With its sunny weather and its many kid-oriented attractions, Texas is one of the best states for a family-friendly getaway. Some of the best waterparks in the country can be found here, including the Schlitterbahn Waterpark, and many of the resorts and hotels boast their own private waterparks for guests to enjoy as well. Upscale resorts can be found all across the state, but there are also plenty of beautiful state parks if you'd prefer to relax somewhere a bit more peaceful. No matter what kind of things your family is interested in, here are the best family getaways in Texas. Certain attractions may be temporarily closed or require advance reservations. Hours/availability may have changed.
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Known for its family-friendly environment and its many wonderful amenities, Camp Jellystone is the perfect place to take your kids for a stress-free getaway. There are seven different locations throughout Texas, each one with its own unique atmosphere, but most feature cabin rentals, RV and tent sites, and plenty of things to keep the whole family entertained. The exact amenities vary from park to park, but they typically include heated swimming pools, mini golf courses, and exciting waterslides and splash parks. If you're planning a big family reunion, the Coyote Ranch location even has a lodge that can be used as an event space.
2.Brazos Bend State Park
Conveniently located only 45 miles outside of Houston's downtown core, Brazos Bend State Park encompasses approximately 4,900 acres along the Brazos River, and it offers all sorts of recreational opportunities both on the land and on the water. There are 27 miles of trails to explore, including a half-mile boardwalk across the wetlands, and visitors can also cycle through the forest, go on a geocaching adventure, or fish in one of the park's lakes. Plenty of campsites are available, but if you want to spend the night in a little more comfort, you can also rent a rustic cabin.
21901 FM 762 Rd, Needville, TX 77461, Phone: 979-553-5102
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3.Cedar Hill State Park
Sprawling along the shore of Joe Pool Lake, the Cedar Hill State Park is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Visitors often come here to swim, boat, and fish in the lake, and the park offers boat ramps, lighted fishing jetties, and even a perch pond for younger children to fish in. If you want to add an educational slant to your vacation, you can also pay a visit to the Penn Farm Agricultural History Center, where you'll learn about how the history of farming as you tour a historic family farm.
1570 FM1382, Cedar Hill, TX 75104, Phone: 972 291-3900
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4.Dinosaur Trail Cabins & Cottages
Just outside the historic town of Granbury, Dinosaur Trail Cabins & Cottages is a rural bed and breakfast named for the dinosaur-lined trail that weaves through the forest. The largest cabin can sleep up to eight people, and it features two porches, spacious living and dining areas, and an Indiana Jones themed bedroom with a decorative rope bridge. If you have an even larger group, there are also two other one-bedroom cabins best suited to double occupancy. A family-style breakfast is served in the dining room each morning, and a minimum two-night stay is required on weekends.
2800 TX-144, Granbury, TX 76048, Phone: 817-573-3023
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5.Dinosaur Valley State Park
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Home to hundreds of fossilized dinosaur tracks, Dinosaur Valley State Park is another great place to go if your kids are crazy about dinosaurs. Most of the tracks are in the riverbed, and although they can be a bit tricky to spot, you can pick up a map of the best places to see them at the Visitor's Center. There are also 20 miles of trails for hiking and biking, and equestrians are welcome to bring their horses and explore the South Primitive Area. Campsites can be found in several different areas, although only some have electricity, picnic tables, and potable water.
1629 Park Rd 59, Glen Rose, TX 76043, Phone: 254-897-4588
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6.Foxfire Log Cabins
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Nestled in the heart of Texas Hill Country, the Foxfire Log Cabins do an excellent job of creating a welcoming family-friendly atmosphere. There are more than a dozen different cabins to choose from, ranging in size from cozy one-bedroom cottages to spacious multi-family houses, but all guests are welcome to swim in the property's spectacular swimming hole, go fly-fishing, or simply relax and enjoy the views of the Sabinal River. Not all of the cabins have TVs, but if you're stuck inside on a rainy day, you can borrow puzzles and board games from the office.
117 Olsen Ranch Rd, Vanderpool, TX 78885, Phone: 830-966-2200
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7.Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center
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Boasting ten restaurants, a waterpark, and almost five acres of indoor gardens, Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center truly embodies the saying that "everything is bigger in Texas". Access to all amenities is included in the resort fee, and during the summer, there's also a Western-themed waterpark with a lazy river. There are endless things to keep the younger members of your family entertained, but the resort certainly didn't forget to cater for its adult guests; the hotel spa offers an incredible selection of treatments, and live music is played every night in the on-site nightclub.
