-off, rodeo, carnival, arts and crafts show, and live entertainment tickle the senses of visitors from across the state. Tours of local museums spotlight histories and antiquities that remain off the beaten path for most. The freeing, open space of the jubilee’s location offers to transport festival-goers to a simpler time and place where the only mandate is to have a rollicking good time.
Billed as the “ultimate family festival,” Arbor Daze skyrockets environmentalism into the stratosphere with its wide variety of fun activities, learning opportunities, and hands-on volunteerism. At this festival, you’ll have more nature-infused entertainment choices than you can shake a branch at. Arts and crafts, children’s areas, and local entertainment color this celebration with the right shades of joy. More than anything else, Arbor Daze promotes environmentalism by gifting its festival participants with a tree to plant and grow in an area of their choosing. Mark April 24–25 on your calendar and leave a preference for the concrete jungle behind.
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Via: CWB Blue Matter