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25 Best Weekend Getaways in Texas

There is nowhere quite like the great–and gigantic–state of Texas, so it’s no surprise that there is an enormous number of fantastic weekend getaways in Texas to choose from!

Texas is (one of) our home state(s), and it is endlessly diverse, packing everything from deserts to cities to canyons to wine country into one incredibly epic state.

Texas is arguably the US state that we know best. We were both born there, I lived in Austin for a few years as a child, we’ve lived in both San Antonio and Austin together as adults, and having deep family roots in Austin means that even when we don’t call Texas home, we continually return to visit.

kate storm in front of waterfall at westcave preserve near austin, one of the best weekend getaways in texas

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We compiled this list of the best Texas weekend trips based on our years of exploring the state, and quite honestly, writing this has made me deeply homesick for the Lone Star state!

If you’re looking to spend a few days exploring a new corner of the state, here are the best weekend getaways in Texas!

Note : After writing this post, we moved back to Austin for a year and launched Lone Star Travel Guide , our travel site dedicated entirely to Texas. If you’re looking for more Texas travel inspiration, we’d love to have you join us there!

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Best Texas Cities for Weekend Getaways

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fort davis drugstore hotel in west texas with a pink truck parked in front of it, part of one of the best road trips in us southwest

Have a city break on your mind?

Texas’ major cities each have a flavor all their own–but any one of these cities would make for a perfect Texas weekend getaway!

Probably the best-known of all these weekend getaways in Texas on the overall domestic and international tourism scene, Austin is known for its live music, incredible festivals (most notably the famous SXSW), and excellent food.

Be sure to stroll through Zilker Park or head out onto Lady Bird Lake, hit up the boutiques and street art around South Congress , check out the State Capitol, visit Mount Bonnell, and sample a bit of Austin’s famous nightlife during your weekend in Austin .

greetings from austin mural in austin texas

San Antonio

Home to Texas’ most famous building (the Alamo), our former home city of San Antonio is easily one of the best cities for weekend trips in Texas.

Yes, check out the Alamo, but get beyond it too: San Antonio is home to Texas’ only UNESCO World Heritage Site, the 18th-century San Antonio Missions, and the Alamo is one of only several properties to be included–and it’s arguably the least interesting of them all (personally, my favorites are Mission San Jose and Mission Espada).

While spending a weekend in San Antonio , you’ll no doubt want to hit the famous Riverwalk once or twice, but consider also visiting the Japanese Tea Garden, the incredible Witte Museum, and the Majestic Theater.

San Jose Mission in San Antonio Texas as seen through a stone window. San Antonio is one of the best places to visit in Texas.

If everything is bigger in Texas, it might just be biggest in Dallas: known for big hair, big (oil) money, and big buildings, Dallas is a quintessentially Texan city–and also one of the fastest-growing cities in the USA, with an excellent food scene and plethora of things to do.

Of course, no weekend trip to Dallas would be complete without a somber exploration of the assassination of President Kennedy, whose murder in Dallas in 1963 is one of the most haunting in the USA’s collective memory.

On a lighter note, though, Dallas offers far more than morbid history: with phenomenal shopping (not even kidding, people from surrounding states flock to Dallas on the weekends for its shopping), excellent skyline views at Reunion Tower, and great gardens and museums (the Dallas Arboretum is stunning), you’ll find plenty of fun things to do during a weekend in Dallas .

You can even add on mini day trips to other places in the metro area, like Grapevine and Frisco, Texas !

View of Dallas skyline from Reunion Tower, one of the best weekend destinations in Texas

Though it’s easy to lump Fort Worth in with its more famous next-door neighbor of Dallas, the city is absolutely distinct and has a vibe all its own.

The Fort Worth Stockyards was the go-to spot for cowboys and livestock as they moved west during parts of the 19th century, but today, they are part of Ft. Worth’s popular historic district, where restaurants, bars, and honky-tonks at what was once the “Cowtown” where ranchers would stop with their livestock.

Be sure to also check out Fort Worth’s growing craft beer scene if you decide to check out this Texas weekend getaway, and of course, don’t forget to stop by Sundance Square!

longhorns at the fort worth stockyards in texas

Houston is a bit of an enigma when it comes to these weekend getaways in Texas: it doesn’t get a fraction of the attention on the tourist circuit that Austin or even San Antonio does, and yet, Houston is one of the most diverse cities in the country and is home to one of the most interesting attractions in all of Texas: The Johnson Space Center.

Visiting one of the best space museums in the country isn’t the only reason to visit Houston, though: as the 4th largest city in the USA, Houston’s art and food scenes are not to be underestimated!

From Houston, you can also put together a fun day trip to Brenham , Galveston, or any number of East Texas destinations. 

Skyline of Houston Texas as seen on a sunny day with a park in the foreground, Houston is one of the best weekend getaways in Texas

Texas’ enormous size translates to a wide variety of choices for the best nature-filled weekend getaways in Texas.

With two national parks and more than 80 state parks, not to mention plenty of campsites and Texas cabins to choose from, you may have a hard time narrowing it down–here are some of the best places to spend time outdoors during a weekend in Texas.

Big Bend National Park

With sweeping beauty that encompasses desert, mountain, and canyon landscapes in one park, Big Bend National Park in southwest Texas is easily one of the best places for weekend trips in Texas.

In addition to hiking and beautiful nature, the park is also well-known for its dark skies, and as a result, is internationally recognized as a phenomenal place for stargazing.

Scenic road in Big Bend National Park, one of the best Texas weekend getaways

Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Known as the “Grand Canyon of Texas”, Palo Duro Canyon is the second-largest canyon in the USA and is home to truly unforgettable views.

Plan a weekend away to hike to the iconic Lighthouse, soak in the beauty of the canyon and the desert, and maybe try out some horseback riding or zip-lining while you’re there!

As Palo Duro Canyon is located less than an hour away from Amarillo and Texas’ portion of Route 66 , consider also adding stops at Amarillo’s Route 66 Historic District and the iconic Route 66 roadside attraction of Cadillac Ranch.

Kate Storm standing with her back to the camera in front of the Lighthouse in Palo Duro Canyon Texas

Float the River

If there’s one thing that Texans can agree on, it’s that grabbing an intertube, along with some snacks and drinks, and floating down a river with them is an excellent way to spend the summer.

The Frio River in Garner State Park and the Guadalupe River near New Braunfels are both incredibly popular places for this.

If you’re looking for one of the most local weekend getaways in Texas, you can’t go wrong with floating the river (and it’s safe to say that there are plenty of rivers to choose from ).

Drone photo from above of a Texas river with people floating in intertubes down it

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Located east of El Paso, the stunning Guadalupe Mountains National Park is home to the four highest peaks in Texas, located in the incredibly vast Chihuahuan Desert, and is also known for its incredible fall foliage.

With a surprisingly mild climate for much of the year, Guadalupe Mountains National Park makes for a fantastic Texas getaway destination.

Be sure to make time to hop across the New Mexico state line and visit Carlsbad Caverns National Park, too–it’s practically next door and is one of the coolest weekend trips near Texas.

el capitan in guadalupe mountains national park

Dinosaur Valley State Park

The most notable feature of Dinosaur Valley State Park can be easily guessed from its name: if you head down to the river, you’ll be able to spot actual dinosaur footsteps, fossilized and frozen in time, in the riverbed.

With 20 miles of trails and a river to enjoy, it’s safe to say that the fossils aren’t the only draw, either.

If you do head out to Dinosaur Valley State Park, be sure to spend some time in the charming town of Glen Rose, as well!

DInosaur Track in Texas

Pedernales Falls State Park (+ Johnson City)

Packed with both hiking trails and swimming holes (aka pools formed in between each of the small waterfalls in the river), Pedernales Falls State Park makes for an incredibly fun Texas weekend getaway, and one of my personal favorites dating back to childhood!

In addition to the park itself, it’s worth mentioning that Pedernales Falls is located practically next door to Johnson City , the former home of President Johnson (though, fun fact, the town is not named after the president or his family) and close to the current home of the LBJ Ranch, which is now a National Historic Site.

pedernales falls texas as seen from above

The Lone Star State’s small towns are among my absolute favorite places to visit in Texas: not only is the state littered with adorable, well-preserved 18th and 19th-century downtowns, you’ll also find a lot of lesser-known culture in them!

For example, while it’s well-known that Texan and Mexican cultures have close ties, how many non-Texans know that there are strong veins of German, Czech, and even Alsatian heritage still running through some of the best small towns in Texas ?

Here are some of the best small-town weekend getaways in Texas!

kate storm in a red dress in front of a historic building in johnson city, one of the best weekend getaways texas


Known for its prevalent German heritage and many, many wineries, Fredericksburg is the perfect Texas getaway for wine lovers!

With plenty of vineyards to choose from, not to mention a plethora of great restaurants and shops in town, Fredericksburg is easily among the top weekend getaways in Texas.

Some of the best things to do in Fredericksburg (beyond the wineries, that is), include shopping the boutiques on Main Street, visiting the National Museum of the Pacific War, day-tripping to the tiny town of Luckenbach, watching the bats at Old Tunnel State Park, and enjoying a hearty German meal or two.

Want to hike off all that good food?

Consider climbing nearby Enchanted Rock during your stay!

front facade of das peach haus in fredericksburg tx, one of the most romantic trips for couples in usa

New Braunfels

Located between Austin and San Antonio, the originally German town of New Braunfels is one of the best-known weekend getaways in Texas for those who live in either Austin or San Antonio, partially because of access and partially because of how many classic Texas pastimes you can find there.

Whether you want to float the Guadalupe River, go dancing in the classic Gruene Hall, check out the original Schlitterbahn, or visit the incredible Natural Bridge Caverns, New Braunfels has you covered.

guadalupe river near new braunfels tx

There are plenty of reasons that Ennis could qualify as one of the best small town weekend getaways in Texas–its cute historic district, great Czech food, and annual Polka festival among them–but the absolute best reason to spend a weekend in Ennis comes around in April: bluebonnet season.

Home to 40 miles of what is called the Official Bluebonnet Trail of Texas, there is no better place to admire Texas’ iconic–and absolutely stunning–wildflowers each spring.

kate storm and ranger storm in a bluebonnet field in ennis, one of the best texas weekend trips

Once known primarily as the home of Baylor University, Waco is now even more widely known for something entirely different: home improvement, or more specifically, Chip and Joanna Gaines.

The Gaines, who are Waco locals, gained immense popularity with their HGTV show Fixer Upper and brought some of that fame home to Waco by opening up the Magnolia Market at the Silos in 2015.

Part store, part bakery, and part event space, the Silos (as they’re known around town) have propelled Waco onto the tourism map, drawing visitors from across the country to the small town of Waco.

The city has seen a predictable explosion of excellent restaurants and things to do in Waco thanks to the popularity of the Silos.

Exterior of bakery at Magnolia Market in Waco Texas, one of the best places to visit in Texas

Home to just 13 official residents, the positively minuscule town of Luckenbach is well-known as a country music hotspot, with a popular dance hall and far more live shows than one would expect from a town of merely 13 people!

While it would take a serious amount of dedication to turn Luckenbach into a standalone Texas weekend destination, nearby attractions like Fredericksburg, Old Tunnel State Park, and Enchanted Rock State Natural Area can be combined with Luckenbach to form a fantastic getaway!

kate storm in a blue dress in front of the luckenbach post office

Known for its quirky art installations (complete with works by Andy Warhol in its small museum), the small town of Marfa, Texas is perhaps most famous for how utterly unexpected it is.

Featuring excellent food, a location near-ish to Big Bend National Park (hint: don’t try to day trip between the two), and the otherworldly Marfa Lights, Marfa is a captivating town that is all the more enchanting for the fact that it is located in the middle of nowhere.

Located deep in the desert of West Texas, Marfa is often said to be home to the smallest Prada store in the world–though it is never open. 

The store (technically an art display) is actually located in nearby Valentine–but it’s a credit to the whimsy of Marfa that the installation is so strongly associated with the town despite having a (slightly) different address.

mural showing pizza slices being taken by a ufo in marfa texas

Set less than an hour from the state capital of Austin, the  delightful town of Wimberley, Texas  is well-known in the Texas Hill Country for its artistic vibe, many whimsical touches (including 30 uniquely painted boot statues spread around town), its famous natural swimming holes, and its proximity to many vineyards and distilleries.

It also happens to be one of our personal favorite Hill Country towns!

The best things to do in Wimberley include going for a swim in the infamous  Jacob’s Well  or Blue Hole during the summer (both of which you’ll need to snag advance reservations for), browsing art and antiques, doing a wine tasting (or several), and climbing Mount Baldy for excellent views of the Texas Hill Country.

Wimberley can be easily combined with a trip to Austin or even San Antonio and is within close proximity of other central Texas highlights like Fredericksburg, Johnson City, and Canyon Lake .

… But that being said, it also makes a fantastic standalone destination, and once you arrive, you may find it difficult to leave!

cypress creek blue hole in wimberley texas, one of the best american small towns to visit

Dripping Springs

Located just outside of Austin and nestled in the Texas Hill Country, the small town of Dripping Springs is primarily known for two things: weddings and Hamilton Pool Preserve, which has become one of the most recognizable Texas landmarks over the last decade or so.

The many wineries surrounding Dripping Springs make it a prime wedding venue in Texas, though of course its vineyards, distilleries, and even olive farm all make the town worth visiting even without a wedding.

Then, of course, there’s Instagram-famous Hamilton Pool, the natural pool that was carved out of limestone when a river caved in thousands of years ago, leaving a refreshing hangout (complete with a 50-foot waterfall!) behind for generations of Texans to enjoy.

hamilton pool in dripping springs, one of the best texas getaways

Beach Getaways in Texas

I’ll be perfectly honest: as both a lover of Texas and a lover of beaches, you’ll never catch me saying that Texas’ beaches are among the best in the country… but if you’re looking to soak up some saltwater and enjoy a laid-back beach town or two, you definitely have some solid weekend trips in Texas to choose from!

South Padre Island

Located on a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico, South Padre Island is among the most popular weekend getaways in Texas for people hoping to hit the beach, from laid-back retirees to young families–but during Spring Break, it becomes the most popular party destination in Texas.

With long stretches of beach, a turtle sanctuary, and plenty of classic beach town activities, South Padre is arguably the most beloved beach getaway in Texas (though admittedly, if you grew up in Texas, that probably depends on where your family headed).

On a personal note, the island will always hold a special place in our hearts for the fact that we spent our first wedding anniversary there!

Kate Storm riding a horse on the beach on South Padre Island Texas

Port Aransas

Located on Mustang Island, charming Port Aransas is certainly one of Texas’ best beach getaways but is perhaps even better known for its many fishing opportunities and incredible dolphin sightings.

Be sure to head over to both Padre Island National Seashore and Mustang Island State Park to enjoy the many local beaches while there!

sand castle on the beach in port aransas texas

There’s a reason that Galveston is one of the best-known beach destinations in Texas!

Home to sandy beaches, plenty of fishing, the beautiful Strand Historic District, family-friendly amusement parks, and even stunning historical homes like Bishop’s Palace to tour, Galveston has something to offer all kinds of visitors–especially given its location, which makes it an incredibly convenient weekend getaway from Houston.

Beach in Texas with a flock of seagulls on it

Want to focus your Texas weekend trip on thrilling rides and escaping the real world entirely?

Consider heading off to one of Texas’ major theme parks!

Six Flags Fiesta Texas (San Antonio)

Located in San Antonio and nestled next to a former quarry, Six Flags Fiesta Texas (and its attached water park, White Water Bay) is home to some incredible roller coasters (Poltergeist, Superman, and Iron Rattler were endlessly exciting for me as a child, and held up well into adulthood), as well as plenty of family-friendly options.

Kate Storm and Jeremy Storm taking a selfie at Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Six Flags Over Texas (Arlington)

The original Six Flags park (though not the oldest counting properties that the brand acquired later), Six Flags Over Texas is packed with rides and shows, including some truly incredible roller coasters–the New Texas Giant is among the most popular.

Opening in 1961 as the first park belonging to the Six Flags brand, it’s at this park you can peak into a bit of Texas history that has now become a national brand: “Six Flags” is a reference to the six flags that have ruled over Texas since the 1500s (Spain, France, Mexico, the USA, the Confederacy, and briefly, Texas itself as an independent nation).

More than 50 years later, Six Flags Over Texas endures as a beloved Texas weekend destination!

red and yellow roller coaster upside down

Schlitterbahn (New Braunfels)

While the Schlitterbahn brand has several parks now, the original–and biggest–is located in New Braunfels and has been open seasonally since 1979.

Half of Schlitterbahn New Braunfels uses spring-fed river water from the Comal River to feed its rides, making it one of the more nature-friendly water parks around. 

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In May 2016, I left my suburban life in the USA and became a full-time traveler. Since then, I have visited 50+ countries on 5 continents and lived in Portugal, developing a special love of traveling in Europe (especially Italy) along the way. Today, along with my husband Jeremy and dog Ranger, I’m working toward my eventual goal of splitting my life between Europe and the USA.

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25 Best Weekend Getaways in Texas

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Weekend Getaways in Texas

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All the guests receive complimentary wine tastings. If you would prefer a more in-depth wine experience you can book one of their Ultimate Wine Experiences which include a chocolate and wine pairing. More info Barons Creek Vineyards, 5865 E. US-290, Fredericksburg , TX 78624, 830-304-3000

Cotton Gin Village – 1 hour 30 minutes from Austin

Cotton Gin Village – 1 hour 30 minutes from Austin

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Barton Creek - 15 minutes from Austin

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Summit Big Bend

Summit Big Bend

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Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek

Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek

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Driskill Hotel in Austin

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The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa - 10 minutes from Houston

111 North Post Oak Lane, Houston, TX 77024, Phone: 713-680-2626

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Chisos Basin in Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park covers more than 800,000 acres.

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A weekend getaway is the perfect way to unwind and disconnect from your everyday responsibilities without the major commitments of planning a big vacation. Texas, thankfully, has no shortage of attractive destinations that are perfect for a little weekend jaunt.

The Lone Star State’s big, flashy metropolises ( Austin ! Houston ! San Antonio ! Dallas!) often steal the spotlight, but Texas is full of small towns (and cities) that deliver both country charm and natural beauty.

Since the state is so large—the biggest in the contiguous United States—different regions of Texas are famous for their own local cultures. East Texas is renowned for its Southern hospitality. Central Texas is packed full of river towns settled by German immigrants. West Texas is known for its quirky desert hamlets and big skies. North Texas is famed for its wide open prairie plains. South Texas is popular among hunters and other outdoorsy types. The coast is characterized by white, sandy beaches and cute beach towns. And there’s a chance you’ll find great barbecue no matter where you are.

Here are 12 ideas, from the coast to the desert, for your next weekend getaway in Texas.

Marfa's downtown strip featuring the Palace Theater.

Marfa, Texas was founded in the 1880s as railroad water stop.

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  • Closest city: Two hours and 40 minutes from Odessa
  • Consider staying at: The Lincoln Marfa , starting at $200 per night
  • Best for: Adventurous art lovers

Marfa, Texas, feels a little unreal at times. Located squarely in the middle of nowhere deep in West Texas, this little town is obsessed with art. There are about 2,000 residents and 19 permanent galleries in town, not to mention the annual music and art festivals it hosts every year like Marfa Myths . Marfa got its start as a legendary art destination when minimalist artist Donald Judd moved there in the ’70s and bought 40,000 acres of land, 16 buildings, and a decommissioned army base to create an art haven for himself and his creative friends. Even before Judd, Marfa had been made famous in the iconic movie Giant (1956), starring James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor, and Rock Hudson, which was filmed in the area. When they weren’t on camera, the stars shacked up at the Hotel Paisano , which is still in operation today. Other notable Hollywood flicks lensed in the area include No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood .

Today, the Judd Foundation and the Chinati Foundation (also founded by Judd) are considered must-see attractions in town, and other museums, like the Inde/Jacobs Gallery and Rule Gallery , are also popular. Ironically, Marfa’s most famous art installation, Prada Marfa , is located about half an hour away in the even smaller municipality of Valentine. And though Marfa may be a small town, there is no shortage of great eats: For delectable wood-fired pizza, check out Para Llevar , and for creative cocktails and eclectic dishes, head over to the Water Stop , which has a rotisserie chicken dish on its menu that Bon Appétit called the “second best reason to go to Marfa .”

