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Exploring the Best of Texas: Fun & Quick Trips to Take this Summer.

Summer is almost upon us, which means it is time to get away! While there is a ton to do here in San Antonio with the kids and on your own, we thought it might be fun to look at some day trip destinations. Check out these fun things to do on your weekends!




NEW BRAUNFELS

Located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, New Braunfels is a charming city that combines rich German heritage with modern-day excitement.


  • Schlitterbahn Waterpark: Dive into adventure at Schlitterbahn, one of the world's best water parks, offering thrilling water rides, lazy rivers, and endless family fun.

  • Gruene Historic District: Step back in time and explore the Gruene Historic District, featuring quaint shops, the iconic Gruene Hall, and the Gristmill River Restaurant, where you can enjoy delicious Texan cuisine.

  • Comal River: Beat the heat by tubing down the crystal-clear waters of the Comal River, a perfect way to relax and enjoy the scenic beauty of New Braunfels.



FREDERICKSBURG

Nestled in the heart of the Texas Wine Country, Fredericksburg is a delightful destination for wine enthusiasts, history buffs, and nature lovers alike.

  • Enchanted Rock State Natural Area: Lace up your hiking boots and embark on a memorable adventure to Enchanted Rock, a massive pink granite dome offering breathtaking views and unforgettable sunsets.

  • Main Street Shopping: Stroll along the charming Main Street, lined with unique boutiques, art galleries, and local eateries. Don't forget to try some delicious German cuisine!

  • Winery Tours: Indulge your taste buds with a visit to one of the many wineries in the area, such as Grape Creek Vineyards or Becker Vineyards, where you can savor award-winning Texas wines.



MUSTANG ISLAND


Located along the Gulf of Mexico, Mustang Island is a convenient paradise for beach lovers.


  • Mustang Island: Unwind on the pristine beaches of Mustang Island State Park, where you can swim, sunbathe, fish, and even go bird-watching. One thing our family loves is that you can drive your vehicle onto the beach, which makes lugging chairs, food, drinks and toys so much easier!

  • Dolphin Watching: Embark on a dolphin-watching tour and witness these intelligent creatures in their natural habitat. It's an experience that both kids and adults will love.

  • Port Aransas: Take a short ferry ride to Port Aransas and explore the charming town, indulge in fresh seafood, and try your hand at various water sports like kayaking and paddleboarding.



DRIPPING SPRINGS


Known as the "Gateway to the Hill Country," Dripping Springs offers a perfect blend of outdoor adventures, scenic beauty, and Texas hospitality.


  • Camp Lucy: This full-scale resort features upscale dining, a sparkling pool, onsite yoga classes, guided sunrise hikes, archery, and hatchet-throwing courses. Tanner even hosted his wedding here and our family frequently makes trips back since our stays have always been so enjoyable.

  • Deep Eddy Vodka Distillery: Tour the Deep Eddy Vodka Distillery and learn about the process of creating this popular Texas spirit. Don't forget to try their signature cocktails!

  • Pedernales Falls State Park: Hike along the beautiful trails, enjoy picturesque views of the Pedernales River, and cool off in the refreshing waters.




WACO


Waco, a vibrant city with a rich history, offers a wide range of attractions for visitors of all ages.


  • Magnolia Market at the Silos: Visit the Magnolia Market, owned by Chip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV fame. Browse unique shops, savor delicious food from local vendors, and enjoy the beautiful garden.

  • Cameron Park Zoo: Explore the Cameron Park Zoo, home to a diverse collection of animals from around the world. Don't miss the chance to see the majestic lions and playful primates.

  • Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum: Immerse yourself in the rich history of the Texas Rangers at this fascinating museum, featuring exhibits showcasing their bravery and contributions to law enforcement.

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