Without a doubt, when families go on vacation, they are hoping to have fun. And, when families go on vacation to Texas, they are wanting to have big fun - as big as the Lone State State itself. Of course, thanks to numerous waterparks, theme parks and other fun family attractions, any family headed to Texas this summer will have little trouble finding plenty of fun things to do. Here are some suggestions for the best places to visit for family fun in Texas.
Schlitterbahn Waterpark - New Braunfels
Texas' original - and best known - waterpark, Schlitterbahn, is located in the Germanic Hill Country town of New Braunfels. Taking advantage of the natural surroundings, most notably the hilly terrain and clear, cold Guadalupe River, Schlitterbahn offers visitors a unique and fun-filled way to cool off beat the Texas heat during the summer. Although Schlitterbhan has opened several locations throughout the state, the original New Braunfels location remains a "must visit" for families vacationing in Texas.
SeaWorld has long been known as a leader in marine exhibits and waterpark entertainment. SeaWorld San Antonio lives up to its billing, featuring marine life shows and displays, adventure camps, thrilling rides, a water park and more. In essence, SeaWorld San Antonio is a great place to spend a day with the family while vacationing in the Alamo City.
Six Flags Fiesta Texas - San Antonio
San Antonio's Six Flags Fiesta Texas has been one of Texas' top attractions since its inception. This massive theme park offers the only "floorless" roller coaster in the southwest, plus over 100 rides - including Tony Hawk's Big spin, shows, a waterpark and more.
One of the top waterparks in the country, South Padre Island's Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark is located right on the beach and offers a wide variety of waterslides, rides, pools and other ways to 'get wet.' Schlitterbahn Beach also features a restaurant, sports bar and evening entertainment during the summer season.
The "official" aquarium of Texas, the Texas State Aquarium houses hundreds of marine animals and provides educational programs for visitors of all ages.
Located at the tip of Texas, in the border city of Brownsville, the Gladys Porter Zoo has long been recognized as one of the nation's best zoos. Easily one of the most popular attractions in South Texas, Gladys Porter Zoo attracts nearly 400,000 visitors on an annual basis.
Popular Texas waterpark Schlitterbahn has added a third location - Schlitterbahn Galveston Island. Like the other Schlitterbahn parks, Schlitterbahn Galveston Island features plenty of unique and innovative rides. However, unlike any other waterpark in the world, Schlitterbahn Galveston Island is 'convertible,' offering outdoor fun in the summer and indoor water rides during the winter.
NASA Space Center - Houston
After playing an important role in the Space Race of the 1960s, Space Center Houston has become a popular tourist attraction. Even today, when it remains crucial to the NASA Space Program, Space Center Houston is better known as an entertaining and educational attraction that draws thousands of visitors annually.
Moody Gardens - Galveston Island
Visitors crossing the causeway to Galveston will surely see the pyramids rising on the western side of the island. Those pyramids are just part of magnificent Moody Gardens. With attractions that include several aquariums, an IMAX theatre and even a rainforest, Moody Gardens is a must see for Galveston visitors.
Open year around, Six Flags Over Texas offers rides, shows, and more to Dallas area visitors. Six Flags features over 50 rides, including numerous Looney Tunes rides for youngsters and the ever popular Superman: Tower of Power.