Its proximity to Big Bend National Park also makes the town attractive. (It’s about two hours away, but everything is far apart in this area.) In one of the country’s most isolated and bewitching national parks, covering more than 800,000 acres, you can kayak the Rio Grande or hike, bike, or camp in the Chisos Mountains, which tower nearly a mile above the Chihuahuan desert. The landscape is dotted with cactus, yucca, mesquite, Arizona cypress, maple, aspen, and Ponderosa pine, and if you’re lucky, you may spot an elusive bobcat or mountain lion. The 4.8-mile Lost Mine Trail offers sweeping views of Casa Grande and Juniper Canyon; the strenuous South Rim traverses nearly 14.5 miles with 2,000 feet gained in elevation.

The best place to spend the night is Chisos Basin , a 60-site campground with flush toilets, running water, grills, picnic tables, and majestic views of the surrounding peaks. Or book one of five cozy stone cottages at Chisos Mountains Lodge , the only accommodations within the sprawling park.

A treehouse hotel room in Utopia, Texas.

A treehouse bed-and-breakfast? Yes, please.

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2. The less visited towns of the Hill Country

  • Closest city: San Antonio
  • Consider staying at: Treehouse Utopia , starting at $475 per night
  • Best for: Travelers seeking peace and quiet

Fredericksburg, Wimberley, and Dripping Springs receive a lot of weekenders from San Antonio. But a less explored corner of Hill Country is equally enchanting: Drive one or two hours west of San Antonio, and you’ll find off-the-beaten-track towns like Leakey, Castroville, and Bandera. These places are located deep in the heart of the Hill Country and pickings can be slim when it comes to hotels or places to eat. However, what this part of Texas lacks in tourist infrastructure, it makes up for in peaceful solitude, unparalleled vistas, and cool, clear rivers to swim in. Park yourself at Treehouse Utopia , a bed-and-breakfast in a town named Utopia (population: 211). The all–treehouse property, sited on the banks of the emerald Sabinal River, was founded by Texas-born chef Laurel Waters and Pete Nelson, star of Animal Planet’s Treehouse Masters .

It’s the perfect jumping-off point for stuffing your face with brisket quesadillas at Bear’s Den in Leakey, riding rescued horses on the trails at Elm Creek Stables in Concan, and floating the Rio Frio, a spring-fed river that doubles as a popular tubing destination on hot summer days. Concan-based outfitter Andy’s on River Road sets travelers up with rental tubes for themselves and their beer coolers.

A Dutch-style windmill at the  American Windmill Museum in Lubbock, Texas.

The American Windmill Museum in Lubbock, Texas encompasses 28 acres and is completely devoted to the marvels of windpower.

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  • Consider staying at: Cotton Court Hotel , starting at $150 per night
  • Best for: Wine enthusiasts

West Texas lays claim to the fifth largest viticultural area in the United States, with more than 9 million acres devoted to harvesting wine grapes. Lo and behold, nearly 90 percent of those grapes are grown in the small city of Lubbock. Although the South Plains town is home to some 250,000 residents, it’s one-third the size of El Paso, five and a half hours west. Vineyard-hopping is practically a sport here, and most tours start or end at the 20-year-old powerhouse McPherson Cellars , host of the annual Wines & Vines Festival founded in 2011. The Llano Estacado winery, vino-and-tapas restaurant La Diosa Cellars , and the Funky Door Bistro & Wine Room should also be pinned on your map. Leave time for a saunter through the Buddy Holly Center , dedicated to Lubbock’s most famous musical son, and don’t miss the 19-acre historical park, bronze sculpture garden, and 44,000-square-foot Western Americana museum at the National Ranching Heritage Center .

Roseate spoonbills spotted on South Padre Island.

Birders will have a field day spotting species like roseate spoonbills in their natural habitat on South Padre Island.

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4. South Padre Island

  • Closest city: Three hours from Corpus Christi
  • Consider staying at: This Airbnb , starting at $150 per night
  • Best for: Nature-loving beach bums

South Padre Island admittedly has a bit of a Girls Gone Wild reputation because of its notorious spring break parties. But there’s more to this 34-mile barrier island than frat boys double-fisting Solo cups at poolside beer pong tables. About a three-hour drive from Corpus Christi, the skinny isle on the Gulf of Mexico promises beaches and boardwalks for miles. Our favorite: the horizon-spanning stretch of sand at Andy Bowie County Park , on the north end of South Padre Island.

Less than a quarter of a mile from the county park is the South Padre Island Birding, Nature Center & Alligator Sanctuary , where visitors can amble along 3,000 square feet of elevated boardwalk bridging 50 acres of wetlands. Climb the five-story watchtower for glimpses of black skimmers and scarlet tanagers . (Grounds admission is $5 to $8 and free for children under four.) And one minute away, you can observe a feeding while learning about rescued sea turtles at Sea Turtle Inc. , an operation focused on education, rehabilitation, and conservation. On the southern end of the island, check into one of South Padre Island’s gazillion Airbnbs—this superhost’s two-bedroom glass-front condo is two minutes from the waterfront and an easy walk to a feast of freshly marinated fish at Ceviche Ceviche .

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Round Top is also home to the Royers Cafe, arguably one of the cutest cafes in the state.

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5. Round Top

  • Closest city: 75 minutes from Austin
  • Consider staying at: Rancho Pillow , starting at $300 per night
  • Best for: Antique collectors

The world’s largest antique fair—the long-running Original Round Top Antiques Fair —takes place in a town of 90 residents, midway between Austin and Houston. Because the fair prohibits vendors from selling new items or reproductions, it attracts some of the country’s most serious antique and vintage collectors.

For year-round tchotchke hunting, browse treasures from more than 50 dealers at the 12,000-square-foot Round Top Vintage Market and stop by McLaren’s Antiques and Interiors for one-of-a-kind architectural salvage, D. Little Gallery for antique French pottery, Mallory et Cie for vintage indigo ponchos, and Abejas Boutique for Navajo and Zuni jewelry. Round Top Festival Institute , founded by concert pianist James Dick, is another community pillar—check the calendar for music and poetry events throughout the year.

For grub, look no further than the thin-crust pies and pitchers of sangria at the Stone Cellar , followed by a slice of Texas Trash pie (coconut, chocolate chips, graham crackers, pretzels, and caramel) at Royers Pie Haven . To stay, book a room at Rancho Pillow , a remote family compound turned quirky artists’ retreat about eight miles from downtown Round Top. If your timing is right, you can reserve the hand-painted tepee with air-conditioning.

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A surfer heads into the waters below Galveston’s famed Pleasure Pier.

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6. Galveston

  • Closest city: One hour from Houston
  • Consider staying at: Carr Mansion , starting at $280 per night
  • Best for: Those looking for a quick coastal escape from Houston

The island port city of Galveston was so wealthy in the late 1800s that it was nicknamed the Wall Street of the South . Now, it’s a magnet for families seeking a beach holiday. Playing in the waves along the sandy shore is a must, but for an adrenaline rush, zoom down a 100-foot vertical drop at 52 miles per hour on the Iron Shark roller coaster at Galveston’s century-old Pleasure Pier ; for a collective family aww , marvel at the penguins in the 1.5-million-gallon aquarium housed within the glass pyramids at Moody Gardens . Galveston Island State Park , a 2,000-acre barrier island ecosystem with lagoons, salt marshes, and coastal prairie, offers a quiet escape ideal for swimming, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, and kayaking. The diversity of wildlife is its biggest draw—look for everything from armadillos to marsh rabbits. Or, take time to tour the 1892 Bishop’s Palace , aka Gresham House, considered one of the country’s finest examples of Victorian architecture.

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Clifton is the largest city in Bosque County and has been nicknamed the “Norwegian Capital of Texas.”

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  • Closest city: 40 minutes from Waco
  • Consider staying at: The Cell Block , starting at $225 per night
  • Best for: Car enthusiasts and stargazers

For a true Bonnie-and-Clyde-style escape, book one of two rooms in The Cell Block , a 1930s-era jailhouse turned boutique inn about two hours south of the twin cities metroplex. (Rooftop deck? Check. Natural gas firepit? Check. Vintage phonograph and the wax to go with it? Double check.) The Cell Block is situated in Clifton’s Art Alley, a historic stretch peppered with small galleries, shops, and restaurants. To stay entertained, browse yoke shirts and hand-tooled leather roach stompers at BJ’s Western Wear ; ogle Corvettes, Thunderbirds, and other vehicles from the 1940s through ’80s at the Clifton Classic Chassis Auto Museum ; or catch a concert, play, or art exhibition at the Tin Building Theatre and nonprofit Bosque Arts Center , housed in a landmarked former admin building of Clifton Lutheran College. When your stomach rumbles, fill it with fried catfish or a chicken-fried rib-eye steak from Horny Toad Bar and Grill , chased with a bottle of tempranillo or lenoir from the Clifton-based tasting room of sustainable winery Red Caboose . Come nightfall, check in with the Central Texas Astronomical Society to see if the Meyer Observatory at the Turner Research Station has any public stargazing events on its calendar—all the proof you need that the stars at night really are “big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas.”

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Gruene is home to one of the state’s most legendary dance halls, Gruene Hall.

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8. Gruene and New Braunfels

  • Closest city: 40 minutes from San Antonio
  • Consider staying at: The Gruene River Hotel & Retreat , starting at $270 per night
  • Best for: Tubers and country music lovers

Located less than an hour’s drive from San Antonio, Gruene and New Braunfels are well-known in their region for their small-town charm, German Texan heritage, and gorgeous rivers. Gruene was founded as a separate town in the 1800s, but it is now technically located within New Braunfels’ city limits (one of the fastest growing places in the United States).

Gruene is perhaps most famous for Gruene Hall, the state’s oldest continuously operating dance hall, which has seen the likes of Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, and George Strait on its stage. Sample local wines at Gruene Winery and be sure to nab a bite to eat at the Gristmill River Restaurant and Bar , which serves up Texas-style grub like quesadillas and stuffed jalapeño poppers—and boasts a fantastic view of the Guadalupe River. Feel free to take a dip or rent a tube to float downstream —a beloved Texan pastime .

A short drive away is New Braunfels, home to the Comal River and the popular Schlitterbahn Waterparks (don’t forget to stock up on brisket sandwiches and beaver nuggets from the nearby Buc-ee’s ). The Comal River is the shortest navigable river in Texas, making it a popular spot for tubers since they won’t have to commute far from where they began their river journey. Enjoy a brew at the bierhalle Krause’s Cafe , which has local beers on tap. For some ’cue, the ever-popular Black’s Barbecue has a location in town—don’t miss out on its beef ribs.

The historic Indian Lodge hotel was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Be sure to stop at Davis Mountains State Park, home to the historic Indian Lodge hotel.

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9. Fort Davis

  • Closest city: Two and a half hours from Odessa
  • Consider staying at: The Agave House , starting at $295 per night
  • Best for: Dark-sky chasers

As far as West Texas vacation destinations go, Marfa often hogs all the attention—and for good reason. But look to its neighbor to the north: This oft-overlooked West Texas town deserves some love as well. Fort Davis is actually the highest town in Texas with an elevation of 5,050 feet, and the mountain range it resides in, the Davis Mountains, is classified as a “ sky island ”—you’ll find flora and fauna here that you’ll see nowhere else in West Texas, including piñon pines and silver-haired bats.

Drive the Davis Mountain Scenic Loop , a 75-mile stretch of Texas State Highway 118 and Texas 166, where you’ll find green-sloped mountains, historic ranches, and high-desert scenery. Be sure to check out the University of Texas’s McDonald Observatory , which welcomes academics from all around the world seeking to study the stars in these famously dark skies. Try to snag a ticket to a Star Party , which allows visitors to view constellations through some of the observatory’s telescopes. Afterwards, fuel up in town at the Blue Mountain Bar and Grill , which serves brisket tacos and burgers using local ingredients.

The Lockhart courthouse, which is known for its gingerbread-like architecture.

Lockhart is best known as the barbecue capital of the state.

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10. Lockhart

  • Closest city: 40 minutes from Austin
  • Consider staying at: The Ellison House , starting at $695 per night
  • Best for: Die-hard barbecue fanatics

There’s perhaps no place in Texas that takes its smoked meats more seriously than Lockhart, which was dubbed the “ Barbecue Capital of Texas ” by the state legislature in 1999. This town of 15,000 people has five barbecue restaurants, with Kreuz Market , Black’s Barbecue , and Smitty’s Market as the big three names. But there’s more to Lockhart than just smoked meat. To cool off with a cocktail, head over to Old Pal Texas Tavern , which also serves crispy fried chicken, and for all your vinyl needs, check out Bluebonnet Records . Lockhart is also blessed with beautiful brick architecture—make sure to check out the Second Empire–style Caldwell County Courthouse and the equally ornate Caldwell County Historical Museum , which once served as the county jail. For a getaway splurge, book a few nights at the Ellison House (reservations include the entire home), built in the 1880s and located a few blocks from Lockhart’s downtown.

A sunset with ocotillo and white sage in Terlingua, Texas.

Terlingua is fewer than 10 minutes away by car from Big Bend National Park.

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11. Terlingua

  • Closest city: Four hours and 45 minutes from El Paso
  • Consider staying at: The Buzzard’s Roost Nightly Rentals , starting at $120 per night
  • Best for: Getting away from it all

Every small town in far West Texas has its own personality, and one of the quirkiest in this part of the state is Terlingua. Terlingua is located just eight miles away from the western entrance of Big Bend National Park and is a former-cinnabar-mining-boomtown-turned-ghost-town . There’s admittedly not much to do in Terlingua—there’s a coffee shop (the reliable Espresso Y Poco Mas ), a homey Mexican restaurant ( Taqueria El Milagro ; don’t miss out on the quesadillas), and a spooky old graveyard—but that’s kind of the whole idea. Both visitors and those intending to stay longer come to Terlingua to get away from the pressures of civilization. The town’s proximity to Big Bend also makes it a great base from which to explore the park; consider staying at The Buzzard’s Roost Nightly Rentals, which touts a luxurious, upscale glamping experience that just barely straddles the line of roughing it. After a long day of hiking, head over to the Starlight Theater , a former movie theater converted into a bar and restaurant which regularly hosts musical acts—you’ll notice a healthy mix of both locals and visitors. The chicken-fried antelope is a must-order, while the prickly pear’ita offers a fun, desert-inspired spin on an old classic.

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The Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, which is considered to be the rarest and most endangered species of sea turtle, nests in Port Aransas.

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12. Port Aransas

  • Closest city: Three and a half hours from San Antonio
  • Consider staying at: The Tarpon Inn , starting at $150 per night
  • Best for: Beach bums seeking a relaxed coastal experience

Sure, Galveston is one of the state’s most visited beach towns and South Padre Island is a mainstay among spring breakers. But located a little under180 miles east of San Antonio is one of the Texas Coast’s best kept secrets: Port Aransas. Here, visitors will find 18 miles of white-sand beaches and a cornucopia of fresh Gulf Coast seafood: red snapper, blue crab, oysters, and pounds and pounds of shrimp. In the colder months, the last wild flock of endangered whooping cranes winters at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. And between April and August, baby sea turtles (including the endangered species, Kemp’s ridley) can be seen hatching and making their big journey to the ocean at Mustang Island State Park . And though small town-Texas might not be the first place one thinks of for great Italian food, the Venetian Hot Plate is a hidden neighborhood gem which offers toothsome seafood dishes (like the gamberetti al basilico, aka pan-seared shrimp served in a white wine basil sauce) inspired heavily by Italy. Make hotel reservations at The Tarpon Inn , which is a historic Texas landmark and was built in 1886 using surplus lumber from Civil War barracks. The fare at the onsite restaurant, Roosevelt’s , which offers classic American dishes like rib-eye sandwiches and burgers, is nothing to sniff at either.

This article originally appeared online in 2020; it was most recently updated on November 2, 2023, to include current information.

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11 Most Romantic Getaways in Texas, from Desert Casitas to Historic Mansions 

By Tommie Ethington

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Sometimes you’ve got to disconnect in order to reconnect. Luckily, in the Lone Star State there are plenty of picturesque spots and wide open spaces that make it easy to unplug and spend some quality time with the one you love. From the piney woods in the East to the starry skies over Marfa, these are some of the most romantic weekend getaways in Texas.

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Getaway Piney Woods, Larue

There are currently three Getaway locations across the state, but this one 90 minutes outside Dallas is the original. The minimalist, tiny cabins come equipped with a small kitchen, private fire pit, and queen-sized bed set against an oversized window so you can wake up among the trees. Several nearby hiking trails—we recommend the four-mile Wolfpen Loop—and a lockbox for cell phones create prime conditions for long walks and deep conversation.

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Willow House, Terlingua Arrow

After a long day of hiking in Big Bend National Park or a float down the Rio Grande River, there’s no better place to hang your hat than one of Willow House’s concrete casitas . A true labor of love, the proprietor spent years sourcing building materials that complimented the desert terrain and added personal touches, like works of art by her grandfather and dishes by a local ceramicist. Listen to the coyotes howl as you enjoy a Ranch Water on your private patio or stake out a hanging bed for a front-row seat to the magic that is the Milky Way. If you don’t feel up to cooking, the nearby Starlight Theater Restaurant & Saloon has cozy booths and award-winning chili (which, if you know anything about Terlingua’s annual cook off, is saying something).

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Hotel Drover, Fort Worth Arrow

Hotel Drover, Autograph Collection, located on the edge of the historic Fort Worth Stockyards, has the kind of creature comforts a cowboy could only dream about: cloud-like mattresses, plush robes, and an 18-ounce bone-in, dry-aged ribeye steak. Post up at a private cabana by the pool or master the perfect s’more at one of the outdoor fire pits. On-site boutiques boasting Lucchese boots and customizable Stetson hats make it easy to outfit yourself for a night of two stepping at Billy Bob’s Texas , the world’s largest honky tonk.

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The Bloomhouse, Austin

It’s hard to describe this ’70s marvel built by two University of Texas architecture students. You could say it’s like falling asleep in a seashell or like something out of a Willy Wonka dream. And while there’s no shortage of great restaurants in the capital city , the Airbnb's fairytale-esque patio would make the perfect setting for a candle-lit dinner catered by a private chef ( Gather & Forge can work with you to create a custom menu). As the listing says: “Do it for the ’gram, but also for your soul.”

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The Juniper Moon House, Marfa

True to its name, this adorable adobe casita is surrounded by towering juniper trees, with a screened-in porch that makes stargazing (or moongazing) easy and comfortable. Savor slow mornings in bed with silky Parachute sheets, pour-over coffee, and vinyl spinning on the record player. Then, head up the road for a boozy brunch at The Water Stop. This is West Texas living at its finest.

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Miraval Austin Resort & Spa, Austin Arrow

When you and your significant other arrive at this all-inclusive, device-free wellness resort, you’ll be given a so-called “sleeping bag” for your cell phone and an endless list of activities. Break out of a date-night rut with cardio drumming, beekeeping, or a wine tasting centered around your astrological sign. Spend the day at the infinity pool and spa, where you can pick from more than 60 treatment options including an energy realignment designed specifically for couples. Or, for something truly different, try TexZen yoga—think asanas set to the soothing sounds of Willie Nelson. 

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Peach Log Cabin, Fredericksburg

Spend any amount of time at this charming log cabin built in the 1800s and you’ll understand why German settlers first fell for Texas Hill Country. Rolling hills, wildflowers, wildlife (white tail deer often stop by to say hello) and some of the best sunsets in the state make for a memorable getaway. There’s also a private hot tub and several world-class wineries a 10-minute drive away. What’s not to love?

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Set inside the former Pearl Brewery along the less-touristy part of the River Walk, this Roman and Williams–designed hotel is all about the details. Look closely and you’ll see remnants of old machinery, repurposed as light fixtures and works of art. Macarons at turndown service and seersucker Dos Carolinas robes are a nice touch, too. At the on-site Sternewirth Bar, ask for the Three Emmas cocktail, along with the juicy backstory involving a lovers’ quarrel. When hunger strikes, some of the best restaurants in the city can be found just steps from the hotel’s front door, but for dinner and a show, make reservations in advance at Jazz, TX .

