Spring Break is coming, and it’s time to make plans for the best one ever! Here’s 11 of our favorite Spring Break Destinations, from hikes in West Texas to never ending concerts by the beach, there is something for everyone during Spring Break in Texas!
1. Kemah/Clear Lake Area
South of Houston, Kemah, Clear Lake and the Galveston Bay area boast such great entertainment venues as Space Center Houston, the Kemah Boardwalk, Armand Bayou, the Aquarium Restaurant and much more! We love the Clear Lake Hilton overlooking the water! Kemah is the perfect place to get out on the water, with options like the Captain Kidd Sailboat Charter, fishing charters, the Boardwalk Beast for a fun ride or rent kayaks and take out for your own adventure! Great food is waiting for you, too, like the Flying Dutchman, Tookies, Crazy Alan’s Swamp Shack and more!
2. Big Bend National Park
Spring is the rainy season in most of the state, but in West Texas you are usually met with beautiful cool, dry days and incredible wildflowers! The Big Bend Region is vast, and I recommend trying to narrow it down when visiting! The Big Bend National Park offers incredible hiking, camping, horseback riding, ATV tours, river rafting and so much more! Be sure to bring your passport, and at the border crossing, you can cross the river on a pedestrian ferry and ride up to the mountain villa of Boquillas on a donkey for shopping and lunch. The Lajitas Resort offers golfing and zip lines across the canyon, and the ghost town of Terlingua is a must on any bucket list!
3. El Paso
One of our favorite Spring Break Destinations is El Paso and Carlsbad, N.M.! Tour Carlsbad Caverns and explore the town of Carlsbad, then spend a day or hiking all the incredible hikes at Guadalupe Mountains National Park, including McKittrick Canyon and the climb to the top of Guadalupe Peak, the highest point in Texas! Take a guided tour through Hueco Tanks State Park to see the prehistoric rock art, or do some bouldering at this world class site! Franklin Mountains State Park offers incredible hikes in the park, like the old Copper Mine Tour! Walk or take a bus across the border into Juarez for a day of shopping in the old market! With El Paso as a base, it’s a 2 hour drive to Ruidoso and Ski Apache!
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo takes place during Spring Break, which draws over 2 million visitors a year! Explore Downtown Houston with kayaking tours at Discovery Green, take a tour of Minutemaid Stadium and walk or bike the trails around Buffalo Bayou! Don’t miss watching the bats emerge from the Waugh Ave Bridge each evening and your children with delight with discoveries at the Children’s Museum of Houston, Houston Museum of Natural Science, Health Museum and Houston Zoo, all located around Hermann Park!
5. Texas Hill Country
The water is always just right in the Texas Hill Country! Deep springs keep the rivers about 70 degrees year round, and it feels close to perfect on a sunny Spring Day! Garner State Park on the Frio River offers camping and cabins, and Spring is the perfect time for a hike up to the summit of Old Baldy! Take a ride to Bandera, the Cowboy Capital of Texas, or stroll through the streets of Fredericksburg! The town of Llano celebrates their annual LEAF festival each year with the incredible rock stacking competitions in the Llano River.
6. Marfa and Fort Davis
Spend Spring Break in a teepee or old travel bus at this fun bohemian resort in the Chihuahuan Desert! After dark, head to watch the mysterious Marfa Lights. Go horseback riding on the historic Prude Ranch and tour Fort Davis National Park. The Davis Mountains State Park offers hiking up the skyline trail, and learn more about deepest space at the McDonald Observatory. Cool off with a swim at Balmorhea Springs, the largest spring-fed swimming pool in the world! Amtrak’s Texas Eagle is a fun way to see the Texas desert, with daily trains leaving from Dallas and Austin.
The beach resort town of Galveston combines history and fun with so much to do during Spring Break! Thrill with the rides at the Pleasure Pier that extends over the beach, ride the Galveston Duck Tours into Galveston Bay, delight in the rides at Schlitterbahn Galveston and explore the wonders at Moody Gardens! You’ll love the coastal shopping on the Historic Strand, watch for dolphins on a tour of Galveston Bay. Take advantage of the unique curve of the island to watch the sun rise on East Beach and set on West Beach.
8. San Antonio
If the dying of the San Antonio River green during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade isn’t enough reason to visit San Antonio for Spring Break, then check out all the excitement at SeaWorld and Six Flags Fiesta Texas! The San Antonio Zoo, Witte Museum and Do Seum have Spring Break special activities, and it’s the perfect time of year to take your bikes for a riding tour along the San Antonio Riverwalk to the 4 Missions.
9. Inks Lake State Park
Make your reservations early for a week of fun in and around the town of Burnet, west of Austin! Hike the Devil’s Backbone Trail at Inks Lake State Park, tour Longhorn Caverns, take a paddleboard out on Lake Marble Falls or a tour on Vanishing Texas River Cruise to see the waterfalls and look for nesting bald eagles on Lake Buchanan.
10. South Padre Island
South Padre Island is known for their wild Spring Break Party and concert series, which seems to go for days on end, and if that’s what you are looking for then there is no better place to spend Spring Break! The island still host plenty of other activities as well, such as horseback riding on the beach, Schlitterbahn Waterpark, ziplining, shelling and offshore fishing excursions!
11. SXSW Music Festival in Austin
The two week festival in the Capitol City brings ton of visitors and traffic, so plan accordingly and make your reservations early! Activities are happening all over the city, and be sure to check out public transportation or bring your bikes for getting around!
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