Spring Break Means Big Business for Texas Parks
Spring bring has arrived in Texas, and many campgrounds are bustling with a mix of Winter Texans and families and other outdoor recreation enthusiasts, according to a news release.
“We have talked to many parks. And if they have any sort of significant location or significant group of amenities, they are sold out,” said Brian Schaeffer, executive director and CEO of the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO).
Many parks said their business levels were high because spring break crowds are going to many of the same parks that are used by Winter Texans.
“When you couple spring break with our remaining Winter Texans, this will be one of our busiest weeks of the year,” said Bryan Kastleman, manager of Hill Country RV Resort & Cottage Rentals in New Braunfels.
Parks with recreational amenities are also in particularly high demand.
“We are very busy this spring break,” said Dixie Brandon of Hi-Line Lake Resort on the northwest side of Lake Buchanan in Tow. “Kids are swimming in the pool despite the cold water.”
And despite the continuing drought, she said, the lake level is still at a usable level. “We have people going out in boats and people fishing on our enclosed fishing dock,” she said.
Brandon added that many visitors have been taking the Vanishing Texas River Cruise and have spotted many eagles this year.
Parks are also keeping busy along the Gulf Coast. “Spring break is a wonderful time in Texas,” said Charles Rhea of Surfside RV in Port Aransas. “Schools are out and parents are footing the bill!”
Some parks are also benefiting from upcoming festivals and other special events.
Rhea, for example, expects to draw business from the upcoming Sand Sculpture Festival in Port Aransas.
Almost Heaven RV Resort in Manvel, for its part, is drawing business from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in addition to regular spring break crowds. Other upcoming Houston area events include “March Madness” and the “Men’s Final Four,” which is slated for April 2-4 at Houston’s Reliant Stadium.
“We’ve been quite busy,” said Randall Hendrickson, president of Horizon RV Resorts, which manages Almost Heaven RV Resort. “We already have several families with us for spring break, the fish are biting in our private lake, and we’re just 38 miles from Galveston and the beaches.”
While many parks are completely sold out for spring break, some still have a few spaces here and there, so it’s worth contacting parks in areas you’d like to visit, Schaeffer said.
“We do have a couple of sites available for one night only. We also have five overflow sites available,” said Ed Robinson, manager of Sunset Point RV Resort in Marble Falls.
The Vineyard Campground and Cabins in Grapevine is also pretty full, but it still has some sites available. “We are 100% booked for our cabins the entire nine days of spring break and 88% booked on our RV sites for the same period. We only have one- and two-day openings left on those,” said Joe Moore, assistant director of the Grapevine Parks and Recreation Department.