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The Disco Dome, Fischer

This geodesic glamping dome in Texas's Hill Country books out months in advance but the panoramic views of the sunset (and the starry skies that follow) are worth the wait. Other amenities include a fireplace, outdoor shower, and soaking tub for two. But the coolest—and grooviest—feature is the giant disco ball above the king-size bed, activated with a flick of the “party switch.” Select one of the provided playlists—curated by Texas DJs—to dance the night away. In town during the warmer months? Make the 30-minute drive to Jacob’s Well, a local watering hole believed to be the longest underwater cave in Texas.

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Fancy a weekend at a French chateau, but short on time? This hotel’s upscale “concept suites” make it easy to whisk your lover away for a fun themed weekend without ever leaving Houston. The property's “That’s Entertainment” suite has a private theater, and its “Houston We Have a Problem” suite is, you guessed it, space-themed. When you do want to venture out, several museums—including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston —and the picturesque Hermann Park are at your doorstep.

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Carr Mansion, Galveston Arrow

Take a step back in time at this 19th century Greek Revival mansion turned bed-and-breakfast. The eclectic, yet modern design (you won’t find any doilies here) combines clawfoot tubs and antique light fixtures with nautical elements, like a gallery wall of painted seascapes. The Newlyweds room or detached Carriage House offer the most privacy, but you’ll want to hang out in the communal spaces too; curl up with a book in the parlor or sip cocktails on the rocking chair–filled veranda. In the morning, fill up on made-to-order delicacies like truffle hashbrowns and pecan pancakes before borrowing bikes and heading to the beach or The Strand , a historic district with quaint shops and saltwater taffy.

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21 Romantic Getaways in Texas That You Will Love

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If you and your significant other dreams of one of the romantic getaways in Texas, then you are in the right place!

Most people don’t consider Texas romantic, but it totally is!

It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for a sandy beach, a state park, a bustling city, or a quiet cabin in the woods; Texas has you covered. 

When choosing your Texas romantic getaway, consider the experience you want to achieve.

Do you want romantic dinners out on the town? Or romantic getaways near me?

Maybe you are looking for anniversary trip ideas? Or one of the best hidden weekend getaways in Texas?

No matter your preference, we have a Texas romantic destination that will cover it!

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Romantic Getaways in Texas For Couples

1. fredericksburg, texas.

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Fredericksburg is one of the best romantic getaways in the Texas hill country and has to be on any list of romantic weekend getaways thanks to its German charm.  

Known as a Texas winery haven, Fredericksburg has loads of charm and, of course, Fredericksburg, TX wineries , which are perfect for enjoying some wine tastings!

Be sure to stroll with a glass of wine as you shop the Fredericksburg Main Street shops before heading out to the hiking trails of Enchanted Rock State Park or Lyndon B. Johnson National Park.

A visit to the National Museum of the Pacific War or the many lavender fields in the area are also fun ideas!

This charming Texas small town has several cozy and romantic private cabins and romantic bed and breakfasts (some with hot tubs) for rent, ensuring you have the perfect romantic getaway in the Texas Hill Country!

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2. San Antonio, Texas

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You can’t make a list of romantic getaways in Texas without including San Antonio and the Texas Hill Country!

While on this romantic getaway, visit the Alamo, the San Antonio Missions National Park, and the San Antonio River Walk!

San Antonio’s River Walk is the perfect area to stay in. It is lined with wonderful romantic hotels and restaurants, making it easily walkable for your San Antonio, Texas vacation. 

The river walk and downtown San Antonio at Christmas are quite a treat, so be sure to visit during the holiday season!

San Antonio is definitely one of the best romantic getaways in Texas (or anniversary trips in Texas)!

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3. Galveston Island, Texas

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Galveston is a beach lover’s paradise and one of the best romantic couples’ getaways.

Located about one hour south of Houston, this charming Gulf Coast city is full of things couples can do and experience together.

To make this one of the most romantic getaways in Texas, we love spending the day at Galveston Island State Park and visiting the Strand in the evenings for fun shopping and nightlife. 

Galveston hosts multiple yearly festivals, including their annual Mardi Gras celebration, sandcastle competition, shrimp festival, and the famous Dickens on the Square, a fun Texas Christmas event.

Visit their website for more details and to plan your couple’s getaway in Texas.

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4. Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas

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Believe it or not, Dallas-Ft. Worth should definitely make the list of romantic weekend getaways. 

I mean, there are so many  things to do in Dallas-Ft. Worth  it that you are bound to find something you both will love.

You and your honey can spend the day visiting one of the many fabulous city art museums or outdoor areas, such as the Dallas Arboretum, Cedar Hill State Park, or the Ft. Worth Botanical Gardens. 

Be sure to add this to your list of romantic getaways in Texas.

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5. Austin, Texas

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Sometimes, a  weekend in Austin , the capital of Texas, is just what you need! 

Austin, Texas, is a bustling city with just the right charm and amenities to help you feel like you’re just getting away from it all.

For an evening experience, why not head down to the trendy Rainey Street for some bar hopping before dinner at one of the many fabulous restaurants in Austin?

Outdoor lovers will want to check out the local zip line or spend some time on Lake Travis.

And Austin has many fabulous spas, perfect for a couples massage!

If you’re in the mood for nightlife, Austin is not short on live music venues either. 

Honestly, a  visit to Austin  isn’t complete without including live music! 

Finding the best places to stay in Austin for your romantic getaway is easy. 

There are many romantic hotels and city rental properties with fabulous amenities. 

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6. Granbury, Texas

Granbury is a quiet little lake town located about 45 minutes outside of Fort Worth, making it one of the easy day trips from Dallas and one of the relaxing getaways in Texas. 

Known to have one of the best squares in Texas, this charming community will be a fun getaway, as there are many  things to do in Granbury, TX .

In the summer, you can spend your days lounging at the lake with its lakeside beach or riding jet skis before grabbing a nice meal at one of the fabulous restaurants in Granbury.

Of course, you can also shop at the boutique shops, catch a ghost tour, or a live performance during your time in town.

There are many charming bed and breakfasts and private lake cabins with loads of amenities; you will find the perfect place to stay here!

7. South Padre Island, Texas

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If long stretches of sand with crashing waves are your idea of a romantic weekend, then you definitely need to add South Padre Island to your trip plans.

Not only is South Padre Island a fantastic beach, but Padre Island Seashore is also a National Park!

Beach lovers are bound to find the perfect stretch of sand to spend their day lounging or walking on the beach.

Sports enthusiasts can participate in deep-sea fishing, windsurfing, or jet skiing in South Padre. 

If you want to score some serious brownie points while visiting South Padre, take your loved one on a sunset dinner cruise or whale-watching excursion!

Take note that South Padre Island is a popular spring break destination , so you might want to avoid this area during spring break if you want this to be one of the perfect romantic Texas getaways.

8. Wimberley, Texas

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I could not make a list of romantic getaways in the Lone Star State and not include Wimberley, one of the easy day trips from Austin . 

It is one of the small Texas towns worth visiting and a welcome escape from city life, and enjoy some Texas Hill country views!

Find a little cabin in the woods with a hot tub surrounded by rolling hills, and don’t come out until you have to!  A cabin in the woods of Wimberley is a fabulous escape in Texas for couples.

You can visit the vineyards and distilleries surrounding this cute community, swim in Jacob’s Well, or shop in Wimberley Square. 

Wimberly truly is one of the most romantic getaways in Texas!

9. Boerne, Texas

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Another wonderful Texas Hill Country city on our list is  Boerne . 

Located about 40 minutes outside San Antonio, it is an easy day trip from San Antonio or Austin . 

Couples visiting Boerne will love shopping along its main street, visiting the local museums, or hiking some of the area’s trails.

You can also check out the Guadalupe River State Park, wineries, breweries, and distilleries in the area.

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10. Salado, Texas

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The cute little village of Salado makes for the perfect romantic weekend getaway in Texas. 

You will find eclectic shops, wineries, boutiques, and fun eateries to keep you entertained here. 

This artisan community is not short on style either. 

Salado hosts events throughout the year to celebrate the rich heritage of their city.

Visitors will immerse themselves in a small artistic community that loves its antique shops. 

Spend the day shopping and watching a glass-blowing demonstration before visiting the wine bars and breweries that call Salado home. 

11. Bandera, Texas

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For couples looking for a cowboy experience (especially a dude ranch) on their romantic Texas getaway, Bandera is exactly where you want to be on your trip! 

Known as the ‘ Cowboy Capital of the World ,’ Bandera will have you putting on your boots and saying y’all in no time!

This Lone Star State in the hill country escape is famous for the dude ranch experience!

Bandera is all about enjoying the great outdoors, and there is no better place to do this than on a dude ranch! 

Here, you can live the cowboy lifestyle while still having the modern comforts to make this an enjoyable and romantic getaway. 

Spend the day riding horses on the ranch and the nights in a local honky-tonk dancing the night away. 

Bandera should definitely be on your short list of romantic getaways in Texas!

12. Dripping Springs, Texas

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Dripping Springs is a cute and romantic trip, perfect for couples seeking a romantic outing. 

The popular Hamilton Pool Preserve is one of the town’s most prized attractions and a great addition to your list of romantic getaways in Texas. 

People come from all over the Lone Star State to escape the hot Texas sun by swimming in this little oasis with a natural waterfall, one of the waterfalls we love in Texas !

Dripping Springs is home to numerous wineries, distilleries, and breweries , including Bella Springs Winery and Deep Eddy’s Vodka.

Dripping Springs also has a wide variety of cocktails and spirits as well. 

Couples can tour the Texas Olive Industry Orchard, visit Westcave Preserve, or visit the LBJ Historical Park.

13. Rockport, Texas

sunset over lake at Rockport Texas

Another of the romantic getaways in Texas on the Gulf Coast for couples to consider is Rockport . 

There are numerous opportunities for water activities while in Rockport! 

During your trip, you can kayak, fish, paddleboard, walk the beach, and even bird-watch around this fabulous coastal escape.

Ensure you have the right gear when setting out on your water adventures.

You know, things like sunscreen, some of the best water shoes , sunglasses, etc.

Of course, Rockport also has plenty of beaches to take a romantic stroll with your honey. 

Consider going to one of our favorite beaches in Texas , Rockport Beach. 

You can also visit the Texas Maritime Museum or tour the art galleries in Rockport if you are looking for a more cultural experience. 

The close location to Austin and San Antonio makes this a fun getaway from those cities.

14. Gruene, Texas

Home to the historic Gruene Hall, the town of Gruene makes for a great romantic getaway in Texas.

A visit to Gruene will not disappoint.

Visitors to Gruene can catch a live performance in the historic Gruene Hall, do a wine tasting, and eat at the famous Gristmill Restaurant!

After spending the day escaping the Texas heat by floating the Guadalupe River, you can catch an evening performance at Gruene Hal, the oldest continually operating dance hall in Texas. 

Whatever you decide, Gruene will not disappoint and is a great addition to your list of romantic getaways in Texas

15. Burnet and Burnet County, Texas

waterfall-things to do in the Highland Lakes of Burnet County

Burnet County is home to the Highland Lakes , so there are plenty of choices in this area of the Lone Star State. 

Couples who enjoy spending time in nature will love adding Burnet to their list of romantic getaways in Texas.

Couples can tour Longhorn Caverns to see the intricately formed rock formations or spend the day hiking and picnicking at Inks Lake State Park and LBJ Lake.  

Inks Lake State Park is also perfect for a day out on the lake. It offers fun aquatic activities, fire pits, campsites, and more.

Of course, numerous romantic wineries and distilleries are nearby to sample some delicious Texas-made spirits.

16. Big Bend National Park

canyons and a river in Big Bend-Texas bucket list

Yes, a trip to Big Bend National Park can be one of the most romantic getaways in Texas!

Imagine sitting in a hot tub or by the fire pit under a blanket of stars in the Texas countryside.

You can do that In Big Bend because the park is a certified Dark Skies location.

Big Bend is the perfect place to hike, kayak on the Rio Grande, find the perfect picnic spot, or take a romantic drive.

Spending good quality time with your significant other in Big Bend is perfect.

Check out Lucky Sun Jeep Rentals for guided adventures while visiting Big Bend.

Lucky Sun offers great park tours and half and full-day Jeep rentals.

We rented a Jeep from Lucky Sun for two days.

The Jeep was in perfect condition, and Adam was awesome to work with!

Big Bend National Park is one of the perfect couple’s getaways when you want to get away!

Make it a weekend getaway, as Big Bend is in a remote location, so it is a bit of a journey.

During your time in Big Bend, consider staying in the luxury glamping cabins at Camp Elena .

We spent a romantic weekend at Camp Elena and loved our time there.

Camp Elena offers luxurious amenities and incredible views of the mountains.

Their location in Terlingua also means you are close to the national park!

While in this area, check out the small towns in West Texas.

These include Terlingua, Alpine , and Marfa, to name a few.

17. Canyon Lake

aerial view of lake

A visit to Canyon Lake in the Texas Hill Country can easily become one of your favorite romantic getaways in Texas.

Home to numerous wineries and an incredible Texas lake, this is the perfect romantic getaway for people who want to relax and enjoy lake life for a while.

The natural beauty of this lake is truly amazing!

Check out all the things to do in Canyon Lake , and add this one to your list!

18. Port Aransas

Michelle at Port Aransas sandfest

The beaches of Port Aransas are easily a romantic getaway in Texas!

Get a beach cabin and grab your sweetie to explore this small beach community for a romantic weekend. Here, you will find great restaurants and a fun, laid-back atmosphere.

There are also numerous state and national parks nearby to explore.

The proximity to Corpus Christi means you can easily see multiple towns in the area.

19. New Braunfels

bluebonnets in Texas

New Braunfels is the perfect place to try out glamping in Texas .

This small community is centered around the river, which means people flock here in the summer to go tubing in Texas.

Even if you aren’t tubing, there are still plenty of things to do in New Braunfels, making it one of the great romantic getaways in Texas.

Treat your sweetie to a drive-in movie for a fun date night, or enjoy a wine tasting at the local vineyards; the choice is yours!

Of course, the close location to San Antonio makes it easy to explore other nearby towns.

20. Marble Falls

sunset over lake Marble Falls

The Texas Hill Country town of Marble Falls is one of Texas’s most fun romantic getaways!

Before enjoying a romantic dinner with your loved one, you can explore the many local craft breweries and wineries.

Marble Falls is also home to a fun lake with sandy beaches and a fabulous Main Street lined with fun art installations and many boutique shops.

With numerous lakeside properties, finding the perfect place to stay is easy.

The nearby town of Spicewood, TX , is also worth exploring. Don’t miss it while in this area!

21. Palo Duro Canyon

canyon of red dirt and a stream

It’s easy to create a romantic getaway when you head to Palo Duro Canyon State Park for a romantic getaway.

You and your significant other can sleep under the stars, make a fire in the fire pit, go horseback riding, do some bird watching, hiking, and more in this fabulous state park in West Texas.

Palo Duro Canyon is so full of beautiful scenery that you might never want to leave!

Final Thoughts on Romantic Getaways in Texas For Couples

We have only scratched the surface regarding all of the romantic getaways in Texas. 

Texas is full of fabulous big cities and charming small towns, meaning you will find the perfect getaway for you and your sweetie. 

Come back often, as we will add to this list of getaways as we continue to explore the romantic side of the great state of Texas.

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About the Author

Michelle Snell is a travel writer, history buff, wine lover, and enthusiast of different cultures. Michelle enjoys bringing places to life through creative content creation and her informative writing style on her blogs, That Texas Couple and Totally Texas Travel and accompanying social media accounts.  She is happiest sipping wine in Italy or chilling on a beach with her husband, Marty.

Sunday 3rd of October 2021

Never wanted to go to Mexico more than I do now and now I'm hankering for some Mexican food too. This is such a helpful and insightful post, thank you, I am bookmarking it for future reference.


Tuesday 5th of October 2021

This is so great, thank you!!

You always make me want to visit Texas! Romantic getaways are my favorite - I'll have to book one for my husband and I to one of these spots.

You are too nice, thank you so much!!

Saturday 2nd of October 2021

Love Texas! Great post and detail. Thank you for sharing!

Thank you for reading!

Michelle Shainess

Sunday 25th of July 2021

Great post!

Monday 26th of July 2021

Thanks so much!

This post was so timely! I visited Texas with my dad when I was in high school, but I've been dying to take my husband to explore. This list of romantic getaways is perfect. Thanks for sharing!

I am so happy to hear this. I hope you find exactly what you need. If not, shoot us an email. We are happy to help!

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23 Birthday Places in TEXAS (Fun, Exciting & Entertaining)

Birthdays are a once-in-a-year chance to celebrate the previous year and look forward to what will come.

But, are you also aware that the idea of a birthday is not all fun for some others as there are times when people have no idea how to go about their special days?

It is a famous saying that a lack of a birthday experience is a focal reason for unhappiness on birthdays, termed “birthday depression.”

Birthdays, though fun , are challenging, especially if you are trying to organize something memorable for your big day. 

Don’t worry; this article contains places in Texas where you can spend the most memorable day in a year.

From Austin to San Antonio, the Lone Star State has you covered.

So, sit back and let your imaginations run wild with the fantastic and exciting places cooked up just for you.

And by the way, you may also want to check out the best Tourist Places in Texas .

Birthday Places in Houston, Texas

1. azura bar and lounge (multipurpose event center).

Homepage of Azura Bar and Lounge / azuralounge.com

Are you thinking of a birthday party in a spacious room , a dancefloor ambiance, or a private room for an intimate birthday hangout? 

The Azura Bar and Lounge is home to all.

Established in 2019, Azura Bar and Lounge, as the name suggests, is a multipurpose event center in the heart of Houston.

It caters to small events as well as large indoor and outdoor parties .

The multipurpose center has spaces for dancefloor-themed parties, simple, intimate birthday parties, and small and large birthday events.

Azura also houses a full kitchen with middle eastern and Mediterranean cuisine and a full bar for your events.

When paired with the tasty wines and cocktails from its bar, its food is said to assist your taste buds greatly.

So, do you want to spend your most memorable day with friends and family over a plate of Mediterranean dishes?

Address: 2703 S Texas 6 Suite 350, Houston, TX 77082, USA . 

2. Cidercade Arcade (Extensive Game Collection)

Homepage of Cidercade Arcade / cidercadehouston.com

Spending your birthday in an arcade with your friends and family is one of the most fun things to do on your birthday.

The Cidercade Arcade is one of Houston’s most popular video arcade centers.

Established in Houston’s east end, the arcade is home to over 275 games, all for a token fee of $10 and a recurring membership fee of $15.

For refreshments, Cidercade also provides both hard and soft refreshments to its guests.

These refreshments range from ciders to intense wines and soft drinks from the fountain.

Most customers plan children and adult parties, although adult parties are more advisable.

It has a no under 21 policy by 6 pm daily.

Planning a birthday party at Cidercade combines fun and adventure, as you are guaranteed a fun-filled experience.

Address: 2320 Canal St Suite 100, Houston, TX 77003, USA.

3. Rooftop Cinema (Classic Movies With a View)

Homepage of the Rooftop Cinema / rooftopcinemaclub.com.

Ever imagined spending your birthday watching a classic overlooking the Houston skyline with the sun going down on your face?

Or do you crave a drive-in experience in the sky?

Then, the Rooftop Cinema is a perfect spot for you.

Located on the fifth level of 4th and 5th Blvd, the cinema offers a parking space close to its entrance.

For as little as $17 – $27, you could have a wide array of classic and modern movies .

There is a 10 percent discount for students and a whopping 15 percent discount for military family members.

It also comes with a snack bar that serves a variety of finger foods and drinks to add some spice to your rooftop movie experience.

Guests are permitted to bring in their food but are not allowed to bring in drinks.

Is spending your birthday watching classics from a rooftop under the stars a perfect place for you?

Address: 1700 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056, USA.

