5 Ideas for a Last-Minute Texas Vacation

By Jessica Bivins, August 2, 2017, Events & Fun, Family

Back to school season is upon us, but before you dive into new school supplies and early morning routines, you and your family have a few more weekends of summer fun.

In Texas, there is no shortage of things to do. If you’re itching for a last-minute vacation, here are five great ideas that don’t require a huge amount of planning — just a sense of fun and adventure.

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1. Take the crew camping

There are 95 state parks in our great state, and each one has something unique to offer. Virtually every park has campgrounds, and some even have shelters or nearby accommodations. There’s a lot to explore, and the Texas State Parks website is the perfect place to learn more about parks near you, make reservations, and find kid- and family-centered activities. Download the app and have everything you need right in the palm of your hand.

2. Go Swimming

From the western deserts to the humid gulf, across mountains and grasslands, there’s one thing all parts of the Lone Star State have in common: Things get mighty hot down here in the summer. And when things get hot, you head for the water. We have a coastline full of world-class beaches and legendary swimming pools out in the dry west, like Playdium or the Balmorhea oasis.

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3. Visit hill country

What is the quintessential Texas landscape? Is it the plains where the longhorns graze, or the mesa-dotted deserts? Texas is many things to many people, and one of the most storied parts of our state is the hill country. Small towns like Fredericksburg and Wimberley are artsy, unique and utterly charming. Bed-and-breakfasts like The Creek Haven Inn or Blair House Inn can help you unwind and feel refreshed.

4. Get out your Stetsons

Texas is cowboy country, and if you live here and haven’t yet enjoyed feeling a little saddle sore or worn boots in a while, well, giddy-up and get yourself and your family to a ranch for some serious cowboy and cowgirl activities. The town of Bandera has proclaimed itself the cowboy capital of the world. And it lives up to its name. With museums, rodeos, cowboy-themed lodging and ample opportunities to ride a horse, this is a great family destination. However, if Bandera is too far for you, you can check if there are any last-minute openings in one of the many dude ranches in Texas.

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5. Travel to Africa

Well, not really. It would be quite the feat to book tickets, lodging and a safari in Africa at the last minute. If you want to experience what it’s like to travel among African animals in the wild, The Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch is a drive-through zoo experience that replicates an African safari, right here in Texas. It’s educational, fun and your kids will be able to tell all their friends a zebra came up to their car!

Even if you weren’t planning on taking a vacation, as you can see, there is no shortage of great getaways in our state. So get out there and explore!

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