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Best Family Friendly Destinations in Texas

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Texas is a big state with many great places to go on vacation with kids, including small-town gems and big-city attractions. Consider booking a trip to one of these wonderful Texas cities if you’re searching for a family vacation that everyone will appreciate. Your entire family will be satisfied after visiting one of these top family vacation spots in Texas, which range from the Texas coast to the Texas Hill Country.

One of the most popular tourism spots in Texas is the first on this list: South Padre Island. Due to the influx of spring breakers from colleges each March, this beach paradise may have a negative reputation. This coastal town is still a terrific family destination, though. South Padre Island is home to Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark and South Padre Island Adventure Park, two fantastic attractions that will keep the whole family entertained in addition to the island’s miles of sandy beaches. You might want to think about taking the family to Sea Turtle, Inc., a sea turtle rescue centre, for some educational fun after a tiring day at the beach, in the adventure park, or at the water park. There are additionally eateries with menus akin to Texas Roadhouse.

Best destinations in Texas

1. San Antonio

When you travel to San Antonio, explore central Texas. Both inside and outside the city limits of San Antonio, there are many activities to do. Visit well-known historical sites with the family, such as the Alamo or the Missions, and finish the day with dinner on the River Walk. Ride all the roller coasters at Six Flags Fiesta Texas if you’re seeking excitement. Take a day excursion outside of the city to explore Natural Bridge Caverns or Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch, both of which are family-friendly activities, if you want to get away from city life for a day.

2. Laid-back family fun

Visitors of all ages are welcomed to the welcoming ambience of Lone Star Court for a blend of country-fried comfort and big-city cool. This unique automotive court-style hotel is located in the centre of The Domain, a thriving shopping and dining district, and is close to a variety of dining and shopping alternatives. The design in the rooms is eclectically Texan and features bright colours and a lighthearted attitude. Another benefit of staying at this hotel in the Live Music Capital of the World is the regular free live performances by local artists in the courtyard.

3. Port Aransas

An enjoyable and peaceful family vacation is beach camping, which is possible in Texas.

A terrific place to go beach camping is Mustang Island State Park in Port Aransas, where your kids can build sandcastles on the sand or go sport fishing.

You can embark on a pirate-themed cruise at night with Red Dragon Pirate Cruises and end the day with a delectable seafood dinner.

A beachfront links-style golf course, parasailing, birding, dolphin viewing, and kayaking round out this perfect family package.

This is a lively location to come with the family thanks to additional festivals and activities.4

4. Big Bend National Park

Your next family vacation should go to Big Bend National Park if you wish to go camping or trekking with the family. Big Bend is a true Texas treasure and one of the state’s two national parks. In addition, it is one of the few locations in Texas where you can see black bears and other unusual wildlife. To appreciate the grandeur of this Texas Park, try hiking, horseback riding, river rafting, or just enjoying a leisurely drive. The Junior Ranger programmes on offer here will be appealing to kids. It is well worth the trip to West Texas to visit this secluded park.

5. The Highland Lakes

Six lakes make up the Highland Lakes chain in central Texas, which was created by a series of dams along the Colorado River. Lake Buchanan, the largest, is located about 80 miles northwest of Austin.

Choose a site on one of these lakes, then start participating in a range of water sports, such as swimming, boating, fishing, and water skiing. The finest time to cool you in the water will be in the summer, while spring will present breathtaking views of wildflower meadows.

Looking to spend some time in nature? Try camping at Inks Lake State Park or the Canyon of the Eagles Resort on Lake Buchanan. Do you like a margarita by the pool? Visit Lakeway Resort and Spa on Lake Travis or Horseshoe Bay Resort on Lake LBJ.

For additional information on these resorts and others, see our page on the Top 25 Family Resorts in Texas.
















Jeff Campbell