RV Remodel | Camper Turned ‘Pretty In Pink’ Glamper By Paulette

RV Remodel | Camper Turned ‘Pretty In Pink’ Glamper By Paulette

RV Remodel | From dark and dank to SUPER pretty and comfortable, Paulette’s ‘Pretty in Pink’ glamping camper is the perfect girl’s home away from home.

Her RV redesign includes just the right amount of pink with beautiful floral wallpaper, velvet pillows, and more.

Through time, sweat, and even some tears, she made the camper a beautiful place to enjoy and unwind.

Take a look below at the before images to get a glimpse of what it looked like as the dark and dank, then check out the ‘Pretty in Pink’ redesign!

 

 

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Before Pictures

After Pictures

Now that you’ve seen what Paulette’s Camper looked like before, you will love the bright and inviting space that it is now.  Every small detail from the beautiful floral wallpaper to the new kitchen faucet and pink accents ties the space together perfectly.

Paulette, being a crafty creator said she made the curtains from a shower curtain cut in quarters for the bedroom area and dinette area, and flour sack towels from Target for the kitchen. You can find them from Target in the Magnolia Home and Heart collection and the tassels from Hobby Lobby.

She also made the stove cover from 24×24 plywood project wood, trimmed along the sides for height, and added beautiful handles from Hobby Lobby. The paint used is chalk and Annie Sloan brown furniture wax for details to match the wood accents around the dinette area.

Her craftiness has paid off in an amazing way! The camper is now a gorgeous ‘Pretty in Pink’ comfortable place to unwind after a long week.


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Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed this Pretty in Pink DIY Camper turned Glamper by Paulette. She is an amazing and crafty woman to drive inspiration from.

You can check out more of your crafty designs on her Instagram and Etsy Shop.

If you would like to have your RV renovation featured on our Blog, please email me at Nissa@exploringnewsights.com

 

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RV Furniture | Top Sofas to Replace The Seating In Your RV

RV Furniture | Top Sofas to Replace The Seating In Your RV

RV Furniture | Are you looking to upgrade and replace the seating in your RV?

Is it outdated, broken, and just flat-out uncomfortable to sit or sleep on?

If you answered yes, then this post is for you!

During any RV renovation, replacing your seating is a final touch to add character, match the new décor, and make the space feel new again.

So, if you’re looking for some sofa inspiration from other RV’er’s, where to buy and more than scroll on! 🙂

But, first a few tips on what you can choose from and how to get the old couches out.

RV Sofa Ideas

Tip #1 – Measure first!!

There are many different sizes of sofas you can choose from when replacing your RV Furniture. The last thing you want is to order a couch that is too large or too small for the space.

Our couch is 65 inches long, although we could fit a long couch in the space, 65 inches is a perfect size.

Tip #2 – How to remove the existing RV Couch

I remember reading a Facebook post about someone asking how to remove an existing couch from the tiny RV door, and I thought this was a great question!!

Usually, the couches are placed in the RV before the slide(s) or the walls are complete so they didn’t have to hassle getting the large furniture through the small doors.

Now, this also depends on the style of RV you have. If you have a toy hauler, it would be easy to replace a couch.

However, for an RV like ours, getting the couch in or out is a challenge. So, the solution; just like a couch is built, it can be taken apart.

So, if you have just a door and no toy hauler RV, I recommend taking the couch or all the RV Furniture out in pieces. You will need the proper tools, patience, and time to do this, but it will make it easier and possible to get the bulky and heavy RV couches out!

Tip #3 – Buy a couch that can be put together inside the RV

When you purchase your new couch, it’s recommended to purchase one that can be assembled.

Many places like Amazon, Wayfair, and Ikea offer this option to make it easier to carry and transport. 

This also cuts out the “how do we fit it through the RV door” scenario.

Types of Seating you can choose

Regular Sofa – This option is best if you do not plan on having guests join you for your camping trips. There are also more styles and options if you choose from.

Futon Sofabed or Pull-out bed couch conversion – There are many options to choose from with a futon or pull-out bed. These are great RV couch options if you like to have guests while camping or if you’re full-time.

