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Iconic Garner State Park for Spring Break: Not Only a Summer Destination

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It’s as iconic in Texas as Shiner Beer and George Strait. It’s located in the middle of nowhere on the banks of an infamous river. It’s been a wildly popular family summer destination for generations, but it’s also a great place to head for Spring Break. What are we talking about? Garner State Park, of course.

If you’ve been, you understand the appeal. Tucked away near Concan, Texas on the aptly-named, spring-fed Frio River, the state park doesn’t look like much for those who prefer a getaway with room service and spa treatments, but what Garner State Park does offer is nature-centered fun for people of all ages.

River Fun, Hiking and More


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When the sun is out and the Frio is a’calling, the on-site boat shop rents out kayaks, paddleboards, tubes, and iFloats, which are 10 x 6 floating islands that can hold the whole family for sunbathing, fishing, and swimming. The hiking is spectacular at Garner as well, as hikers have 1774 acres of scenic park land to explore with 11 miles of maintained hiking trails. From nature watching to geocaching, there are plenty of outdoor activities to keep the whole family busy and active this Spring Break.

Two-Step Under The Texas Stars


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Besides the Frio River, the other popular spot in the park is the pavilion. During the summer months and during Spring Break, the park hosts a nightly dance at the pavilion where teenagers awkwardly learn to two-step and toddlers dance on dad’s feet, while grandmothers boogie to the tunes of their youth. The dances have been held at the park since the 1940s, and it’s safe to say that a fair number of Texas love matches have been made under the roof of that historic pavilion.

Day Use is Popular But Staying Overnight is the Way To Go

Garner State Park

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Bring your tents, RV or stay in one of the cabins at Garner but do plan to stay awhile. There’s so much to see and do at Garner State Park. The kids can find their own adventures while the adults can relax and unwind. The Frio River is always cold and always fresh and people come back year after year to experience this truly Texan oasis.

To learn more about Garner State Park and to plan your next visit, check out their website.