Brownwood Offers Tons of Family-Friendly Spring Break Fun
After a long, wet winter, we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. That’s right…Spring Break is around the corner! It’s a time to pack up the car and hit the highway, seeking out fun in the Texas sun. And, boy, does Brownwood offer a ton of ways to enjoy the early days of Spring. From camping to golf resorts, we’ve got Texas-sized fun for any budget. Here are our favorite Brownwood Spring Break activities fit for the whole family!
Where to Stay
The Hideout Golf Club & Resort offers six lodge rooms, 17 cabins and 10 RV hookups for rent. The golf-centered resort also offers a fantastic pool area, a large viewing an on-site restaurant all just minutes from the water of Lake Brownwood.
Campers find quiet, manicured sites with lakefront views inside Lake Brownwood State Park. Perfect for the budget-conscious outdoor lover, campsites with water start at $12 per night and range up to $25 for water and electric. All include a picnic table, outdoor grill, fire ring and access to nearby showers and restrooms. Full hookup sites ($25/ night) and screened shelters ($30/night) are also available in addition to basic cabins which range from $90-$320/night.
The freshly-renovated Hampton Inn Brownwood offers budget-friendly lodging for families wanting to trade the air mattress and night air for a plush bed and attached washroom. Guest rooms with sofa beds are available (ask about them!), and the property also offers a gym, hot breakfast and a pool!
What to Do
Did you know that Brownwood is situated next to a 7,500-acre lake? Now you do! You can boat, water ski, jet ski, fish and swim year-round on Lake Brownwood. Splash around, enjoy a waterside picnic, take in the view on a kayak or paddleboard, whip around on a jet ski or take your pontoon boat out for a spin. A fisherman’s favorite, Lake Brownwood is an excellent spot for white and striped bass. It’s also good for catching largemouth bass, catfish, crappie, sunfish and freshwater drum. Whatever your fancy, the lake has you covered.
Play it Up
Go for a round of golf at the Hideaway’s naturally scenic 18-hole course, or disc golf at beautiful Riverside Park. Or take a ball to kick around after a picnic in one of our 18 city parks. The little ones will love reaching new heights on the swings and showing off their monkey bar chops on Brownwood’s ample playgrounds.
Take A Hike
About 10 miles from Brownwood, you’ll find Lake Brownwood State Park on the shores of its namesake. The park is open to all for hiking, camping, and exploring year round. Enjoy six miles of hiking trails, search for geocaches, watch the sunrise over the lake or take advantage of the volleyball and softball fields. They also offer spring break-dedicated walks and hikes suitable for all ages (all are weather-dependent).
Wildflower Walk (March 11; 10 – 11 am) | This lovely walk introduces visitors to Brownwood’s native wildflowers/plants. Rangers discuss what’s blooming, some history of these plants or their uses, and how to identify flowers. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot some pollinators like butterflies and bees along the trails. We’re expecting an early bloom this year and hope to have a colorful landscape for photography.
Beginner Birding Walk (March 13; 9-10 am) | This walk teaches visitors about different birds in the park, their songs and identifying features. A limited supply of binoculars is available to borrow, though interested visitors are encouraged to bring their own.
Night Hike (March 1; 8-9 pm) | One of the parks’ most popular hikes is their cool night hike! The walk shakes the fear of darkened woods and helps talks about nocturnal animals, the sky and the surrounding sights and sounds. Weather-dependent, the Rangers will break out black lights to spot nighttime creatures! (A headlamp or flashlight is recommended.)
Take advantage of the park’s Junior Ranger program that allows kids aged 6 – 12 years to become an honorary Junior Ranger upon completion of an activity book. They also loan Junior Ranger backpacks stocked with great outdoor exploration tools like binoculars, field identification guides, and an artbook to draw what they find in the park.
Ride the Rails
Brownwood has a rich railroading history that little conductors love to explore. The Martin & Frances Lehnis Railroad Museum exhibits the railroad history of Brownwood, Central Texas, and the American Southwest. See railroad memorabilia, equipment, photos and working model trains of every size. The museum also runs a mini train every Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm (weather permitting) for $2 per person and a children’s play area.
On March 15 & 16, the Lehnis Museum is hosting the Wheels That Move The World event from 10 am to 6 pm. The event brings together more than locomotives, tractors, military vehicles, fire and police trucks, motorcylces and cruisers, and more. Additional fun includes face painting, a bounce house, mini train rides, mobile Ranger College, and food trucks. The family event is $5 for ages 12+; $2 for ages 5-11; free for ages 4 and under.
Where to Eat
Runaway Train Cafe is a unique family treat. Housed in an antique train car, Runaway offers easy eats and fun, retro atmosphere. Don’t miss out on an old-school shake or Root Beer Float! Though burgers are the star of the popular Studebaker’s Cafe & Grill, they also offer a wide selection of sandwiches and salads, in addition to a kid-dedicated menu and breakfast plates!
There’s a reason that Underwood’s Cafeteria brags about their rolls on a billboard just outside of town. The all-you-can-eat cafeteria features house-smoked meats, traditional sides and airy, buttery rolls that quickly cause an addiction. Satisfy your sweet tooth with fresh gelato from the Turtle Gelateria (and check out the neighboring fine-dining, slow food experience at the renowned Turtle Restaurant next door if you fancy).
We hope to kick off Spring with a fun-filled Spring Break out here in Brownwood – where it feels like home!