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Take Your Family on a Thrilling Spring Break Escape to Caverns of Sonora

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Your social media feeds are undoubtedly flooded right now with posts about your friends’ spring break plans and their complicated travel itineraries. You might suddenly be in a panic, realizing that spring break is coming soon and you have exactly zero plans to do anything. Some folks head to one of Texas’ many beaches for spring break, craving sunshine and warm temperatures. But what typically happens is that the Texas coast inevitably experiences a freak, mid-March cold snap, driving everyone indoors and into over-crowded restaurants, in lieu of time spent on the beach. How about this year, instead of setting yourself up for spring break defeat, you plan to head west to the Caverns of Sonora? It’s one of the best-kept secrets in the Lone Star State!

Not as Far Away as You May Think

Take Your Family on a Thrilling Spring Break Escape to Caverns of Sonora

Photo: Caverns of Sonora

Located halfway between San Antonio and the beautiful Big Bend region of our state, Caverns of Sonora offer a glimpse into the underground majesty of one of the most impressive cave systems in Texas. Take a guided tour of the Caverns and learn how this crystal-covered cave system was accidentally (and quite literally) stumbled upon from an unassuming, 20-inch raccoon hole in the ground. Stay after your extensive and entertaining tour to sluice for gems (a popular activity for kids and adults alike), or just hike around the area, enjoying the views and wildlife. Camping is also available nearby, if you’d like to really unplug and reconnect with nature at the Caverns of Sonora.

What Else is There to Do?

Take Your Family on a Thrilling Spring Break Escape to Caverns of Sonora

Photo: Caverns of Sonora

But what else is there to do way out in the middle of nowhere? You might be surprised to know that the area near the Caverns of Sonora is rich with culture and outdoor adventures, and it boasts some of the best weather in Texas this time of the year. The town of Sonora, located only 15 miles from the caverns, offers dining, lodging, and entertainment options to make your trek out west worth your while.

Nearby Fort McKavett State Historical Site is a 150-year-old West Texas fort that has ongoing tours, demonstrations, and events that attract history lovers by the droves. In fact, Fort McKavett was once called, “the prettiest post in Texas,” by General William T. Sherman, when he visited the post. So even if history isn’t your “thing,” go for the spectacular views of the western edge of the Texas Hill Country and maybe pick up an interesting Texas Historical fact or two in the process.

Photo Opportunities that Will Turn Heads

Take Your Family on a Thrilling Spring Break Escape to Caverns of Sonora

Photo: Facebook/Sonora Chamber of Commerce

Hiking and bird watching are also popular Sonora-area activities. A visit to picturesque Eaton Hill will appease the nature lovers in your life with over 37 acres of landscaped beauty. Hike on the trails, expand your knowledge in this “living classroom,” and keep your eyes peeled for some of the Texas Hill Country’s most exquisite wildlife.

The Old Ice House Ranch Museum is another fascinating attraction in Sonora. This museum is housed in a former ice house, and its exhibits and displays are rich in history. Also be sure to take a look at the Old Sutton County Jail while on a guided tour downtown. The native limestone jail once housed killers, gang members, and thieves.

Golfers will love the beautiful grounds of the Sonora Golf Club. The wide open spaces, challenging 9-hole course, and friendly staff at the clubhouse make it one of the most memorable golf courses in the Lone Star State.

To begin planning your Spring Break travels to West Texas and the Caverns of Sonora, visit the website for the Caverns or the Sonora Chamber of Commerce website for more information on accommodations and activities.