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Top Texas Family Vacations
Every family needs bonding time, and sometimes that dark, cave-like basement and re-runs of TV sitcoms just aren't enough. Enter the great state of Texas where the sun shines strong, the pools shimmer in the hot afternoons, and the refreshments are nothing short of divine. Whether it's your headquarters for exploring what Texas has to offer, or your home-away-from-home where you spend all your time, staying in one of these 10 family vacation spots will be the best choice you make all year.

Ryson Vacation Rentals

Galveston, Texas

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More than 30 miles of open beaches welcome vacationers of all ages to Ryson Vacation Rentals! Families will flock to this fun center, where the roaming waves of the Gulf of Mexico teem with water-based fun like kayaking, fishing, and a wealth of water sports. Parents can tan on the sun-soaked beach shores while the little ones construct sand castles. Stay dry hiking through the lush landscape, sampling the fare at dozens of exceptional restaurants, and exploring the museums of the Historic District. After a fun-filled day, families can settle into their spacious condo. Sleeping up to 20, the entire clan will be accommodated here. Whether you're on the breathtaking beach or buzzing downtown area, you'll be sitting in the lap of luxury. Sparkling swimming pools, sprawling decks, and gas grills are just the tip of the iceberg here. Round up your family and discover this unmatched Galveston getaway!


2115 61st St #101a, Galveston, Texas 77551


Set off on a family fishing expedition! Whether casting from off your dock or casting off on a charter trip, you can reel in several species of fish like trout, redfish, and flounder.

Related activities

Galveston is humming with family fun all year round! Stop by for Yaga’s Wild Game Cook-Off, Chili-Fest, or frequent Art Walks throughout the year!

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Taking in Tanglewood’s golden glow and shoreside location to the glimmering Lake Texoma, it would be no surprise if you considered taking up permanent residence here. The beautiful lake stretches for miles and spans two states. Adjacent to Tanglewood is Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge. Twelve thousand acres of water, wetlands, prairie, and woods are crawling with cute critters and proud beasts. Father and son time has never been this fun with striped bass fishing just feet from your front door. Perfect your swing on Tanglewood’s Arnold Palmer and Ralph Plummer-designed 18-hole golf course. Or, if you don’t feel up to par, an appointment at Tranquility Spa will have you on your feet and in those heels or dress shoes in no time. Especially after being wrapped in pure crushed lavender mixed with lavender essential oil and shea butter. Yeah, it’s going to be hard to leave.


290 Tanglewood Circle, Pottsboro, TX 75076

Getting there

Tanglewood is one hour north of Dallas. From Dallas, travel north on U.S. Hwy. 75 and take Exit 69. Turn left onto Hwy. 120 and head west on Pottsboro. At the west end of town, Hwy. 120 makes a hard right; keep following Hwy. 120 and turn left at the resort’s entrance. Continue down the main road for another 2.5 miles until you arrive at Tanglewood Resort and Conference Center.

Related Onsite Offerings

Tanglewood has three outdoor swimming pools, a Jacuzzi, tennis courts, a volleyball court, horseshoe pitching, croquet, Lake Texoma fishing, and the Tranquility Spa for your leisure.


Log Country Cove

Burnet, Texas

View Website +1 (866) 389 - 4549

Log Country Cove is the ultimate family vacation destination. Newly constructed Canadian douglas fir log homes are as beautiful as they are sturdy, and just a moment’s walk from the glistening Lake LBJ. Any one of the 45 constructions will serve as an amenity rich headquarters for your Texas family adventure. Make family memories last with many photo opportunities of nature, wildlife, and each other! The pretty property is filled with activities to try. Dive into watersports like jet skiing, boating, fishing, or swimming. Tired out vacationers will coo at the sight of a big TV set and freshly barbequed meal. Thank dad and his perfect grilling skills for that. Swing off the rope swing and splash into family fun here at Log Coutnry Cove.


