Family Vacation Ideas in Texas

Family Vacation Ideas in Texas Idea #1: All kids love rodeos and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is the biggest and best that the state of Texas has to offer. The kids will have a blast watching the pig races, or the calf scramble where a bunch of kids chase the young calves around the arena.

There are pony rides for the kids to enjoy or, if they are old enough, they can try the mechanical bull. There are lots of animals at the livestock show like goats, chickens, cattle, rabbits and llamas. Then, of course, there’s the real rodeo action with top competitors riding bucking horses, barrel racing and wrestling steers.

#2: Space Center Houston, has loads of stuff that will keep the kids enthralled on your Texas vacation. Here’s your chance to touch an actual moon rock, ride a Land Rover on a simulated ride on the surface of the moon or watch an astronaut train for mission up into space.

Space Center Houston has many interactive exhibits like the Living in Space where the kids can use a robotic arm to pick up objects and learn how astronauts eat and bath while in a space module.

Some of the other kid friendly things here are the IMAX theater (the largest in Texas), the Martian Matrix where the kids can climb around in the maze of tunnels and passageways, and Kids Space Place where they can try their hand at commanding the space shuttle.

#3: Galveston If you are taking your Texas vacation in June, the children will surely enjoy the sandcastle-building competition in Galveston. It’s sponsored by the American Institute of Architects and held every year in June. Around 80 teams of students and professionals take over a 25 x 25 foot section of the beach and turn ordinary sand into wild and creative sand sculptures. Some are extremely detailed and elaborate structures, some have a sports or television theme and some of them just plain hilarious.
#4: The Padre Island National Seashore has a lot of offer the family. It’s a beautiful 80-mile stretch of Texas coast along the Gulf of Mexico with saltwater marshes, sand dunes and loads of quiet undeveloped beaches. Migratory birds love this spot and one section of the Padre Island National Seashore has a boardwalk that makes a great spot for the kids to watch the birds and other wildlife in the marshes.

Because it is a barrier island, the land side waterway is a sandy-bottomed saltwater lagoon only 3-5 feet deep. This makes it a great place for kids and beginner windsurfers to practice and have fun. Plan camping vacation with the kids at Padre Island National Seashore and get in some excellent fishing while you enjoy everything else this local paradise has to offer.

Family Vacation Ideas in Texas #5: - For inexpensive family getaways in Texas, take the family to San Antonio in April and you can enjoy the annual 10-day Fiesta San Antonio. During the fiesta there are over 100 events that celebrate the multi-cultural and historical Texas.

There are three big parades, the Battle of the Flowers Parade, The Texas Cavaliers River Parade (which literally floats down the San Antonio River) and The Famous Fiesta Flambeau Night Parade. Texans consider this to be their state’s biggest party and you are all invited for the music, food, Oyster Bake, dancing, parades and celebration.

#6:Texas theme parks - There are three theme parks are located in San Antonio: Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort and San Antonio’s SeaWorld. The city has a huge authentic Mexican marketplace, Market Square, where the family can enjoy authentic Mexican foods, music, entertainment and shopping.

The downtown River Walk is a relaxing spot to stroll along the walkways among the giant Cyprus trees, flowers and cafes. You can take one of the narrated riverboat tours of the San Antonio River. Of course, the The Alamo is located here. You can tour this famous landmark and learn the history of its role in the fight for Texas independence from Mexico.

Family Vacation Ideas in Texas #7: There are many things for family vacationers to do in Austin, Texas, but one of the more unusual and interesting activities involves a million or so Mexican free-tailed bats. Each day during the summer, the bats congregate beneath the Congress Avenue Bridge. Then at dusk they all take flight for their nocturnal activities. This results in a thrilling blast of bats that fills the night air for up to 45 minutes. Bat viewing can be done from the bridge, down on the riverbanks, out on Town Lake or even from properly positioned seats in a local restaurant.

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