Have you ever taken the time to explore the state of Texas? If you have never taken a family vacation to see some of the fabulous Texas destinations, you may want to do so sooner than later. After all, National Texas Day is held on February 1st each year. So, now is an excellent time to either travel to Texas or plan a family adventure there in the future. I have quite a few favorite Texas attractions. And no, the Alamo is not one that I will be listing. If you have teenagers as I do, I can tell you that I can’t get my teens excited about visiting the Alamo. So, unless you know that your teen is 200% for a visit there, I will not be putting it on your itinerary. I will stick to the other amazing family-friendly activities and attractions this state is known for!
There are approximately three thousand known cave networks within the state of Texas. However, only seven of those caves are open to the public. Your family will love exploring any of those caves. I recommend the Natural Bridge Caverns, which are in New Braunfels, Texas. When you enter the caves, you will be met with limestone formations and sparkling pools. Everything is well-lit, so your family can see all the intricate details. When you are finished exploring the caves, your family can go ziplining or wander through the maze.
There are fourteen National Parks in the state of Texas. The two best parks to take your family to though are Big Bend National Park and Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Hiking is the most popular activity at the Guadalupe Mountains. There are more than eighty miles of trails, so you should be able to find one that is perfect for your family.
Most people will want to hike to the summit of Guadalupe Peak. That area is considered the Top of Texas and offers gorgeous views. But it is a strenuous hike that is eight and a half miles round trip. There is a three-thousand-foot elevation gain too. And the entire trip can take at least six to eight hours. I basically only recommend tackling this hiking adventure if your family has lots of hiking experience.
While there are multiple hiking trails over at Big Bend, your family may be more interested in seeing the massive canyons created in the ancient limestone. It is also a wonderful park to visit at night to see the stars because the nights are truly dark with no other lights for miles.
Most kids are interested in space or at least mildly curious about it. So, why not add a visit to the NASA Space Center Houston to the itinerary for your family vacation in Texas? Everyone in your group will love the hands-on experiences with real engineers and astronauts. You can try on an astronaut suit, see different moon rocks, and check out the original Mission Control that monitored Apollo 11’s mission to the moon. I recommend making sure you take a ride in the space simulator before you leave too.
If your kids can’t get enough when it comes to space, we can add a visit to the Texas Air and Space Museum to your itinerary. This museum is in Amarillo. There are multiple planes on display. And everyone will have the chance to “fly” their own plane during your visit.
The River Walk in San Antonio is an excellent place to spend the latter parts of your days while on vacation in Texas. You can wander around to check out the shops, galleries, and restaurants. But I recommend seeing the River Walk from a different vantage point. I always find hiring a river taxi and cruising down the river is a fantastic way to see the sights while relaxing at the same time.
Over on Galveston Bay, you will discover the Kemah Boardwalk. This boardwalk is reminiscent of the boardwalks you would normally find on the East Coast of the US. The kids will love playing all the midway games before riding the sixty-five-foot Ferris wheel and other rides. You will love the views you get while relaxing, as your kids stay occupied for hours!
These are some of the fabulous Texas attractions you must check out for National Texas Day. Of course, your family can also spend time relaxing on the beach on South Padre Island, visiting a dude ranch, and attending one of the numerous rodeos in the state. There are so many options when you choose to plan a family vacation in Texas!
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