Seasonal travel? Visit popular attractions in Texas

Texas is the second largest state in the US. There are many interesting places to visit in Texas. It is a perfect place for vacations, as it has everything from parks, to beaches, museums, shopping centers, golf courses, water parks, and much more. It is a place where people of all age groups can enjoy themselves.

Places to Visit in Texas during Summer

Port Aransas
The average temperature of Port Aransas is 72 degrees. It is located on Mustang Island, which is considered to be the longest barrier island in the world. Port Aransas is quite popular for activities like birding, shelling and fishing. It is known as the Fishing Capital of Texas, and you can catch any fish of choice, and get it cooked the way you want at one of the local restaurants or bistros. Texas is a great place for shopping, because there are a number of boutiques and galleries. You can also visit birding sites like South Jetty, Joan & Scott Holt Paradise Pond, the Leona Belle Turnbull Birding Center, and the Wetland Park located in the Great Texas Birding Trail. The beaches offer various activities like surfing, kiteboarding, parasailing, windsurfing, kayaking, jet skiing and much more. All in all, Port Aransas is a complete family destination.

SeaWorld San Antonio
San Antonio is considered to be the ultimate vacation destination in Texas, and one of the best places to visit in Texas with kids. The SeaWorld in San Antonio is considered to have the best in water park entertainment. It offers thrill rides, adventure camps, a water park, the Shamu show 'Believe', dozens of animal exhibits (from birds to marine life), the Lost Lagoon Water Park, Seafari Tours, and the Great White Games Center (indoor entertainment). There is lots to see in SeaWorld, and it is impossible to cover everything in a single day visit. Thus, SeaWorld offers vacation plans for people who wish to stay longer and enjoy all the activities.

Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Six Flags Fiesta is a multifaceted theme park consisting of a traditional theme park and a water park at one location. You can enjoy activities like live entertainment (shows, concerts and parades), Looney Toon character areas (for little ones), and rides such as The Rattler (thrill ride), The Superman Krypton Coaster, Poltergeist, and Tony Hawk's Big Spin. They also offer special rides for kids like The Crow's Nest Ferris Wheel, Whitewater Rapids, Foghorn Leghorn's Barnyard Railway, Scooby Doo Ghostblasters, Daffy's School Bus Express, Daffy's School Bus Express, Yosemite Sam's Wacky Wagon and bugs. Fiesta Texas' on-site water park, White Water Bay, offers many rides for every age group and helps you 'beat the heat'.

Places to Visit in Texas during Spring

South Padre Island
If you wish to visit tropical Texas, South Padre Island is the place for you. It is a place for all seasons, but primarily known as a spring break destination. South Padre Island is known for its restaurants, clubs and natural beauty. There is no air connectivity as it does not have an airport. However, it is closely located to two airports in nearby cities. The beaches are the main asset of this island, having clear gulf waters. The attractions of South Padre Island are Gladys Porter Zoo, Sea Turtle Inc, Schlitterbahn Water Park, Point Isabel Lighthouse, and the Museums of Port Isabel.

Texas Hill Country
Texas Hill Country has a small-town charm. It is a popular tourist destination due to its unique natural beauty. You can visit places like Enchanted Rock (one of the largest natural rock formation), Lost Maples, Barton Springs Swimming Hole, Wonder World, Natural Bridge Caverns, Longhorn Caverns, Cascade Caverns, Inner Space Cavern, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, and wine tours. Texas Hill Country is also one of the places to visit with kids because there are many educational programs carried out in every place you go.

Galveston Island
Galveston Island is a great vacation destination consisting of beaches, historic homes, and modern attractions. There are a lot of places to see in Galveston Island like the Grand 1894 Opera House (the official Opera House of Texas), Moody Gardens, Schlitterbahn Water Park, Moody Mansion, The Strand (shopping mecca), Texas Seaport Museum and the Elissa, Galveston Island State Park, Lone Star Flight Museum, Bishop's Palace, and Galveston Island Railroad Museum. This island has many historic places that will take you back to the olden days era.

Places to Visit in Texas during Winter

Wimberley
People claim Wimberley to be A Wonderful Place To Live. It is an hour-long drive from Austin. The Wimberly village is the major center of attention. There is plenty of sight-seeing to do in Wimberley due to its scenic beauty. You will find some specialty shops here like the Rancho Deluxe (offers a variety of rustic and eclectic furnishings) and the Broken Arrow Rock Shop. Wimberley Square is the main shopping hub with many dining options. Wimberley Valley Ranch offers many activities like swimming, fishing and horseback riding.

Marble Falls
Marble Falls Town is located on Lake Marble Falls, and is just 45 minutes away from Austin by car. There are many activities in Marble falls like shopping, sight seeing, swimming, golf, hunting, fishing, boating and camping. The local people of Marble Falls are very friendly. The places to see in Marble Falls are Show Biz Cinema 8 (a multiplex with 8 screens) and Marble Falls Lakeside Park, which is a good place for a picnic.

Del Rio
Del Rio is located on the border by Lake Amistad and Rio Grande. There are many opportunities for fishermen, birders and boaters in Del Rio. The Val Verde Winery in Del Rio is the oldest winery in Texas. Del Rio also has a Downtown Shopping District, many museums, water sports activities, and several state parks (some of them consist of ancient Indian cave paintings).

Now that you are aware of where to go and what to do in Texas, what are you waiting for? Go ahead, pack your bags and head out for the most enjoyable vacation of your life.

Contributed by: M. Sayed

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