Things to Do Around Texas
Part of the Hutto, Texas is appeal is its proximity to Austin and surrounding areas. Whether you are looking for things to do this weekend, next month, or next year, there is always something happening in Austin to keep you, and everyone in the family, busy. From Austin’s action-packed calendar of events to the little-known places that hold a lot of fun, you’ll never know what to expect when looking for things to do in and around Austin, Texas.
Visit the Texas Gulf Coast in 2020
If outdoor adventure in Texas is calling your name, visit Corpus Christi for fun on the water and fishing, water skiing, kayaking, and more. Sleep under the stars on the beach or enjoy a weekend of family activities. Take in bird watching, arts and culture, or just relax the day away on the beautiful beaches.
Home to Moody Gardens, Galveston is a well-known destination on the Gulf Coast of Texas. Enjoy amusement rides and delectable menus along the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier. Take in trails, fishing, and kayaking, or spend the day out on the boat or horseback riding along the beach.
A jewel along the Texas Gulf Coast is Matagorda Island. A 38-mile long barrier, you'll find Matagorda Island about seven miles off the coast of Port O'Connor. A secluded getaway amongst the natural beauty of the area is why many people take time out here.
Separated from the mainland by ferry, Port Aransas is a city on Mustang Island. Fish-filled waterways beckon fishermen from all over while the clean beaches and amazing pier call to beach lovers. Quaint shops and restaurants will satisfy your hunger at the end of a long fun-filled day. Then, head over to the little bars in the "downtown" area for happy hour.
Known as a wonderful retirement community, Rockport is rich in birdlife, fishing, arts, and a beautiful sculpture garden. You'll also find the historic Fulton Mansion with its gardens and learning center. Rockport is an ideal getaway for those looking to avoid huge beach crowds and appreciate the artistic side of the Gulf Coast at Texas.
BEACH PARK AT ISLA BLANCA (formerly Schlitterbahn)
Formerly Schlitterbahn, this family-fun center, known as Beach Park at Isla Blanca is an indoor and outdoor water park that guarantees a fun time for everyone in the family. A year-round attraction, the water park boasts a full-service restaurant, plenty of discovery, and stunning views of the Gulf Coast waters.
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND
Known as the resort town of Texas, or the Spring Break destination, South Padre promises pristine beaches and calm ocean waters. If you're not visiting for Spring Break, and birdwatching is your thing, you'll appreciate the 5-story watchtower to view spectacular sites of migrating birds. Stop by the South Padre Island Dolphin Research and Sealife Nature Center for boat tours and touch tanks.
Also known as Surfside, the natural beauty of this area is perfect for events you may be looking to host on the beach. Stahlman Park is available for rentals and ideal for weddings, reunions, company events, or a get together with friends. Surfside Beach also boasts plenty of restaurants, fishing, and four parks.
Plan a Road Trip in Texas in 2020
Approximately 17 miles north of Fredericksburg, TX you’ll find the mystical area of Enchanted Rock. Also, known as the “Spirit Song Rock” from native legends, there are many superstitions that plague the huge formation but visitors still come to see and hike the beautiful area.
Perhaps, just possibly, some of the finest Texas grown wine in the state, Messina Hof can be found in three locations, Fredericksburg, Grapevine, and Bryan. The Fredericksburg location is closest to Austin and boasts continuous wine tours and tastings. Visit MessinaHof.com to learn more about this delicious winery.
Plan a Day Trip in Texas in 2020
One of the best places to be during the hot Texas months is Guadalupe River for tubing and swimming fun to cool you off. Between South Austin and San Antonio, the perfect spot to enjoy the river is in New Braunfels. Rent a cottage for the weekend, enjoy live music, and taste great small town cuisine. It’s all here. Visit online at GuadalupeRiver.com.
Plenty of shade, cooling spring water, and the ideal location in Austin’s Hill Country to escape the hustle and bustle of Downtown Austin. Krause Springs is great for day trips or weekend camping excursions. Visit www.krausesprings.net.
Located at 5808 McKinney Falls Parkway in South Austin, McKinney Falls is one of those places to experience natural beauty and a diverse history while enjoying a relaxing day among waterfalls, fishing, walking trails, and swimming holes. Managed by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Visit tpwd.texas.gov to learn more about the State Park.
SNAKE FARM ANIMAL WORLD
For the reptile lovers in the family, visit Snake Farm Animal World in New Braunfels. There's so much more to this place than snakes and lizards however. Go see the new sloth addition and petting zoo for a wide variety of wild animals.
With ten bunkers, inflated obstacles, and Normandy-style trenches, Texas Paintball offers a day of fun and excitement. Perfect for family bonding, corporate events, and a friendly competition. Located in Jonestown.
Plan a West Texas Trip in 2020
BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK
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