Texas Family Vacation Ideas #1: Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District is part of the Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex. This is the place to go if you really want to get taste of the Texas cattle ranch culture. For a long time, the stockyards were the destination of the rancher’s cattle herds. Now there are still livestock pens but the area is mostly a shrine to the western cowboy way of life.
There are cowboy museums, genuine western shops, a rodeo arena, Wild West saloons and lots of historical buildings in the tradition of the old west.
Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District is two miles from downtown Fort Worth. This is a prime cultural attraction in the Dallas - Fort Worth area so plan to spend some of your Texas vacation soaking up the real spirit of the old west.
#2: The Comal River is one of the shortest rivers in the world. It runs for three miles from the Comal Springs to the Guadalupe River in downtown New Braunfels, Texas.
Because it is spring fed, the river stays a constant 72 degrees all year round providing a refreshing respite from the Texas heat.
The water is crystal clear, slow and easy which makes it great for family tubing and swimming.
Texas Tubes is located right on the Comal River. They can rent you your tubes and have you right into the water for a fun Texas river rafting experience.
Texas Family Vacation Ideas #3: For a relaxing, mind clearing experience during your Texas vacation give the Dallas Arboretum a try. There’s nothing like acres and acres of beautiful flowers in a variety of colors to relax the body and rejuvenate the soul. The arboretum is made up of many collections which have each been donated. The Jonsson Color Garden is an extensive bed of Azaleas, in season, which can easily hold your eye captive.
The Lay donation is an Ornamental Garden with falling water and many, many perennials and the Burnett collection is a 6.5 acre color garden of many varieties of more captivating Azaleas.
The wildlife figures snuggled around the gardens are the bronze gifts from the Crow Family. The grounds are just the perfect setting for the many musical concerts by various local artists. In the Gazebo area you will find some large Magnolia trees and a sunken lovely garden, all of which is just perfect for a wedding.
One of the pretend activities involves a children’s theater where the kids can become little actors and actresses. All of these pretend actions are thoroughly realistic and your kids will be talking about their experiences for weeks on end.
#4: There are many vacation spots in Texas for families, such as South Padre Island Beach which is located way out on the southern most tip of Texas.
It was rated by the Travel Channel as the third best beach in the country. It’s a great family vacation idea because of all the year-round activities available. It is one of the world's top windsurfing destinations and it’s great for kiteboarding too.
The warm Gulf water and gentle waves make it an excellent family surfing vacation idea. You can also ride horses on the beach! Sounds like fun. South Padre Island is the home of Schlitterbahn Beach Water Park with family water attractions and the world's largest surfing ride.
Texas Family Vacation Ideas #5: Crystal Beach is located on a narrow barrier peninsula outside Galveston Bay on the Gulf of Mexico. Crystal Beach is one of five small resort communities on the peninsula. It caters to the summer beach enthusiasts and has hundreds of beach houses available for rent. Texas Beach Vacation Idea #4:
Stewart Beach, Galveston, is a top family beach vacation idea in Texas. Stewart Beach Park sponsors family-oriented events. Everyone can join in to play in volleyball tournaments or competitions building sandcastles.
During the summer season the beach is the site of music concerts. There’s a playground for the children. Have some fun in the life-size maze, Amaz’N Texas, the miniature-golf course Neptune’s Kingdom, amusement park, bumper boats, and water coaster. Stewart Beach is clean and uncrowded.