While Houston might not really be known for its pretty and natural landmarks, Houston actually isn't far away from some truly magical landscapes! Texas is home to a bunch of stunning outdoor places but the state is also huge it takes up to a whole day to drive across. So here are seven places that are close enough to Houston for a nature day trip this spring.

Big Thicket National Reserve

Price: Free

Address: 6044 FM 420 Kountze, TX 

Why you need to go: You can hike, camp, or canoe through the Thicket's wetlands which are teeming with super green and lush vegetation. It's close to the Louisiana border and has some magical-looking swampy areas!

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Blue Lagoon

Price: $23

Address: 649 Pinedale Rd, Huntsville, TX

Why you need to go: There's nowhere else in Texas where you can swim in such vibrant and clear blue waters! Swimming in these crystal blue waters is the perfect spring activity. The limestone pools are perfect for scuba diving and they offer diving classes if you're interested in trying it out. 

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Caddo Lake

Price: $4

Address: 245 Park Road 2 Karnack, TX

Why you need to go: This lake is the perfect spot to go canoeing through mossy trees. You can also picnic, camp, or hike under the shady and mysterious mossy overhangs that are so thick they block the blazing Texas sun.

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Lake Conroe

Price: $2

Address: 14968 Highway 105 West Montgomery, TX

Why you need to go: This huge open lake is the perfect place to go jet skiing or boating if you have or know someone that has a boat. It's the perfect place to spend a relaxing or sporty day on the water.

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Galveston Beach 

Price: Free

Address: 6285 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX

Why you need to go: Galveston is the closest beach to Houston and while it might not have the clearest waters, sunbathing or BBQ-ing on the sand is always a fun way to spend the day.

Or if you want to get some thrills in, riding roller coasters over the ocean at Pleasure Pier is an awesome way to.

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Brenham

Price: Free

Address: Multiple locations

Why you need to go: Nothing is more stereotypical Texan than taking Bluebonnet pictures on the side of the highway and Brenham is one of the best places to go to see the pretty vast fields of blue.

Make sure to stop by Blue Bell Creamery afterward for a sweet treat to cool off after your photoshoot.

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Boykin Springs

Price: Free

Address: 111 Walnut Ridge RdZavalla, TX

Why you need to go: These natural springs are surrounded by thick forest and are such a unique swimming spot. There are a few small waterfalls and we recommend taking a picnic up to make a really fun day trip up to rest by the water.

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