617 Log Country Cove, Burnet, Texas 78611


Waterfront views are undeniably gorgeous at Log Country Cove, settled in the prettiest part of the lake. A dazzling display of wild flowers sprinkled around granite outcroppings encapsulate the area, and live oak trees abound.

Fun facts

A fun atmosphere and bright surroundings are very conductive to love swirling in the breeze. The resort is a perfect wedding venue!


Port A Escapes

Port Aransas, Texas

View Website +1 (888) 328 - 0598

With more than 200 vacation rentals to choose from along the shores of the Gulf of Mexico, Port A Escapes offers the ideal destination for any family vacation, regardless of your travel needs.

With more than 18 miles of natural sand beaches, plenty of opportunities for beachfront shopping, world-class deep sea fishing excursions, and some of the finest cuisine in the Southern United States, everyone will enjoy a stay at Port A Escapes, and the city of Port Aransas. Book a tee time at Newport Dunes and Golf, or spend a day splashing around with the kids at Schlitterbahn Beach water park. In addition to all of these great things to do, you'll find the perfect fit when it comes to vacation rental accommodations. With vacation homes ranging from one to eight bedrooms, you'll be able to invite your entire extended family along with you to enjoy great amenities including a full kitchen, flat screen televisions, private swimming pools, and easy access to the beach. Wireless internet is available in most units, allowing you to stay connected throughout your vacation. Don't wait any longer to start planning your next Texas family vacation with the help of Port A Escapes.


1900 State Highway 361 Port Aransas, TX 78373

Related activities

Dolphin Watch Nature Tours is a local company that helps you to get a close up view of these unique mammals. Whether you plan a tour of the Lydia Ann Lighthouse, or are looking to learn more about the history of Port Aransas and the surrounding islands, Captains Gary and Susan have you covered.

Fun facts

Port A Escapes boats three 8-room vacation homes, all featuring private swimming pools and able to accommodate more than 20 people. These units will play the perfect host for your next Port Aransas family reunion!

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Featuring a close proximity to 1,100-acre McKinney Roughs Nature Park, Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa is as beautiful inside as it is out.

The incredibly comfortable rooms, luxurious amenities, and wealth of on-site recreation means that your family will never be bored. The friendly staff is just a call away at all times, so whatever you need can be easily provided. While the kids are having a blast in the pool, horseback riding, or practicing some archery, the adults will be melting into a puddle of pure serenity at the onsite spa. Afterwards hit up one of the always-delicious restaurants and simply ponder how lucky you are to be staying at Lost Pines.


575 Hyatt Lost Pines Rd, Cedar Creek, TX 78612

Related activities

There are also nine restaurants and bars, some featuring live entertainment.

Related Onsite Offerings

Among the many outdoor recreational activities are golf, horseback riding, tennis, archery, and river sports.


Cabin 71

Spicewood, Texas

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War, comfortable, and surrounded by pristine natural beauty, Cabin 71 is the serene remote getaway you and your family have always dreamed of!

A self-described "wooden work of art", Cabin 71 is beautiful both inside and out. Speaking of art, step inside and you'll find multiple paintings, done by the owners themselves! From the fully-furnished kitchen to the sizable hearth, this hill-country cabin hideaway will make you feel right at home. Outside your family will find dozens of opportunities for hiking, biking, and fun. Had enough isolation for a day? Head into nearby Austin for live music, shopping, vineyards, and incredible restaurants galore! Picturesque to a fault, cabin 71 gives you way more than 71 reasons to never want to leave.


22703 Hwy 71 W Spicewood , TX 78669


In the 2011 census, Spicewood had a population of 7,666.

Fun facts

The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters.


The Exotic Resort Zoo

Johnson City, Texas

View Website +1 (888) 414 - 5535

Amaze and delight your family with a trip to a zoo! "What?" You say, "That pretty normal. I want to take them somewhere memorable!" Well hold your horses! This particular zoo is unique in that you can STAY in it!

