Author: Carol Fall

Author: Carol Fall

I own Fall Farm Country Inn, a boutique bed and breakfast in East Texas. I love sharing my recommendations to exploring this wonderful area!

20+ Spring Things to Do in East Texas

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    There are so many spring things to do in East Texas small towns. Enjoy thousands of blooming wildflowers, gorgeous gardens, beautiful weather, fishing, and so much more.

    Read on to discover the unique spring things to do in East Texas that’ll make you never want to leave!


    Spring Things to Do in Mineola Texas

    Mineola Country Club

    1780 W. Loop 564, Mineola, Texas 75773

    Enjoy golfing in the gorgeous spring weather that East Texas has to offer. This country club is semi-private and features nine holes, with lots of hills, little bunkering, and water on nearly half of the holes. The Mineola Country Club is one of the top golf courses in East Texas small towns.

    After a great round of golf, head to their restaurant and bar for a great meal and refreshing beer, wine, or cocktail!

    Mineola Nature Preserve

    1860 County Road 2724, Mineola, TX 75773

    Visiting this beautiful sanctuary nestled along the Sabine River is hands down one of the best spring things to do in East Texas. The scenic, almost 3,000-acre preserve provides a relaxing escape to East Texas’ woodlands and wetlands.

    Whether you want to enjoy a scenic walk or run, mountain bike, horse ride, camp out, afternoon to fish, picnic, spot wildlife, or stargaze, the preserve is one of the best spots to do so.

    Iron Horse Square

    Iron Horse Square, located between Commerce and Front Street, was constructed around Union Pacific Railroad tracks. It’s a destination that’s filled with Americana charm.

    On select dates in April through October each year, take a fun, complimentary ride on the Mineola Mini Train!

    The Square also hosts the lovely Saturday Farmers Market from May to October. Check the community events calendar for more spring happenings held in their outdoor pavilion!

    Bass Fishing

    Spring Things to Do in Quitman Texas

    Lake Fork Fishing

    Fishing at Lake Fork is available year-round, but early spring is one of the best times of year for anglers to hook a great catch. Lake Fork has an abundant supply of both white bass and largemouth bass, with many of them larger than average. The biggest bass ever caught at Lake Fork weighed a whopping 18.18 pounds!

    Other types of fish you can catch include channel catfish, gar, bowfin, crappie, and more. Hire a local guide for an amazing fishing experience!

    The Links at Land’s End

    285 Private Road 5980, Yantis, TX 75497

    This fantastic golf course is only about a 15-minute drive north of Quitman. Take the 154 across Lake Fork for a scenic drive with fantastic views of the water!

    This beautiful golf course is off the beaten path, providing you with an unrushed, relaxing game, lakeside views, and, their greens and fairways are well taken care of. The facility includes a putting green, driving range, and chipping green.

    Wood County Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

    175 Governor Hogg Parkway, Quitman, TX 75783

    Visiting the Wood County Arboretum is one of the best spring things to do in East Texas. You’ll enjoy a gorgeous spring walk through over 20 acres of trails, forest, and gardens, with many Texas wildflowers blooming during the spring.

    The arboretum is also known for the historical Stinson House located on the property. The quaint home from 1869 is surrounded by a white picket fence, and makes for a lovely backdrop for spring photos. You can also tour the historic home by calling 430-235-5461.

    For gardeners: They host an annual spring plant sale each May!

    Farmers Market

    Spring Things to Do in Winnsboro Texas

    Winnsboro Farmers Market

    111 E. Carnegie Street, Winnsboro, TX 75494

    On Saturday mornings from April through October, you can wander the Winnsboro Farmers Market for seasonal goods and plenty of fresh, local produce! Spring is a fantastic time of year, given the lovely weather.

    You can browse a wide selection of goods including seasonal fruits and vegetables, plants, and herbs; fresh-from-the-farm yogurts and cheeses; organic, free-range eggs and pasture-raised chicken; grass-fed beef; local canned goods, like jam and honey; fresh fudge; goat milk soap; and more!

    Winnsboro Festival of Books

    200 Market Street, Winnsboro, TX 75494

    This annual literary festival is held in May at the Winnsboro Center for the Arts. Readers and writers gather here each spring to connect, share a love of literature, listen to keynote speakers, hear poetry readings, watch spoken word performances, and purchase books.

    Little ones can participate, too, and enjoy Children’s Storytime and Activities!

    Renaissance Under the Stars

    206 Market Street, Winnsboro, TX 75494

    This Winnsboro Center for the Arts annual fundraising event has been held for 20+ years!

