Amazing Natural Attractions in Texas You Should Visit

While many people outside of Texas imagine our state as simply rolling hills of desert and grass, here in the Lone Star State we know better. Our home has a wide and varied landscape that leads to some spectacular sights. Here are some of the best natural attractions in Texas to visit on your next adventure.

Balmorhea State Park

Take a weekend trip to Toyahvale to take a swim in the crystal clear, spring-fed waters. Once you experience what swimming in natural spring water feels like, you won’t ever want to swim in a harsh chlorinated pool again.

Devil’s River

Catch a glimpse of the beautiful blue waters found in the Devil’s River. It is located in remote Del Rio, which makes it one of the cleanest rivers in the state—an ideal place to go fishing.

Big Bend National Park

This park is located right along the border with Mexico. Here you can take in the breathtaking sights of a lone mountain range surrounded by desert. You may even catch glimpses of the hundreds of bird species who call this area home.

Here at Midland Buick GMC Cadillac, we love taking in the natural beauty of Texas and are proud to call this state our home. What is your favorite natural attraction in Texas?

Image by amydejong

Try One of These Texas Day Trips to End Your Summer Right

It might make you sad to hear it, but the summer is quickly drawing to a close. If you have kids, you probably have already started back-to-school shopping. However, before the school year officially starts, try one or more of these Texas day trips.

Fort Davis

This is one of the best surviving military sites from the Indians Wars era of the late 1800s. This fort was in operation from 1854 to 1891. Visitors can tour many of the restored buildings.

Fort Worth Stockyards

Twice every day, you can watch live cow herding at the Fort Worth Stockyards. In addition, every Friday and Saturday night there is a fun-filled rodeo.

Palo Duro Canyon

This beautiful red rock canyon is often called the “second Grand Canyon.” The park is open every day from 7am-10pm. There are campsites available for a longer stay.

Dinosaur Valley State Park

Walk in the footsteps of giants with a visit to Dinosaur Valley State Park. Follow the river to find the dinosaur tracks. You can also go horseback riding, camping, find a geocache, go for a swim, or catch some fish.

Here at Midland Buick GMC Cadillac, we hope you have a great end to your summer and an even better start to the school year.

Image by Maciej Kraus

The Texas Road Trip of Hidden Beaches

What’s more summery than a trip to the beach? How about a road trip! This Texas road trip will let you combine two summer traditions by taking you to the Lone Star State’s best hidden beaches.

Surfside Beach

If you’re starting near Midland Buick GMC Cadillac in Midland or at another inland location, give yourself a day or two to drive to the coast. Then, make Surfside Beach your first stop. This beautiful beach will let your drive your GMC truck right onto the sand, and is the perfect spot for a bonfire or even a night of camping.

Matagorda Bay

Head south along the coast to arrive at Galveston where you’ll take a ferry to Matagorda Bay. This nature preserve island is the perfect place to find some peace and quiet, or to take a kayak out for some up-close encounters with local wildlife.

San Jose Island

Further south you’ll find San Jose Island, a peaceful coastal spot with plenty of room to breathe and dip your toes in the water.

If you want more secluded Texas beaches, you can keep your road trip going all the way down to the Rio Grande Delta. You’re guaranteed to find many of your own special spots that you’ll want to return to every summer from here forward.

 

Best Texas Campgrounds

For many Texas families, it’s just not summer yet until you’ve taken a good camping trip. Get things underway by visiting one of these excellent Texas campgrounds.

Fritch Fortress Campground

Fritch is just a four hour drive north from Midland Buick GMC Cadillac, which seems just right for a weekend getaway. Located near Lake Meredith, this campground offers plenty of breathtaking views and fun outdoor activities. It’s also perfect for family trips thanks to its accommodations like trash services, fresh water, and showers. Plus, it’s free!

Bolivar Flats

Bolivar is much farther away from Midland, but the journey is worth it for the beach camping. Pack plenty of food and water and your favorite water toys, because with a $10 permit you’re allowed to drive right onto the beach to set up your campsite there.

Camp Creek Recreation Area

This site is in the same direction as Bolivar, but much closer. Camp Creek is a beautiful place to spend a few days, and also features amenities like fire pits, picnic tables, and grills for easy meal preparation. The land is covered in pecan trees, filled with deer and other wildlife, and welcoming to visitors in every sense of the word!

July Events in Midland

July events in Midland H&H Cadillac

Now that summer is here, there will be plenty of things to do all season long. If you are looking for some fun July events in Midland to add to your calendar, check out this list.

The 69th Season of Summer Mummers. Catch this hilarious show that takes you back to the summer of ’69 as performed by the Midland Community Theatre. The show runs all summer long, every weekend.

Pops in the Park. Celebrate Independence Day with a great live concert at Comanche Trail Park on July 3rd in nearby Big Spring. You can start heading to the park at 5pm to take your pick from a variety of food vendors. Then, there is a pre-show at 6pm and the symphony and fireworks will start at 8:30pm.

Movies in the Park. Throughout the summer, there will be a free movie series hosted by the Odessa Parks Foundation. On July 8th, catch the Jungle Book at Lawndale Park. Then, head to UTPB Park on July 22nd for an outdoor showing of Jurassic Park.

Midland Downtown Farmers Market. Every Saturday from 8:30am through 12:30pm, head out to the Farmers Market to pick up some delicious locally-grown and prepared food. Find everything from carrots, to bread, to jams, and more.

Here at Midland Buick GMC Cadillac, we hope to see you and your family at some of these fun events.

Best Ways to Spend Summer in Texas

what to do during your summer in texas

Summer in Texas is a beautiful thing. While it may be flaming hot most of the time, here are four places you can visit to help you take your mind off the heat.

