If you want to plan a fun Spring Break trip for your family, but expensive airfare costs stop you, then a great Texas road trip may be the perfect option! Texas has a million of different activities to take advantage of – as long as you don’t mind driving a bit. From watching stingrays and dolphins in Corpus Christi to hitting the rapids in Big Bend, here are eight ideas to consider for your next Spring Break road trip across Texas.
This is THE hot spot for many music lovers as it hosts the annual SXSW (South By Southwest) during Spring Break. However, if SXSW isn’t for you, just avoid downtown Austin (yes, that means 6th Street) and enjoy the rest of what Austin has to offer.
For example, you can paddle-surf or paddle-boat around Towne Lake or take a dip in Barton Springs pool, a naturally spring fed pool. For more outdoor adventures, drive a little further to Fredericksburg to hike Enchanted Rock located at Enchanted Rock State Nature Area.
2) Big Bend
If your family loves outdoor activities, make the road trip across Texas to Big Bend National Park! Activities range from casual sightseeing to more involved activities like hiking, paddling the river, horseback riding, and more. As for sleeping accommodations, Big Bend visitors can camp or stay in a surrounding lodge, hotel, B&B, or boutique inn.
3) Corpus Christi
Here’s another great road trip destination for Spring Breakers. While there are plenty of beach and beach activities to enjoy, there is also more to this city. Families can take in some history at the USS Lexington, which is a real aircraft carrier built for WWII. Or take in some amazing views of aquatic life at the Texas State Aquarium. You’ll find dolphins, all types of jellyfish, stingrays, eels, sea turtles and so much more!
If it’s beach fun you are looking for, Galveston is a great Spring Break destination, offering more than 30 miles of beach. In addition to sun and sand, Galveston is home to beautiful historic homes and mansions, 14 museums, and 20 art galleries.
For more family fun, visit Schlitterbahn Waterpark with its countless water rides and water attractions. Also check out Moody Gardens to see aquatic life like penguins, stingrays, and sharks, or take in a 3D and 4D movie among many other seasonal activities.
A Spring Break road trip to Gruene is a great family destination. Visitors can float, whitewater raft, or canoe on the Guadalupe and Comal Rivers. Any fishermen in the family can catch rainbow trout or other native warm water species.
For some off-the-water fun, Gruene Hall is a must. Built in 1878, Gruene Hall is Texas’ oldest continually operating and most famous dancehall. It’s open to all ages and has live music seven nights a week plus Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
6) Palo Duro Canyon State Park
This is the perfect road trip for families who love the outdoors. The Palo Duro Canyon is the second largest canyon in the US (second only to the Grand Canyon). While hiking around the canyon is a must, there are other activities to enjoy including horseback riding and bird watching.
You can also enjoy the live outdoor musical, TEXAS, located at the Pioneer Amphitheater within the park. Take note: The show only takes place Tuesdays through Sundays in the summer.
7) San Antonio
Making the trip to San Antonio will never disappoint. You and your family can stroll or take a boat ride along the famous River Walk, take in some history at the Alamo, or check out the cool wax figures at Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
For some fun just outside downtown, head to Six Flags Fiesta Texas for some heart-pumping roller coaster rides or Sea World to enjoy rides, animal shows, exhibits and animal tours.
8) South Padre
Head down to the southern tip of Texas to enjoy the beautiful blue waters of South Padre Island. Water activities abound on these beaches: deep-sea fishing, parasailing, hiking, bird-watching, and scuba diving.
Texas really does offer a road trip destination for everyone! Hopefully, you are able to enjoy some fun and relaxation with friends or family at one of these spots this Spring Break.
If you happen to be planning a different Texas road trip, then let us know because we want to hear from you!