1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine, TX 76051, Phone: 817-778-1000
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8.Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa
Occupying a 300-acre property in one of the most scenic parts of Texas, the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa is a truly luxurious place for a family getaway. Kids will be delighted by the 4-acre waterpark, which features a wave machine and a waterslide, while adults can spend their time on the 27-hole championship golf course or in the upscale spa. There are also activities the whole family will enjoy, including cycling trails, a volleyball court, and evening smores. Many of the rooms feature private patios or balconies, and families who want more space can also book one of the luxurious suites.
9800 Hyatt Resort Dr, San Antonio, TX 78251, Phone: 210-647-1234
9.Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa
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Another of the best Hyatt resorts in Texas, the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa can be found on a 405-acre property right next to the Colorado River. The McKinney Roughs Nature Park is right next door, but there are plenty of things to keep you entertained at the resort, including a swimming beach, an 18-hole golf course, and a children's waterpark with a 1,000-foot lazy river. Dining options range from an elegant fine dining restaurant to an old-fashioned general store selling ice cream and other treats, and there's also a beautiful on-site spa.
575 Hyatt Lost Pines Rd, Cedar Creek, TX 78612, Phone: 512-308-1234
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10.Inks Lake State Park
Located right next to a scenic lake on the Colorado River, Inks Lake State Park is only an hour away from Austin. Boating and water skiing are two of the most popular activities, but there's also a no-wake zone reserved for paddling. Canoes, kayaks, and paddle boats can be rented on-site. If you'd rather stay on dry land, you can explore the park's nine miles of hiking trails, spend some time hiding in the bird blind, or fish from the pier. When it comes to overnight accommodation, visitors have their pick of cabins and campsites, many of which are right on the water.
3630 Park Rd 4 W, Burnet, TX 78611, Phone: 512-793-2223
11.Isla Grand Beach Resort
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South Padre Island is one of the best places in Texas for a family getaway with a tropical fee, and Isla Grand Beach Resort is undoubtedly one of the best places you can stay on the island. The 10-acre property boasts a fantastic location overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, and there's an outdoor pool with lounge chairs, a cocktail bar with live music, and a program of kids' activities during the summer. All of the rooms can accommodate up to 4 people, and there are also more than 60 two-bedroom condos that can sleep up to 6.
500 Padre Blvd South Padre Island, Texas 78597-6615, Phone: 956-761-6511
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12.JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa
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Boasting seven restaurants and more than 1,000 spacious rooms and suites, the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa is one of the most comprehensive family resorts in Texas. Some of the state's biggest attractions are within easy driving distance, including SeaWorld and Six Flags Fiesta Texas, but there's no reason to leave the resort unless you want to. The nine-acre waterpark will ensure your kids always have something to do, and while they're busy splashing around, you can retreat to the luxurious spa, to the tranquil adults-only pool, or to one of the resort's five bars.
23808 Resort Pkwy, San Antonio, TX 78261, Phone: 210-276-2500
13.La Cantera Resort & Spa
Less than two miles away from The Shops at La Cantera mall and the rides at Six Flags Fiesta Texas, La Cantera Resort & Spa is exactly where you want to base yourself if your family loves shopping, sightseeing, and exhilarating amusement park rides. A complimentary shuttle is offered to nearby attractions, but if you'd rather stay at the resort, you can lounge in a private cabana by the pool, play a round of golf on one of the resort's two courses, or relax in the secluded spa. There's also a day camp program for kids aged 4 to 12.
16641 La Cantera Pkwy, San Antonio, TX 78256, Phone: 210-558-6500
14.Lajitas Golf Resort
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An upscale Old West-inspired resort that welcomes families and celebrities alike, Lajitas Golf Resort is a 27,000-acre ranch hidden away in the historic Big Bend of Southwestern Texas. The resort boasts one of the most beautiful golf courses in Texas, and there's also a wonderful selection of family-friendly activities to choose from, including horseback rides, canyon ziplining tours, and shooting sports. The rooms and suites are decorated in an Old West style, and if you want more of an outdoorsy experience, you can also stay at the ranch's RV park, which includes access to all resort amenities.