4. Flip n Fun amusement park (Trampoline Park & More)

Are you looking for a special place to break the boredom and have an unforgettable birthday experience?

Then, Flip n Fun Amusement Park guarantees an unforgettable experience at its trampoline park.

Get ready to celebrate your birthday at the best party spot in town , with its trampoline Park , bumper cars , or laser tag section.

So, be it a solo birthday celebration or one spent with family and friends, Flip n Fun Amusement Park is a preferable spot .

Thinking of food at the event, Flip n Fun also has a pizzeria for when you want to satisfy your taste buds while having fun.

Its customers praise its squeaky clean facilities and efficient staff.

Get ready to flip into family fun on your special day.

Address: 5379 W Richey Rd, Houston, TX 77066, USA.

Also see our article on Places to Visit in Texas .

Birthday Places in Dallas, Texas 

1. dfw fun bus (city tour on fun bus).

Experiencing your birthday at the Dallas Fort Worth Fun Bus is one for the books .

On the Fun Bus, you get to tour the city of Dallas on a bus while making fun memories on the bus.

The friendly ambiance of its drivers is a plus, as they often recommend places to go to and stop over.

Established in 2019, the DFW Fun Bus contains a mobile karaoke, a dancing pole, an 8-speaker sound system, controllable lighting, and two fully stocked bars with coolers to keep the ice. 

Not limited to the amenities listed below, the fun bus also serves its customers with amenities on request.

Group options for up to 30 people are also available as the bus is spacious.

Make your birthday an unforgettable one by riding the DFW Fun Bus.

Address: 2305 Oak Ln, Grand Prairie, TX 75051, USA .

2. Nerfies Glow in the Dark (Competitive Gaming)

Homepage of Nerfies Glow in the Dark / nerfies.com

Are you a huge fan of aliens and star wars and want to celebrate your birthday uniquely?

Try out Nerfies Glow in the Dark, an arcade center with special Star Wars characters.

Celebrate your birthday with an 80’s diner’s style, good music, a disco ball, and glowing wall art.

For more than 2 hours, depending on the fee, you could play against other parties and win points.

You could spend some time building a competitive spirit at the Nerfies glow-in-the-dark.

Think of it as killing two birds with a stone, building sustainable skills while having fun .

Are you ready to be entertained in the colorful world of Nerfies Glow in the Dark?

Visit Nerfie’s to find out about that.

Address: 3045 W 15th St, Plano, TX 75075, USA.

3. Harbor Lights and Cruises (Dinner, Stargazing & Drinks)

Homepage of Harbor Lights and Cruises / dfwboatride.com.

Immerse yourself in the serene ambiance that Lake Ray Hubbard has to offer with a relaxed ride on the Harbor Lights and Cruises.

With a 90 persons capacity on its two-deck ship, the Harbor Lights and Cruises is an excellent venue for a yacht birthday to celebrate your special day.

Treat yourself and your guests to a special dinner on the main deck, or spend the evening stargazing.

The boat ride provides free drinks, spirits, ice, and juice.

Established in 2011, Harbor Lights and Cruises is explicitly for Lake Hubbard .

Its sister boat, the Spirit of Dallas, was set up expressly for White Rock Lake.

So, this is your cue to spend your special day at Harbor Lights and Cruises.

There is always a fun activity with much space to roam about.

Address: Rockwall Harbor Lighthouse, DFW Boat Ride Boarding Dock, 2059 Summer Lee Dr, Rockwall, TX 75032, USA.

4. Backyards (Outdoor Party Venue)

Homepage of Backyards / backyardusa.com.

Are you looking for a home residence to celebrate birthdays with friends and family ?

Backyards got you covered.

The Backyard is your go-to venue for outdoor parties, gourmet, and lots of fun games and your favorite drink to lift your spirits.

Its outdoor atmosphere allows you to enjoy the open-air ambiance with quality food and drinks to last you for a lifetime.

Play outdoor games such as Ping pong, darts, foosball, shuffleboards, and an oversized Jenga.

Backyards is an unconventional party arena designed to look like your Backyard but away from home with many amenities.

If you are a party drinker, the Backyard is your ultimate go-to, with its bar section of over 45 beers and spirits.

When you think of a home party with many activities , think of the Backyard.

Address: 505 N Good Latimer Expy, Dallas, TX 75204, USA.

Also see our article on Abandoned Places in Texas .

Birthday Places in Beaumont, Texas

1. jumping world trampoline park (indoor trampoline park).

Homepage of Jumping World Trampoline Park / jwentertainment.com.

Established as an indoor trampoline park , the Jumping World includes a foam pit, tumbling lane, smart dunk arena, toddler world, supreme dodgeball, jungle gym , and a soft play section for kids. 

Jumping World is a perfect spot for a birthday hangout with many fun activities. 

Be it a party for kids, teens, or young adults, Jumping World is your go-to spot.

Not limited to trampoline and jumping events, it also contains an arcade, a snack bar for when you need to recharge, and a party area to host parties .

The asking price for toddlers is $8 for the first hour and $4 for subsequent hours , while the adult rate is $13 for the first hour and $8 for the following hours.

Get ready to jump through the world on your big day at Jumping World.

Address: 2651 S 11th St, Beaumont, TX 77701, USA.

2. Colorado Canyon (Family Fun Center)

Homepage of Colorado Canyon / coloradocanyonfun.com.

Established in 2003, Colorado Canyon is a fun family center with a miniature golf course , an arcade, and a game room.

Get ready to host some of the best birthday parties in Beaumont at the Colorado Canyons, one filled with incredible memories with your loved ones.

Colorado Canyon is said to be one of the best party venues for kids in the Beaumont area.

One exciting thing about the Colorado Canyon is that they help plan your parties , allowing you to bring in your cake only.

Planning a party can be pretty stressful, so the Colorado Canyon helps to relieve you of the stress while allowing you to have as much fun as possible.

Some of its side attractions include gemstone mining and a laser maze.

Want to find out what they mean?

Visit the Colorado Canyon to satisfy your curiosity.

Address: 6110 Folsom Dr, Beaumont, TX 77706, USA.

3. Gator Country (Educational & Adventurous)

Contrary to modern-day opinions, spending your birthday getting to know the animals at the zoo is not an old-fashioned activity as many mistakes it to be.

More suitable for kids, a birthday at the zoo could be both fun and educative at the same time.

Gator Country, as its name implies, is home to over 400 different American Alligators, crocodiles, and other reptiles.

Some of these reptiles are rare in other parts of Texas, making Gator Country unique.

Gator Country also provides a tour of the swamp on a boat.

It gives you an adventurous ambiance and allows you to experience adventure in its purest form.

If you want to build an adventurous spirit amongst your kids, the Gator Country is a perfect place to start.

Address: 21159 FM 365, Beaumont, TX 77705, USA.

4. Lady BG Karaoke (Various Event Hosting)

Homepage of Lady BG Karaoke / ladybg.org.

Ever wanted to attend a karaoke event with your loved ones singing at the top of your lungs to Alicia Key’s this girl is on Fire?

Or, are you looking to spend your birthday honing your singing talents at a karaoke bar?

Then the Lady BG Karaoke Bar is a fantastic place to start.

Established in 2002 as the Logon Cafe and Pub, it is now known as the Lady BG Karaoke Bar.

The karaoke bar caters to various events ranging from adult parties to kiddies events and even wedding receptions .

It is known for its professionalism and is Beaumont’s hottest karaoke bar.

With a separate branch out of Houston, you could go to the bar whenever you visit Houston.

Are you ready to explore your singing gifts at the Lady BG karaoke?

Address: 3805 Calder Ave, Beaumont, TX 77706, USA.

Also see our article on Playgrounds in Texas .

Birthday Places in Amarillo, Texas

1. brush with art (canvas painting & creativity).

Homepage of Brush with Art / www.brushwithartonline.com.

Are you interested in the artistic side of life?

Do you have hobbies such as painting and drawing, or are you naturally attracted to paintbrushes?

What can be better than spending your big day doing what you love the most with your loved ones? 

Brush with Art exists to ensure that you spend your day catering to your artistic side and exploring other aspects of yourself. 

Established as a family-oriented painting studio, Brush with Art allows you to paint your painting, create mosaics and explore art on a glass project.

It also sells art souvenirs so that you can go home with a new addition to your home.

When you think of art, think of the Brush with Art Center in central Amarillo. 

Address: 1948 Civic Cir, Amarillo, TX 79109, USA.

2. Amarillo Rock Climbing House (Recreational Sport Venue)

Homepage of Amarillo Climbing House / climbamarillo.com.

Established in 2011, the Amarillo Climbing House is a center for training veteran climbers.

Over the years, the Climbing House became a recreational sport for climbers and non-climbers alike.

Catering for group hangouts and birthday parties, the center provides a fantastic family-oriented ambiance for its customers.

Rock climbing can be pretty tactical even for the average climber; as a newbie, you must be mentally alert as you learn.

Some of its side attractions include bouldering and top rope climbing, which come with some age restrictions for safety .

They also provide protective gear for rock climbing to ensure their customers’ safety.

Pick a new adventurous skill on your big day by visiting the Amarillo Rock Climbing House, and you will be happy you did.

Address: 5461 McKenna Square, Amarillo, TX 79119, USA.

3. Tascosa Drive-in (Modern Drive-In Experience)

Homepage of Tascosa Drive-in Theater / www.tascosadrivein.com

Tascosa Drive-in was set up in 1998 by its founder.

However, it has acquired the status of a modern Drive in Amarillo while bringing back the retro old-school ambiance.

Celebrating your birthday at a drive-in under the fantastic night sky might seem old-fashioned, but spending your big day that way is exciting.

Another fascinating thing about the Tascosa Drive-in is its concession stand.

Reputed to be the largest with the lowest prices at a drive-in, it boosts many products to make your day more fanciful and enjoyable.

Its fee is $9 for adults and $5 for kids.

Babies also have free entry into the theater . 

Some movies shown at the cinema include old-time classics, modern American films, and European movies .

Address: 1999 Dumas Dr, Amarillo, TX 79107, USA.

Also see our article on Fun Things to Do in Texas .

Birthday Places in San Antonio

1. amazing mirror maze (visual & adventurous activities).

Homepage of Amazing Mirror Maze / amazingmazes.com.

Escape into the extraordinary level of creativity shown at the Amazing Mirror Maze on your birthday.

Encounter a continuous world of dead ends, circular bends, and long walkways at the maze.

It comes with a unique twist; a mirror reflection of yourself at every turn!

A birthday at the Amazing Mirror Maze is one always to remember, as the activities surrounding the maze are creative, visual, and adventurous.

Known as one of the giant mazes in the world, the Amazing Mirror Maze serves you 7 different attractions curated to fill you with an incredible experience.

These additions include the Infinity Room , Vault Laser Maze, and Escape Street.

You cannot find these attractions anywhere else!

So, do you think you have what it takes to become a maze master?

Address: 217 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205, USA.

2. Clay Casa (Artistic Pottery & Painting)

Homepage of Clay Casa / claycasa.com.

Established in 2001, Clay Casa is San Antonio’s main pottery house and has maintained that record for over 10 years.

Get ready to dive into the artistic world of San Antonio through pottery, painting, mosaics, and fuse glasses.

Touted as one of the best venues for kid’s parties in San Antonio, Clay Casa enables you to hone your love for arts.

Create memories that last for a lifetime with your kids and loved ones at its adult or kids-themed birthday parties.

You can also walk away with the fantastic masterpieces created at the clay center.

Are you looking to celebrate your birthday amongst art in the comfort of your home?

The Clay Casa has you covered all through as it organizes pottery sessions at home for kids and adults alike.

Get ready to explore your artistic side on your special day.

Address: 502 Embassy Oaks #107, San Antonio, TX 78216, USA.

3. Stumpy’s Hatchet House (First Ax-Throwing Venue)

Homepage of Stump's Hatchet House / stumpyshh.com.

Stumpy’s Hatchet House is San Antonio’s first ax-throwing venue, full kitchen, and bar to enjoy while throwing.

Pick up a new skill, and release pent-up energy on your big day, allowing you to feel light for the following year.

Located in an industrial park in the heart of San Antonio, Stumpy’s lets you enjoy your day leisurely while practicing precision, focus, and attentiveness.

You also get to build excellent mental skills while having fun.

Established in 2016, Stumpy’s was a hobby discovered by four barbequing couples in their Backyard.

There are some brief introductory training sessions to ensure safety at Stumpy’s.

Get together with your loved ones and create unforgettable birthday memories on your special day.

Address: 14602 Huebner Rd #130, San Antonio, TX 78230, USA.

4. Planet Party (Private Luxury Kid’s Venue)

Homepage of Planet Party / planetpartysa.com.

Planet Party is the most incredible way to celebrate your kid’s birthday with its fantastic ambiance and cute party packs.

Established as a private luxury venue for kid’s parties in 1998, Planet Party is the largest of its kind in the country.

With only 75 guests, the venue caters to private events reserved beforehand.

Mainly used for kids’ parties, Planet Party has a penchant for organizing some of the most attended kiddies’ parties in San Antonio.

It also provides a beautiful ambiance and decor; you can bring food and drinks.

The venue also comes with its complimentary arcade music and Glow in the Dark.

Another side attraction is its anime night.

So, are you ready to indulge in the luxury parties which Planet Party has to offer?

Address: 4914 Northwest Loop 410 #101, San Antonio, TX 78229, United States.

Also see our article on  Trampoline Parks in Texas .

Birthday Places in Austin, Texas

1. emmer and rye (intimate birthday dinner).

Homepage of Emmer and Rye / emmerandrye.com.

Organize a special intimate birthday dinner with your friends and loved ones at Emmer and Rye.

Established in 2016, Emmer and Rye offer excellent modern culinary services with an unconventional mode of serving its customers.

With a menu that is changed daily, Emmer and Rye focus on fresh foods from nature, which are prepared on-site.

Its birthday section accommodates a total of 14 guests.

They also offer off-site birthday catering.

Emmer and Rye is a zero-carbon emission restaurant , reinstating its eco-friendly nature.

If you are big on eating unprocessed foods, then Emmer and Rye are perfect.

So, head to their website to make a reservation for its nature-centric foods and let them serve you to your utmost satisfaction.

Address: SkyHouse, 51 Rainey St UNIT 110, Austin, TX 78701, USA.

2. Snapology (Fun Learning Experience)

Homepage of Snapology / snapology.com.

Immerse your kids in the educative world of Snapology, which offers fun themes and services in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

From STEM to Robotics, Moviemaking, and Video game design, engage your kids in educative activities right from their first step into Snapology.

Organizing a birthday party at Snapology offers your kids an avenue to pick up new skills which, if developed, could be a chosen career path for them.

You are letting them see the fun side of science and paving the way for your children’s academic excellence.

Think of it as killing two birds with one stone, having fun, and learning simultaneously.

Don’t worry about the decor, as Snapology provides extensive decor and planning services to ensure you plan a party without stress. 

Address: 1910 Fort View Rd, Austin, TX 78704, USA.

3. Electric Shuffle (High-Tech Shuffleboard)

Homepage of Electric Shuffle / electricshuffleusa.com/austin/

Experience an excellent form of hospitality, tech bar games, a spacious ambiance, and delicious food from its kitchen, all in one place.

Established 10 years ago, Electric Shuffle aims to change the trajectory of social events.

Intending to host games that are not conventionally common, Electric Shuffle presents a whole new world of gaming.

High-tech shuffleboard was born out of a need to revamp the simple game of shuffleboard.

With custom-built tables and camera technology, Electric Shuffle offers never seen fun mixed with technology.

They also have a bar with light cocktails and epic boozy brunches to go by on your special day.

So, wildly celebrate your birthday with the excellent services which Electric Shuffle has to offer.

Address: 91 RED RIVER ST STE 102 TX, Austin, TX 78701.

4. Jump Party (Magnificent Fun Park)

Jump Party USA / jumpusapark.com.

Get ready to jump into a magnificent world of fun on your birthday at the Jumop Party Park.

Set up in 2015, Jump Party caters to kids’ birthday parties, private parties, teen events, karaoke, trampoline jumps , pool tables, bubble jumps, water ball, and soccer.

It also caters to group vents such as school trips and birthday parties.

Spend your day navigating through the adventurous world of Jump Party.

With its incredible lineup of events, you would never get bored at the park as each activity is curated to fill up your adventure tank.

Jump Party is an indoor park to fill your wildest imaginations with fun and numerous escapades. 

So, are you ready to jump your way out of boredom at the Jump Party Park?

Address: 10601 N Lamar Blvd Ste D, Austin, Texas, 78753.

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Best places to visit in texas.

They say everything is bigger in Texas. And if you take into account all that the state has to offer, it's easy to see why the Lone Star State packs such a potent punch with travelers. Texas is filled to the brim with breathtaking countrysides, significant historical attractions, diverse museums, pristine city parks, suburban shopping meccas, mouthwatering barbecue and more. U.S. News took into account traveler sentiment and expert analysis to come up with the best places to visit in Texas. Want to share your opinion? Make sure to vote below to help determine next year's list. 

Big Bend National Park

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This sprawling metropolis promises a jam-packed itinerary for every type of traveler, whether you're traveling with the family or on a romantic getaway . Explore the many museums, parks and historical sites the city has to offer, including the infamous Dealey Plaza, where JFK was assassinated, or get to know Dallas' vibrant, artsy neighborhoods like Trinity Groves and the Design District. And if you're visiting during football season, catch a Dallas Cowboys game to see state pride at its best. However you spend your time, you'll be surrounded by top-notch restaurants and a surplus of shopping options.

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Every year, more than 500,000 people visit this national park along the U.S.-Mexico border to spend some time outdoors. Big Bend National Park features hundreds of miles of paved and dirt roads for scenic drives, as well as 150-plus miles of hiking trails. While exploring the park's sections of the Chihuahuan Desert, the Chisos Mountains and the Rio Grande, keep your eyes peeled for more than 450 bird species, including several kinds of woodpeckers, thrashers and sparrows. At night, camp (or glamp) under the moonlight to see why Big Bend is one of the best dark sky parks in the country.

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For a different kind of Texas vacation, skip the state's main cities and beach towns in favor of a visit to Fredericksburg. This Texas Hill Country locale is known for its superb shops, rich German roots and tasty wines. When you're not enjoying some retail therapy on Main Street, learn about the town's connection to Germany at the Pioneer Museum. Don't forget to sample some of Fredericksburg's delectable vino before you leave; you'll have your pick of more than 50 wineries and tasting rooms in and around Fredericksburg.

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Historical relics like The Alamo are no doubt San Antonio's biggest draw. However, you don't need to be a history buff to enjoy all the city has to offer. The River Walk makes for a soothing stroll along the San Antonio River, while the expansive Brackenridge Park offers a variety of attractions and amenities. Active travelers can practice their swing at the park's golf course and ball fields, nature lovers can pass the time in its stunning Japanese Tea Garden and families can get an up-close look at the on-site San Antonio Zoo's animals. Before you leave, sample a San Antonio staple – the puffy taco.

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If hiking is one of your favorite pastimes, then you'll want to venture to Guadalupe Mountains National Park. This national park by the southern Texas-New Mexico border houses eight of the state's 10 highest peaks, including the iconic El Capitan, and features 80-plus miles of hiking paths, such as traveler-approved routes like Devil's Hall and the Guadalupe Peak Trail. Although the scenery is stunning year-round, for extra-memorable vistas, visit in fall when the park's tree leaves turn vivid shades of red, orange and yellow.

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This small town on Mustang Island (about 40 miles northeast of Corpus Christi) provides ample opportunities for fun in the sun. When you're not sunbathing, parasailing or splashing around at the beach, put your angling skills to the test in the "Fishing Capital of Texas" or sign up for a dolphin-watching cruise. You'll also want to keep an eye out for the endangered whooping crane and other birds in this bird-watching paradise. If you love festivals, time your visit to coincide with one of Port Aransas' events, which focus on everything from art to music to food.

