Free Family Activities at College Station this Spring


COLLEGE STATION, TX – With Spring Break essentially here, what fun, safe, and FREE events are on offer for families in Brazos Valley? Fortunately! College Station’s Parks and Recreation Department has them covered. With 54 landscaped parks covering over 1,864 acres, there is much to explore and discover with the family.

1. Splash pads
Open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., the City of College station has two different splash games!

The first is located at the Fun for All Playground, equipped with its own weeping water shower at Stephen C. Beachy Central Park. The second is the WA Tarrow Plash Pad, located next to the Lincoln Recreation Center, equipped with tilting buckets and a spray area.

Now parents there are no lifeguards on duty, so you have to watch your children. But who says you can’t put on your swimsuit, coat yourself in sunscreen and have fun!

2. Lick Creek Park
This 523-acre College Station staple is a premier nature reserve, exhibiting a variety of native plants and animals, including the endangered Navasota Ladies Braids. With five miles of marked trails, this is the perfect opportunity for families to hike, bike, bird watch, horseback ride, and study nature.
Oh! And rest assured parents, toilets are available! Open at Lick Creek Nature Center, the building is open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday.

Fun tip: Looking for more fun? Try to keep your kids entertained with the Lick Creek Park Trail Bingo!

3. Fishing
So you’re a fishing family, eh? Well if you love fishing why not try the ponds with your kids at Cy Miller and Beachy Central; whose tastes are catered for, wait for it … rainbow trout!

For more information on harvesting regulations and permit requirements, check out their website, right here!

Oh, and if you’ve got big kids over the age of 17 on board, don’t forget your freshwater fishing stamp, too.

4. Skate Park
The G. Hysmith Skate Park is a place for skateboarders of all skill levels … including dads! Yes, this fully lit facility also has a covered spectator area for reluctant family members in need of their 17th iPhone break of the day. Don’t forget those knee pads and helmets before heading to their pro-style flow bowl or hundreds of feet of varied terrain in the linear street course.

5. Picnics
Yes, the fastest way to get your child’s heart out during Spring Break could very well be a sandwich. With the right fruit juice of course! Indeed, in Beachy Central Park, families have many green spaces to enjoy their meals outdoors. Did we mention that this park also offers air-conditioned restrooms located in the pavilion and athletic hangar?

Of course, once you’re done, maybe tell daddy to put down the chips and offer a basketball court pickup match or a quick run on the sports fields if he’s feeling particularly full.

Yes, there’s about 10,080 minutes of spring break … and then school comes just to end it. So take advantage of all the things to discover here at College Station, through their Parks & Recreation offers.


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