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Fun Family Vacation Destinations
in the Lone Star State

by Jane Townsend
website: Family Destinations Guide - Travelling with Children
Every year nearly 100 million Americans embark on a family vacation, according to AAA. While destinations such as California and New York remain popular, an increasing number of vacationers have come to appreciate the warm hospitality of the Lone Star State. Although big cities such as Austin, Dallas and Houston are bursting with fun-filled activities for the whole family, great adventure awaits in some of the more off-beat destinations as well. Whether you're looking to rough it out in nature, want to experience the best food Texas has to offer, or be blown away by an aquarium within a glass pyramid, these family-friendly destinations should definitely be considered for your next vacation.

Embrace the unconventional in Marfa

Marfa may seem like a somewhat unconventional choice as far as family vacations are concerned, but it definitely is one of the best if you are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of big city life. The Big Bend National Park is a real gem, and can keep young and old occupied for weeks at a time, with outdoorsy activities such as hiking, rafting, horseback riding and camping. The hikes all range in difficulty, and the easiest, such as the one exploring the Santa Elena Canyon, is even suitable for small children. The Marfa Lights are an absolute must-see while you're in town, and although they can be spotted from just about anywhere in Marfa, you might want to head approximately 9 miles east of the town to the Marfa Lights Viewing Area, where you are guaranteed exceptional views of the ous orbs that will have both adults and children in awe.
Marfa light
Marfa Light
Photo courtesy Julie McConnell, June 27, 2004
See also Bragg Road Ghost Light

Fort Worth is a food lover's paradise

Apart from being home to one of the best zoos in the state, as well as the renowned Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Fort Worth is also one of the most family-friendly foodie destinations in the country. Whether you're in need of a decent cup of coffee or craving a plate of chicken and waffles, your family is bound to see all their culinary dreams come true while visiting the town. With so many delectable dishes to choose from, some of which may contain ingredients that are unknown to you, it is important to keep a close eye on anyone in the family that may have a food allergy. Don't let fear ruin your vacation though - just make sure you have an auto-injector or medication on hand in case someone consumes something that triggers an allergic reaction. If you want to take a break from feasting on mouth-watering Texan food, head on over to the Fort Worth Botanical Garden, where you can spend a quiet afternoon in nature while the children learn more about all the bugs and birds found in the region.
TX - Galveston Island Pleasure Pier
Galveston Island Pleasure Pier
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Children will fall in love with Galveston

Galveston is any child's perfect vacation destination, with its sandy white beaches, the Galveston Island Pleasure Pier amusement park, child-friendly restaurants, and an interesting variety of interactive museums. The highlight of any family vacation to Galveston is, however, a visit to Moody Gardens and its three giant glass pyramids. The Rainforest Pyramid is filled with butterflies, birds and other forest-dwelling creatures, and even boasts its own waterfall. If your family enjoys science, the Discovery Pyramid will be a firm favorite, although the Aquarium Pyramid with its sharks, sea lions, penguins and countless fish is bound to be the ultimate highlight of your visit. Other activities to enjoy at Moody Gardens include watching a hard-hitting documentary in the MG 3D Theater and burning off some energy on the ropes course and zip line.
Texas is, without any doubt, one of the most family-friendly states in the country. Even the less-obvious vacation destinations in the state are filled with hidden gems that will create memories to last a lifetime.
© Jane Townsend, freelance writer
11-21-2019 guest column
External Links:
Where Americans are vacationing this summer
Day Hiking Checklist
Planning a Vacation if you Have Children with Allergies

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