Texas has some of the best kids and family vacation destinations and choices in the United States - you can vacation at the beach, in the mountains at Big Bend, in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, in the scenic piney east woods, or the open plains in the Texas Panhandle. Your Texas family vacation can include a cruise from Galveston; camping at any of hundreds of State Parks, Corp of Engineer campgrounds, or luxury RV parks; or a stay in a Texas vacation rental cabin, lodge, resort or waterfront home. This page has some of our ideas for a fun kids and family vacation in Texas.
Resort Vacations - Texas has some fantastic resorts with activities for the entire family. Check out our Texas Resort Reviews to help you find the best resort for a fantastic resort vacation in Texas. You pick a resort with:
Camping Vacations - it just doesn't get much better than roasting marshmallows, munching on s'moores, telling ghost stories, singing, or playing games around the campfire under a clear starlit sky with family and friends at a nearby campground or RV park. And then getting up the next morning, cooking a good breakfast outdoors, and going for a family hike, bike ride, or some other fun activity. All done with just a little financial planning in advance. There are over 150 State Parks, Corp of Engineer parks, or county parks with reasonable rates and lots of activities including hiking, biking, canoeing, swimming, tubing, nature hikes and programs, and more. Or you can stay in a luxury RV resort with full hookups, internet and cable TV, swimming pools, fitness centers, movies, pot luck dinners, and other activities to keep you entertained - and most are in or near a major city for shopping, nightlife, attractions, and more. Camping created some of our best family memories and we still camp as a family with our kids and 4 grandkids - the motor home is much more crowded now than it was when we camped as a family of 4! In the Camping Section of Texas Outside you will find maps to help you find a campground and our campground and RV park reviews to tell you what we like about the campground. Or just head out to one of the State, Country, or Corp parks for a picnic and fun day swimming, hiking, biking, and enjoying the outdoors.
Kids Vacations - plan a kids vacation that will keep them busy, giggling, and smiling for a weekend or longer and create a memory that will last forever. Our will help with some ideas of fun things the kids might enjoy and the adults or kids at heart will also have a blast. We had a great week vacation babysitting our 3 grand kids and tubing the river, camping, wakeboarding, jumping on the trampoline, and enjoying Aquatica Water Park - read about about this Fun Kids Vacation.
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Golfing Vacations - if you have some young aspiring golfers then you need to book a Texas golfing vacation. And you have lots of choices from upscale golf resorts to fantastic stay & play choices offering condos to unique cabins or homes. Our favorite golf resort is La Cantera and a couple great stay & play choices include Blaketree, Garden Valley, or The Cliffs. Read our to find a fun play to stay or if you want a resort. Resorts are the best choice with kids because of all the other amenities they can enjoy besides just golf.
Lake Vacations - some of our most fun family vacations have been on any of the over 100 Texas lakes boating, fishing, swimming, skiing, tubing, and enjoying the sunset over the water. You can camp on the lake, find a waterfront rental or resort, or best of all, rent a houseboat for a few days. It just doesn't get much better than a houseboat vacation. If you don't have a boat, that's no excuse - there are plenty of boat rental businesses that rent sailboats, kayaks, jet skis, pontoon boats, fishing boats, and paddle boats plus have all the toys (tubes, skis, boards). Or you can take a chartered dinner or themed cruise, sunset cruise, or slow casual sightseeing cruise. And don't let parasailing scare you - its safe and a blast! If you like fishing, Texas is home to some of the best bass fishing lakes in the United States and there are plenty of lake fishing guides anxious to help you land a big trophy fish.
Hill Country Vacations - wow, the Hill Country is where it's at! Scenic and breathtaking, rivers and lakes, great resorts and camping, plenty of hiking and biking trails, dude ranches, climbing, scenic drives, caving, outstanding golf courses, attractions, funky and fun cities to explore, and much more to see and do. The Hill Country is one of the premier kids and family vacation destinations in Texas. Check out our list of 25 Fun Things To See and Do in the Texas Hill Country.