Day Bed – These are usually about 74 inches, so I would definitely measure the space before going the day bed route. The plus side of choosing a day bed is if you have a guest they will be able to sleep on a twin size mattress versus a futon or pull-out bed conversion. A day bed also has the option to have a trundle which you can have an additional twin mattress for another guest.

RV Couch – You can even replace the existing and probably worn-out sofas with a new couch that is made for RVs.

Build your own – I have seen some crafty individuals build their own seating in their RV. The nice option of building your own is you create multipurpose storage along with the seating. If you are wanting to go this route and really customize the space, I suggest checking out some Youtube videos.

Where to buy the best couch options for your RV

Amazon is my first go-to when buying anything for our RV. We have Amazon Prime, so we can get free shipping on many items including sofas. They even have RV couches, if you want to swap your existing seating for couches or chairs that are made for RVs.

Ikea is the ultimate assemble yourself furniture store. Everything comes in boxes with instructions and tools to DIY your own. Ikea is a great place to buy a new couch for your RV because you can even customize the sizes to your liking and space.

Wayfair is great to shop for a new couch because they have many different options and sometimes you can find a great deal or sale.

Target, Costco, or Nebraska Furniture Mart are some of the other places you could take a look at to find the perfect couch for your RV!

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In Conclusion

I hope you have found some great insight and inspiration from the other RV’er’s in replacing your RV furniture.

A new sofa can make such a huge difference by completing the interior design of your camper.

Don’t forget to go check out these amazing RV’er’s Instagrams and follow them for more camper renovations ideas.

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12 DIY Ways You Can Update Your RV Camper

12 DIY Ways You Can Update Your RV Camper

Update your RV and turn it from drab to fab so you can fall in love with camping again.

For years, RV manufacturers were stuck with colors and fabrics that weren’t pleasing to the modern RVer.

Therefore, it has become popular to take an older RV and renovate it to today’s standards of style and detail.

From personal experience, renovating an RV can be time-consuming, nerve-wracking, and can even feel impossible to accomplish.

However, from our own renovations that we have made in our RV, I know that the changes are worth it! I love that our RV is our own style because it feels like home!

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1. Change the Flooring

Changing out the outdated carpet that can get worn and dirty is the best way to start renovating your RV.

Starting from the bottom in your design and working your way up will make an incredible difference.

Many people are choosing vinyl floors for their increased durability and lightweight for traveling.

2. Paint the Walls and Cabinets

Updating your RV with paint is a huge transformation and the first thing we did when we purchased our RV.

The beige walls were not my personal style and I opted for white to brighten up the RV. White also makes a small space feel larger.

It is an interior design trick of the trade. The lighter the colors, the larger the living space will feel.

For more tips on painting your RV’s Interior check out our post “How to easily paint your RV Interior walls”.

3. Replace or Paint your Slide Trim 

If you have an older model RV, replacing the trim and getting rid of the carved faux wood will make a huge difference.

Many people are opting to replace the trim with natural wood panels, usually pine or walnut panels. They add a simple and modern rustic character to the space.

Some also choose to paint if the details aren’t too outdated.

We painted ours white, but one day will love to replace them with a gorgeous, stained wood panel like my sister did with her RV. 

4. Wallpaper!!

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So many people are opting to use wallpaper because not only is it lightweight, the patterns and technology are better than ever before.

The simple peel and stick wallpaper options are great for RV’s because they can easily be removed for a quick change in style.

Now, there are some temperature issues that you will have to be wary of to ensure your wallpaper stays. For example, too much moisture or heat can cause the wallpaper to peel off.

For more tips and some wallpaper inspiration, check out our post, “How to use peel & stick wallpaper to transform your camper”. 

5. Replace the Valances/Blinds

Removing our Valances and blinds was the very first update we did in our RV. I wanted to make our space feel more like a home by using curtains instead.

I chose to make my own curtains, but you can find some of the various sizes on Amazon or other stores.

Changing the valances made a great difference in removing the outdated typical RV feel and more of the cozy home on wheels vibe.

