Summer upon us. Soon, schools will close for the holiday and top on the agenda of many families is engaging in family activities. There is nothing that screams summer fun more than a family road trip. Luckily, there are numerous attraction points right on the outskirts of Houston that you do not have to keep answering “No” when asked “are we there yet?” or at most you will answer two or three times. Importantly, there is ample diversity in the destination; whether you are interested in a fun and chilled destination, an educational venue, someplace trendy, or simply some great outdoor venue, there are plenty venues to choose from.
#1. Magnolia Market In Waco, Texas Approximately a 3-Hour Drive
“Fixer Upper”, HGTV’s hit show has emerged as a godsend for Waco. Joanna Gaines and Chip has turned Waco into a tourist hotspot. Magnolia Market, in particular, offers a wide range of experiences, especially in a family setting. There is the obvious shopping. Additionally, there is a lawn with ample games, swings, lawn chairs, a bakery, and much more.
#2. Hamilton Pool Preserve In Austin, Texas Approximately 3-Hour Drive
Do you love water? Then the Hamilton Pool is a good destination choice. It is a naturally formed pool filled with turquoise green water. There are also beautiful cliffs that surround the pool and a river inside it, which form the pool system. The pool was formed over millions of years. With beautiful flora and a 50-foot drop from the cliffs to the middle of the pool, you are assured of lots of fun.
#3. Guadalupe River or The Comal In New Braunfels, Texas Approximately A 2.5-Hour Drive
If you are interested in visiting New Braunfels and enjoying the outdoors, then you have the choice of tubing down the Guadalupe and Comal Rivers. The Comal River snakes through an urban setting the city itself giving you a new perspective of the city. Additionally, is broad and leisurely, meaning it is safe to enjoy as a family. Only the man-made chute that diverts single-person tubers around the dam tends to be fast. On the other hand, the Guadalupe River plays the role of being a party river. Music, alcohol, co-eds are in abundance. Just ensure that you have a good understanding the consequences of drunk driving and avoid it altogether.
#4. Riverwalk/ The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas Approximately a 3-Hour Drive
San Antonio is renowned for its multicultural experiences that are wonderfully fun and educational. There are numerous historic attractions for you to enjoy. For starters, there is the Alamo, the awe-invoking San Fernando Cathedral, and other historic missions that dot the city. However, the centerpiece of the city in as far as historic monuments are concerned is the Riverwalk. The 2.5-mile cobblestone path set just below the city level and bordering San Antonio River is a setting for you to enjoy a walk and explore the sights and sound of the city.
#5. Corpus Christi In Texas Approximately a 3-Hour Drive
A good weekend away ideally should feature the sea, the beach, the sun, numerous sightseeing options, and engaging activities that you can enjoy as a family. Corpus Christi offers all these in a picturesque environment. You will enjoy water sports activities such as windsurfing and all the while you will be soaking up the sun. When it comes to site seeing, you can visit Dolphin Bay, the Texas State Aquarium and other water-related sports. Alternatively, you can visit the USS Lexington can explore naval history. The Botanical Gardens are also a good venue for you to enjoy some flora and fauna
#6. Marfa In Texas Approximately an 8-Hour Drive
Although this trip is a bit longer than other trips listed here, it is still in the Lone Star State. Moreover, if Beyonce can go as far chartering a plane for a visit here, then it must be a fun destination. Marfa is an art-filled, odd but beautiful place on the western side of Texas.
#7. Pedernales Falls State Park In Johnson City, Texas Approximately a 3 Hour Drive
This has to be on the must-visit list of every Texan. The park has numerous trails and activities to enjoy. You can ascend the Wolf Mountain or explore the limestone rocks along the Pedernales.
#8. Palo Duro Canyon State Park In Canyon, Texas Approximately a 9.5-Hour Drive
The Grand Canyon of Texas, the second largest canyon in the US is another must-visit attraction. It lies about twelve miles east of the town of Canyon. The park offers over 30 miles of biking, hiking and equestrian trails.
#9 Hill Country In Fredericksburg/ Wimberley, Texas Approximately a 3-Hour Drive
Many would argue that the Texas Hill Country has the most beautiful vistas in the State. The Green Hills, meandering and rolling rivers is a break from the typical arid and flat scenarios that characterize most of Texas.
#10. Enchanted Rock State Natural Area In Fredericksburg, Texas Approximately a 4-Hour Drive
This magical, mysterious, and massive rock attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists. It offers a unique 1800 ft. hike to the top that reveals a 360-degrees view of the Hill Country. There is also a cave to explore at the back of the rock.