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Texas is home to some prime Gulf Coast shorelines , and South Padre Island is considered one of the best. South Padre offers 34 miles of relaxing beaches along the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. While the island has a reputation for being a prime party spot for spring breakers, the rest of the year it's favored by families thanks to its affordability and bevy of kid-friendly attractions. Head to Sea Turtle, Inc. to learn about local sea turtle rehabilitation efforts, or visit Beach Park Waterpark to cool off on a hot day.

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The capital city's colorful character takes Texas to an entirely new level. Austin offers loads in the way of culture, cuisine and natural scenery. While here, enjoy unique outdoor areas like Zilker Metropolitan Park (where you'll find the natural Barton Springs Pool), various museums and plenty of delectable Tex-Mex joints. The best way to soak up Austin's contagious energy is to visit Sixth Street. This music hub is packed with bars, restaurants and live music venues that have helped Austin earn its "Live Music Capital of the World" moniker. For a souvenir, head to SoCo to pick up a pair of authentic cowboy boots.

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Originally inhabited by wild horses, the aptly named Mustang Island is now known for its miles of beaches and outdoor activities. On this 18-mile-long barrier island, which sits about 30 miles southeast of Corpus Christi, visitors will find Mustang Island State Park, a popular place to go mountain biking, kayaking and swimming. The park is also home to endangered sea turtles and more than 400 bird species, making it an excellent destination to spot wildlife, and boasts 5 miles of beaches. For more outdoor recreation outside the park, travelers can visit North Packery Beach to enjoy water sports like kiteboarding, wakeboarding and surfing.

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Once a lesser-known, low-key getaway, this small town just north of Mexico now attracts space enthusiasts thanks to its SpaceX launch site. Beachgoers will still find plenty of allure with Boca Chica's 8-mile-long stretch of sand, but remember to bring your own equipment since water sports rentals like surfboards and kiteboards are not available on-site. You'll also want to plan ahead, as the beach is closed near rocket launch dates. While here, save time for wildlife watching, as the area is a haven for various bird and sea turtle species, particularly in spring and fall.

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Renowned as one of America's top barbecue destinations, Houston offers travelers a finger-licking good time. But did you know Houston is also a culture hub? Within the urban sprawl, visitors can check out museums galore, from NASA's impressive Johnson Space Center to the quirky Art Car Museum. Many of the city's restaurants and shops are also covered in Instagram-worthy murals. Plus, with the world-class Houston Zoo , verdant Buffalo Bayou Park and a children's museum, Houston is an ideal (and affordable) vacation spot for families. Consider purchasing a CityPASS to save even more coin.

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Corpus Christi features several scenic shorelines and can't-miss attractions to keep you entertained for days. Popular stretches of sand in this Gulf Coast city include McGee Beach and North Beach, which is also home to two of Corpus Christi's most visited sights, the Texas State Aquarium and the USS Lexington. Additional museums and entertainment venues can be found in SEA, the city's Sports, Entertainment and Arts District. Meanwhile, music fans can visit several sites dedicated to the emblematic Tejano singer Selena, including the Selena Museum and the Mirador de la Flor memorial.

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Sitting in between Fort Worth and Dallas (roughly 23 miles from both), Grapevine delights all travelers, whether they're outdoorsy types, historians or wine lovers. Lake Grapevine is a popular boating and fishing spot, while its surrounding trails attract hikers and bikers. Meanwhile, history buffs can engage in 19th-century heritage events at Nash Farm or ride into the past on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad. As its name suggests, Grapevine is also home to several tasting rooms along Texas' Urban Wine Trail. What's more, with some of the best water parks in Texas , an aquarium and a LEGOLAND Discovery Center, Grapevine is incredibly kid-friendly.

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Located about 50 miles southeast of Houston, Galveston attracts Texans looking for a convenient place to spend some time at the beach. The island features family-friendly spots like Stewart Beach (with amenities like lifeguards, volleyball courts and a playground) and Pleasure Pier (which features an array of games and rides). Meanwhile, Schlitterbahn Waterpark offers yet another place to play. Away from the sand, visitors can explore the shop-, restaurant- and nightclub-filled Strand District, named a National Historic Landmark for its well-preserved Victorian architecture. Travelers will also want to check out other historical sights, such as Bishop's Palace and Moody Mansion.

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Easy to reach by ferry from Port Aransas, this former ranch is now a prime beach destination. Because San José Island is privately owned, the island's only publicly accessible land is its 21-mile stretch of unspoiled sand situated below the vegetation line. But visitors will find plenty to do on the beach. The island's more than 600 kinds of fish and roughly 300 bird species make it a terrific place to go fishing and birding. Other popular pastimes here include shelling and surfing.

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14 Best Family Vacations In Texas — Kid-Friendly Ideas!

Henry Stewart

Texas, the second biggest state in the US, has many vacation spots for families.

From busy cities with history and culture to peaceful national parks and seaside towns, you will not run out of options here.

Whether you’re looking for an urban adventure, a beach getaway, or a trip into the great outdoors, the Lone Star State has something for everyone.

As a seasoned travel writer and parent who loves finding amazing places for my kids, I provide helpful advice on the best locations and things to do.

I’m good at discovering special places and knowing local sites, making my tips and ideas trustworthy and valuable.

Also, by connecting with other travel enthusiasts, I stay up-to-date on Texas’s latest and most remarkable experiences.

Discover the best of what Texas has to offer and make unforgettable memories with your family by checking out our list of the best family vacations in Texas.

Best Family Vacations In Texas Compared

Discover exciting adventures at these perfect Texas vacation spots for your family. 

Take a look at these handpicked Texas locations guaranteed to impress you and your kids.

Editor’s Choice

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Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek

This famous Texas attraction is a nicely renovated old mansion in uptown Dallas, only 2 miles from downtown, offering restaurant and local transportation services.

  • Kid-friendly Activities: 4/5
  • Family Accommodations: 4/5
  • Dining Options: 4/5
  • Safety and Security: 5/5
  • Value for Money: 4.5/5
  • Location and Accessibility: 4.5/5

#2nd Best Choice

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The Post Oak Hotel

This Forbes Five-Star awardee hotel is an elegant tower offering fancy rooms, a lavish spa, and great fine dining.

  • Kid-friendly Activities: 3/5
  • Dining Options: 5/5
  • Location and Accessibility: 5/5

#3rd Best Choice

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Hotel Granduca Houston

Hotel Granduca is a 16th-century palazzo-inspired, Tuscan-style retreat that provides a luxurious and unique experience for the contemporary traveler.

  • Kid-friendly Activities: 3.5/5
  • Value for Money: 4/5

Here are the top 14 family vacations in Texas.

1. Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek (Editor’s Choice)

rosewood mansion on turtle creek

2821 Turtle Creek Blvd Dallas, TX 75219 (214) 559-2100 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Ratings Criteria

  • Has excellent dining options
  • Has a strict safety and security policy
  •  Quite expensive

This undeniably exceptional hotel truly defines first-class, outstanding service, with a 5-star quality.

The management and staff are incredibly attentive, experienced, and amiable, consistently going above and beyond to help in every possible way. 

Plus, the transformation after the renovations added to this place’s charm.

They offer a delightful children’s menu that will satisfy even the fussiest of eaters. 

Plus, you can treat yourself to a massage at their on-site spa, which boasts reasonably priced treatments. 

Mornings were made even better with delectable breakfasts served in the picturesque setting of the porch. 

Related: The Best Family Resorts in Texas

Also See: Restaurants in South Padre Island

2. The Post Oak Hotel

The Post Oak Hotel

1600 W Loop S Houston, TX 77027 (844) 386-1600 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

  • Luxurious accommodations and amenities
  • Excellent and top-notch staff
  • Noise can be heard inside the room

This place offers top-class luxury with excellent services and amenities. 

As a real five-star spot, the rooms are lovely, and the staff works hard to help with everything you need. 

The Post Oak stands high, displaying complete elegance in all aspects.

Their comfortable suite with a great view will entertain kids for hours. 

Spend a relaxing spa day, and enjoy tasty meals at the Bloom and Bee restaurant. 

Plus, this fantastic hotel provides easy access to Bouchee, their in-house pastry and coffee shop, making your mornings more enjoyable with fresh espresso and pastries.

Related: Top Restaurants in Dallas

Also See: Hotels in Dallas Dallas Family Resorts

3. Hotel Granduca Houston

Hotel Granduca Houston

1080 Uptown Park Blvd Houston, TX 77056 (713) 418-1000 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

  • Has a Mediterranean-inspired ambiance
  • Spacious, comfortable, and well-equipped rooms
  • Quite expensive

This upscale hotel, located in a fancy area of Houston, mixes Italian style with modern, tailored amenities. 

Plus, they offer visitors a luxurious break in one of Texas’ liveliest cities.

It sets itself apart through its one-of-a-kind decoration, blending Italian Palazzo and Disneyland elements.

This hotel treats you to a fantastic room featuring a luxurious bed, high-quality cosmetics, and impeccable cleanliness.

What’s more, there’s also an exceptionally warm and friendly atmosphere. 

Additionally, you can indulge in the excellent spa area with a swimming pool and Jacuzzi and savor the delicious cuisine offered on-site.

Also See: Hotels in San Antonio Kid Friendly Hotels in San Antonio San Antonio Beaches Family Resorts Near San Antonio

4. JW Marriott Houston Downtown

JW Marriott Houston Downtown

806 Main St. Houston, TX 77002 (713) 237-1111 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

The JW Marriott Houston Downtown is a luxurious hotel with a perfect blend of comfort, style, and convenience, making it the ultimate choice for guests with discerning tastes.

Discover great dining choices and top attractions such as Minute Maid Park and George R. Brown Convention Center near JW Marriott.

You’ll appreciate their pet-friendly rooms, modern facilities, and excellent service.

Also, the hotel’s King Suite has a big living room, a well-equipped small kitchen, and a fabulous primary bedroom with a comfortable soaking tub for a truly luxurious stay.

Boasting a prime location at the heart of the city’s business, cultural, and entertainment hub, the JW Marriott Houston Downtown stands as a superior alternative to The Post Oak Hotel and Hotel Granduca Houston.

You will have a  fantastic dinner at the Main Kitchen, which is worth visiting.

Unfortunately, the hotel lacks a pool. 

However, their spa is delightful. 

Be sure to check out the public spaces, as the beautiful art adds a modern touch to the building’s historic charm. 

Related: Best Things to Do in Texas

Also See: Restaurants in Grapevine

5. Fort Worth

Fort Worth, TX Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Go back in time at the Fort Worth Stockyards Historic District, walking down cobblestone streets that lead to one of the longest running livestock shows in the US, making this a cheap family trip idea .

You can visit the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame and the National Cowgirl Museum Hall of Fame to get a taste of the Texan cowboy culture.

The Vintage Flying Museum is another must see.

Taste the yummilicious barbecue and other local delicacies at the restaurants along the walk .

Buy memorabilia at the boutiques and souvenir stores to cherish memories of your visit to one of the most fun places to visit in Texas with the kids.

Recommended Hotel: Stockyards Hotel

Related: Things to Do in Texas with Kids

Also See: Hotels in Fort Worth

6. Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park, TX (432) 477-2251 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

From scenic drives to hiking, biking during the day and star gazing at night, Big Bend National Park is for nature lovers.

It is not hard to believe that the Hot Springs Historic District, located on the Rio Grande River, was a health resort because of its natural springs.

You can see evidence of that as some of the old buildings still make their presence felt.

Kayaking, ranger-led tours and Junior Ranger programs for kids make this an ideal destination for traveling with family.

Recommended Hotel: Terlingua Ranch Lodge

7. Amarillo

Amarillo, TX (800) 692-1338 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

This is an absolute must for the car lovers in your family! Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo displays the most amazing artistic collection of overturned cars covered in graffiti!

Follow that up with a visit to the Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum, located on the same Route 66 Historic District.

You can enjoy scenic drives or window shopping at antique stores .

But if your young bundles of joy are demanding something more, pack off with them to Wonderland Amusement Park or Splash Amarillo, the water park.

What more do you need to make this the best ever family-friendly vacation !

Recommended Hotel: La Quinta by Wyndham Amarillo Airport

Also See: Restaurants in Amarillo Hotels in Amarillo

8. Galveston Island

Galveston Island, TX (409) 797-5144 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

If you are looking for a cheap family vacation idea , the barrier island , situated on the Gulf of Mexico, will suit you best.

The Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark and the Galveston Railroad Museum are great fun for the kids, and you can head out to the beach in the mornings or evenings for some family time of fun!

While there, don’t forget to admire the longest SEE-WALL mural on the Seawall that runs for 10 miles between 9th and 89th streets.

The Strand has a variety of restaurants to satisfy your taste buds and shops for souvenirs.

Recommended Hotel: Quality Inn & Suites Beachfront

Related: Best Family Beaches in Texas

Related: Restaurants in Galveston, TX

Related: Hotels in Galveston

Houston, TX (800) 446-7866 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

The Houston Museum District has all the museums within walking distance from each other.

So even if you have a toddler , you can simply push the stroller as you go from one museum to another.

The variety is amazing, right from a Children’s Museum of Houston to the Houston Museum of Natural Science .

The toddler and the other young ones can also have a good time at the Houston Zoo , located in the district.

The Cockrell Butterfly Center will be an eye opener for the family.

And you can also enjoy some time at the quirky National Museum of Funeral History.

Recommended Hotel: The Post Oak Hotel

Related: Top Restaurants in Houston

Also See: Houston Family Resorts Hotels in Houston Houston Beaches

Austin, TX (866) 462-8784 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

For some bold and beautiful moments, take a mini vacation to Austin .

Drive down the rolling hills beyond city limits or enjoy hospitality at one of the luxurious resorts surrounded by natural beauty.

Lady Bird Lake is for the hikers and the bikers.

Or you can just cruise along on a boat.

Austin being the Live Music Capital of the World, don’t miss out on live concerts.

Oh, for the young turks, The Thinkery, a children’s museum and the zoo , are just around the corner.

They will just love the Zilker Zephyr, a 25-minute miniature train ride through Zilker Park.

And on weekends, take a three-hour, round-trip ride through Texas Hill Country on the Bertram Flyer.

Recommended Hotel: Fairmont Austin

Related: Restaurants: Austin

Also See: Hotels in Austin Austin Beaches

11. Port Aransas

Port Aransas, TX (361) 749-5919 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Beach camping is a fun and relaxing family vacation you can take in Texas.

Mustang Island State Park in Port Aransas is an ideal beach camping site where your bundles of joy can build sandcastles on the beach or indulge in some sport fishing.

You can take a pirate-themed cruise with Red Dragon Pirate Cruises at night, and end the day with a delicious seafood dinner .

Parasailing, birding, dolphin watching and kayaking along with a seaside links-style golf course make this an ideal package for the entire family.

Other festivals and events make this a vibrant place to visit with the family.

Recommended Hotel: Island Hotel Port Aransas

Waco, TX (254) 299-2489 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Located on the I-35 corridor between Dallas and Austin, Waco is a great quick getaway with five historic homes and seven recreational venues.

With nine arts organizations, there is never any dearth for theatrical and musical productions being staged, which vie for attention with art exhibitions.

Kid-friendly diversions make Magnolia Market a great family vacation destination.

Dr. Pepper Museum, Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, Hawaiian Falls and a water park complete the attractions for a family vacation.

Did I mention the Cameron Park Zoo on 52 acres of land on the Brazos River banks?

With 1,731 animals representing 300 species, you will find that one day is not enough to see them all.

Recommended Hotel: Residence Inn by Marriott Waco

Also See: Restaurants in Waco Hotels in Waco

13. New Braunfels

New Braunfels, TX (800) 572-2626 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

New Braunfels promises loads of outdoor fun if you are traveling with family, what’s without a float on the river and the thrill of water rides in one of the largest water parks in the world.

Two rivers, Comal and Guadalupe, flow through the town and are popular for tubing , ideal during summertime with the family.

The Texas Ski Ranch spans 70 acres providing unadulterated fun with action sports, be it wakeboarding or cable parks.

For first-time riders, coaching is provided on beginner cables.

Spend some time on the beach, drink at the beach bar or burn energy in Spring Loaded trampoline park for a good day of fun and frolic!

Recommended Hotel: Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, New Braunfels, TX

Also See: Restaurants in New Braunfels

14. Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi, TX (361) 561-2000 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

A coastal city with some of the cleanest and calmest beaches in the state, Corpus Christi is the ideal quick getaway for the family.

Whether you are here for the sun, the beaches or soak in some history, it offers you a little of everything, even nature, wildlife and culture .

Take your children to the Hurricane Alley Waterpark , or indulge in some Water Dog Floating Yoga.

Surf shops or visit the Texas State Aquarium, the largest in the Lone Star State.

Commune with the dolphins or watch the butterflies flit by.

Make the most of everything that this charming place has to offer.

Recommended Hotel: Residence Inn Corpus Christi

Also See: Restaurants in Corpus Christi Hotels in Corpus Christi

Vacationer’s Guide 

Comparing destinations: which one is right for you.

Before deciding what to do in Texas, look at different options. 

Think about what activities you like and pick the one that fits your interests and your children’s.

Remember to check each place’s good and bad points, including where it is, how much it costs, and what kind of experience it gives. 

This way, you’ll make a smart choice and have a great time in Texas.

At the Rosewood Mansion On Creek, we enjoyed the good service and clean, fancy rooms that you would expect from a Rosewood hotel. 

Plus, the food at the restaurant and bar was tasty. 

But, there were a few issues–there wasn’t much storage space in the room to put on clothes and other things. 

The bathroom was small, and it was hard to move around if the door was open. 

On the other hand, The Post Oak Hotel had friendly, helpful, and kind workers. 

The rooms and things inside were good, and the cleaning service did a great job. 

But, this hotel seems more focused on being a place for business and meetings. 

At Hotel Granduca, the place was spotless, and they had tasty, fresh food and drinks. 

But, the furniture looked old and used, and we didn’t know when the pool closed because there were no times listed.

Compared to the others, the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek takes the cake for its attention to safety, although the dining experience at The Post Oak Hotel is exceptional.

The Hotel Granduca’s Mediterranean ambiance makes it unique, yet the JW Marriott Houston Downtown strikes a balance between its convenience and comfort.

How I Picked The Destinations 

As a travel writer and a seasoned expert in writing about family vacations, my expertise lies in suggesting top-notch, kid-friendly destinations in Texas. 

I have also visited these places to bring accurate and up-to-date information.

Drawing from my vast knowledge and hands-on experience, I am dedicated to assisting you in crafting the perfect family adventure in the Lone Star State, ensuring unforgettable memories for you and your loved ones.

Our Rating Method 

I rate these properties based on the following criteria:

  • Kid-friendly Activities: I use this to evaluate the availability and variety of family-friendly amenities at every property. Does it feature playgrounds and kids’ clubs? Does it organize events designed specifically for kids? I ask myself these questions whenever I rate this property’s kid-friendly activities. 
  • Family Accommodations: This is used to assess the family accommodations of the property. Are the rooms spacious? Does it offer family suites with connecting rooms? Can it accommodate families of different sizes? Is there a crib or baby-proofing in every room? These questions are essential whenever I rate the property’s family accommodations. 
  • Dining Options: This evaluates the dining options at the property. Are there kid-friendly options at the property? Is there an on-site restaurant that caters to everyone’s dietary preferences and needs? I use these questions to assess the dining options of every property. 
  • Safety and Security: I use this criterion to assess the safety and security of every property. Are the premises secured? Is the staff trained to handle any emergency? I consider these factors when rating the property’s safety and security. 
  • Value for Money: This is used to evaluate the value for money of every property. Are the room rates reasonable? Are the services, activities, and amenities suitable for the price? I ask myself these questions to rate the value for money provided by the property. 
  • Location and Accessibility: This measures how accessible the property is for families. How far is it from the popular family attractions? Is it easily accessible via public transportation? I use these questions to evaluate the property’s location and accessibility. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Is texas a good family vacation spot.

Yes, Texas boasts numerous exciting destinations ideal for family vacations, including family-friendly theme parks, beautiful outdoor destinations, and cultural experiences.

What Month Is Best To Travel To Texas? 

The best month to travel to Texas depends on personal preferences and the specific activities you have in mind. But generally, the Spring and Fall seasons are popular choices for tourists.