HC 70, Lajitas, TX 79852, Phone: 432-424-5000
15.Lakeway Resort and Spa
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Siting right on the shore of Lake Travis, the Lakeway Resort and Spa is an upscale resort with three outdoor pools, a private marina, and a full-service spa. A wide range of different boats can be rented from the marina, including luxury yachts, fishing boats, jet skis, but guests are welcome to dock their own boats here as well. There are also endless activities to keep kids entertained, including arts and crafts programs, a mini golf course, and outdoor movies. Every room has floor-to-ceiling windows with gorgeous views of either the lake or the surrounding hills, and many also have private balconies.
101 Lakeway Dr, Lakeway, TX 78734, Phone: 512-261-6600
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16.Meridian State Park
Tucked away in the forested hills outside Waco, Meridian State Park is a wonderfully peaceful park that attracts nature lovers from all over the state. The centerpiece of the park is its 72-acre lake, which is encircled by an excellent hiking trail dotted with limestone fossils and beautiful viewpoints. The water is perfect for swimming and fishing, and no-wake boating is permitted as well. Boats can be rented on-site if you don't have your own. Cabins and screened shelters are available for rent, and if you'd like to camp, you can choose between primitive sites and ones with full hookups.
173 Park Road #7 Meridian, TX 76665, Phone: 254 435-2536
17.Mustang Island State Park
Situated on a barrier island on the Gulf Coast, Mustang Island State Park is named for the wild mustangs that lived here until the late 1800s. There are five miles of beachfront perfect for swimming, strolling, and soaking up the sun, and there are some beautiful picnic areas perfect for families. There's also a 20-mile paddling trail for canoers and kayakers, which passes through some excellent fishing areas. Half the campsites have water and electric hookups while the other half are primitive, but all can be reached by car, and restrooms are easily accessible from both.
9394 TX-361, Corpus Christi, TX 78418, Phone: 361-749-5246
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18.Padre Island National Seashore
Stretching for 70 miles along the Gulf of Mexico, the Padre Island National Seashore is the world's longest undeveloped barrier island. The unspoiled wilderness offers ample opportunities for paddling, fishing, and hiking, and between the middle of June and the end of August, you might even be able to see a sea turtle hatchling release if you're willing to wake up early. Most of the beach is open to four-wheel-drive vehicles, and camping is permitted along most of the beach as well as long as you have a permit. There are also several campgrounds with basic amenities.
20420 Park Rd 22, Corpus Christi, TX 78418, Phone: 361-949-8068
19.Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area
Centered around a 45-acre man-made lake, the Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area has been a popular recreation spot since it was created in the mid-1930s. There are three hiking trails in the park, two of which are especially well-suited to families, and kids can swim in the lake or keep themselves busy on the playground. The lake is also excellent for fishing, and although electric motors are permitted on the water, many people choose to fish from the pier as well. More than 50 campsites are available, including some with electric hookups, and reservations can be made two days in advance.
TX-7, Ratcliff, TX 75858, Phone: 936-655-2299
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20.Splashway Waterpark and Campground
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Splashway Waterpark and Campground is easy to get to regardless of whether you're in Austin, Houston, or San Antonio, and it offers everything you need for an unforgettable family getaway. The waterpark has something for everyone; parents with small children can float around the lazy river or splash around in Toddler Bay, while older kids and adults in search of an adrenaline rush can spin around in the Tubular Tornado or zip down Ray's Racers. The campground is open year-round, and in addition to tents and RV sites, guests can stay in cozy cabins or cottages.
Campground Office, 5235 2nd St, Sheridan, TX 77475, Phone: 979-234-7718
21.The Resort at Schlitterbahn
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Part of the massive Schlitterbahn Waterpark, the Resort at Schlitterbahn is undoubtedly the best place to stay if you want to spend some time at this famous waterpark's original location. Guests will enjoy access to the world's largest collection of water rides, which includes everything from an uphill water coaster to an exciting inland surfing ride, and there's also a water playground for your youngest family members. The park is open almost every day during the summer as well as on weekends during the spring and fall, but it's advisable to book your stay well in advance no matter what the time of year.