Another popular way to update your window treatments in the RV is to use new blinds like roller blinds or roman shades. Whichever you choose, I know it will look amazing!


6. Update your Seating

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We all know the couches and chairs that come in RV’s do not last, especially if you live full-time. Many of the pleather couches tend to wear out quickly.

For us, our recliners broke within the first year, one recliner also began to sag which made it uncomfortable to sit.

The couch we have pulls out into a bed, but that did not last very long. The bars poke out and it is so uncomfortable to sleep on!

Therefore, updating your couches and chairs is common and you could purchase something with more durability.

For our cushion covers on the bench seat, I opted to purchase a durable fabric from ELuxury (find on Amazon) and sewed new cushion covers. This can always be an option to update your bench or chair seating as well.


7. Update your Cabinet and Door Hardware

This is by far the easiest update you can do in your RV. It’s a simple switch that can make a huge impact.

After we painted our cabinets white from a dark espresso brown, I updated the handles from silver to modern farmhouse style black.

There are so many options you can choose from to update your cabinets and door hardware.

Tip – Measure not once but twice! Make sure the cabinet’s hardware will fit the pre-existing screw holes (how far apart of the holes). I ordered so quickly that I ended up messing up the sizes twice. Instead of ordering 3 inches, I ended up ordering 5 inches the first time and 4 inches the second time. Learn from my mistake! 😊



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8. Change your Table

Changing your table out can be super easy! There are so many renovation ideas where people replaced their table for one from Amazon or Ikea.

Others have created their own with extra storage, while some have also utilized the space for a home office instead of a dining table.

Whatever works for your space, go for it! Just be sure you can secure it if you plan on traveling!

9. Change your Countertops

My sister-in-law updated her RV’s countertops with marble-style contact paper. It turned out so beautiful!

A super popular remodel for RV countertops are butcher block tops. They add in the natural wood tones and are super durable as well. I love the look of the butcher block countertops.

You can even get a countertop paint kit from a local hardware store or amazon. However you choose to update your countertops, I am sure it will turn out amazing!

10. Replace the Sinks in the bathroom and Kitchen

Let’s face it, the sinks that come in RV’s are usually plastic and they tend to discolor over the years.

Replacing your sink is a huge transformation and will add value to your RV if you ever decide to resale.

Here are a few examples of sinks that have been changed out in RV’s.

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11. Update your Faucets/Shower Head

If you plan on updating your sink, you may want to consider updating the faucet hardware as well.

We updated our kitchen faucet from a stainless-steel standard faucet to a gorgeous matte black one. It was one of the best decisions in our RV renovation.

12. Change our Kitchen and Bathroom Backsplash

There are so many styles of backsplashes you can add to your RV kitchen and bathroom that will transform the area.

We first chose a peel and stick tile, but after two years, we changed our kitchen backsplash to a white shiplap.

This is an area where you can get super creative!

You can use a stencil and sharpie, a peel and stick tile, real tile (if you don’t travel much because of weight and cracking), wood pieces, or even a lightweight textured ceiling tile as a backsplash.

The possibilities are endless!


Final Thoughts

Update your RV to your own personal style and make it that home on wheels. These 12 DIY ways will transform your camper from drab to fab!

For more inspiration, check out our posts with images from other RVer’s that have remodeled their kitchens, bathrooms, and used wallpaper to transform their Campers.

As always, Thank you for stopping by! I hope you feel inspired! You can do it!!

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BEST Things To Do In Breckenridge, Colorado When You Are On A Budget

BEST Things To Do In Breckenridge, Colorado When You Are On A Budget

Breckenridge, Colorado is a beautiful place to visit any time of the year.

However, the winter ski and snowboard season is the most popular time for families to vacation.

Whether you choose to visit in the summer or winter, there are some great budget-friendly activities the whole family can enjoy.

February 2021, my family and I went on a 5-day Ski/Snowboarding Trip to Breckenridge and enjoyed every moment!

The mountains are breathtaking with the highest peak of 12,998 ft.

