400 N. Liberty Ave.
New Braunfels, TX 78130
This Texas favorite is one of the biggest waterparks in the world. The park is divided into multiple areas full of slides, pools, lazy rivers and so much more water fun for the whole family. Don’t miss their featured uphill water coaster the Master Blaster! Only a couple of hours west of Houston, New Braunfels is close enough to make a day trip out of your water park adventure, or plan to spend one night and make it a weekend excursion — you won’t be able to ride everything in one day! Don’t forget the sunscreen and pack a picnic lunch, Schlitterbahn allows you to bring in outside food.
1 Hope Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77554
When you drive across the bridge to Galveston Island, one of the first things you can easily see is a few pyramid-shaped buildings. These are Moody Gardens, a celebration of wildlife, nature and a way of making learning fun. One of the pyramids hosts an aquarium inside, where you can learn about some of the animals that live in the Gulf of Mexico and beyond — you may even see some penguins! Another is built like a greenhouse and holds a rainforest inside. Cool off from the afternoon heat outside with a 3D movie. There’s something fun and exotic for everyone here!
300 Alamo Plaza
San Antonio, TX 78205
Perhaps the most iconic building in Texas, the Alamo is just off the Riverwalk area in San Antonio and is open to the public for viewing. A small exhibit inside tells the story of the battle that occurred at the mission and of the soldiers and others who lost their lives here. A self-guided tour of the grounds will take you through some lovely gardens to the tree that is growing at a very tilted angle; legend has that it was struck by a cannonball during the fight. Head across the street and down to river level for some lunch and shopping before you head back home.
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3523 Independence Parkway
La Porte, TX 77571
The only surviving battleship that fought in both World War I and World War II, the U.S.S. Texas is the oldest battleship afloat in the U.S. It was built in 1914 and became a museum ship after retirement in 1948. Visitors can tour the ship and learn what life on a naval battleship is like. You can choose to tour the ship yourself, or as part of a group with a guide to tell you about the different parts of the ship and its history. Bring a picnic lunch or snack and eat on the historic San Jacinto Battleground just next door, a significant part of Texas history as well.
23501 Macedonia Rd.
Hockley, TX 77447
Head out to Hockley to see what it’s like to live on a ranch! You can take a hayride, visit the petting zoo, watch a dairy barn in action and much more! For the more adventurous, try out the paintball fields or go fishing in Lake Buenas Noches. This extensive venue has something for everyone, and even hosts family reunions and birthday parties! If you visit before Sept. 30, you can cool off with their swimming areas.