Family Spring Break Activities in Texas

When the public schools let out for Spring Break each March, families are looking for a way to spend their week-long Spring Break. Texas is full of great, family-friendly activities to make for a fun, exciting and memorable Family Spring Break.

01 of 09

Hit the Beach

Scenic park with view of Corpus Christi Bay
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Sure, college students will be flocking to the Texas coast during spring break. And, yes, much of their behavior is inappropriate around young children. This is the very reason many, many families avoid the beach altogether during spring break. However, Texas has hundreds of miles of coastline. The college spring break hot spots are well known. Families can easily find their own isolated stretch of sand far from the hoopla of the college spring break crowd and enjoy a relaxing, fun and sun-filled break on a Texas beach.

02 of 09

Visit a Theme Park

A killer whale leaps into the air for a back dive during a performance at SeaWorld in San Antonio, Texas.
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Most Texas theme parks are seasonal in their operation. However, by the time March rolls around, they are up and running, though with reduced hours. The sunny but mild weather of March is a perfect time for visiting a theme park. The weather is warm enough to make it possible to wear shorts, but cool enough to keep it from being unpleasant to wait in line — perfect theme park weather! And, Texas is home to several of the biggest and best theme parks in the United States.

03 of 09

Get Wet at a Water Park

Typhoon Texas
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Like their dry-land theme park brethren, water parks are open seasonally. But, by March they will be open and ready for visitors seeking cool water and thrilling water rides. Texas is home to a variety of world class water parks, most of which are located in popular tourist towns such as South Padre Island, Galveston, San Antonio and New Braunfels.

04 of 09

Hit the Trail

Big Bend National Park in Texas
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Spring's mild weather is perfect for hiking. And, hiking is a great way to spend time with the family, participating in a healthy outdoor activity. Texas is full of great hiking destinations that range from dense forests to towering mountains to sweeping stretches of beachfront.

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05 of 09

Get a History Lesson

Main Street, brick street, Nacogdoches, Texas, USA
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Of course, the last thing kids want to think about when school is out is history or any other subject. But, taking a tour of historic Texas towns, battlefields and other historic sites is a great way to spend time as a family and be both entertained and educated at the same time.

06 of 09

Go Camping

Hueco Tanks State Park, near El Paso, Texas, USA
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With a week free from the confines of the school day, most kids will want to spend as much time as possible outside. Camping is a perfect way to get the family outdoors and spring, with its moderate weather, is a great season for camping.

07 of 09

Spend a Day at the Zoo

San antonio Zoo
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Kids off all ages love the going to the zoo. Texas is home to a wide variety of zoos that range from some of the country's oldest to some of the nation's largest. Each zoo has its own unique character to go along with its exhibits and animals. And, every major city (and even some small towns) in Texas has its own zoo.

08 of 09

Head to the Lake

Lake Amistad Texas
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Every region of Texas has dozens of major reservoirs. Each of these impoundments offers a variety of water sport options. Water skiing, jet skiing, swimming, canoeing, sailing, boating, snorkeling and kayaking are just a few of the recreational activities available on Texas lakes.

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09 of 09

Attend a Festival

There is always a great festival taking place in Texas and March is the month when some of the biggest and best festivals of the year are held. The Sweetwater Rattlesnake Roundup, Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, South by Southwest Music Festival, and North Texas Irish Festival are just a few of the great festivals held during March.

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