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We even got to experience a snowstorm that dropped over 12 inches of snow. As native Texans, it was a glorious sight to see!

During our trip, we were able to go sledding, hiking, Ski/Snowboard, and more. Therefore, based on our experience, I wanted to put together a list of some great things you can do in Breckenridge, Colorado when your family is on a budget.

1. Ride the Gondola – It’s FREE

Breckenridge Gondola

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Riding the Gondola is the BEST way to see the gorgeous town from above. Usually, you must have a ski lift in order to experience the awesome views, but not in Breck.

The Gondola is the perfect family activity to enjoy the scenic area.

There are two mid-stations that drop off passengers between Shock Hill and the base of Peak 7. It rises 391 feet in elevation and has 121 cars total.

So take the family and enjoy the sights from above!

2. Take a hike

Things to do in Breckenridge

Anywhere you hike in the rocky mountainous terrain, you are bound to see some epic scenery.

The wilderness and views you could experience are memories waiting to be made.

Plus, It is a great activity to get outside, explore, and get a little bit of exercise as well, all for FREE!

There are so many hiking trails in Breckenridge, that I suggest checking out alltrails.com to find the best one for you. They rank them from easy to difficult depending on your hiking abilities.

3. Window Shop / Walk Around Main Street

Main Street Breckenridge is the perfect little place to stroll around and enjoy a relaxed walk-through town.

There are so many cute places to shop and to pick up some delicious coffee.

If you ever get a chance to visit, no matter what time of the year, take the time to walk around and support the local shops. Even if it is a simple t-shirt or coffee purchase.

 

4. Go Sledding (Free Winter Activity)

This is one FREE activity that is super fun for all ages!

Since we were there in the winter, we got a chance to go sledding down the town’s hill.

The location of this hill is behind the elementary school and next to an activity center with tennis courts and a dog park.

There are sleds that some leave behind, or you can pick some up at the local shops.

Our whole family enjoyed the free sledding so much that we went more than once!

5. Go Mountain Biking

If you happen to go to Breckenridge during the gorgeous Rocky Mountain Summers, biking is a great way to enjoy the area.

You can bring your own or rent a bike while you are there. (Check out Groupon for deals)

This is an inexpensive way to get some exercise, explore the outdoors, and enjoy the beauty of the Breckenridge Mountains.


6. Go Skiing / Snowboarding

Okay, so we all know Skiing or Snowboarding isn’t necessarily a budget-friendly activity.

The ski lift tickets alone are pricy!

However, budgeting at least one-day, if you are going during Ski Season to the Mountains, is recommended if you enjoy the activity.

We were on a budget and decided to do one day of snowboarding while we visited the town in February.

The cost was well worth the experience for us!

If you are renting your skis and/or snowboard gear (including a helmet, pants (if needed), or jacket) check out AMR Rental Ski and Board.

They provided us with great gear, all fitted to our liking and for half the price of other rental places.

7. Visit Local Museums 

Breckenridge, Colorado is historically a gold mining/sawmill town.

There are some great museums that the whole family can visit to get a piece of the history. Including a high line railroad museum with a Train engine and themed playground specifically created for kids to enjoy.

Here is a list of some of the museums that are available to visit.

Barney Ford Museum

Edwin Carter Discovery Center

Briggle House Museum

High Line Railroad Museum

Breckenridge Sawmill Museum

You can check out more museums and tours here: Gobreck.com

Please keep in mind hours may be subject to change. Most of these museums are free to discover and donations are accepted.

8. Check out Groupon for Local Deals

One thing I love to check when I am in a new town to see what activities could be available on Groupon.

Sometimes you can find something really cool to do and for a cheaper price.

 

Final Thoughts

Visiting Breckenridge Colorado was a wonderful and memorable vacation.

If I ever get the chance to go back, I would in a heartbeat. There is so much to explore in the area, that our trip was not enough time.

So, if you love the outdoors, extreme sports, amazing coffee, and kind people then Breckenridge is a perfect vacation spot for you! Enjoy and explore the beautiful sights it has to offer!

