Let us help you make plans this year with our Spring Break Guide

Spring Break happens just once a year and we want to help you make it count! We’ve made a giant list of local destinations to help you plan your week. We’ve sorted dozens of places into 8 categories: Eat & Drink, Explore & Experience, Learn & Play, Outdoor Adventures, Relax & Renew, Something Sweet, Take a Daytrip and Unique Shopping. So you can scroll down and see all of the destinations, listed alphabetically, within each category.

EAT & DRINK

Brisket Love Barbecue & Icehouse

Circle M Crawfish

Clean Brew

Front Porch Distillery

  • Hours:
    • Sunday - Tuesday: Closed
    • Wednesday - Thursday: 1PM - 7PM
    • Friday: 1PM - 10PM
    • Saturday: 10AM - 10PM
  • Location: Nacogdoches
  • Visit their website here.

JT2 Burgers

Larry Bruce Gardens

  • Hours:
    • Monday - Thursday: Closed
    • Friday - Saturday: 11AM - 2PM
    • Sunday: Buffet opens at 12
  • Location: Kennard
  • Visit their website here.

Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards

Railway Cafe

Ray’s Drive-In

  • Hours:
    • Monday: 10AM - 9PM
    • Tuesday: 10AM - 10PM
    • Wednesday -Thursday: 10AM - 9PM
    • Friday - Saturday: 10AM - 10PM
    • Sunday: Closed
  • Location: Lufkin
  • Visit their Facebook page here.

Stanley’s Famous Pit BBQ

The Tuscan Pig

True Vine Brewing Company

  • Earl Campbell Hours:
    • Monday - Wednesday: 4PM - 9PM
    • Thursday: 4PM - 11PM
    • Friday - Saturday: 11AM - 11PM
    • Sunday: Closed
  • Downtown Tyler Hours:
    • Monday - Thursday: 4PM - 9PM
    • Friday - Saturday: 4PM - 11PM
    • Sunday: Closed
  • Location: Tyler
  • View their beer menu here.
  • Visit their website here.

Wright on Taco Shop

  • Hours:
    • Sunday - Monday: Closed
    • Tuesday -Wednesday: 11AM - 3PM
    • Thursday - Friday: 11AM - 8PM
    • Saturday: 11AM - 3PM
  • Location: Harleton
  • Visit their website here.

Y’alls Barbecue

EXPLORE & EXPERIENCE

Bear Creek Smokehouse

Escapology

  • Hours:
    • Monday - Thursday: 5PM - 9PM
    • Friday: 5PM - 10PM
    • Saturday: 12PM - 11PM
    • Sunday: 2PM - 8PM
  • Location: Tyler
  • Admission: $25 per person (Book here)
  • Visit their website here.

Oh My Goat

Shine Tyler: Coffee Shop & Interactive Experience

  • Coffee Shop Hours:
    • Monday - Thursday: 7AM - 2PM
    • Friday: 7AM - 10PM
    • Saturday: 10AM - 10PM
    • Sunday: Closed
  • Interactive Experience Hours:
    • Thursday - Friday: 6PM - 10PM
    • Saturday: 10PM - 10PM
    • Sunday - Wednesday: Closed
  • Location: Tyler
  • Visit their website here.

Texas State Railroad

  • Hours:
    • Wednesday, March 16: 11AM
    • Thursday, March 17: 11AM
    • Friday, March 18: 11AM
    • Saturday, March 19: 1PM
  • Location: Palestine Depot
  • Admission: $25 - $134 (Prices vary depending on day and seat)
  • Visit their website here.

The Pink Pistol & Red 55 Winery

  • Hours:
    • Monday -Thursday: 10 AM - 6PM
    • Friday - Saturday: 10 AM - 8PM
    • Sunday: 11AM - 5PM
  • Location: Lindale
  • Visit their website here.

Urban Air Adventure Park

  • Hours:
    • Monday - Tuesday: 4PM - 8PM
    • Wednesday: 4PM - 7PM
    • Thursday: 4PM - 8PM
    • Friday: 12PM - 9PM
    • Saturday: 10AM - 9PM
    • Sunday: 12PM - 8PM
  • Location: Tyler
  • Admission: $3.49 - $25.99 (Get tickets here)
  • Visit their website here.

LEARN & PLAY

Goodman-Legrand House and Museum

  • Hours:
    • Tuesday - Saturday: 10AM - 4PM
    • Sunday - Monday: Closed
  • Location: Tyler
  • Admission: Free but a $2 donation is suggested
  • Visit their website here.

