If you’ve ever daydreamed about the perfect weekend getaway, then you’re going to love what Texas has to offer. From the hills of the Texas Hill Country to the sandy beaches of South Padre Island, there’s something for everyone in the Lone Star State. Whether you’re looking for a romantic escape or an action-packed adventure, these are some must-visit destinations you won’t want to miss.
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17 Unforgettable Weekend Getaways in Texas
The Riverwalk in San Antonio
The Riverwalk is San Antonio’s most iconic destination. Stroll along two miles of walkways beside the San Antonio River and explore local restaurants, bars and shops as well as famous attractions like the Alamo and Hemisfair Park. Stop by one of the many outdoor cafes for a cool drink or dance your way through one of the city’s lively live music venues. With its vibrant culture, it’s no wonder that this destination is known as ‘The Venice of Texas’.
Fort Worth is known for its cowboy culture and western heritage. Spend your days exploring rodeos, museums and art galleries or head out on horseback for some trail riding. Don’t forget to check out Billy Bob’s Texas, where you can experience a line dance lesson and two-step your way around one of the world’s largest honky tonks!
Then spend your nights relaxing at one of Fort Worth’s luxury spa hotels before ending your stay with a delicious meal at one of its renowned steakhouses.
Need a break from big city life? Make Gruene your next getaway spot! This tiny town just outside New Braunfels is full of charm and character; take a stroll down Main Street while admiring its old-timey buildings and unique architecture or rock out at Gruene Hall – the oldest continually operating dance hall in Texas!
Be sure to also check out Gruene Historic District which includes old cotton gins and stores that have been converted into shops selling antiques, souvenirs, jewelry, art pieces and more. Plus, if you’re looking for a truly unique experience don’t miss taking a dip in nearby Jacob’s Well Natural Area where visitors can go swimming in crystal clear blue water right below limestone cliffs!
Fredericksburg a small German town offers countless wineries, plenty of historic sites as well as shopping and dining; and Enchanted Rock State Park—a unique geological formation perfect for rock climbing or stargazing.
If you’re seeking a bit more urban adventure on your weekend getaway, look no further than Austin. Austin offers an amazing food scene, plenty of live music venues, incredible shopping opportunities (hello outlet mall!), and tons of museums.
Austin is renowned for its vibrant downtown scene filled with pubs, clubs, and delicious restaurants. Take advantage by sampling some local brews at one of the city’s many craft breweries or catch some live music at one of its iconic venues like Stubb’s BBQ.
If you love water activities then you will want to take advantage of Lady Bird lake right there in the city as well as Zilker Park where you will find the beautiful Barton Springs pool.Plus, just a short drive away is Hamilton Pool Preserve and nature lovers dream.
This barrier island off the coast of Texas is home to amazing seafood restaurants and beautiful beaches perfect for sunbathing. The historic districts offer plenty of unique shopping opportunities, and there are also a variety of attractions like Moody Gardens, Pleasure Pier, and Schlitterbahn Waterpark. If you’re looking for a fun beach getaway, Galveston is one of your best bets in the Lone Star State.
Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Head out west in search of adventure at Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Located near Amarillo, this park offers breathtaking views, plenty of hiking trails, and even horseback riding opportunities. For visitors who want something a bit more low-key, there are also camping sites for tent camping or RVers alike. With its spectacular rock formations and colorful canyons, you won’t want to miss this slice of Texas heaven!
If you love quirky towns with interesting art galleries, Marfa is the place for you. This tiny town in West Texas is home to some out of the box art displays, awesome food trucks and trendy boutiques. No matter what kind of traveler you are, Marfa has something special waiting for you. It is also the perfect stop over on your way out to Big Bend National Park.
No trip to Texas would be complete without visiting Dallas. This vibrant city offers plenty of attractions for all ages. From the world-famous Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza to the iconic Reunion Tower observation deck, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to explore the heart of Dallas. And with amazing restaurants, bars, and nightlife spots to choose from, you’re sure to have an unforgettable time. If you feel like splurging stay at the Rosewood Mansion.
If you’re looking for a more relaxed atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle of Dallas, head south to Waco. Waco is home to Baylor University as well as Magnolia Market—the famous store owned by Chip and Joanna Gaines—so it’s perfect for a day trip or weekend trip.
Dripping Springs Dripping Springs is known as the “Gateway to the Hill Country” due to its proximity to numerous parks and hiking trails. It’s also home to some fantastic wineries so don’t miss out on sampling some delicious wines while you’re here!
For beach lovers looking for sand and surf, look no further than Port Aransas on Texas’ Gulf Coast. Port Aransas offers stunning scenery as well as plenty of seafood restaurants where you can sample some tasty local dishes. And with miles upon miles of beaches at your fingertips, you won’t run out of things to do anytime soon! Be sure to bring a boogie board and a skim board with you!
In Glen Rose you’ll find plenty to explore—like dinosaur tracks embedded in limestone rocks along the Paluxy River or take a trip back in time at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. The center features over 1,000 acres of land where native wildlife roam free—including giraffes, zebras, rhinos, cheetahs and more—and offers activities like guided safari tours and educational programs for visitors. Of course no trip to Glen Rose is complete without a visit to Dinosaur Valley State Park. Hike through trails along the Paluxy riverbed or cool off with a swim at one of their two swimming holes during summer months.
Known as one of the most picturesque places in Central Texas, Ennis is home to more than 40 parks that come alive each spring when its lush landscape is blanketed with wildflowers. But that’s not all this charming town has to offer—visit downtown for unique shopping opportunities or check out some award-winning restaurants serving up classic Southern cooking. Round out your stay by attending any number of events hosted throughout the year like their Fourth Friday Music Series or Christmas Craft Fair in December.
This once thriving settlement was founded by German immigrants who settled here in the mid 1800s but today it’s best known as a music mecca due it being one Country Music’s most beloved locations due to its role as backdrop for Waylon Jennings’ iconic 1977 album Wanted: The Outlaws featuring Willie Nelson and Jesse Colter among others. (Fun useless fact, my cousin was married to Waylon Jennings before I was born.)
Today visitors can enjoy live music on weekends or join locals for some dancing on Thursday evenings when caller Wayne Brookshire leads everyone through traditional two step dances under starry night skies on an old dirt dance floor behind Main Street’s general store.
South Padre Island
Texas has something special for everyone when it comes to weekend getaways – whether it be exploring historical sites or kicking up your heels at world class live music venues – so why not make plans to visit this amazing state soon? With its beautiful scenery, vibrant cultures and endless activities, there’s no better place than Texas to plan an unforgettable trip with family or friends! So put on those cowboy boots (or flip flops!) and get ready for an unforgettable adventure through the Lone Star State! We promise you won’t regret it!