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16 BEST Hidden Gems to Visit in Texas | The Lone Star State

16 BEST Hidden Gems to Visit in Texas | The Lone Star State

Hidden Gems in Texas | My home state is full of gorgeous landscapes and hidden gems to experience.

Whether they are carved out naturally through years of environmental changes or artwork that has stood to the test of time.

These gems are sights to see and explore and this list is the BEST of the BEST! 

I even included one of my favorite places to go every time we visit Waco, TX. It’s a Texas Size place that you can visit with the whole family, do some shopping, and have a full day of fun!

So, if you enjoy hiking, nature, caverns, or even the famous HGTV show “Fixer Upper”, then you will find the gems in this list worth the visit!

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1. Hamilton Pool Preserve

This beautiful hidden gem called Hamilton Pool Preserve is in Dripping Springs, Texas just outside of Austin.

My husband and I visited in 2017 to celebrate our Anniversary!

The natural pool was preserved in 1990 by the Travis County Commissioner’s Court. For about 3/4ths of a mile hike through the gorgeous, lush wilderness, you will come to an open pool with a 50-foot waterfall.

At times during a drought, the waterfall could become scarce, but the pool is always filled with cool natural spring water.

Once you reach the pool, you can walk through the canyon for even more gorgeous views from inside.

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Hamilton Pool and the hiking trails are a great place to visit and spend time outdoors to enjoy a day hike, have a picnic, and cool off with a swim.

After your time at the pool, take a hike the other way towards Pedernales River for more natural beauty.

VISITING HAMILTON POOL TIP: You will need to make a reservation before visiting. There are time slots in which you can visit and a cost per vehicle and person.   Also, due to the Pandemic; Swimming and the hike to the Pedernales river is closed but you can still visit the pool and enjoy a picnic.

Check out the link here for updated information.

Address: 24300 Hamilton Pool Rd, Dripping Springs, TX 78620

2. Terlingua Ghostown

Located in South-West Texas, Terlingua Ghost Town is a great stop if you plan on visiting Big Bend National Park.

This town is an old quicksilver mining town that will take you back in time to the old western days.

It is a beautiful place with some magnificent mountainous desert landscaping views that will have you amazed.

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The town also has some cute shops, historical landmarks, and some super unique places you can stay the night.

If you have ever wanted to spend the night in a tipi or a dome and star gaze all night, then this is the place!

You can rent the HGTV famous Off-Grid Adobe home for a quiet and secluded evening. You can book that home here or click the button above.

3. Magnolia Markets: HGTV’s Fixer Upper

Magnolia Silos

Magnolia Markets is a New Hidden Gem in Texas. It’s a great place to visit for the entire family.

Whether you are just passing through or looking to spend a day in Waco, Texas, the Silos are a must-stop destination.

The Magnolia Team finished a complete rehaul of the entire silo’s space in 2020 with a church and more. It’s a gorgeous venue with coffee, cakes, and shopping that will appeal to everyone.

I’ve added this to the hidden gems of Texas because I’ve been a couple of times, and every time it just gets better and better!

You can read about our most recent visit here.

If you’d like to visit, here is the address: 601 Webster Ave. Waco, TX 76706

4. Jacobs Well

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This beautiful natural Area well is a great place to hike and swim during open seasons.

Jacob’s Well is located in Wimberley, Texas, and is a 130-foot Artesian spring well that attracts many scuba diving enthusiasts.

It is a free location to visit with amazing hiking trails.

However, If you would like to swim, you will need to make a reservation and pay a small fee. (However, Swimming is currently prohibited due to COVID) Also, pets are not allowed in the park.

I suggest planning 2 to 3 hours or more for the visit! This way you can get the most out of this beautiful hidden gem in Texas.

Address: 1699 Mount Sharp Rd, Wimberley, TX 78676

Hours: 8am – 6pm

Website: https://hayscountytx.com/departments/hays-county-parks-recreation/jacobs-well-natural-area/ 

5. Cavern’s in Sonora

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All the caverns in Texas are true hidden gems. They are glorious, beautiful, and perfect learning experiences for kids.

