Our Lone Star State is big in landmass and huge in summer fun. Although the climate can be a tad warm for some when the days grow longer, Texas is blessed with limitless outdoor recreational opportunities and cool cultural experiences that make it a popular vacation destination. Here are 10 of our favorite summertime adventures.
1) Schlitterbahn Waterpark, New Braunfels: This flagship resort that boasts the title of America’s largest waterpark features miles of rivers that wind through the Germanic Hill Country town. Stay at the eclectic resort and enjoy access to two distinct waterpark experiences with 51 attractions spread over 70 thrilling acres. It’s the perfect way for kids of all ages to beat the Texas summer heat.
2) Texas State Aquarium, Corpus Christi: Dedicated to the conservation of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, the Aquarium is home to an exciting collection of sea and land creatures. Exhibits include Stingray Lagoon, Dolphin Bay, Eagle Pass and Otter Creek.
3) South Padre Island: Known as the "Texas tropics" thanks its proximity to Mexico, crystal-clear waters, and white-sand beaches, South Padre Island offers every water sport you can imagine. You’ll find world-class restaurants, nightclubs, and shopping, along with plenty of opportunities for suntanning, beachcombing, birdwatching and chilling. This southernmost point of Texas also offers a Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark right on the sand.
4) Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic, Austin: Celebrate Independence Day with the Red Headed Stranger himself and his huge lineup of handpicked country music artists. This annual party is held at the Austin360 Amphitheater at Circuit of The Americas, with gates opening at 11:00 AM for a 12:00 PM music start time.
5) The Children’s Museum of Houston: Providing 90,000 square feet of hands-on interactive exhibits designed to enthrall children through age 12, the vibrant museum is a must if you’ve got little ones. Named the No. 2 Children’s Museum in the country, Houston’s facility inspires kids to explore the areas of science and technology, history and culture, health and human development and the arts.
6) Texas Rangers: Take in a home game for the Major League Baseball team that plays at Globe Life Park in Arlington located between Dallas and Fort Worth. Swing by the Texas Rangers Baseball Hall of Fame while you’re there.
7) SeaWorld San Antonio: Thrilling water rides, roller coasters, an oceanarium, live shows, and fascinating displays fill this 250-acre marine mammal park. SeaWorld San Antonio is a very popular attraction, and you’ll probably want to spend more than just a day on the property.
8) Space Center Houston: Stop by NASA’s official visitor center to take in over 400 space artifacts, including a flown spacecraft and the largest collection of moon rocks. Space Center Houston also holds the world’s most comprehensive collection of spacesuits and is the No. 1 tourist attraction in Houston.
9) Lake Travis: Located on the Colorado River about 20 miles above Austin, Lake Travis spans over 60 miles in length and is one of Texas’ most popular water sport destinations. Fish, sail, dive, windsurf or ski the day away on the deep, clear waters of the reservoir surrounded by 271 miles of scenic shoreline.
10) Galveston Pleasure Pier: This old-fashioned waterfront amusement park extends nearly 1,200 feet into the Gulf of Mexico and features thrilling rides that send you soaring over the water. Pleasure Pier offers traditional rides including bumper cars, a two-level carousel and an iconic Ferris wheel. Delicious boardwalk fare, a midway full of test-your-skill games and unique souvenir shops ensure that there’s something here for every member of the family.
These are just a few summertime adventures that you can enjoy. For additional resources, or to sign-up for the Texas State Travel Guide, you can visit Travel Texas online for more fun destinations to visit.
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