(credit: Texas Parks & Wildlife)

(credit: Texas Parks & Wildlife)

Whether you relax on a blanket, sit at a picnic table or cook outdoors on an open grill — food just tastes better outside!

Find a park near you and start planning your picnic. How about a special picnic for Mother’s Day on May 12? Texas State Parks offer picnic tables in some of the most beautiful places in the state — next to rivers, lakes, historic structures, beaches and more. You can even put on a Texas-sized picnic in a group pavilion. To reserve a picnic pavilion or area, call 512-389-8900.

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Looking for some scrumptious, easy-to-make picnic recipes for your next outing? Texas State Parks has teamed up with the Texas Department of Agriculture, the Texas Beef Council and our food-blogging friends to bring you 28 special recipes in the following categories: romantic, kid-friendly, family gatherings and outdoor cooking. And if you need a little inspiration or help planning your picnic menu, visit Texas State Park’s Pinterest board.

coverFind some of the primo picnic spots for a picnic any time of the year in this article in Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine. Find 22 Texas State Parks and natural areas in the DFW area for your picnic.

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And please remember to keep your parks beautiful by following the Leave No Trace principles.

What To Bring:
  • Food and beverage, ice chest
  • Tablecloth, utensils, plates
  • Blanket or lawn chairs
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • Sunscreen
Outdoor Fun For Kids:

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Remember, Pack Out What You Bring In: Leave No Trace!

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