As an accidental discovery by the Ranching Mayfield family in the ’20s, the Caverns of Sonora go back 500 feet.

It wasn’t until the ’50s though, when a caver from Oklahoma saw the human impact and developed a plan to preserve the caverns for the future.

Now, you can purchase tickets and explore the caves with the whole family.

Address: 1711 Pvt Rd 4468, Sonora, TX 76950  

Website: http://www.cavernsofsonora.com/ 

6. Inner Space Caverns

Inner Space Caverns

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One of my favorite places to stop on road trips with my family. We have so many great memories in these caverns.

Discovered in 1963 by the Texas Highway Department when they were drilling nearby. With over 7,000 feet of cave dwelling, the Inner Space Caverns opened to the public to explore in 1966.

If you visit, there are three tours to choose from: Adventure Tour, Hidden Passages Tour, and Wild Cave tour. You can also do a Virtual Adventure Tour Here.

Another fun activity for the kids that is available is Gemstone Panning. You can teach the young ones a little about the history and how gems and gold are discovered.

The tickets to visit and explore the caves are all reasonably priced starting at $14.95 for kids and $21.95 for adults depending on the tour purchased.

If you would like to visit and make this place your next family vacation stop, here is the address and more information.

Address: 4200 S. I-35 Frontage Rd. Georgetown, TX 78626

Website: https://innerspacecavern.com/

7. Cadillac Ranch

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The infamous Cadillac Ranch is located in Amarillo, Texas. It is 10 Cadillacs buried nose/front end at the same angle in the ground. It has been visited by thousands of people since 1974.

The area is free and is a great place to stop, stretch your legs, and enjoy a historical site.

If you would like to leave your “mark” you can bring your own spray paint or there are usually some left by others.

Address: 13651 I-40 Frontage Rd. Amarillo, TX 79124

8. Enchanted Rock, Fredericksburg

Enchanted Rock Texas Hidden Gem

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Looking for a great place to hike with the family? The enchanted rock in Fredericksburg is a natural pink granite rock that brings thousands of hikers every year.

The hike is short and moderate for beginner to advanced hikers.

Once you reach the summit you experience gorgeous views of the Texas Hill Country.

It is a great place to camp, hike, and bring your family and pets to enjoy a day in the beautiful Texas wilderness.

Address: 16710 Ranch Rd. 965 Fredericksburg, TX 78624

Entrance Fee: $8 a day for Adults, Children under 12 is Free

Open Daily: 6:30am – 10:00pm

9. Palo Duro Canyon

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Palo Duro Canyons also called the Grand Canyon of Texas. It is the second-largest canyon in the United States.

These canyons are perfect for an adventure of hiking, camping, biking, and more. The rugged scenery is just breathtaking!

If you have your own horse, you are more than welcome to bring them along for a nice horseback ride!

Don’t have horses, well you can still go horseback riding with a guided horseback tour with “Old West Stables”. Perfect family or date activity!

There are also RV parks you could plug in to and stay awhile to enjoy the beautiful Texas scenery and sunsets.

Address: 11450 Park Road 5 Canyon, TX 79015

Price: $8 Daily Fee, Children under 12 is Free.

10. Cascade Caverns

Texas Hidden Gem Cascade Caverns

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Another area of beautiful caverns to explore is located just north of San Antonio. The Cascade Caverns is Texas’s oldest living cave attraction. The caves always stay around 59 – 63 degrees year-round so they are nice places to go to escape the Texas summer heat and view the beauty of nature.

You can choose from 3 different tours: Downunder Tour, Flashlight Tour, and Adventure Tour. Prices start at $12.95 for kids and $19.95 for adults.

If you enjoy camping, either in an RV or a tent, you can plan your stay and camp out at the Caverns campsite.

Address: 226 Cascade Caverns Rd. Boerne, TX 78015

Website: cascadecaverns.com

11. Monahans Sandhills State Park

Monahans Sandhills

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Texas is home to multiple types of climates including the desert.

Have you ever dreamed of going sledding down a sandhill like they do in Egypt?