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When planning the best family vacations in Texas, you’ll find that each hotel has unique characteristics and caters to families and children in different ways. 

These things must be accounted for, from kid-friendly amenities and activities to spacious accommodations and proximity to popular attractions.

The Post Oak Hotel’s lavish accommodations and amenities and outstanding and first-class staff made our stay comfortable and memorable.

Also, Hotel Granduca Houston featured its charming Mediterranean-inspired atmosphere and roomy, cozy, and well-appointed rooms, making our trip a pretty enjoyable experience.

For JW Marriott Houston Downtown, the top-notch restaurant and an artistic ambiance throughout the hotel added to its appeal.

However, the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek was the standout among these options.

Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek boasted exceptional dining choices that my family enjoyed and maintained a rigorous safety and security policy throughout our stay.

This combination of factors makes it the top pick among the listed hotels.

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7+ Great Girls’ Trips in Texas (Weekend Getaway Ideas!)

Looking for fun destinations for a weekend girls’ trip in Texas?

The options are nearly endless when considering where to go over a weekend with the girls, from small towns to city breaks.

Whether you and your friends are planning a bachelorette party, a spring break getaway, or just a random weekend away with your closest friends, the Lone Star State has so much to offer.

Here are some of the best options for a weekend girls’ getaway in Texas!

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 Wine tasting is a classic girls trip in Texas.

There are many reasons why a girl’s trip to Texas wine country would be the perfect getaway. 

You can explore the beauty of the Texas Hill Country and spend some quality time with your girlfriends. 

You can visit a variety of wineries, and you can even tour the gorgeous properties where the grapes are grown and processed. 

If you plan to have fun while visiting wineries, a charter bus tour would be the perfect way to get there.

A girl’s trip to Texas wine country would not be complete without a trip to a vintner’s tasting room so that y’all can learn about the specific types of wine which are now being grown and bottled in Texas.

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If you want to spend the whole day sipping delicious wines, consider staying at one of the many resorts and hotels in the Texas Hill Country. 

Some of them have private pools and swimming holes, which are perfect for cooling off in the summer months.

One of the most popular wine-tasting destinations in Texas is Fredericksburg .

Located in the heart of Texas wine country, this city has a unique blend of small-town charm and outdoor adventures like climbing Enchanted Rock . 

The city has many vineyards and charming shops and is perfect for girls’ weekend retreats.

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Head west and explore the art scene in Marfa.

If you’re looking for a quirky art scene and desert landscapes, Marfa is the ultimate girls’ getaway in Texas, offering beautiful views, unique restaurants, and activities. 

Whether you’re traveling with a group of girls or just hanging out with an old friend, this town is sure to entertain!

Marfa is located in the heart of the West Texas desert and is easily combined with a visit to other nearby towns like Marathon , Alpine , and even Terlingua .

And, while you may not be able to purchase any high-end shoes or bags as in a real Prada store, there is an art installation Prada store that is supported by the local community. 

This town is known for its artistic landscape and many art installations.

prada marfa as seen from across the street in valentine texas

You also won’t want to miss the McDonald Observatory in nearby Fort Davis !

The McDonald Observatory Texas is an astronomical observatory that is a part of the University of Texas at Austin. 

Located just a short drive from Marfa, the McDonald Observatory has made a variety of important discoveries over the years, including the presence of water on Mars, the abundance of rare-earth chemical elements in stars, and planets circling nearby stars. 

There are many interesting places to stay in and around Marfa, but one of the most iconic is Hotel Paisano.

Not only is the Spanish style of architecture interesting, but Hotel Paisano also has some Hollywood roots that are especially glamorous.

During the filming of Giant, a Hollywood classic from the Golden era of cinema, Rock Hudson and James Dean stayed in the hotel.

As a result, there is much Hollywood lore that surrounds the location, perfect for a girl’s trip in Texas.

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Float the river for a classic Texas girls’ trip.

If you are looking for a girl’s trip that is full of adventure, consider floating the Guadalupe River in Texas. 

It is one of the most beautiful rivers in the United States and is a bucket-list experience for many Texas friend groups! 

The Guadalupe is located in central Texas and is a great place for a girls trip during the long, hot Hill Country summer.

You can choose a two-hour escape or a full-day excursion depending on the amount of time you have to spend on the river. 

While you’re on the river, you’ll see scenic cypress trees, limestone bluffs, and urban landscapes. 

While a float trip can last from three to six hours, it is usually recommended to bring a waterproof speaker with you to listen to music during the trip. 

It is advisable to make reservations for the river in advance if you want to avoid crowds.

View of Guadalupe River from above with Texans floating on it. Guadalupe River State Park is one of the best day trips from San Antonio TX

While a girls’ trip to float the Guadalupe River in Texas isn’t for everyone, it will give you and your friends an opportunity to bond over a memorable experience. 

Take the essentials with you and rent an inner tube and a cooler so that you can bring along snacks and drinks.

There are locations to start your float near both Austin and San Antonio, though starting in Gruene is probably the most popular option of them all!

By starting in Gruene, you’ll be able to enjoy the small town’s excellent shopping and dining both before and after your float to round out your Texas girls getaway.

medina river in texas tubing spot lined with trees

Browse for antiques in Round Top on a weekend girls’ getaway.

If you haven’t yet planned a girls’ trip to Round Top, Texas, you should! 

This small town in the Texas Hill Country is a great place to go antiquing and spend quality time with your best friends. 

Plan ahead and know what spots you want to visit as the semi-annual Round Top Antique Fair is miles long and can take days to get through.

Even when the fair isn’t happening, though, Round Top is still a fantastic small town to visit and shop your way through.

While you’re there, the Round Top Mercantile Company is a must-visit! From apparel to gifts, food to drinks, and even fresh ice cream, you can find anything you need! 

Another must-stop is Junk Gypsy, which is like Thelma and Louise in a car!

This unique shop sells antiques, perfume, and books, and you can even find exclusive items from Miranda Lambert!

You’ll also want to check out the Round Top Ballroom, a historic 12,000-square-foot barn that is filled with recycled materials and artifacts.

henkel square market in round top texas, one of the cute towns in texas

 If shopping isn’t your thing, try a cocktail at the Round Top Tavern, a popular night spot that features local entertainment, live music, and other events.

Lodging in Round Top is limited and fills up quickly during the fair, so this is one girl’s trip you want to make sure to book your rooms ahead of time to avoid missing out on any great deals.

For lodging, you can stay in one of the chain hotels located in the town. If you don’t want to stay in the town itself, consider staying in nearby towns such as Brenham or La Grange .

Another plus of visiting Round Top is its dining scene. 

The Texas Rose Cafe serves up a delicious rosemary chicken salad that’s unique to this small town. 

You can also indulge in fine dining at The Garden Company. 

And don’t miss Royers Round Top Cafe for its world-famous pie! While there, you’ll find many ways to make your girls’ trip to Round Top Texas a memorable experience!

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Head to the beach in Texas with your best friends.

If you’re looking for a girl’s weekend escape, Texas beaches may be the way to go!

There are tons of excellent beach towns in Texas to choose from, but one fun option for a trip with your friends is Port Aransas .

This small beach town is only four hours from Austin, and you can enjoy guided fishing trips, parasailing, and surfing–plus find plenty of great restaurants to indulge in seafood with water views, of course.

Alternatively, classic South Padre Island offers a slice of paradise that’s perfect for a girls’ weekend getaway in Texas. 

South Padre Island is a popular spring break destination with great beaches and plenty to do. 

When you’re tired of the beach, consider going zip-lining or trying a 150-foot reverse bungee at Island Adventure Park. 

The island has some great bars and live music to keep your girls entertained.

collection of women swimming at the beach during a girls weekend getaway in texas with friends

A shopping trip to Waco is one of the top girls’ trips in Texas.

Whether you are looking for some fresh new clothes or a revamp of your home decor, a Texas girls’ shopping trip to Waco is sure to be fun! 

One of the most popular destinations in Waco for a girl’s trip is, of course, Magnolia Market , the famous home design store founded by Joanna and Chip Gaines.

The market is more than just a place to buy great home decor and clothing, however. The entire experience includes food trucks, a bakery, and an outdoor garden.

If you have time on your hands, take a tour of Spice Village, a Waco community of 60 independently owned boutiques. 

This eclectic shopping center has something for everyone – from home decor to fashion to souvenirs. You’re sure to find the perfect gift or souvenir for everyone on your list.

front facade of the old church at magnolia in waco, one of the best day trips from college station tx

Located inside the Shops of River Square Center, Spice Village has something for everyone. No matter what your style is, you can find something here!

If you’re not into shopping, you can still find plenty of fun things to do in Waco. 

The city’s downtown is home to several famous restaurants and shops, including Magnolia Farms Shops, a downtown shopping area with a variety of boutiques and cafes.

For an interesting look into Texas’ long history, the Waco Mammoth National Monument is another great place to visit.

The Dr. Pepper Museum is also fun, especially when traveling with friends!

If you’re planning a girls’ shopping trip to Waco, try to visit the city on a Tuesday or Wednesday. You’ll be able to get some great deals by shopping on a weekday. 

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Enjoy line dancing and livestock with your girls in Fort Worth.

If you want to make your girls feel like cowgirls, take them to the Stockyards district in Fort Worth, Texas. 

You can watch cattle drives twice a day, taste some delicious food, and check out many museums in the downtown area commemorating a bygone era of cowboys and cattle drives. 

You can also take them to the famous Legends of Texas Gunfight Show , which happens every weekend.

Throughout the year, the town hosts a variety of festivals and live performances, and the Fort Worth Water Gardens provide a lovely backdrop for photos. 

You can take in the culture and history of Fort Worth by taking your girls to the city’s Stock Show and Rodeo.

This annual event features a wide variety of animals and traditional western events. 

Longhorn cattle being driven through the ft worth stockyards, one of the best fort worth photo spots

The National Cowgirl Hall of Fame and Museum is located in Fort Worth and honors the women who helped shape the American West.

There are permanent exhibits and traveling shows, two theaters, a research library, archives, and a gift shop.

If you’re into honky-tonk and country music, you’ll find great opportunities to go dancing with a Texas girls’ getaway to Fort Worth.

You can even watch live performances at the Cowtown Opry Club. The Opry Club performs on Sunday afternoons in the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards. 

You can also grab a beer at Rahr & Sons Brewing Company, where the owner Fritz Rahr brews 20,000 barrels of beer a year. 

While you’re in Fort Worth, you should also visit the Log Cabin Village. This living history museum features six log cabins from the mid-1800s. 

The Pioneer Heritage Committee and Tarrant County Historical Society created this museum to preserve the unique architecture of log cabins in Texas. 

Whatever your exact interests, if you’re interested in mixing city excitement with Texas’ cowboy culture, Fort Worth is one of the best weekend girls’ trips in Texas!

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33 Fun and Interesting Day Trips in Texas

Texas is a state with endless possibilities when it comes to day trips.

Whether you want to experience the laid-back charm of small towns….

or enjoy outdoor attractions and activities,

you can find something exciting just around the corner in Texas!

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If you are looking for some peace, one of the best places to visit is the Texas Hill Country .

This lush paradise offers serene hiking trails and scenic swimming holes – perfect to escape into nature.

West Texas is home to many stunning landscapes that offer unparalleled views, including Big Bend National Park.

Views of the canyons and mountains inside Big Bend Ranch State Park

For a more adventurous outing, head over to Amarillo and explore some famous sites like Cadillac Ranch or Palo Duro Canyon.

Best Day Trips in Texas

Texas is a large and diverse state, providing visitors with an endless array of options for day trips.

History buffs will enjoy exploring the state’s many battlefields and cultural sites,

….while nature lovers can hike through the woods or paddle down one of the many rivers.

Hike in Lost Maples Texas to see gorgeous fall colors

For those who prefer a more urban experience, explore the bustling metropolis of Austin or enjoy the small-town charm of Fredericksburg!

Here are our favorite day trips in Texas to visit this summer.

Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch

This safari-style park is located near San Antonio and is home to diverse animals from all around the world including deer, zebras, ostrich, and llamas.

Visitors can take a tour of the drive-through ranch in their vehicles.

There are also many opportunities to feed and interact with the animals, making it a great place for families.

The adjacent Natural Bridge Caverns is one of the state’s largest cave systems and offers tours for all ages, making it one of the top day trips in Texas.

Entrance to the Natural bridge caverns San Antonio

Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District in Fort Worth is a must-visit for any fan of the Old West.

The area was once a major livestock market and today, visitors can explore cowboy museums, watch a mock gunfight, or see the cattle drive.

Fort Worth Historic Stockyards Cattle Drive is an exciting event

There are also plenty of great restaurants and shops to enjoy in the area.

Fort Worth has plenty of other attractions as well, such as the Fort Worth Zoo, Fort Worth Modern Art Museum, and the Kimbell Art Museum.

Fort Worth Water Garden has stunning design

San Antonio

San Antonio is one of the most popular day trips in Texas and for good reason!

The city is home to The Alamo, the San Antonio River Walk , SeaWorld, and much more.

There are also several great historic sites to explore such as the San Fernando Cathedral and the Missions National Historical Park.

Six Flags Fiesta Texas theme park is also located in San Antonio.

Street access to the San Antonio River Walk in front of Casa Rio Restaurant


One of our favorite Texas day trips in the Texas Hill Country!

Fredericksburg is a charming German town with plenty of historical sites, quaint shops, and excellent restaurants.

Public library in Fredericksburg has stunning limestone facade

The city is located in the heart of Texas wine country and visitors can enjoy tours at local wineries or take part in their annual wine festival.

The nearby rolling hills, natural areas like Enchanted Rock, and scenic drives make Fredericksburg extremely popular with day-trippers.

Sunrise and sunset views at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area are spectacular

Galveston Island

Beat the Texas heat by planning a day trip from Houston to Galveston Island beaches.

The island is home to several attractions including Strand Historic District, Moody Gardens, Schlitterbahn, and the Historic Pleasure Pier.

Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier is one of the best things to do in Texas with kids

There are also plenty of opportunities for fishing, swimming, kayaking, and bird watching.

Don’t forget to enjoy some of the delicious seafood that the island is known for!

Hamilton Pool Preserve

Hamilton Pool Preserve in Dripping Springs is a popular day trip from Austin .

The stunning crescent-shaped pool features a waterfall and is surrounded by gorgeous limestone cliffs.

Visitors can swim in the refreshing water, go hiking along several trails, or simply enjoy the scenery.

Hamilton Pool Swimming Hole in Dripping Springs near Austin is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Texas

Austin itself makes a great day trip or weekend trip in Texas.

Downtown Austin is a great place to spend a day if you are looking for an urban adventure.

The area is home to many popular attractions including the Texas State Capitol, Lady Bird Lake, and Sixth Street.

Texas state capitol building in Austin is a must visit attraction

Austin is known as the live music capital of the world and hosts plenty of music festivals and concerts.

There are also plenty of excellent restaurants and bars to enjoy in the area.

Inks Lake State Park

Inks Lake is one of the top state parks in the Lone Star State and also one of the top day trips in Texas.

Located near Burnet, Inks Lake is a great destination for hiking, swimming, and fishing.

Hammock over Devils Waterhole at Inks Lake Burnet

There are also plenty of picnic areas where visitors can relax and enjoy the stunning natural scenery.

Visitors can camp in the park or mountain bike the trails or jump in the Devils Waterhole, a popular swimming hole.

Waco , located in central Texas, is a great fun day trip option for families.

It has a rich history and many interesting attractions.

Downtown Waco Suspension Bridge is popular with pedestrians

Visitors can enjoy walking tours or take a riverboat ride on the Brazos River.

Families can explore the Waco Mammoth National Monument , where the remains of a herd of mammoths have been preserved in the fossil record.

Or tour the Dr Pepper Museum, which chronicles the history of the iconic soft drink.

The iconic silos at Magnolia Market in Waco

Magnolia Market at the Silos , a popular shopping and dining destination, is also worth a visit.

There are also plenty of opportunities for shopping and dining in Waco’s historic downtown district.

Glen Rose – #1 of Day Trips in Texas for kids

Glen Rose is known as the Dinosaur Capital of Texas.

The area is home to Dinosaur Valley State Park, where visitors can see fossilized dinosaur tracks of creatures that roamed the earth millions of years ago.

Birds eye view of Paluxy River at Dinosaur Valley State Park near Glen Rose, Texas

The tracks are preserved in the Paluxy River bed and can be seen on a wet, fun hike.

For a more hands-on experience, visitors can go fossil digging at Dinosaur World or see the lifesize replicas.

Glen Rose also boasts several other attractions including the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center and the Big Rocks Park.

Life-size dinosaur sculptures at the Heritage Museum of Texas Hill Country

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Caddo Lake State Park

Looking for an East Texas day trip? Caddo Lake is a great option.

The state park is home to many cypress trees and Spanish moss, making it a beautiful place to explore.

There are also plenty of opportunities for fishing, canoeing, and kayaking.

Visitors can camp or hike through the woods to see the wildlife or go birdwatching for a variety of local species.

Sunrise with cypress trees in the swamp of the Caddo Lake State Park Texas

Granbury is a charming small town in north Texas that makes for a perfect day trip from Fort Worth or Dallas.

The downtown area has many historic buildings, shops, and restaurants to explore.

Granbury Texas Civil War Hero Statue

Explore the charming town square and see popular attractions including the Hood County Courthouse, Granbury Opera House, and Granbury Railroad Depot Museum.

There are also several wineries in the area that offer tours and tastings.

Other must-visit spots include Lake Granbury, which offers excellent water sports and outdoor recreation as well as a sandy beach.

Views of Lake Granbury in Granbury Texas

Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park is a great day trip destination for those looking to explore the great outdoors.

The park offers hiking, camping, and scenic drives.

There are also plenty of opportunities to see wildlife including bighorn sheep, javelinas, and coyotes.

Big Bend is also home to one of the darkest night skies in the country, making it a great spot for stargazing.

Views of the Milky Way over Balanced Rock at Big Bend National Park in Texas

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Guadalupe Mountains National Park is another excellent option for outdoor lovers.

This is one of the most remote national parks in Texas and located close to the border with New Mexico.

It makes an excellent West Texas day trip.

Summit of Guadalupe Peak in Texas

Guadalupe Peak, the highest point in Texas, is located here and offers stunning views of the surrounding area.

There are also plenty of hiking trails, some of which lead to waterfalls and other natural features.

The park is home to a variety of plant and animal life, making it a great spot for wildlife watching.

Wooden Bridge on the Trail to Guadalupe Peak in West Texas

Located in the Piney Woods region of East Texas , Jefferson is amongst our favorite Texas small towns.

The town is known for its history and architecture, with plenty of historic buildings to explore.

Jefferson also has a lively downtown area that hosts events throughout the year.

Visitors can shop at antique stores or enjoy live music at one of the many venues in town.

cropped Stunning sunrise views at Palo Duro Canyon

Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Palo Duro Canyon is the second largest canyon in the country and offers stunning views of the landscape.

Popular activities at the park include hiking, camping, horseback riding, mountain biking, and birding.

See the Texas longhorn herd while you are here!

In the summer, visitors can also enjoy a musical production at the outdoor amphitheater.

Beautiful views of the Palo Duro Canyon from park visitor center

Port Aransas

Port Aransas is a popular beach town on the Gulf Coast of Texas.

The town is known for fishing, with multiple piers and boat launches available to visitors.

Beach lovers will enjoy the many miles of sandy beach area, and there are also several parks and nature trails in the area.

Horace Caldwell Fishing pier at Mustang Island in Port Aransas Texas

Beavers Bend State Park

Looking for a great outdoors destination in Oklahoma?

Beavers Bend State Park is a perfect choice.

The park has many miles of hiking trails, as well as opportunities for fishing, canoeing, and kayaking.

Visitors can also enjoy horseback riding or take a scenic drive through the park.

In the fall, the park is a popular spot for leaf-peeping as the leaves change color.

Hiking trails in fall at Lost Maples State Natural Area in Vanderpool Texas Hill Country

Arlington – One of the best urban day trips in Texas

Arlington is a city in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex that is home to many attractions.

Sports fans can tour AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, or Globe Life Park, home of the Texas Rangers.

