Planning the ultimate family vacation in Texas? From Old West towns to white sand beaches, the Lone Star state has something for everyone. Whether you are in the mood for a laidback break or a non-stop adventure, you will find it right here.

Ready to start planning? Here is a quick look at the destinations that the whole crew will love.

State Fair of Texas, Dallas
Mermaid Splash Fest, San Marcos
Texas Renaissance Festival
Texas Teen Book Festival, Austin
South Padre Island Sandcastle Days
Tomball German Festival Christmas Market
Magical Winter Lights in Houston
Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering in Fort Worth, TX

Family Vacation in Texas: Austin-Style!

Aerial view of Austin, Texas skylineAustin is a city like no other. The self-proclaimed Live Music Captial of the World will be a hit with teens while the wide-open sun-soaked green spaces make this an easy option for little ones who just want to run and play.

When you arrive, hop on a tour with the Austin Duck Adventures for an informative and fun way to get your bearings. This sea-faring bus will take you down historic Sixth Street, past the top local sites, and through Lake Austin while giving you an insider’s look at the city.

Once you know the lay of the land a bit better, take a stroll down South Congress Avenue. Snap selfies at the iconic ‘I Love You So Much’ mural, browse the local shops, then treat your sweet tooth at the Big Top Candy Shop.

When you are ready to cool down, visit the Kalahari Resorts and Conventions. The 1.5 million square foot indoor/ outdoor waterpark has everything that you will need for a day of adventure.

Where to Stay in Austin

For a cozy spot that is perfect for families, check out the JW Marriott Austin. You can get connected rooms or a large suite that will give you plenty of space to spread out and unwind after a long day of exploring.

Visting Kid-Friendly Houston

Riding bicycles through downtown Houston, Texas with skyline in backgroundIf your kids are interested in space travel, this is an essential stop. Visit the world family Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center and Mission Control to get a glimpse into the world of NASA. Let the kids try on an astronaut suit, examine moon rocks, and check out the amazing Destination Moon exhibit.

Next up, get your sea legs at the 500,000-gallon Aquarium Adventure Exhibit. Get up close and personal with the whopping 300 species of sea life from all over the planet. Feed the stingrays their dinner then get a look at the Bengal tigers in Maharaja’s Temple.

Another great place to learn about animals is the Houston Zoo, where you can see the most impressive wildlife from around the globe while also supporting international conversation and preservation efforts.

Planning Tip: Be sure to check out the Houston CityPASS.
This booklet will give you rock-bottom prices on Houston’s very best attractions and museums. If you are looking to visit all of the key sites in the city, you will save around 50 percent of the regular door price by getting this pass. In your City Pass, you will find offers for Space Center Houston, the Downtown Aquarium, Houston Zoo, the Children’s Museum, and more.

Where to Stay in Houston

When you are looking for a great deal on a hotel, look no further than the Residence Inn by Marriott Houston West/Beltway 8 at Clay Road. These comfortable suites offer kitchenettes, along with an outdoor pool and a free hot breakfast for the whole family.

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A Family Adventure on South Padre Island

Beach with hotels at South Padre Island, Texas, USASouth Padre Island is famous for its flawless beaches, crystal clear waters, and adventure sports galore. The best thing about South Padre Island is that it is a year-round destination. With sunny skies almost every day of the year and temperatures averaging in the mid-70s, it is a great break at any time of year.

Getting around the island is as easy as can be with the Island Metro taking you anywhere you might want to go for free from 7 am to 9 pm.

Explore Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark then head over to the Candle Castle Capital of the World where you can take sandcastle lessons. Get to know the scally, four-legged, and green locals at the Sea Life Marine Center and Sea Turtle, Inc then head over to the SPI Birding, Nature Center, and Alligator Sanctuary.

When you are ready to get out and about, you will find a wide array of options for snorkeling, deep-sea fishing, dolphin watching, dinner cruise, and countless eco-tours.

Where to Stay in South Padre Island

Looking for a family-friend all-inclusive resort in South Padre Island? You are going to love Beach Resort at S Padre Island, an IHG Hotel. This full-service spot has everything else that you need for an easy, laidback break. Splash around one of the three swimming pools. Enjoy a cocktail at the swim-up bar. Drop the little ones off for supervised kid’s activities. Take care of last-minute business at the 24/7 business center. Whatever you need, they’ve got you covered.

Feeling inspired to visit Texas with the family? You need our complete kid-friendly Texas family travel guide for all of the details on theme parks, learning centers, beaches, camping, parks, and more!

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