    The festival features an outdoor marketplace and garden, live entertainment, a live auction, an online art auction, and dinner. All events are Renaissance-themed, and attendees are highly encouraged to take part in the festivities and don a golden age costume, too!

    Old Mill Pond Museum - Lindale, Texas
    Old Mill Pond Museum | photo via @alanrphotography

    Spring Things to Do in Lindale Texas

    Darden Harvest Park

    202 Cannery Row, Lindale, TX

    Lindale’s newest city park is 23 acres and includes a fun playground, splash pad, 18-hole disc golf course, dog park, and an accessible, one-mile walking trail, and benches placed with lovely scenic views. The park also hosts concerts and live entertainment, perfect to attend in the spring!

    It’s located at Blackberry Square in the popular Cannery District. Click here for more things to do in the District.

    Old Mill Pond Museum

    2900 S. Main Street, Lindale, TX 75771

    Enjoying the outdoors at the 20-acre, Old Mill Pond Museum park is one of the best spring things to do in East Texas. Enjoy a picnic by the pond, feed the fish and turtles, or stroll through the beautiful surrounding woodlands.

    Aside from the gorgeous nature, the site consists of 14 buildings and a variety of historical artifacts and displays. While you explore the park, you can see a blacksmith shop, a collection of antique tractors and automobiles, a working mill, a model train exhibit, a broom-making machine, and more.

    Plantation Pines

    10098 CR 429, Tyler, TX 75704

    Beginning early March each year, head to this family-owned farm to pick your own tulips from their gardens! They provide cute baskets and scissors to help you choose your favorite bundle of flowers.

    Visiting the gardens allows for so many colorful spring photo opportunities, with rows of hundreds of bright and colorful tulips! They also have a picnic area and play area for little ones.


    Spring Things to Do in Gladewater Texas

    Mrs. Lee’s Daffodil Garden

    21600 County Road 3103, Gladewater, TX 75647

    Gladewater is well-known for its lovely daffodil garden, consisting of thousands of flowers spread across nearly 30 acres. It’s best to see the daffodils in bloom each year during March—it’s one of our favorite spring things to do in East Texas.

    The garden also has a scenic, four-mile trail. If you walk the trail, you’ll see wildflowers, two idyllic lakes, a farm, woodland valleys, and an antique log cabin replica.

    Visit the Gardens in Tyler

    Just a 30-minute drive from Gladewater is Tyler! The city is famous for its roses but also has other beautiful gardens:

    • Pyron Garden — This private garden is open to the public each year during the Azalea and Spring Flower Trail events in the spring. Thousands visit each year to walk the beautiful 10-mile trail. Explore the greenhouse, enjoy the sights from the gazebo, and walk the gardens to see azaleas, trees, roses, fountains, sculptures, and more.
    • Tyler Municipal Rose Garden — Tyler is world-famous for its 14-acre rose garden, which includes over 200 rose varieties and thousands of rose bushes. One of the peak bloom periods for the rose garden is in mid-late May.
    • LeGrand Rose Garden — This large, manicured garden includes benches, shade trees, and lots of flowers, including roses and azaleas.

    Caldwell Zoo

    2203 Martin Luther King Boulevard, Tyler, TX 75702

    Also just outside Gladewater in Tyler is the Caldwell Zoo. Spring is the perfect time of year to spend time at the zoo with your family—it’s not too hot nor too cold!

    Enjoy the outdoors while you learn about over 3,000 animals from more than 200 species, like flamingos, elephants, cougars, lions, snakes, exotic birds, and more. Take a break to have lunch at the Chakula Cafe; their patio is located on the African Overlook and offers panoramic views

    Canton First Monday Trade Days - Canton, Texas
    Canton First Monday Trade Days | photo via @oortcloud_9

    Other Spring Things to Do in East Texas

    Canton Trade Days

    800 First Monday Lane, Canton, TX 75103

    Don’t visit East Texas without exploring Canton’s world-famous First Monday Trade Days! The massive marketplace has hundreds of vendors and thousands of items. You’ll find plenty of seasonal goods perfect for spring there, too, while you peruse the “largest flea market in the world.”

    Fall Farm Country Inn
    Fall Farm Country Inn

    Plan an East Texas Spring Getaway

    Stay at Fall Farm Country Inn while enjoying these fantastic spring things to do in East Texas. The boutique bed-and-breakfast not only offers fantastic amenities but is located centrally to all of these springtime activities!

    Visit East Texas when the wildflowers bloom for a relaxing trip enjoying the beautiful outdoors.

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