Other popular attractions include Six Flags Over Texas – famous for its thrill rides and the Hurricane Harbor water park.

Kids Ride at Kemah Boardwalk near Houston Texas

Arlington is also home to many museums, including the Arlington Museum of Art and the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame.

Pedernales Falls State Park

Pedernales Falls State Park is a great spot for nature lovers.

The state park near Austin has many miles of hiking trails through wooded areas and along the Pedernales River.

Visitors can also enjoy swimming, fishing, and camping at the park.

In the fall, it’s a great spot to see the leaves change color.

Colorful sunset over the Pedernales River at Pedernales Falls State Park in Texas.Hill Country

Padre Island National Seashore

Located on the Gulf Coast, Padre Island National Seashore offers some of the most secluded beaches in Texas.

Visitors can enjoy swimming, surfing, and fishing, or simply relax on the beach and watch for marine life.

The park is also a popular spot for birding and visitors can see many different types of migratory birds throughout the year.

Camping on the Texas Gulf Coast at Padre Island National Seashore is an amazing experience

Davy Crockett National Forest

Davy Crockett National Forest is a U.S. National Forest located in East Texas.

The forest is a great destination for hikers, with miles of best Texas trails to explore.

Other recreation opportunities in the forest include camping, fishing, swimming, biking, picnicking, and bird watching.

Davy Crockett National Forest route in Texas

The forest is home to several species of animals and birds, including white-tailed deer, bobcat, coyote, opossum, armadillo, mockingbird, and woodpeckers.

It’s also ideal for hunters, as the forest is home to many different types of game.

In the fall months, it’s a popular spot for leaf-peeping as the leaves change color.

Texas Armadillo

Balmorhea State Park

Balmorhea State Park is located in the West Texas desert.

The park is home to the world’s largest spring-fed swimming pool.

Visitors can also enjoy hiking, camping, and picnicking at the park.

Creek at Balmorhea State Park in West Texas

Rockport is a seaside town on the Gulf Coast of Texas.

The town is known for its stunning natural beauty, with many beaches and parks along the coast.

Fishermen will love Rockport’s many fishing piers and boat launches, while beach lovers can enjoy miles of sandy shoreline.

Other popular activities in Rockport include bird watching and shopping.

Famous large oak tree in Rockport Texas on the Gulf Coast

Texas State Railroad, Palestine

The Texas State Railroad is a popular attraction for visitors to Palestine in East Texas.

This historic railway runs through the beautiful countryside of the region, offering scenic views and plenty of opportunities for hiking, biking, and wildlife viewing.

Visitors can enjoy a day trip train excursion in spring to see the dogwoods and in fall to see the foliage.

In winter, the railroad hosts the popular Polar Express train excursion where kids can meet Santa Claus.

Vintage steam locomotive of the Texas state Railroad in Palestine, Texas

Lake Texoma

Lake Texoma is a popular North Texas day trip from Dallas for families.

Located along the border between Texas and Oklahoma, Lake Texoma is one of the largest lakes in the United States.

It is known for its diverse ecosystem and abundant wildlife.

View of Lake Texoma at Eisenhower State Park outside Denison Texas

This beautiful lake attracts visitors from all over the region with its serene, clear waters and scenic surroundings.

The clear waters are teeming with fish, including bass, crappie, and catfish.

Canyon Lake

Canyon Lake is a popular destination for water sports enthusiasts in Central Texas.

Visitors can enjoy swimming, boating, sailing, water skiing, and hiking at Canyon Lake .

Canyon Lake is one of the most popular water sport destinations near san Antonio, Texas

Guadalupe River State Park located nearby is popular for river-tubing.

In addition to the water recreation, Canyon Lake is also a great spot for camping and wildlife viewing.

Our favorite Texas day trip during the holiday season!

Grapevine, located just outside of Dallas, is the Christmas Capital of Texas.

During the season, visitors can enjoy a variety of holiday festivals, including an annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

The town also boasts charming shops and restaurants, as well as a historic downtown area.

Grapevine is undoubtedly one of the best places to spend Christmas in Texas .

Midpoint of Route 66 exactly 1139 Miles away from either Chicago as well as Los Angeles in Adrian Texas

Take a road trip along Route 66 in the Texas panhandle to Adrian, Texas!

Adrian is the mid-point of Route 66 and is home to the iconic Midpoint Cafe.

Along the way, visit Cadillac Ranch on a short day trip from downtown Amarillo .

This quirky public art installation features ten Cadillacs buried nose-down in the ground.

Cadillac Graveyard Amarillo Texas

Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi is another excellent Gulf Coast option for a day trip.

The city offers plenty of opportunities for fishing, swimming, and boating.

Visitors can also explore the USS Lexington Museum, the Texas State Aquarium, or the South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center.

You will also find several amazing beaches in Corpus Christi .

Views of Corpus Christi skyline from the bay

Our favorite day trip from Austin is to Wimberley , a charming town in the Texas Hill Country.

This quaint town has art galleries, antique shops, charming bed and breakfasts, and plenty of restaurants.

Outdoor enthusiasts can visit Blue Hole Regional Park for hiking, swimming, and cliff-diving.

Beautiful swimming hole at Wimberley, Texas

Canton, Texas is amongst best day trips in Texas for shopping and antique lovers.

The town is home to the First Monday Trade Days, the largest flea market in the United States.

Held on the first Monday of every month, this massive market features thousands of vendors selling everything from clothes to furniture to handmade goods.

Buy Texas souvenirs and beach decor while visiting Galveston Texas

Monahans Sandhills State Park

Monahans Sandhills State Park is a must-visit for anyone spending time in West Texas.

This unique state park is home to miles of sand dunes that are perfect for hiking, picnicking, and camping.

Visitors can also enjoy sandboarding and off-road vehicle driving in the park.

Monahans Sandhills State Park near Monahans Texas is famous for its sand dunes

Texas is a large state with a diverse range of landscapes and activities to enjoy.

No matter what your interests are, you’ll find plenty of options for day trips in Texas.

So pack your car and a sense of adventure, and get ready to explore all that the Lone Star State has to offer!

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Awesome Birthday Places in Austin For Adults

Birthdays are the perfect opportunity to gather friends and loved ones to celebrate the gift of life. However, knowing what to do on your birthday is often difficult. Luckily, in Texas, there is no shortage of birthday outings for adults or birthday party ideas Austin. Read on how to create cherished memories that will last a lifetime. Whether you’re looking for birthday vacation ideas, a thrilling adventure, or the best birthday lunch spots, Austin’s no shortage of places for birthday locations for adults. On the last Saturday of April, don’t forget to celebrate Eeyore's birthday party, which includes live music, food and drink vending, colorful costumes, and large drum circles.

Are you looking for things to do for my birthday in Austin? It’s a city full of cool, fun adult birthday ideas for adults. In this post, we have compiled a list of the best places to celebrate your birthday Austin,TX. Fasten your seatbelt and dive into the best spots to take those Happy Birthday Austin images. So, where can I celebrate my birthday in Austin?

1. Peter Pan Mini Golf

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Almost everyone loves mini-golf, and Peter Pan Mini Golf tops the list of places to celebrate your birthday in Austin. The course is on Barton Springs Road and features two 18-hole courses with imaginative designs and colorful obstacles.

The mini-golf spot is perfect for a fun-filled birthday party. They also offer private outdoor spaces for parties, and you can reserve a table for birthday celebrations in advance. One of several cheap places to go for birthday celebrations where you’ll have just as much fun.

Peter Pan Mini Golf 1207 Barton Springs Rd Austin, TX 78704 United States

Phone: +1 512-472-1033

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2. Odd Duck

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If you’re looking to celebrate your birthday by indulging in some mouth-watering cuisine, Odd Duck is the perfect spot. This South Lamar restaurant is known for its unique and innovative dishes that change daily, depending on the availability of ingredients.

Odd Duck’s menu features locally sourced, farm-to-table cuisine that will tantalize your taste buds and which makes it one of several nice birthday dinner restaurants. You can enjoy your birthday dinner with cocktails on their outdoor seating or indoor cozy setup.

Odd Duck 1201 S Lamar Blvd Austin, TX 78704 United States

Phone: +1 512-433-6521

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3. Texas Trail Rides

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Are you an adventure seeker? Why not celebrate your birthday with horseback riding at Texas Trail Rides? This place was featured in the classic movie "Dazed and Confused."

Experience the scenic trails and breathtaking views as you explore the Texas wilderness on horseback. You can book your trail ride for a half-day or full day depending on your preference, making for an eventful birthday.

Texas Trail Rides 8601 Bluff Springs Rd. Austin, TX United States

Phone: +1 512-697-9722

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4. Lady Bird Lake

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If you’re looking for an outdoor adventure and want to celebrate your birthday away from the city’s hustle and bustle, head to Lady Bird Lake.

This spot offers a variety of water activities, such as kayaking and paddleboarding, which are perfect for a group birthday celebration. Book your paddleboard or kayak in advance to avoid queueing, and ensure you enjoy the best of Austin’s natural beauty and find plenty of free birthday stuff to make your day special.

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5. Punch Bowl Social

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Celebrate your birthday in style with some bowling, PlayStation, and vintage arcade games at Punch Bowl Social. Located on Rock Rose Ave, this place is perfect for birthday parties with friends. They also offer space for private events, and you can book in advance to enjoy access to their karaoke lounge. The Punch Bowl Social is an ideal kid birthday party Austin destination.

Punch Bowl Social 11310 Domain Dr Austin, TX 78758 United States Phone: +1 512-368-9070

Punch Bowl Social 522 Congress Ave. Austin, TX 78701 United States Phone: +1 512-549-8937

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6. VIP Bowling at Pinstack

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Looking for a luxurious birthday experience? Pinstack is just the place for you. This place offers VIP bowling packages that include a private suite, personal butler service, and premium food and beverage options, perfect for a special birthday celebration. One of several Austin fun places for boy birthday parties.

At Pinstack, you can enjoy delicious food and drinks while laughing about the perfect strike.

VIP Bowling at Pinstack 500 W Canyon Ridge Dr Austin, TX 78753 United States

Phone: +1 512-580-0555

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7. Austin Comedy Shows

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If you want to enjoy a good laugh on your special day, Austin is the perfect place for you. The city has a thriving comedy scene, and you can easily find a show to suit your tastes.

Check out Cap City Comedy Club, where you can enjoy performances by local and national comedians. Or head to ColdTowne Theater, where you can enjoy improv shows that are sure to have you in stitches.

Cap City Comedy Club Bldg B, 11506 Century Oaks Terrace Unit 100 Austin, TX 78758 United States

Phone: +1 512-467-2333

ColdTowne Theater 1700 E 2nd St Austin, TX 78702 United States

Phone: +1 512-814-8696

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8. The Elephant Room

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If you’re looking for a more sophisticated way to celebrate your birthday, consider heading to The Elephant Room.

This upscale jazz club boasts live music most nights of the week, and you can enjoy a few drinks while taking in the atmosphere. The venue attracts top musicians from across the country, so you’re sure to have a great time.

The Elephant Room Swift Building, 315 Congress Ave. Austin, TX 78701 United States

Phone: +1 512-473-2279

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9. Parkside

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If you’re a foodie, consider celebrating your birthday at Parkside. This award-winning restaurant offers contemporary American cuisine and is known for its excellent seafood dishes. You can also enjoy cocktails and wine from the extensive menu.

The venue is perfect for groups, so gather your friends and family and enjoy a night to remember.

Parkside 301 E 6th St Austin, TX 78701 United States

Phone: +1 512-474-9898

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10. Wonderspaces

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For a unique birthday experience, head to Wonderspaces. This interactive art exhibit is a feast for the senses, with installations that range from awe-inspiring to thought-provoking. You can explore the exhibits at your leisure and take as many photos as you like.

Wonderspaces is the perfect place to celebrate your creativity and start your next year of life with a sense of wonder.

Wonderspaces 1205 Sheldon Cove #2A Austin, TX 78753 United States

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11. Barbarellas

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If you’re looking for a wild and memorable night out, Barabarellas is the place to be. This iconic dance club is known for its eclectic mix of music and lively dance floor.

You can rent a VIP booth or bottle service if you want to celebrate your birthday in style, or simply hit the dance floor with your friends and let loose.

Barbarellas 611 Red River St Austin, TX 78701 United States

Phone: +1 512-476-7766

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12. The Escape Game Austin

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For a unique and challenging birthday adventure, book a session at The Escape Game Austin. This immersive experience puts you and your friends in a themed room, where you must solve puzzles and clues to escape before time runs out.

It’s a great way to celebrate your team spirit and test your problem-solving skills. The Escape Game is great as kids birthday party ideas and is one of several great places to go for 16th birthday.

The Escape Game Austin 405 Red River St Austin, TX 78701 United States

Phone: +1 512-643-0043

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13. Lake Travis Zipline Adventures

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For the ultimate adrenaline rush, head to Lake Travis Zipline Adventures. This zipline course features five ziplines that soar over the gorgeous Texas Hill Country.

You can also enjoy various other activities, such as kayaking and hiking. Lake Travis Zipline Adventures is the perfect place to celebrate your sense of adventure and make your birthday truly unforgettable.

Lake Travis Zipline Adventures 14529 Pocohontas Trail Volente, TX 78641 United States

Phone: +1 512-614-1996

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14. Dirty Sixth Street

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Known for its vibrant nightlife, Dirty Sixth Street is a great place to celebrate your birthday with friends. You'll find a variety of bars, music venues, and restaurants that stay open late.

From dance parties to karaoke nights, there's always something happening on this famous street. On the same street, there are some of the best restaurants for birthday dinners. Popular spots include Blind Pig Pub, The Thirsty Nickel, and Maggie Mae's, among numerous other good birthday places to eat.

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15. Rodeo Austin

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If you're a fan of rodeo events, why not celebrate your birthday at Rodeo Austin? This annual event takes place every March and features bull riding, barrel racing, concerts, carnival rides, and more.

In addition to the rodeo events, you can also check out the BBQ cook-off, petting zoo, and shopping booths. This is a family-friendly event that's perfect for all ages.

Rodeo Austin 9100 Decker Lake Rd Austin, TX 78724 United States

Phone: +1 512-919-3000

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16. Rent A Boat On Lake Austin

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Consider renting a boat on Lake Austin for a more relaxing birthday celebration. This beautiful lake is surrounded by lush greenery and offers stunning city skyline views.

You can rent a pontoon boat, a kayak, or a paddleboard and spend the day cruising around the lake. Some rental companies also offer guided boat tours, sunset cruises, and party boats.

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17. Trapeze Classes At Sky Candy

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If you're looking for a unique and adventurous way to celebrate your birthday, try taking trapeze classes at Sky Candy. This aerial arts studio offers classes for all skill levels, from beginners to advanced students.

You'll learn how to swing, flip, and fly through the air while hanging from a trapeze bar. This is a great way to conquer your fears and try something new.

Sky Candy 1023 Springdale Rd #8a Austin, TX 78721 United States

Phone: +1 512-800-4998

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18. Bowl & Bull

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This unique combination of a bowling alley and a bull-riding machine is a great place to celebrate your birthday with friends. You can rent a private party room or reserve a lane for bowling and then take turns riding the mechanical bull.

The venue also features a bar that serves craft beer, cocktails, and snacks. It's a fun and playful way to spend an evening with your friends.

Bowl & Bull 501 W 6th St #200 Austin, TX 78701 United States

Phone: +1 512-992-0707

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19. Capital Cruises

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Take your birthday celebration to the water with a boat tour from Capital Cruises. You can choose from various tour options, including sightseeing tours, bat-watching tours, and sunset cruises.

The boats have comfortable seating, restrooms, and a bar serving drinks and snacks. This is a great way to see the city from a different perspective and create lasting memories.

Capital Cruises 208 Barton Springs Rd Austin, TX 78704 United States

Phone: +1 512-480-9264

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20. Lake Austin Spa Resort

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For the ultimate birthday trip, treat yourself to a spa day at Lake Austin Spa Resort. This luxurious spa offers a variety of treatments, including massages, facials, body wraps, and more.

You can also take yoga and fitness classes, relax in the hot tubs, or swim in the heated pool. The resort also offers excellent dining options with locally sourced and organic ingredients.

Lake Austin Spa Resort 1705 S Quinlan Park Rd Austin, TX 78732 United States

Phone: +1 512-372-7300

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Special birthday outing ideas for adults create memorable celebrations. So, whether you enjoy a family meal at your favorite restaurant or create the best Barbie party in Austin, make the event something to remember. The recommended bday ideas on this list will ensure your birthday celebration in Austin is unforgettable, but just to be sure, take plenty of main event Austin photos to cherish. Also, don’t forget to check out Austin birthday freebies when booking. Companies sometimes offer gift certificates or freebies based on the use of their app.

There are thousands of birthday destinations USA - the only limit is your imagination! From an Austin Aquarium Birthday Party to an Austin Park and pizza birthday party, and many more to celebrate a birthday near me. Of course, birthdays aren’t just for a toddler birthday party; there are plenty of 25th-birthday destinations and 30th-birthday destinations in the state, too. If your birthday celebration is during the festive season, combine it with Christmas events in Austin for extra appeal. Try out a few places on this list and create a birthday adventure that’s unique to you. You’re bound to find your best birthday trip and getaway ideas. Cheers to another year of life!

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Parties can be more work than they’re worth, but birthday trips are always worth the time and energy. If you’re looking for the best places to go on your birthday, the South has plenty of great destinations where you can celebrate in style. Whether you want to splurge on a 21 st birthday getaway with your friends or are seeking a quiet couple’s weekend for your 50 th birthday, we’ve got ideas for travelers at every stage of their lives. For those with loved ones approaching milestone birthdays, forget the surprise party. Ditch the guest lists, streamers, and Publix grocery store cake , and give them a birthday experience they’ll remember forever. Here are the best birthday trip ideas for every age.

Nashville, Tennessee

Nashvegas may be known as bachelorette party central, but the city’s mix of Honky Tonks and swanky bars also makes it a great place to ring in a 21 st birthday. Treat yourself to a shopping day in the 12 South neighborhood, where you’ll find a healthy collection of boutiques like Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James alongside national retailers. Make dinner reservations at new East Nashville hotspot, Noko , or at Sean Brock’s acclaimed tasting menu-only restaurant June . Then, gear up for a big night out on Broadway. If you can snag a reservation to the Dolly Parton-inspired bar atop the Graduate Nashville hotel, there’s not a better, pinker, or more over-the-top spot to celebrate the occasion. A picture with the giant Dolly statue at White Limozeen is reason enough to go. The bar is 21+ after 7 p.m., so you’ll have a perfect opportunity to show off your newly legal license.

Austin, Texas

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There’s a palpable energy that runs through this college town that’s famous for keeping things weird. Cheers to turning 21 by sipping on a giant margarita on Joe T. Garcia’s colorful and often-crowded garden patio. If the weather is warm, spend the day swimming, lounging, and people watching on the grassy hills around Barton Springs, or rent a paddleboard and see the city from a different vantage point on Lady Bird Lake. Austin’s dining scene leaves nothing to be desired, whether you’re in the mood for authentic Tex-Mex, real-deal Texas barbecue, or want to sit down at a stylish restaurant for dinner. The city developed its reputation as a music town, so seeing a live show is a must. A visit to the Continental Club , often called the “granddaddy of live music venues” is a rite of passage befitting of your 21 st .  

New Orleans, Louisiana

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Every day is a celebration on Bourbon Street, so why not make the party that much better by bringing your big day to the Crescent City? The great thing about New Orleans is that it has range. From the grittiest of dive bars to the nicest white-tablecloth establishments, New Orleans is a city that does it all—and a place where you can experience it all. Simply strolling up and down Royal Street in the French Quarter, with its excess of shops, galleries, restaurants, and street performers, is an adventure. The birthday girl or boy can embark on tasting tour around town to sample some of the city’s many signature drinks. Frozen Irish Coffee at Erin Rose, a Hurricane at Pat O. Brien’s, and a Pimm’s Cup at Napoleon House are just a few to whet your whistle. And of course, it wouldn’t be a trip to New Orleans without eating your way through town . For a special night out, make reservations at a classic spot like Brennan’s or splashy newcomer like Lengua Madre . You can’t go wrong either way.

