Some of my favorite things to do in Texas during the chilly month of January

Happy 2013!

Why not make a resolution to see more of our wonderful state? 

Here’s a list of some of my favorite things to do in Texas during the chilly month of January! 


1.  Visit Liberty Hall Theatre in Tyler, built in the 1930’s then restored and reopened in 2011.  Watch a classic movie, after dinner in the historic downtown square.  Try Jakes for a elegant dining experience, and don’t miss their rooftop lounge, The Chaveta.  Or enjoy Don Juan on the Square for a more family friendly option, after a day exploring the Caldwell Zoo or Tyler State Park

2. Take a tour of the Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi.  On January 8th, enjoy one of their monthly sessions of Sensational Substainable Seafood Cooking Class from 7-9pm.  HEB Plus chef, Gordon Taylor will instruct you how to select and prepare fresh, sustainable seafood.  You’ll get to sample the dishes and have fun, too!  Reservations are required.  $20/’person. 

3.  Grab your binoculars and head out to Emory for the 18th annual Eagle Fest!  Enjoy live bird shows and take either a bus or boat tour on Lake Fork for a chance to see some of these magnificent Winter Texans in the Eagle Capitol of Texas! 

4.  Trout are a cold water fish species and don’t handle our Texas heat very well, but each winter Texas Parks and Wildlife stocks community lakes and ponds with these aquatic fighters!  Take the kids to one of the stocked pond locations, or take a fly fishing class.  TPW offers a beginner’s fly fishing class on January 12th at Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens, and a Fly Tying Class at SeaCenter Texas in Lake Jackson on January 26th.  Also, classes are available in Houston at the Texas Fly Fishing School and The Country Flyfisher Shop in Fredericksburg.  Once you have had the classes, visit Rick Wilson at FBG Outfitters to schedule a guided fishing trip!

5.  Go Spelunkering!  Texas caves provide a wonderful getaway because they stay a constant temprature, even on the coldest day!  Natural Bridge Caverns in San Antonio, Cascade Caverns in Boerne, Cave Without a Name in Boerne, Caverns of Sonora in Sonora, Innerspace Caverns in Georgetown, Longhorn Caverns in Burnet and Wonderworld Park in San Marcos!  Be sure and check the calendar of events at each location, some offer exciting tours such as lantern, paranormal and wild cave tours!  Others host concerts and other venues! 

6.  Snow Geese migrate from the Canadian tundra to spend the winter in our warmer Texas marshes and waters.  Visit Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge in North Central Texas, or Anuhuac National Wildlife Refuge in Southeast Texas to see thousands of these beautiful birds, often from the comfort of your car! 

7.  Bundle up and enjoy the Quandrantid Meteor Shower on January 3rd from midnight to dawn.  Unlike other meteor showers, which may be viewed for a day or two before and after they peak, the Quandrantid has a very short, although productive window.  Enjoy the relaxed sleep schedule offered by Winter Break, and take the kids out away from the city lights for an evening of wishing on shooting stars! 

8.  Take the family to visit the El Paso Zoo for a Behind the Scenes Super Deluxe Elephant Experience.  Enjoy a private tour of the elephant facililty, then help the zookeepers give one of the Asian elephants a bath.  Participants will be allowed to help with some of the scrubbing, and rinsing her off with a hose!  You can then touch the elephant as you help the keepers feed her breakfast! 

9.  Have you ever had a Honeybell?  These amazing oranges are crosses between juicy Tangerines & delicious Ruby Red Grapefruit. Easy-to peel and bursting with a sweet flavor, they ripen in January in the Rio Grand Valley, and are available only for a short time!  Visit the RGV Farmer’s Market in McAllen and Weslaco, or order online from KY Farms

10.  Don’t miss the 57th annual Houston Boat Show!  Running January 4-13th, see thousands of boats and boating gear.  The kids will love Fish-O-Rama, as well as bubble balls, bumper boats and on Sat. and Sundays a boat building workshop for kids.     

Keep Having Fun in the Texas Sun!