Look no further than Monahan’s Sandhills State Park in Texas. This place is described as an ocean of sand! It’s a Texas-sized sandbox for kids and adults of all ages.

There are many activities you can do including exploring the sand dunes, ride your horse (if you have one), Camp, have a picnic, sled, and more!

Address: Park Rd. 41 Monahans, Tx 79756

Open daily – Adults $4 entry fee and children under 12 are free. (The busy season is March through August)

12. Austin’s Congress Avenue Bat Bridge

Auston's Bat Bridge

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I have been here a few times and it truly is a cool sight to see when the Mexican free-tailed bats emerge from the bridge at sunset. The show usually goes lasts from 7:30 pm to 9:45 pm.

This attraction has brought millions of people to Austin to view the nightly. It is not all year round though. The bats migrate from Mexico each spring to call the Bridge cave their home.

Starting in March when the weather begins to warm up and continues into early fall is when you will see them. There are estimated to be 1.5 million bats!

If you plan on going to experience this ‘urban meets nature’ event, go early and get a parking spot. It can get packed with people quickly, so you also want to bring a blanket, chairs, and maybe even a snack to enjoy the show.

You can also bike, hike, and even get on the river with a kayak or canoe to see the phenomenon as well. There are also “Bat Tours” as well if that is something you enjoy.

Address: 305 S. Congress Ave. Austin, TX

             

13. Balmorhea State Park

Balmohea State Park

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Balmorhea State Park is home to the Worlds Largest spring-fed swimming pool. It’s a perfect place to cool off when the Summer Texas heat become too much to bare. 

Bring the family and make it a full day with swimming, snorkeling, picnic, and more! If you like to geocache there are great places in this state park for that as well.

There is a one-time park entry, but the swimming is included. Anyone under 15 must be accompanied by an adult to swim as there is no lifeguard on duty.

Address: 9207 TX-17 Toyahvale, TX 79786

Entrance Fees: Adults is $7 Daily and Children under 12 is Free

14. Hueco Tanks State Park

Hueco Tanks State Park

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A beautiful and historical site that is worth the visit to explore the history. There are old petrographs through the park from ancient Indian tribes.

The park has an interpretive center that will provide you with all the information and history to make the trip a great learning experience.

There are guided tours and self-guided tours available. If you want to camp, you must create a reservation and do not show up late. 

Address: 6900 Hueco Tanks Road No. 1 El Paso, TX 79938

Entrance Fee: $7 Daily for Adults, Children under 12 are free

15. West Cave Preserve

West Cavern State Park

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The Westcave preserve is a gorgeous place to go and take the entire family! It is perfect for kids to explore and learn.

There is the popular “Grotto” which is a beautiful walk through the limestone and down a 100-foot canyon into lush plant life. At the head of the canyon, you will reach a 40-foot waterfall that is just breathtaking!

You can explore this wonderful area and setting your reservations at the WESTCAVE Outdoor Discovery Center.

Address: 24814 Hamilton Pool Rd. Round Mountain, TX 78663

Website: westcave.org

16. Longhorn Cavern State Park

Longhorn State park - Texas Hidden Gem

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This hidden gem in Burnet County is one to visit and explore. The Longhorn Cavern State Park is a unique treasure that is full of natural beauty.

You can choose to take a guided tour or hike the trail on your own while admiring the natural water-carved stone.

The Park provides two different tours. One is a general and easy walking tour for the whole family. However, if you are the adventurous type and like to be challenged, there is a “Wild Cave Tour” that can take you through and make you must wiggle, climb, and crawl through spaces.

You can check out prices and times at the Visitlonghorncavern.com

Address: 6211 Park Road 4 South. Burnet, TX 78611

Whatever tour you desire, you are guaranteed to have a great time and enjoy the beauty of the Texas Hidden Gem.

Final Thoughts

These beautiful hidden gems in Texas are so unique.

If you live in Texas or happen to be visiting and driving through take some time to make a stop or more. 

Even if it’s only for an hour or so to enjoy the Texas beauty, you will remember the moment and time forever! 

 

 

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