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Hidden Gems in the Lone Star State

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Ask any Texan, and they'll tell you Texas family vacations are bigger and better, because everything is bigger and better in Texas.

Be prepared for friendly folks, as this is known not only as the Lone Star State, but also as the Friendship State.

Texas has a lot of territory to cover, and here are a few of their family vacations hidden gems...

Cheap Family Beach Vacations: Galveston Island, Texas.

Enjoy the beach, and all the Galveston has to offer. From pirates to NASA to today.

Texas Vacations: The Texas State Fair

The Texas state fair is big alright! You've never seen one bigger! If in Dallas in the fall, make it a stop on your Texas vacation.

Texas Family Vacations, Big Texas, State Fair of Texas

Big Tex at the State Fair of Texas

Dallas, Texas Vacations

Students who have studied JFK know about his assassination. Visit the Sixth Floor Museum to learn more, and see the spot where it all happened.

The Dallas World Aquarium, near downtown, is not your normal aquarium. It is actually like stepping into a rainforest, where you can explore different levels...from the treetops to under the water.

The Dallas Zoo is filled with bronze statues of different animals. Close enough to climb on, touch, and take great photos.

Texas Family Vacations, Dallas Zoo

The Dallas Zoo - where else can your child put their head inside a crocodile's mouth (and it will be ok) while on a family vacation?

Fort Worth Family Vacations

A visit to Fort Worth should include the stockyards.

Twice a day, cowboys drive a herd of cattle thru the streets of Fort Worth near the stockyards. Find a map and schedule at: http://www.fortworth.com/the-herd/

While at the stockyards, visit the Cowtown Cattlepen Maze. It is a maze that resembles cattlepens, with checkpoints along the way. The maze route changes every so often, so if you have visited before, it will be a new challenge now!

Another interesting and cheap family vacations destination in Fort Worth, Texas is to visit the Bureau of Engraving and Printing's Western Currency Facility. Here you can watch being printed! Watching is free, but unfortunately you can't take home some of it home with you! :-) For more info, visit http://www.moneyfactory.gov/tours/fortworthtxtours.html

San Antonio Family Vacations

San Antonio is known for it's cherished memorial to Texas Independence, the Alamo.

The downtown riverwalk is another big attraction in San Antonio. Take a boat ride and dine in one of the restaurants along the river.

The San Antonio website (visitsanantonio.com) has coupons, as well as walking tours already mapped out for you.

A mission trail is south of town, and important for history lovers.

Hidden gems in the area include:

  • Kiddieland and the Japanese Tea Gardens
  • Our SeaWorld Review
  • New Braunfels, Gruene and San Marcos
  • The Texas Hill Country

    West Texas and the Panhandle Family Vacation Texas

    Some great things to see in this portion of the state as part of Texas family vacations include:

  • Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas - a Route 66 icon

  • Shamrock, Texas is home to an inspiration for the Cars movie

  • Palo Duro Canyon, known as the Grand Canyon of Texas

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