Family Vacations in Texas

The Alamo represents 250 years of Texas history and is visited by more than 2.5 million people each year.

From the mountains of West Texas to the sandy beaches of the Gulf Coast, families will find it easy to locate the perfect park to explore, scenic trails to hike, and the warmest waters to wade. In a state that spans nearly 270,000 square miles, lists more than 250 counties, and has a population of 22.8 million people, hundreds of other exciting attractions, festivals, and special events are yours to choose from on just about any day of the week.

In the following article, you’ll find profiles of some of the state’s major attractions, activities, festivals, museums, and special events. Included is contact information to help you plan your trip as well as photos of each destination. Here’s a preview:


Space Center Houston

Located in the Johnson Space Center complex, Space Center Houston was designed by Walt Disney Imagineering with both entertainment and education in mind.

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Considered the biggest and best rodeo in Texas, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has star-quality bull riders, barrel racers, ropers, steer wrestlers, and bucking bronco riders competing for big cash prizes.

Everyone's Art Car Parade and Festival

The outlandish Everyone's Art Car Parade and Festival features creative and outright crazy-looking vehicles parading through the city streets.

Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort

Nestled on the banks of the spring-fed Comal River in New Braunfels, Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resorts’ innovative water rides make use of the river and its fresh spring water.

Bat Watching at the Congress Avenue Bridge

1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats blast out of their daytime home beneath Austin's Congress Avenue Bridge every evening.

San Antonio

The Alamo and theme parks, restaurants and riverboat tours -- experience this and more in San Antonio -- one of Texas’ most scenic cities.

Fiesta San Antonio

Fiesta San Antonio is a ten-day event that celebrates San Antonio's diverse culture and recognizes the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto.


SeaWorld, the world's largest marine life adventure park, is 250 acres of fun in San Antonio, featuring an amusement park, a water park, animal attractions, and live entertainment.

Padre Island National Seashore

Padre Island National Seashore is the longest span of undeveloped beach in the United States and the longest undeveloped barrier island in the world.

AIA Sandcastle Competition

Every June, about 80 teams of architects, engineers, and students of these two professions each go to work in their own 22325-foot section of beach for the American Institute of Architects (AIA) sand castle-building competition in Galveston.


In Austin, politics dominate and size really does matter. A collegiate bohemian paradise and the capital city of Texas, Austin also boasts the largest capitol building in the country. Find out why more than half a million people call Austin home, and why they pride themselves on keeping "Austin Weird."

Presidio County Courthouse

The Presidio County Courthouse in the small west Texas town of Marfa is the state's crown jewel. Dominating the horizon for miles, the 1887 Victorian courthouse, clad in pink stucco and capped with an ornate gray dome, is a work of art inside and out.

Texas Gulf Coast

The Texas Gulf Coast offers numerous assets that run the gamut from remote islands to charming Victorian ports. Some of the world’s best beaches, excellent restaurants, unique shopping opportunities, and delightful architecture attract millions of visitors to the region each year.

Lake Amistad

Lake Amistad is an oasis in the Texas badlands. This confluence of the Rio Grande, Devils, and Pecos rivers on the United States-Mexico border has been alive with human activity for thousands of years.

To learn more about family vacation destinations, see:

  • Family Vacations: Learn about hundreds of family vacations in destinations all over North America.
  • Family Vacations in Austin: Find out where to stay, what to do, and where to eat when you visit The Un-Texas.
  • Family Vacations in Dallas: Find out where to stay, what to do, and where to eat when you visit America's Favorite City.
  • Family Vacations in Houston: Find out where to stay, what to do, and where to eat when you visit Space City.
  • Texas State Guide: Learn about Mobil Travel Guide-rated hotels and restaurants in Texas, as well as other recreational activities.
  • Scenic Drives: For those who think that getting there is half the fun, we have compiled more than 100 of the most scenic drives throughout the country.