Safe spring excursions for your family


Stop by the Dinosaur Park in Bastrop, where dozens of life-size creatures await. (Sarah Beal photo)

By Kristin Finan
Get out of the house and enjoy some safe, family-friendly excursions with our March social media guide to fun activities across Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative’s service area. 

Go green at a farmers market
Add some fresh fruits and veggies to your meals and help out local farmers at one of the area’s many farmers markets. Options include the Bastrop 1832 Farmers Market (10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, 1302 Chestnut St.,, the Elgin Farmers’ Market (4-7 p.m. Thursdays in Veterans’ Memorial Park, and the Burleson County Farmers Market in Caldwell (7 a.m.-noon Saturdays at Echols and Fox streets, and 5-8 p.m Wednesdays on Buck Street, 

The sweet smell of spring
At Chappell Hill Lavender Farm, you can take in the stunning panoramic views, stroll past the scenic gazebo and enjoy a glass of lavender lemonade. Admission is free. Learn more at Learn more at

Get wild with animal encounters
Stop by the Dinosaur Park in Bastrop, where dozens of life-size creatures await. 893 Union Chapel Road in Cedar Creek;; 512-321-6262.

Smithville’s movie sights
Smithville is well-known as the location for the 1998 Sandra Bullock drama “Hope Floats.” The town has also played host to more than 40 other productions, most recently “Fear the Walking Dead” and the not-yet-released Amazon TV series “Panic,” which just wrapped filming in town. Smithville even earned the distinction of being a “Film Friendly Town” from the Texas Film Commission. Find a printable, color-coded map of film locations at

Take in a unique view 
Get a great underwater glimpse of Spring Lake in San Marcos on a 30-minute private tour at the Meadows Center. Learn about the springs, its ancient history and endangered species. Open daily; pre-register for boat tours, which are limited to 10 people; masks/social distancing required;

Get the scoop in Brenham
Blue Bell Creameries is still churning out some of Texas’ favorite ice cream. Precautions are in place for visitors and the observation deck is closed, but you can learn about the history of Blue Bell in the visitor center, pick up gifts and, most importantly, grab a scoop to eat on the spot. The Little Creamery in Brenham is open to visitors 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday;

Stay at a state park
From fishing at Lake Somerville State Park to spending the night in an Airstream at Lake Bastrop North Shore Park, there’s something for everyone at Texas state parks. COVID-19 precautions are in place and reservations are recommended. Visit to explore options.

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