Road Trippin’: Fun Texas Spring Break Destinations for Houston Families

{Updated February 2024}

If you’re a Houston mom, I bet it’s safe to say you’re ready to break out of here and hit the open road. Spring Break is upon us, and while you may prefer to stay home and chill, we hope these spots could be added to your Texas travel bucket list.

Road Trippin’ :: Fun Texas Spring Break Destinations for Houston FamiliesYou can stay pretty close to home or travel a bit out of your comfort zone. Texas has some unique places that aren’t always the norm – the Lone Star State is wide open with cool cities to explore.

Texas Spring Break Destinations

College Station

Make the short drive out to Aggieland Safari. This wildlife sanctuary doubles as a drive-thru safari and zoo! Make it a day trip or take your time enjoying a few days in B/CS. Aggieland is a fun place to visit!

Waco

What I love about Waco is that it has plenty to explore for the whole family, and it is only a short road trip away. Get some shopping in at Magnolia Market Silos, explore the outdoors at Cameron Park Zoo and Waco Mammoth National Monument, and cool off indoors at the Jeanes Discovery Center. Enough to see and do for a full, fun filled week!

Glen Rose

Keep on going towards the Fort Worth area where you can explore Dinosaur Valley State Park. Stay in the state park or look into other unique accommodations like Dinosaur Valley RV Park or Country Woods Inn. Make sure to take your explorers into the park to track down the dinosaurs! Other kid-friendly activities include the drive-thru safari, Fossil Rim. After feeding the animals, feed yourself some old-fashioned ice cream at the Shoo-Fly Soda Shop – from banana splits to malts, your sweet tooth will thank you.

Brenham

If you have any Blue Bell ice cream lovers in your family, a trip to Blue Bell Creameries in Brenham is a must. Only an hour outside of Houston, it’s easy enough to make a day trip out of it. Enjoy a scoop of your favorite flavor, or try something new that they only serve in their ice cream parlor! Shop their Country Store for all things Blue Bell inspired, and visit the Observation Deck to watch how the ice cream is made!

Lake Travis

Venture out a little further Northwest toward the Texas Hill Country for your Spring Break and enjoy the beauty of Lake Travis. Try Lake Travis Zipline Adventures for 3-hour zipline tours as well as a private beach with hammocks to unwind. You can also check out Volente Beach for more water park fun and lakeside swimming. Hiking/biking enthusiasts can check out Pace Bend Park; no doubt your little ones will have plenty of space here to run out their energy.

Splashway

Located about 70 miles outside of Houston in Sheridan, this fun {and crazy clean} water park has options for the RVers or for families who want to stay onsite in a cabin or cottage for their Spring Break. Outdoor movies, s’mores, and more; you don’t have to do the water park, but you will definitely want to sit back and star gaze into the big night sky.

New Braunfels

The great outdoors, grilling by the water, and even a few wineries for the parents – this area has fun for all ages. Stop into Gruene and listen to some country jams, or journey deep into the caverns at Natural Bridge Caverns. The warmer weather may follow you, but the humidity will not! This area has so much to offer – including floating the river if the time is right!

San Antonio

Stroll along the Riverwalk or take a boat tour and you can be sure to take in some good sights and do some great people watching. If the weather is nice, enjoy the outdoors at San Antonio Zoo, or one of the many scheduled family activities at the San Antonio Botanical Garden. Enjoy some time out of the sun at The Doseum, San Antonio’s museum for kids, or you can’t go wrong with a trip to Legoland!

We would love to hear your Spring Break plans and what cool Texas spots you plan to see. Share your vacations with us – we are all ready for a road trip!


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Sean was born on a cattle ranch in Colorado and grew up in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. She moved to the Texas Hill Country with her parents and siblings after receiving her BA in Psychology from Ripon College in 2010. Starting in Kerrville, and eventually making her way to Fredericksburg, Sean spent the year after college dabbling in both social services and the service industry, never quite finding the right fit, but knowing her passion was in service. While living in Fredericksburg, she also met her future husband, Will, and they both eventually ended up in Austin and started dating a year later. While in Austin, Sean found a passion for the practice of yoga. After her initial 200-hour teacher training with Gioconda Parker, she started teaching in 2012, and less than a year later, it became her full time career. Sean has enjoyed teaching and training both domestically and internationally for almost a decade. Meanwhile, Sean and Will got married in May of 2015 and Will’s job moved them to the Clear Lake area of Houston a few months later. Weeks before their 4 year anniversary, they welcomed son Liam {April 2019}. Sean went from full time to part time yoga teacher and, after March 2020, has been teaching yoga exclusively on the online platform, Patreon. Sean and her family are excited to welcome a second baby boy in January 2022! You can follow her on Instagram @seanellenwatson for adorable family photos, yoga content, and things she thinks are funny.

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