Leo St. Clair Music Box Collection

  • Hours:
    • Monday - Wednesday: 9:30AM - 6PM
    • Thursday: 9:30AM - 8PM
    • Friday: 9:30AM - 6PM
    • Saturday: 9:30AM - 1PM
    • Sunday: Closed
  • Location: Sulphur Springs
  • Admission: Free
  • Visit their website here.

London Museum Cafe and Soda Fountain

Longview World of Wonders

Millard’s Crossing Historic Village

  • Hours:
    • Monday -Saturday: 9AM - 4PM
    • Sunday: Closed
  • Location:
  • Admission:
  • Visit their website here.

Old Mill Pond Museum

Texas Museum of Broadcast and Communications

  • Hours:
    • Sunday - Thursday: Closed
    • Friday - Saturday: 10AM - 5PM
  • Location: Kilgore
  • Admission: Adults $6, Seniors, Military, Students & First Responders $5, Kids 3-11 $3, Under 3 free
  • Visit their website here.

Vanishing Texana Museum

  • Hours:
    • Sunday - Wednesday: Closed
    • Thursday - Saturday: 11AM - 4PM
  • Location: Jacksonville
  • Admission: Free
  • Visit their website here.

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

Cherokee Trace Drive-Thru Safari & Wild Animal Park

  • Hours:
    • Monday - Saturday: 10AM - Last Car Admitted at 4PM
    • Sunday: 1PM - Last Car Admitted at 4PM
  • Location: Jacksonville
  • Admission: Kids age 3-12 $13.95, Adults $18.95, Seniors 65+ $16.95
  • Visit their website here.

East Texas Zoo & Gator Park

Ellen Trout Zoo

  • Hours:
    • Monday - Sunday: 10AM - 5PM (last entry at 4:30PM)
  • Location: Lufkin
  • Admission: Adults 12-59 $8, Seniors 60 & older $6, Military $6, Children 4 to 11 $4, Children under 4 Free
  • Visit their Facebook here.

Neches River Wildlife Refuge

  • Hours:
    • Monday - Sunday: Sunrise - Sunset
  • Location: Jacksonville
  • Admission: Free
  • Visit their website here.

New York Zipline Adventures

Tyler State Park

  • Park HQ Hours:
    • Monday - Sunday: 8:30AM - 4:30PM
  • Location: Tyler
  • Admission: $6 person (Free for kids 12 and under)
  • Visit their website here.

RELAX & RENEW

High Hill Farm

Kiepersol

  • Tasting Room Hours:
    • Tuesday - Saturday: 11AM - 7PM
  • Restaurant Hours:
    • Tuesday - Friday: 11AM - 9PM
    • Saturday: 7AM - 9PM
  • Location: Tyler
  • Visit their website here.

The Fredonia Hotel & Convention Center

Upward Treehouse

VIDA Himalayan Salt Therapy & Spa

SOMETHING SWEET

Atkinson Candy Company

Janie’s Cakes

Just Pies

Lindale Candy Company

Oxbow Bakery

Shivers Natural Snow

Treehouse Cupcakes & Frozen Treats

TAKE A DAYTRIP

Duck Commander The Tour

  • Tour Hours:
    • Monday - Saturday: 9:30AM - 3:30PM
    • Sunday: Closed
  • Store Hours:
    • Monday - Saturday: 9AM - 5PM
    • Sunday: Closed
  • Location: West Monroe, Louisiana
  • Tour Admission: Adult (Ages 13+): $20, Children (Ages 5-12): $10, Children (Ages 4 & under): FREE, Seniors (Ages 65+): $10, Military: $10
  • Visit their website here.

Showman’s Rest: The Circus Cemetery

  • Location: Hugo, Oklahoma

T. C. Lindsey & Co. General Store

The Maze of Hochatown

  • Hours:
    • Monday - Sunday: 10AM - 5PM
  • Location: Hochatown, Oklahoma
  • Admission: 0-3 Free, 4-12 $15.00, 13 and over $20.00, 65 and older $15.00, Military $15.00
  • Visit their Facebook page here.

UNIQUE SHOPPING

General Mercantile and Oldtime String Shop

Jefferson General Store

Kilgore Mercantile & Music

Kendyl Turner

Kendyl Turner

Kendyl Turner writes, shoots and edits all stories for The East Texas Weekend. A Texan at heart, Kendyl was born and raised in Houston before venturing away to study Journalism and Spanish at The University of Mississippi. A few years later, Kendyl and her husband moved to East Texas where they’ve decided to make it home.