IF your family loves animals, there's simply not a better resort that The Exotic. This independently-owned and operated zoo safari resort is just as committed to its guests as it is to its over 700 animals (from 80 different species). Their several endangered species can't be seen very many other places, and visitors can enjoy their company and natural beauty. Meanwhile cabins are spacious and full of the modern charms you'd expect from a luxury resort, but lets be honest- you've come for the animals! Tours are led daily, some from car and others up close and personal. It's 137 wooded acres of unparalleled fun!


235 Zoo Trail, Johnson City, TX 78636


A free zoo tour with animal feeding and petting is included.

Related Onsite Offerings

Amenities include an outdoor pool with a waterfall, a shallow pool for kids and a hot tub.


Lone Star Yogi

Waller, Texas

View Website +1 (888) 466 - 5818

Friendly, clean, active – what more could you want f or a family vacation? It turns out, a lot more, and Lone Star Yogi campground has it all! From your friendly greeting from Yogi Bear, Cindi Bear, and Ranger Smith to your affectionate farewell, your stay at Lone Star Yogi is sure to be your most memorable campground experience to date. Premium RV sites, primitive camping sites, and lodging are all available to fit your family’s unique style of fun and adventure. Lodging options range from Boo Boo Cabins with mini-kitchens, to the Yogi on the Lake, featuring a full kitchen and three bedrooms. The view is beautiful in each and every direction and the serenity of nature pervades.


34843 Betka Rd, Waller, TX 77484




Family fun never ends when there's two swimming pools, Pine Tree Plunge, mini-golf course, and a Huge Dinosaur Slide!


Silver Spur Ranch

Bandera, Texas

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Located on over 300 beautiful acres in the Texas Hill Country, Silver Spur Ranch truly offers endless activities and entertainment. Start every day with a hearty breakfast in their 100-seat dining room, then head out and hit the trails! Horseback riding is a favorite here, and whether you're a novice or expert, their staff will assist you in taking one of their beautiful horses out for a slow, relaxed ride. Hay wagon rides are popular with the kids, while adults enjoy grabbing a map from the lodge to explore the wilderness on a hike. Return to Silver Spur at the end of the day and relax by the fireplace in the lodge, or lounge at their spacious swimming pool. Then gather around the campfire and pop open those bags of marshmallows because it's story-time! And once the sky turns black and you can see the silvery stars, you can head to your charming accommodations. Choose from their lodge guestrooms or a cozy cabin, all named after notorious western legends such as Wild Bill Hickok and Jesse James!


9266 Bandera Creek Road, Bandera, TX 78003


Experience the best of the west with Silver Spur's fun live entertainment. From trick roper shows to cowboy singers, there's plenty of incredible shows to enjoy. Or, learn how to line dance and two-step dancing during one of their saloon nights!

Related activities

Silver Spur offers fun cookouts during the summer that you're sure to love! Join them for outdoor barbeques and their signature "Cowboy Breakfasts"!


Travaasa Austin

Austin, Texas

View Website +1 (888) 683 - 1542

Stand on the edge of adventure, at the newest experiential resort and spa in Texas: Travaasa Austin. The location of Travaasa Austin alone will inspire you, surrounded by ancient, live oaks, undulating hills, fiery colored canyons, and the most extensive list of inclusive guided adventures in the desert. Take a culinary class, cultural encounter, healing spa treatment, fitness workshop, and even learn how to two-step and ride a bull. Embrace your family side at Travaasa Austin Sleep in comfortable, stylish, and relaxing rooms – perfect for unwinding in after a long day hiking and strutting your stuff on the mechanical bull. Expansive balconies show off the beauty of Texas Hill Country and organic cotton comforters give off that luxury western feel. You’ll feel right at home in no time.


13500 Farm to Market Road 2769, Austin, TX 78726

Number of resorts

Travaasa owns two resorts - one in Austin, Texas, and the other situated in Hana, Maui.