Devil’s River. Head to Del Rio to take in the sights of the picturesque Devil’s River. Head to the bank, and stick your feet in the cool, clear water.

BSR Cable Park. Want to spend a day relaxing in the water? You can’t do much better than the world’s longest lazy river found at BSR Cable Park in Waco.

Barton Springs Pool. If you like the idea of swimming in a lake or river, but not the idea of what’s hiding under the water, try the Barton Springs Pool in Austin. This is a man-made swimming pool that looks more like a lake. It is filled with natural spring water, some small fish, and even some water plants.

Burger’s Lake. When you visit this lake in Fort Worth, the whole family is guaranteed to have fun. It comes equipped with water slides, a trapeze swing to jump in the water, and so much more.

Here at Midland Buick GMC Cadillac, we love our Texan summers. What is your favorite way to spend the summer?

Hiking in Midland: Find Trails Near You

Hiking in MidlandNow that summer is right around the corner and the temperatures are warming, it’s the perfect time to get out and explore trails in the area. Hiking is a great way to get exercise while also experiencing the great outdoors, and many find it incredibly rewarding. Plus, if you need a car to go on your next adventure, you can easily find one at Midland Buick GMC. Read on to learn more about hiking in Midland.

According to All Trails, one of the top trails in the area is the I-20 Wildlife Preserve. This easy trail is perfect for beginners looking for scenic views. There are a range flora and fauna in the preserve, including butterfly, hawks, bobcats, porcupines, and turtles, among other things.

Beal Park is especially friendly for young kids. This park has a cricket field, baseball, grilling, fishing, and more. There is also a windmill and elevated tank, making this park a one-stop location for summer fun. Visit today to see what else makes this location truly special.

Finally, check out the Windlands Park Loop Trail. This short 0.8-mile loop has light traffic as well as wildlife, and its perfect for walking. Dogs are welcome as long as they are on a leash, and this park also offers wide-open spaces for running as well. Visit one of the many great trails in Midland today.

June Events in Midland: Things to Do

June Events in MidlandThere are tons of June events in Midland to consider. From local farmers’ markets to comedy performance, there is truly something for everyone in the area. Midland is especially well known for its welcoming community and rich history, one reason we here at Midland Buick GMC couldn’t be happier to serve the area.

According to Your Basin, there are a range of things to consider in June. In particular, this includes the local farmers’ market, held every Saturday through the month. This is held at the Museum of the Southwest, and you’ll find fresh bread, jam, veggies, and more. It’s held from 8:30am to 12:30pm, so be sure to stop by.

You can also check out Brian Regan at the Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center on June 10. This event is at 7:30pm, and tickets start at $69. Regan is known for both his clean humor and his singing, bringing a distinct quality to his comedy that you just can’t find elsewhere.

Finally, check out the Midland Hot Dog Run. There is a 5K and 1K on June 24 from 7:00am to 11:00am. This will be held at Midland College, starting in the parking lot of the Allison Fine Arts Building. There will be pet contests and prizes as well, making this run truly enjoyable for all ages.

Four Tips for Spring Cleaning

Four Tips for Spring Cleaning

Spring symbolizes rebirth and fresh starts, which is why this season has cleaning and organization on everyone’s mind. If you’re looking to get your surroundings in order, check out some of our favorite spring cleaning tips from Midland Buick GMC Cadillac.

 

Remove Out-of-Reach Dust

Thanks to all of the beautiful new blooms and pollen, spring can be a rough time of year for those with allergies. Don’t let dust add to that issue. Spend a day cleaning hard-to-reach places like the tops of door frames, ceiling fans, and book shelves.

 

Use Your Dishwasher

This hard-working machine doesn’t have to be just for dishes. Fill yours with things like light fixtures, vases, toys, or anything else that could benefit from a gentle rinse.

 

Remove Dust from Upholstery

The quickest way to get rid of dirt, fur, dust, and debris is by using rubber gloves. Run your gloved hands under water, pat them dry so that they’re damp, and then run your hands over chairs, couches and rugs to collect debris.

 

Clean Around Your Stove

Use special degreasing kitchen cleaner to scrub away the grease that has built up from cooking. People are more likely to cook if their kitchen is clean and welcoming. With fresh spring and summer produce lingering on the horizon, there’s no better time than now to get that stovetop ready.

April Events in Midland, Texas

Events in Midland

Looking for something different to do this month? From sports to theater, there are plenty of events in Midland that are sure to keep you occupied.

 

Midland RockHounds vs Tulsa Drillers, San Antonio

Nothing says springtime like a little minor league baseball. Head to Security Bank Ballpark on the first and second weekends in April to see your local team play the Tulsa Drillers and the San Antonio Missions. Tickets are $9-$16.

 

Cabaret

Come hear the music play at the Sul Ross Theatre Program’s production of Cabaret April 7-9, 2017. This award winning musical is sure to have you laughing, singing, and dancing in your seat. Tickets are $12.

 

Midland Downtown Farmers Market

There’s nothing quite like spending a morning picking out fresh produce for a delicious lunch later that day. The Midland Downtown Farmers Market opens this month and offers everything from locally grown fruits and veggies to homemade breads and jams.

 

Church Under the Bridge 3rd Annual Golf Tournament

Enjoy the weather and practice your swing all while supporting the Church Under the Bridge. This annual tournament is held at the Hogan Park Golf Course, just minutes away from Midland Buick GMC Cadillac. Registration is $400 per team with various sponsorship levels. Don’t miss out on your chance at a $25,000 hole in one!

 

These are just a few our favorite April events here at Midland Buick GMC Cadillac!