Black Friday is a yearly dive into shopping madness, and after participating in Black Friday only once, it was enough for me. Between the long hours of waiting, the chaos once I got into the store, and the hours of waiting just to check out (even though I couldn’t find anything I really wanted) wasn’t worth it for my family or me.
If you want to avoid the craziness of Black Friday, here are some of the best places to go in Texas for avoiding the crowds.
1) Hike to Gorman Falls
Now that the weather has cooled off in Texas, it’s the perfect time for a hike in Colorado Bend State Park. Gorman Falls isn’t the most popular destination among Texans, so you should be able to enjoy some peace and quiet on the mile-and-a-half hike to the 60-foot waterfalls. Though it’s rugged terrain to get to this secluded area, it’s worth it once you get there.
Located in Georgetown, TX (30 miles north of Austin), the Inner Space Caverns are typically less crowded than the more-popular Natural Bridge Caverns or Longhorn Caverns. Two tours are available: a general tour available for everyone, and a Hidden Passages tour. On this second tour, each visitor is given a flashlight and can then explore newly undeveloped trails. Please note that tickets for the Hidden Passages tour are sold on a “first-come, first-served” basis, so we recommend you make reservations ahead of time.
3) Mine for Topaz
Mason County is the only place in Texas where you can hunt for topaz. As the state gem of Texas, topaz is pretty important to Texans. Mason County is not open to commercial hunting, so this will be a very intimate and unique experience. In order to hunt, you need to arrange your visit ahead of time with one of the ranches in the area, as they need to set you up with everything you need for your explorations.
4) Jefferson Hotel
For those supernatural buffs out there, put Jefferson, TX on your itinerary to escape the Black Friday chaos! This quaint town is purported to be full of ghost sightings and scary legends. While the small town is neat to explore, the Jefferson Hotel is the biggest attraction, as it’s supposed to be one of the “most haunted hotels in the U.S.”
Whatever you do to avoid the noise and activity of Black Friday, just make sure you find a way to enjoy the holiday weekend in Texas!