Fun facts

Texas is the only state to have the flags of 6 different nations fly over it. They are: Spain, France, Mexico, Republic of Texas, Confederate States, and the United States.


La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa

Montgomery, Texas

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La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa takes family relaxation beyond boundaries! The Spa at La Torretta relieves every ounce of stress with a soothing selection of treatments that include body wraps, scrubs, pedicures, and much more. Knead your muscles to pure bliss with Swedish massages, deep tissue massages, stone massages, and much more! And this is just the beginning of your relaxing retreat at La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa! While you reap the pleasures of the spa, the kids safely play in beautiful Lake Conroe, or take everyone to whack some balls on the dreamy golf course. Size it down to giggle-inducing mini golf, or ditch the clubs and splash in the swimming pool! The AAA Four Diamond rating ensures you and your loved ones don’t leave behind any pleasures of your own home. This resort has earned its stars, and a place in the hearts and minds of any avid family vacationer who has had the pleasure of staying here.


600 La Torretta Boulevard, Montgomery, TX 77356


After you're fully rejuvenated, work up a sweat with the state-of-the-art fitness equipment, complimentary to all guests.

Related Onsite Offerings

Take advantage of invigorating salon services like haircuts, coloring, and highlights.


Hunt's Castle Hotel

Rockport, Texas

View Website +1 (877) 628 - 3702

Bring the whole family for an exciting getaway at Hunt's Castle Hotel! Spend quality time with your family enjoying the sights and sounds of Texas!

Hunt's Castle Hotel is a great place for your next family getaway. The suites feature kitchens, marble bathrooms, and water front living areas that can accommodate everyone. Located just steps from the sandy beaches and crystal clear waters of the Aransas Bay, the whole family can rent paddle boats and kayaks, create sand castles, or just relax under the sun. Have a picnic under a gorgeous cabana with a portable grill for you to try out your skills at southern style BBQ. While your cooking away, the kids will enjoy the playground at the beach, just make sure to lather them up with sunscreen! Rockport, Texas offers great cultural experiences for you and the family to enjoy. Visit the Texas Maritime Museum, or the Lockport Center for the Arts. If that doesn't excite you, the area is well known for its saltwater fishing. Hunt's Castle boasts a 1500 foot fishing pier that you can see right outside your window. Whether you have people with you that want to shop, enjoy nature, saltwater fish, lay at the beach, or sightsee you can find it all at Hunt's Castle Hotel!


725 S. Water Street Rockport, Texas 78382

Extra Stops

Take a moment to check out a 2000 year old tree, aptly named Big Tree, it measures 36 feet in circumference and is truly a sight to see!

Related activities

The Chamber Office provides options if you want to try out your skills at crabbing! Popular in the area, and the best way to get fresh seafood it is an experience worth having!


Sea Breeze Suites Port Aransas

Port Aransas, Texas

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Does your backyard incorporate a beautifully landscaped pool with a hot tub? A barbeque grill with picnic tables with palapas? This is why your family needs to make the jump to Sea Breeze Suites Port Aransas right now. If viewing wildlife is your thing, bird watching doesn’t get much better than at Port Aransas, acclaimed for the sport. If you’re more of a foodie, stroll into one of many fine diners after a day of expending energy on the velvety beach. The accommodations are nothing short of amazing. Gaze out over the pool and hot tub from your private balcony, or opt for a top level suite where the balcony view is populated by majestic sand dunes. Each time you return, and we can’t think of why you wouldn’t, you’ll be delighted with a new living experience. All of the rooms are individually owned, and decorated with their own unique flare.


407 Beach Street Port Aransas, Texas 78373

Related activities

Foodies delight! The best restaurants and bars are lined up on Beach Street. It's just a few steps to a full belly and satisfied grin.

Getting there

Follow 361 to the ferry and cross into Port Aransas. Go straight to the 2nd traffic light and turn right, then turn left on Beach Street. Through the 2nd stop sign on the way to the beach is Sea Breeze Suites directly on your left.