As our state begins to reopen and Texans begin to roam (whether we approve or not), so begins the question of what travel will look like in the months ahead.
For some, hitting the road is already in the works for summer, and not surprisingly, there are options for those hoping to vacation as soon as possible—we’ll live vicariously through you from the comfort of our safe space: the couch.
Camping at Texas State Parks
Resumes May 18 | tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks
You need to already have an existing reservation in place (from the Before Times), and the camping will be limited. But Texas State Parks do intend to have overnight camping start back up on May 18.
Of course, there are even more caveats: Reservations may be canceled to comply with social distancing, and no new reservations are being accepted just yet. Plus, camping could be shut down again depending on what happens with the coronavirus.
If you’re venturing to Texas State Parks for a day trip, masks and face coverings are strongly encouraged. Social distancing (six feet) is required, and no groups larger than five people are allowed (except for families who live together). And make sure to check this map, because not all parks are actually open.
Glamping in Navasota
Taking reservations for June | getaway.house/houston
Just an hour's drive from Houston is a new 142-acre outpost from Getaway, a travel company that offers "mindful escapes" in tiny cabins nestled in nature for those looking to ... well ... getaway from it all (i.e. there's no WiFi, but there are fire pits).
The cabins, starting at $99 per night, are distanced between 40-200 feet from each other—there's 34 two-person cabins with queen beds, and 12 four-person cabins with queen bunks; all have AC, bathrooms, stove tops, and other amenities—and the company is only booking at 50 percent of its regular capacity to keep social distancing a priority. There is also contact-free check in and check out.
Getaway also has outposts in Texas Hill Country, Dallas, and more locations across the country.
Fishing in Port Aransas
Beaches reopened May 1 | portaransas.org
Port A is now open and welcoming visitors back to its 18 miles of pristine beach, including options for overnight stays at an array of private homes, hotels, and condos in Cinnamon Shore, Sunflower Beach Resort & Residences, and more properties on the island. Facilities are adhering to federal and state guidelines to keep folks as safe as possible. Plus, we all know anglers love those spandex-y UV face mask/neck gaiter things already, so that's a win.
Two popular fishing events are still on for this summer, too: the 85th Annual Deep Sea Roundup (July 9-12) and the Texas Legends Billfish Tournament (Aug 5-9). And the area is also home to the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, Mustang Island State Park, and the Port Aransas Wetland Park for those seeking a reprieve in nature.