Texas Vacations for Kids

Texas Vacations for Kids
Texas is the second largest state in the country after Alaska. With four bustling mega-cities (Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Austin), two national parks (Big Bend and Guadalupe Mountains) and tons of wide-open spaces, Texas is a great vacation destination for families with young children.

Six Flags Over Texas

Heaven for kids of all ages, Six Flags over Texas is located just west of downtown Dallas on a Disneyland-sized parkland. Full of roller coasters, themed areas, food, shows and lots of other Texas fun, Six Flags attracts thousands of visitors every day. The most popular rides are the Titan, the Texas Giant and Mr. Freeze. Six Flags Over Texas also offers several areas for small children like the Loony Tunes-themed area of the park.

Six Flags Over Texas
2201 Road To Six Flags
East Arlington, Texas 76017
(817) 640-8900‎
www.sixflags.com/overtexas/

The Alamo

"Remember the Alamo" was the famous cry uttered by Texas independence fighters after the fort's fall to General Santa Ana of Mexico. In the heart of San Antonio, the 4.2-acre Alamo complex is host to more than 2.5 million people a year. Most come to see the old mission where a small band of Texans fought bravely for 13 days but eventually lost against the Mexican Army. A strong symbol of liberty and Texas' history, exploring the Alamo brings back memories of such famous Texans as James Bowie, David Crockett and William Travis.

The Alamo consists of three buildings: the Shrine, the Gift Museum and the Long Barrack Museum. A short walk from San Antonio's River Walk, the Alamo is a must-see for kids and adults alike.

The Alamo
300 Alamo Plaza
San Antonio, Texas‎
(210) 225-1391‎

Houston Space Center

What child isn't fascinated by stars, planets, rockets and space? The Space Center in Houston is the only place on Earth that guests can have an out-of-this-world journey through mankind's fascinating adventures into space. Exhibits and attractions include hands-on activities that tell the story of NASA and the manned space flight program. Visitors can also see astronauts in training, touch a moon rock and fly a simulated shuttle.

Space Center Houston
1601 NASA Parkway
Houston, Texas 77058
(281) 244-2100

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

About an hour southwest of Dallas, the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center is a future zoologist's dream. Many compare it to an African safari in North Texas. A few of the highlights include cheetahs, antelopes, gazelles, rhinos, bison and ostriches. You can drive through the 1,700-acre park and feed some of the tamer animals from your car window. Watch the fingers of young children from the hungry emus and llamas.

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
2155 CR 2008
Glen Rose, Texas 76043
(254) 897-2960

Big Bend National Park

Southwest Texas is home to Big Bend National Park. Named after a sharp turn in the Rio Grande River, Big Bend is an outdoor adventure paradise for adults and kids. Hiking, rafting, horseback and biking are just a few ways to enjoy the park and the surrounding area. Permits are needed for overnight trips and can be obtained from the visitor center.

Big Bend National Park
TX-118 & US-385
(432) 477-2251‎

Article Written By Jason Gordon

Jason Gordon is a professional writer and editor. In addition to online work, he has written for "Texas Highways," "AAA Southwest," "Glimpse," the "University of Washington Daily" and the "Dallas Morning News." Gordon's passions include animals, reading and finding the perfect pairings of pastry and espresso.

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