It’d be a missed opportunity to turn the big 3-0 and not celebrate at a place that literally has the number 30 in its name. Named for the Scenic Highway that runs for 24 miles along Florida’s Gulf Coast, this idyllic vacation destination is known for its unique beachside communities that each have a style of their own. From the stunning upscale architecture of Alys Beach to the charming Mayberry feel of the town square in Seaside, there’s a beach town to suit every personality. Of course, the gorgeous sugar-white sands and turquoise waters are the big draw here–and there’s plenty of room for you and your closest friends to park your chairs for a day of chatting and relaxing in the sun. When the sun starts to go down, all you’ll have to do is decide which of 30A’s excellent restaurants you want to dine at. You can’t beat the views from Bud & Alley’s first-come-first-serve upstairs deck, but on the other hand there’s no place livelier or more ready for a party than The Red Bar .

Miami, Florida

Miami's energy is electric, which makes it the ideal place to ring in a milestone birthday. We guarantee that not a single second of your birthday trip will be boring if you spend it in this colorful, multicultural city. Start your day by getting the perfect 30 th birthday Instagram picture in front of a bright and bold mural at Wynwood Walls , the city’s original outdoor street art museum. For lunch, sit down at trendy KoKo for authentic Mexican cuisine in a beautifully designed space, or spend time in the vintage dining room at Versailles Restaurant , known for its Cuba sandwiches. Feed off the city’s unmatched energy by spending the day at a beach club on South Beach, where you’ll feel like you’ve been whisked away to a tropical island in the Caribbean. Not in the mood for a crowd? Charter a private boat to take you and your pals for a cruise.

Texas Hill Country

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A trip to Napa’s wine country is a classic birthday trip that’s especially popular for those in the 30s and 40s crowds. If flying across the country to California feels a bit out of reach (or maybe like a little too much), the high concentration of excellent wineries in the Texas Hill Country are a compelling alternative. Book a couple nights in one of the Hill Country’s many plush resorts ( Camp Lucy and Miraval Austin are both great options), then spend your days sipping wine in the company of some truly stunning scenery. Let Texas’s rolling hills, green countryside, and famous wildflowers create the perfect backdrop to an unforgettable birthday trip.

St. Augustine, Florida

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Compelling history meets unbeatable Florida sunshine in this small town that was voted as our readers’ favorite in 2023. There’s no better place to reflect on the passing of time, as one often does on landmark birthdays, than in one of the country’s oldest destinations. And St. Augustine proves that good things come with time. Take a tour of the sizable but entirely walkable downtown to see striking Spanish Renaissance architecture represented on Flagler College’s stunning campus and at the Lightner Museum. Stop to refuel at Boat Drinks , a colorful tiki-inspired bar and eatery centrally located on George Street. The great thing about St. Augustine is that is essentially two destinations in one. When your dogs are barking and you’re ready to trade city strolling for sun-kissed skin and an ocean breeze, head to Anastasia State Park , a 1,600-acre nature preserve with deserted beaches that’s less than 10 minutes from downtown.

Charleston, South Carolina

There’s no denying our love for this classic Southern destination. After all, our readers vote Charleston as their favorite city year after year. If you haven’t been yet, use your 40 th birthday as an excuse to check this bucket list destination of your list. And if you have had the pleasure of visiting before, a birthday is an equally good reason to plan a return trip. To do Charleston right for your 40 th , book a stay at a grand hotel like The Mills House or Hotel Bennett , both of which are located in walking distance of favorite attractions like King Street (for unbeatable shopping) and Rainbow Row. Then, plan a dream trip based on your interests. History buffs should check out the brand-new International African American History Museum. Art lovers will want to pop into local galleries and visit the Gibbes Museum of Art. And everyone will agree to dedicating several days to making a dent in the incredible dining scene

Highlands, North Carolina

The Old Edwards Inn and Spa in Highlands

If a quiet weekend away sounds like just the way to jumpstart a new decade of life, consider Highlands. The charming mountain town nestled within the Nantahala National Forest, which means gorgeous vistas and opportunities to explore and enjoy the great outdoors abound. However, that’s far from the only thing Highlands has going for it. Treat yourself to a stay at the Old Edwards Inn and Spa , a far cry from a rustic cabin in the woods. The luxury resort is the pinnacle of mountainside elegance. Find excellent farm-to-table cuisine at the resort’s many restaurants like Madison’s and Four65 Woodfire Bistro + Bar, and definitely book an appointment at the European-inspired spa. The last thing you should have on your birthday is a worry, and Old Edwards, it’s hardly possible.

Savannah, Georgia

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This beloved Southern city is as timeless as you, and that’s saying a lot. As the state of Georgia’s oldest city, Savannah has had a long and colorful history, but one thing that’s remained stayed consistent throughout the years is the city’s undeniable charm. Walk the cobblestoned River Street, where you can get great views of the Savannah River while popping into some the destination’s most iconic spots like River Street Sweets , which coincidentally celebrated its 50 th birthday in 2023, and Wet Willie’s , where frozen daiquiris await. If your sweetie (good bless ‘em) has suffered a fair share of missing the mark when it comes to picking out gifts, buy your own birthday gift at the 5,200-square-foot dream store known as The Paris Market and Brocante .

The Greenbrier

Located in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, The Greenbrier has more than earned its moniker as America’s Resort over the past 200 years. The National Historic Landmark, which encompasses 11,000 sprawling acres that contain not only the main resort, but also estate homes, cottages, four world-class golf courses, 19 dining options, and a shopping village where you can find everything from handmade jewelry to designer clothing. If you’re feeling lucky (and who wouldn’t be on their birthday), you can take a spin on the slots or sit down at a blackjack table in the Casino Club. If your birthday happens to fall around Christmas or Easter, you’re in for a real treat as the resort dresses up extra special for both occasions.

Marco Island, Florida

This laidback island on Florida’s Paradise Coast is so picturesque you might mistake your visit for a dream. Marco Island, along with its sister island Sanibel, is known for its unspoiled beaches, abundant wildlife, and a healthy collection of oceanfront resorts where you can set up home base for the weekend. Part of Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands, a string of isles that pops up at the meeting point of the Everglades and the Gulf of Mexico, there’s no better place to commemorate half a century of living. When you’re not searching for shells on favorite Tigertail Beach, head into the town’s historic district to explore shops, restaurants, and galleries housed in brightly colored coastal shanties. For an unforgettable birthday meal, snag a table on the patio at Snook Inn or at the beachfront Kane Tiki Bar & Grill .

Alexandria, Virginia

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Old-school charm is the name of the game at this waterfront town that’s known for its colonial era contributions. For a blast from the past, visit Gadsby’s Tavern , a fine dining restaurant that’s been open since 1770 and was a favorite spot for all five of the U.S.’s first presidents. Find modern-day stars up and down King Street, a mile-long thoroughfare that’s home to unique local boutiques, farm-to-table restaurants, cafes, and art galleries. Spend time soaking in sparkling Potomac riverfront and check into one of the city’s many charming boutique hotels. If you’re a spring baby, you may even be able to make your visit coincide with the area’s famously beautiful cherry blossom season.

Ocean Springs, Mississippi

The lovely thing about this coastal Mississippi town is its just quiet enough, without ever teetering toward boring. This means you can have a relaxing day on the beach without having to worry about staking out your sliver of sand, but when night falls, you won’t be stuck inside with nothing to do. The hotels and stays in Ocean Spring are decidedly stylish. Treat yourself to a floating cabin at The Beatnik , a posh room in downtown’s The Hemingway boutique hotel, or a spacious suite at longtime favorite inn The Roost . Artsy folk will love visiting the Walter Anderson Museum , the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Arts Center , and the many galleries and workshops of local artists that span downtown. The best place to have your birthday dinner is Vestige , owned by James Beard-nominated chef Alex Perry. There you’ll have the opportunity to savor a creative five-course tasting menu that you’re guaranteed to think about for many birthdays to come.

Blackberry Farm

A birthday as momentous as your 60 th calls for an equally significant celebration trip. And there’s no place that screams special occasion like Blackberry Farm. Located in Walland, Tennessee, Blackberry Farm is the gold standard when it comes to not only Southern resorts but luxury resorts everywhere. Its stunning 4,200 acres in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains offers a host of activities from fly fishing in nearby Hesse Creek to horseback riding to paddle sports to cycling. If you’re hoping for a more relaxing trip, the award-winning Wellhouse Spa is the place to be pampered. The farm is perhaps most well-known for its outstanding food and beverage program that brings together the immense talents of first-rate butchers, foragers, cheesemakers, chefs, master gardeners, bakers, and sommeliers. This is the kind of trip you plan for years, then relive in your head for years after you’ve returned home.

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20 Birthday Trip Ideas for Every Type of Traveler

Travel is the best gift — here are 20 birthday trip ideas to help you celebrate.

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Happy birthday to you! When it comes to celebrating another trip around the sun, the only thing better than presents and cake is traveling (but don't let anyone stop you from having all three). Read on for the best birthday trip ideas from sea to shining sea — and beyond.

1. Tulum, Mexico

Gather a group of friends and enter a new year of life with a clear mind after spending your birthday in the spiritual center of Tulum . Located along Mexico's gorgeous Riviera Maya, the Caribbean coastline, replete with crystal clear waters and white sand beaches, means you'll welcome another year on Earth in one of its most beautiful locales. Known for its yoga retreats, jungle cenotes, sacred ceremonies, and Mayan ruins, Tulum is the perfect place to center your mind and reconnect with nature. The city also has plenty of hotels, restaurants, and shopping to keep you busy when you want to leave the peace of the jungles and beaches behind.

2. New York, New York

You can't beat the energy of New York City for marking a major milestone, especially growing older. Plus, the city that never sleeps is guaranteed to keep you young because there's always something new to see and do. No matter how you hope to celebrate, New York City has it — from live entertainment and gorgeous green spaces to Instagram-famous foodie finds. Every season has something different to offer, so the Big Apple makes for a festive birthday trip idea no matter your birthday month.

Book a room at the Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel for a stay in the heart of all the action, where you can fall asleep among the glow of neon lights — and enjoy a birthday fit for a movie scene.

3. Laguna Beach, California

For a truly pampered birthday trip idea, head to Laguna Beach , where you'll find the ultimate Southern California escape, complete with sunshine, surf, shopping, and spa treatments. A quirky yet chic beach town about an hour south of Los Angeles , Laguna is home to surf shops, art galleries, and eateries featuring everything from to-go tacos to fine dining — it truly has something for everyone.

There's no better place to stay than the oceanfront Montage Laguna Beach , where your party can share a private villa or book spacious adjoining suites, enjoy views for miles from the stunning Mosaic Pool , take a scenic stroll along immaculately manicured paths, or hit one of the area's most beautiful stretches of white-sand beach. Enjoy luxurious treatments at Spa Montage , from massages using California wildflowers to romantic couples' experiences.

4. Maui, Hawaii

If Hawaii has long been on your "someday" list, let your birthday provide the excuse you've been waiting for to finally book that flight and just go for it. Regardless of your age, Hawaii has lots to do, great places to eat, and cultural experiences to enrich your global education, while the greens and blues of Maui's tropical landscape offer a feast for the eyes. Try something new on your visit, whether that's learning to surf or sampling a spoonful of purple poi. To really celebrate your birthday with a bang, make sure a traditional hula performance is on the itinerary.

5. Train Journey Through Italy

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If you know of a better way to celebrate a birthday than all the pizza, pasta, gelato, and wine your heart desires, then please alert the presses. Otherwise, head straight to Italy for a travel birthday bonanza — there are few better ways to explore the dreamscape that is Italia than to see as much of the boot as you can by train. Include highlights like Florence , the Cinque Terre , and Tuscany (Italy's heavenly wine region) for the kind of trip that might make you pick up scrapbooking again.

6. Charlotte, North Carolina

If melt-in-your-mouth BBQ and outdoor adventures are right up your alley, look no further than Charlotte for the ideal birthday trip destination. Home to the U.S. National Whitewater Center — where you can find whitewater rafting, biking, zip lines, live music, and craft brews all in one action-packed location — and the fragrant pits of drool-worthy Noble Smoke , Charlotte promises great eats and a great time.

Looking for more? Charlotte is also home to the NASCAR Hall of Fame , the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art , and the NoDa Art District . If you're traveling with a group, head to Optimist Hall , where everyone can enjoy a meal of their choosing from local food vendors.

7. Santa Fe, New Mexico

If all you want to do on your birthday is relax and unwind, plan an indulgent spa retreat to the American Southwest and put Santa Fe at the top of your list. At the Ojo Santa Fe Spa Resort , you'll find spring-fed waters and the opportunity to soak in blissful thermal pools following a top-notch spa treatment; healthy, nourishing farm-to-table meals are also included with your stay. It's the perfect getaway, especially for a solo birthday trip or a quiet retreat with a loved one.

8. Mykonos, Greece

If you really want to fete your birthday in style, there's no better place to do so than the party destination of Mykonos. Located in Greece's Cyclades islands, Mykonos captures the picturesque beaches and white churches most people associate with a Greek Island vacation . But, what makes this place most appealing for birthday trips, especially for groups of friends, is its famous beach parties and thriving nightlife scene, allowing travelers to celebrate from sun-up to sun-down. Check in to The Wild Hotel by Interni for exclusive private access to the beautiful Kalafatis Beach , located below the hotel's cliffs.

9. Vail, Colorado

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If you enjoy being active, Vail should top your birthday trip ideas list. You can snowboard and ski in the winter on Vail's renowned slopes — and who doesn't want to indulge in the pleasures of après ski for their birthday? — or hike among blankets of wildflowers in the spring and summer. Book a birthday dinner in a woodsy lodge for the full experience.

10. Backpack Through Thailand

Fly the distance to Southeast Asia for an unforgettable adventure packed with amazing views, flavorful dishes, and a welcoming culture, both from local residents and the country's large community of international ex-pats. Thailand is a popular dream trip destination for many, so what better reason to plan a trip than for your birthday?

Whether you go solo, with a friend or partner, or with a group of friends, Thailand is sure to please — the reason for its popularity among travelers is immediately obvious upon touchdown. Plus, Americans can stretch their dollars further here than many other places in the world, making it a great place to splurge on an all-out birthday bash.

11. Las Vegas, Nevada

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Las Vegas is a classic destination for celebrations of every kind, and birthdays are no exception. Whether you're in it to win big at the casinos or splurge on world-class shows, birthdays present a much-needed excuse to run wild in Sin City. For a little balance, consider adding on a road trip through Nevada's deserts , stopping to check out roadside art and Gold Rush ghost towns along the way.

12. Chicago, Illinois

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With lots to do, see, and eat in Chicago — and sprawling views from spots like Skydeck Chicago at Willis Tower — it's a great place to ring in another year. Get out on the water or spend your days exploring museums and galleries, depending on what suits your fancy. And no worries if your birthday's in the winter: after ice skating along the Maggie Daley Park Ice Skating Ribbon, you can warm up with a piping-hot deep-dish pizza, a Chicago classic.

Swissotel Chicago provides well-situated digs located within walking distance of many attractions, including the shops of Magnificent Mile. Book a corner room for views of the Chicago River, Navy Pier, and Lake Michigan.

13. Toronto, Canada

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Those looking to skip the long flights often associated with international travel should consider our neighbor to the north for their next birthday destination. Toronto 's thriving music, food, and entertainment landscape means visitors never lack fun things to do in Canada's largest city. Explore the culture of the 6ix by taking a street art crawl or spending the day at one of the city's various museums and galleries. If you're a spring or summer baby, turn another year older at a Toronto music or film festival. And, of course, there's plenty of fall foliage and winter fun to enjoy in the colder months, when you can spend your birthday at the Toronto Light Festival or do a nearby winter getaway .

14. River Cruise Through Europe on U by Uniworld

London, Paris, Rome — sure, these are great places to turn another year older in Europe, but they've been done before. Instead, visit a lesser-known side of the continent by boarding a U by Uniworld cruise and rolling down the Rhine or floating down the Danube. Not your Grandma's stuffy river cruise, this line provides a fresh take on a method of traveling that's totally under-appreciated by everyone under 60 — built especially for the young and young-at-heart.

Whether you sail between Amsterdam and Brussels or explore Eastern Europe on a cruise connecting Vienna and Prague, you'll never forget a birthday spent meandering Europe's scenic rivers on a luxurious cruise with locally-inspired food, fun-loving fellow passengers, and tons of activities, from biking or walking tours at the port to silent discos and stargazing onboard.

15. Savannah, Georgia

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No place does southern charm quite like Savannah . Stroll along the cobblestone streets, shaded by canopies of live oaks aged hundreds of years, and pop into the many award-winning eateries, like The Grey , housed in a former Greyhound Bus station. By night, book a ghost tour for some serious spooks (there are a ton of companies to choose from), after you've treated yourself to a generous scoop of Leopold's Ice Cream , of course. The Plant Riverside District is another main attraction, packed with shops, galleries, entertainment, restaurants and bars, nightlife, and a hotel, the JW Marriott Savannah — all housed within a repurposed power plant, now a one-stop-shop for merrymaking.

16. Napa Valley, California

(Almost) any age can appreciate a cultured jaunt through wine country, which explains why it's a long-popular birthday destination. Between the picturesque landscapes, enchanting towns, award-winning restaurants, and world-class wine, Napa Valley is an easy choice for a birthday to remember — and a real crowd-pleaser of a birthday trip idea if you're hoping to convince a group to join you.

17. Machu Picchu, Peru

More adventurous travelers might consider spending a birthday visiting Machu Picchu . Hike, bike, raft, or zip line to the ancient Incan city on one of the various local tours that take thousands of people to Machu Picchu each year. If you're a more low-key traveler but still want the experience without doing the whole three-day Inca Trail hike, take a scenic train ride from Cusco instead. Once you're acclimated, see why the famous Incan citadel, high in the Andes Mountains, is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Breathtaking views and complex stone architecture make this ancient astronomical observatory a must-see.

Before and after traveling to Machu Picchu, you'll most likely stay in the nearby town of Aguas Calientes, which offers plenty of lodging, eateries, shopping, its namesake thermal springs (which feel especially good after a long hike), and the Mariposario de Machupicchu butterfly sanctuary. You can also check out Cusco (Cuzco), a charming city full of hotels, restaurants, and UNESCO World Heritage architecture.

18. The Palm Beaches, Florida

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The Sunshine State promises a laid-back, fun-filled visit any time of year. While there are great places to visit in Florida from the Keys to the Panhandle, the Palm Beaches are Florida's crown jewel. Packed with art and culture , outdoor activities, world-class shopping, picturesque beaches, and every sort of entertainment, the area has something for everyone, whether you're looking for a chill escape in Lake Worth Beach , buzzing nightlife in Delray Beach , or a glamorous vacation spent rubbing elbows with the rich and famous in Palm Beach .

Want to really up the ante? Miami is just a one-hour ride away on the luxurious Brightline train. Head even further south by car and you'll hit the Florida Keys , where anything goes — especially on birthdays.

19. Alexandria, Virginia

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To enjoy your birthday to the fullest, head to underrated and affordable Old Town Alexandria , where you'll find both fascinating history and mouthwatering eats, as well as a happy marriage of Southern hospitality and mid-Atlantic sophistication. Stay at the Hotel Indigo Old Town Alexandria , located mere steps from easily walkable King Street, Old Town's main drag, complete with a clean, nautical vibe.

The city is charming, artsy, and packed with irresistible boutiques to shop in; best of all, Washington, D.C. , is just a 25-minute ride away on the Metro (and it'll only set you back about $5) — or you can simply enjoy the view of our nation's capital from across the Potomac River.

20. Reykjavík, Iceland

If unrivaled sights and some of the best hot springs in the world are on your birthday trip ideas list, you can't go wrong with Iceland's capital. Go for the city's famous lagoons and swimming pools , stay for Reykjavík's museums, galleries, theaters, and cafés. Enjoy local game at one of the nearby restaurants or go whale watching and sightseeing in Iceland's natural wonder. For the full experience, try horseback riding, glacier climbing, river rafting, and caving, among other popular activities.


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