What better place to visit than Texas for when your family is in need of quality time in the great outdoors. As a fellow native of the Lone Star State, it’s no surprise that Texas is on my family’s list of top family destinations. I know firsthand that there is no shortage of activities and excursions for travelers to experience in Texas. And that’s why I’m sharing with you some of the best outdoor adventures in Texas that you can enjoy with your entire family. Take a look:
Natural Bridge Caverns
Located not far from San Antonio in New Braunfels, this maze of passages and caves is the perfect attraction for families to experience some of the unique nature that Texas has to offer. You and your kids are sure to love your lantern-lit tour of the caverns, complete with mining for fossils and gems, a zipline course, and even a spot to watch thousands of bats fly out from a cave.
The Mayan Dude Ranch
A family trip to Texas isn’t complete without a classic dude ranch experience. Spread across 330 acres, the Mayan Dude Ranch offers horseback rides, saloon dancing, and swims in the Medina River. Families can enjoy many kid-friendly activities, like lasso lessons, as well as a variety of friendly animals for kids to interact with.
Big Bend National Park
There’s no shortage of parks and natural areas in Texas for families to explore. Located in the southwest part of the state, Big Bend National Park is known for its desert wildlife, canyons, and limestone cliffs. If you’re interested in a hike, the park has many trails that are perfectly suitable for kids, like the Window View, the Basin Loop trails, the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Trail, and more.
On the way out you can stop in Marfa.
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Wyler Aerial Tramway
Experience Texas from a different vantage point with an aerial tramway in El Paso. The Wyler Aerial Tramway spans over 2,500 feet and invites guests to experience incredible canyon views during a four-minute ride. This is an incredible activity to observe different wildlife and rock formations while getting a thrill from 240 feet up in the air.
When you and the kids are ready to cool down from all your outdoor adventures, you may want to pay a visit to Padre Island. This stretch of land along the southern coast of Texas is home to Padre Island National Seashore, where you’ll find protected beaches that shelter sea turtles. With nature trails, gorgeous beaches, fishing, boating, and so much more, Padre Island is a fantastic destination for family beach time.
Barton Springs in Austin, Texas is a natural spring-fed pool you can swim in for a low cost, just a few dollars. The whole area is quite lovely. Do not worry if there is a long line to get in, it moves rather quickly.
So there you have it: Outdoor adventures to do with the entire family in Texas. One of the cool things about these attractions is that they are also perfect if you’re looking for safe socially distanced outdoor activities – and who isn’t these days! Enjoy all that this incredible destination has to offer for fun, adventure, and unforgettable family memories.