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Top Cities in Texas for Family Vacations

By Edited May 18, 2015 0 0

Whether you are a Texas resident or plan on visiting Texas in the near future there are several tourist attractions that you can visit. Texas is full of so many great cities. Just about every major city in Texas has a vacation worthy tourist attraction suitable for fun seeking families. No matter what type of activities you crave you can find a city in Texas with exactly what you’re looking for.  Whether you plan to travel to Houston, Austin, a coastal town like Galveston or Corpus Christi, the DFW area, or someplace in between you are sure to find an enjoyable family friendly destination that the whole family will love.


Houston, Texas

Houston has a lot to offer families on vacation.

Houston is the home of many professional sports teams. Baseball loving families that travel to Houston from the months of April to October can watch the Houston Astros play at Minute Maid Park. Fans of basketball can catch a Houston Rockets home game at the Toyota Center in downtown Houston. For families that are into football the Texans play at Reliant Astrodome. Soccer fans would enjoy a home game at BBVA Compass Stadium to watch the Houston Dynamo.

Fine Art, Performing Arts & Museums
Houston has a large Museum District that includes the Museum of Fine Arts, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Station Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston Museum of Natural Science, Holocaust Museum. The arts district also includes major performing arts including the Houston Grand Opera, the Houston Ballet, Houston Symphony Orchestra. Houston is also a tour stop  for major concerts, Broadway shows and various other tours.

Space Center Houston
The Official Visitor center for NASA’s Johnson Space Center is Space Center Houston. The space center is a great place for families to visit and learn a little history as well as learn something new and cutting edge. There are interactive and historical exhibits such as the Starship Gallery which is home to space related artifacts. There are also tours and area for children to learn about space exploration and travel.


San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio, Texas’ second-largest city is home to many historical and family attractions.

Theme Parks
Both Six Flags Fiesta Texas and SeaWorld are located in San Antonio. Each of these places are ideal destinations for families. There are fun things for children and adults of all ages to enjoy such as roller coasters, games, rides, shows, and exhibits. Discount tickets to Six Flags Fiesta Texas can be found online as well as in person at many fast food restaurants. Discount tickets for SeaWorld San Antonio can also be located online and in person. Both of theme parks pull in around 26 million tourist per year making San Antonio one of the most visited cities in Texas.

Families interested in sports will want to find out which events will be going on at the Alamodome during their visit to San Antonio. Typically, you can catch football or basketball there, but occasional rodeo events, concerts or festivals are also held at the Alamodome. Both the San Antonio Spurs NBA team and the San Antonio Silver Stars WNBA team play their home games at AT&T Center located in San Antonio, Texas. The AT&T Center also holds hockey games, concerts and other events such as the Rodeo.

The Riverwalk
The San Antonio River walk is perhaps one of the most popular if not the #1 attraction in San Antonio. There are so many things to do along and around the river walk. There is shopping, restaurants, hotels and lots of other attractions along the River Walk. Fiesta San Antonio is an annual event held every spring along the banks of the River Walk to honor the battle of The Alamo and the battle of San Jacinto, two major events in Texas history. There is also a yearly Christmas parade on the River in which floats are covered in Christmas lights and drift down the River.


Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas

Amusement & Water Parks
The DFW Area is home to the original Six Flags Over Texas theme park which sits on over 200 acres of land is open from March to January. The park features over a dozen roller coasters and a handful of water rides.  This Six Flags location is  home to the tallest freefall combo tower in the world which is the Superman Tower of Power ride. Its also home to the fastest and tallest roller coaster in Texas which is the Titan, the ride that soars to 245 feet in the air and reaches speeds of 85 mph.

The DFW area also features many water parks including Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, located directly across the street from Six Flags Over Texas. There is also a the Great Wolf Lodge, a family with resort with indoor water park located in Grapevine, Texas.

Sports fans will enjoy taking in a game from one of the 5 major sports teams in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The state-of-the-art Cowboys Stadium has events year round in addition to the Dallas Cowboys home games. The Ballpark in Arlington where the Texas Rangers play is located just down the street from Cowboys Stadium. The Dallas Mavericks play in American Airlines Center located in Downtown Dallas, which is also the home stadium of the Dallas Stars and the Dallas Vigilantes, the arena football league. Soccer fans can catch FC Dallas home games in Frisco, Texas at FC Dallas Stadium.


There are so many fun places to visit all across Texas. No matter what your interest are there is certain to be a landmark in Texas to base your family vacation around. Every city in the Lone Star state has something unique to visit and enjoy. Even natives of Texas can find something exciting to do with their family even if they’ve lived in Texas their whole life. Folks visiting Texas from other states will also enjoy reveling in Texas’ vast history and  seeing the landmarks and tourist attractions during their family vacation in Texas.





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