305 W Austin St, New Braunfels, TX 78130, Phone: 830-625-2351
22.The San Luis Resort
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Set on a 32-acre beachfront property, the San Luis Resort is one of the most beautiful places to stay on Galveston Island. The property boasts fantastic views of the Gulf of Mexico, and there's a heated tropical pool lined with lounge chairs and private cabanas for rent. Guests can also book special packages that include food and beverage credit, spa treatments, or admission to the thrilling rides at the nearby Pleasure Pier. Accommodation options range from standard guest rooms to spacious private villas with in-room hot tubs, and there are ten on-site restaurants for guests to enjoy.
5222 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77551, Phone: 409-744-1500
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23.The Westin Stonebriar Hotel & Golf Club
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If you're trying to plan a luxurious family vacation near Frisco, look no further than the Westin Stonebriar Hotel & Golf Club. The highlight of the resort is its 18-hole championship golf course, but there are plenty of things to keep non-golfers entertained as well, including a lagoon-style outdoor pool, an elegant spa, and a Kids' Club. Babysitting services can be arranged through the front desk if needed, and the hotel also sometimes offers special family packages that include a discount on a second room and free kids' meals with the purchase of an adult meal
1549 Legacy Dr, Frisco, TX 75034, Phone: 972-668-8000
24.The Woodlands Resort
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Hidden in the middle of a 500-acre forested property, the Woodlands Resort is a truly enchanting place to stay. Amenities include a waterpark with a lazy river, a luxurious spa, and two championship golf courses, and the property is crisscrossed with 200 miles of trails perfect for walking, jogging, or cycling. The resort also prides itself on providing a family-friendly experience, and there are always seasonal activities for kids to enjoy, including everything from holiday cookie decorating to exciting scavenger hunts. There are more than 400 rooms and suites to choose from, and most have floor-to-ceiling windows with fantastic views.
2301 N Millbend Dr, The Woodlands, TX 77380, Phone: 281-367-1100
25.Tyler State Park
Encompassing almost 1,000 acres in Smith County, Tyler State Park offers 13 miles of trails, plenty of wildlife, and a 64-acre lake that can be used for fishing and boating. Canoes, kayaks, and standup paddleboards can be rented from the park store, and fishing rods and reels can be borrowed as well. There are also three fishing piers if you'd rather stay on dry land. Visitors who want to spend the night in the park have their pick of campsites, and cabins and screened shelters are available for anyone who wants a bit more comfort.
789 Park Rd 16, Tyler, TX 75706, Phone: 903-597-5338
25 Best Family Getaways in Texas
- Camp Jellystone, Photo: Iuliia Sokolovska/stock.adobe.com
- Brazos Bend State Park, Photo: amadeustx/stock.adobe.com
- Cedar Hill State Park, Photo: aphotostory/stock.adobe.com
- Dinosaur Trail Cabins & Cottages, Photo: Tamme/stock.adobe.com
- Dinosaur Valley State Park, Photo: W.Scott McGill/stock.adobe.com
- Foxfire Log Cabins, Photo: Foxfire Log Cabins
- Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, Photo: Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center
- Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa, Photo: whyframeshot/stock.adobe.com
- Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa, Photo: New Africa/stock.adobe.com
- Inks Lake State Park, Photo: snatalia/stock.adobe.com
- Isla Grand Beach Resort, Photo: Isla Grand Beach Resort
- JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa, Photo: JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa
- La Cantera Resort & Spa, Photo: oatawa/stock.adobe.com
- Lajitas Golf Resort, Photo: Lajitas Golf Resort
- Lakeway Resort and Spa, Photo: Lakeway Resort and Spa
- Meridian State Park, Photo: Venera/stock.adobe.com
- Mustang Island State Park, Photo: Wirestock/stock.adobe.com
- Padre Island National Seashore, Photo: CheriAlguire/stock.adobe.com
- Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area, Photo: yarohork/stock.adobe.com
- Splashway Waterpark and Campground, Photo: Splashway Waterpark and Campground
- The Resort at Schlitterbahn, Photo: The Resort at Schlitterbahn
- The San Luis Resort, Photo: The San Luis Resort
- The Westin Stonebriar Hotel & Golf Club, Photo: The Westin Stonebriar Hotel & Golf Club
- The Woodlands Resort, Photo: The Woodlands Resort
- Tyler State Park, Photo: witthaya/stock.adobe.com
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