Texas is home to many wonderful outdoor recreational areas and other places of interest to visitors. If you want to get back to nature in a wilderness area, enjoy star-gazing, camp-fire stories and s’mores, glamping is the way to go. Glamping provided the ideal marriage of camping fun and home comforts and offers an ideal introduction to the joys of camping for reluctant campers. There are several glamping resorts which offer a wide array of outdoor activities for families including Walden Retreats, Geronimo Creek, River Road Treehouses and the Lighthouse Resort and Marina. Couples who are seeking a romantic getaway can consider Sinya on Lone Man Creek or The Collective – Hill County. If you fancy a few nights in a tree house, Cypress Valley or River Road Treehouses are ideal choices

1. Walden Retreats

Walden Retreats
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At Walden Retreats you can experience the joy of communing with nature without having to give up your home comforts. The retreat is located on 96 acres of prime Texas wilderness, one hour from Austin, overlooking the Pedernales River. Here you will find beautiful safari-style tents, spaced far apart to ensure privacy and serenity. These ultimate glamping tents each have a private deck area overlooking the river, King-size bed, private bathroom, camping kitchen and air-conditioning. On-site activities include walking/hiking, fly-fishing, mountain biking, river tubing and much more. In addition, the camp is close to several wineries, great shopping in Fredericksburg and many other attractions.

Walden Retreats, 1388 Gibson Road, Johnson City, TX 78636, Phone: 830-321-0295

2. Geronimo Creek Retreat, Texas

Geronimo Creek Retreat, Texas
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The Geronimo Creek Retreat is conveniently located just 13 miles south east of New Braunfels, where it offers a wide variety of fun activities and comfortable accommodation for a glamping vacation. The glamping teepees are set around a spring-fed pond and each of them has two queen beds, private shower/toilet, kitchenette, TV, outdoor deck, fire pit with grill and a picnic table. Active vacationers can look forward to enjoying swimming, free kayaking, paddle-boarding and rope-swings into the clean creek water. Other on-site activities include volley-ball, ping-pong, hot-tub, fire pits and fishing. At the other end of the scale you could just kick back and relax as you watch the activities from your hammock.

Geronimo Creek Retreat, 2050 Laubach Road, Sequin, TX 78155, Phone: 888-993-6772

3. Sinya on Lone Man Creek

Sinya on Lone Man Creek
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Sinya is probably one of the most romantic couples’ destinations in the Lone Star State. The camp was inspired after a life-changing African Safari, and the fabulous glamping tent was sourced from South Africa and is named after a rescued orphan Elephant. Staying at Sinya provides an outstanding glamping experience with all the frills. Your tent is furnished with beautiful bespoke furnishings including a King bed (with luxury linens), bedside tables and lamps, fully-equipped camp kitchen and an en-suite shower room. To ensure your comfort there is air-conditioning, a ceiling fan and a wood burning stove. Outdoors there are various seating areas, a romantic hot tub and a hammock; a short stroll will bring you to a creek-side deck ideal for yoga, fishing and kayak launching.

Sinya, Deer Lake Estates, Wimberley, TX 78676, Phone: 713-502-3997

4. River Road Treehouses

River Road Treehouses
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River Road Treehouses offer visitors a whole new take on glamping. At this resort your “glamping” tent has been replaced by a fun, fully-equipped tree house. Although these are a lot more comfortable than tents, they still offer all the fun activities of a camping holiday. The wooden tree houses are reached via an elevated boardwalk through the cedar forest. Each house has a fully-equipped kitchen, dining area, and lounge with satellite TV, Wi-Fi, and air conditioner. Each cabin has a master suite with a king bed and a loft area with several beds. Most of the activities center on the Guadalupe River where you can enjoy tubing, swimming, kayaking and fishing. Picnic tables and grills are set up along the banks of the river for all-day fun.

River Road Treehouses, 12660 River Road, New Braunfels, TX 78132, Phone: 800-551-6949

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5. El Cosmico, Texas

El Cosmico, Texas
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Located in Marfa on the high plains desert of south-western Texas, El Cosmico is a truly unique place to visit. The campground offers glamping facilities for all tastes, including teepees, yurts, vintage trailers and safari-style tents. All come equipped with comfortable queen beds, simple lighting, charging station and towels and linens. If you would prefer a larger suite with outdoor deck and air-conditioning you need to select a yurt or one of the trailers. Wi-Fi is available in the lobby. Marfa is renowned for attracting many artists and there are top-class galleries to explore. Other near-by attractions include the Big Bend State and National Parks, the McDonald Observatory and much more.

El Cosmico, 802 S. Highland Avenue, Marfa, TX 79843, Phone: 432-729-1950

6. Wahwahtaysee Resort, Texas

Wahwahtaysee Resort, Texas
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Taking glamping to new heights of luxury and pampering, the Wahwahtaysee Resort is located on 100 acres along the banks of the San Marcos River, one hour from both Austin and San Antonio. The property is home to just 5 glamping tents and a container cabin, which means that everyone has masses of outdoor recreational space to enjoy. The bespoke safari tents were made in South Africa and each one has been beautifully appointed to capture the essence of a glamping experience. Each tent offer a king bed with luxury linens, seating area, kitchenette and full bathroom with shower, spa bath and toilet. Outside there is a Big Green Egg for BBQ, outdoor seating and a private golf cart for exploring the estate. Gourmet DIY meal kits can be delivered to your tent.

Wahwahtaysee Resort, 17062 FM-20, Kingsbury, TX 78638, Phone: 512-412-4596

7. Liney Moon

Liney Moon
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The Liney Moon is essentially a wedding and function venue which can accommodate a fair number of guests in a variety of accommodation options. However, the little Horseshoe Cottages and the larger Triplet Cottages can be rented individually for a family glamping weekend or vacation. Each of these quaint little “rooms” is equipped with the King Bed, a tiny outdoor deck with chairs and necessities like a shower room, mini-fridge and a coffee maker. The Triplet Cottages have 2 Queen Beds, 2 twins and a full-size futon. The property has an outdoor swimming pool and is located close to many local Dripping Springs attractions.

Liney Moon Hotel, 5401 W. Fitzhugh Rd, Dripping Springs, TX 78620, Phone: 512-954-8534

8. Green Acres, Texas

Green Acres, Texas
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Green Acres is located on 25 lush acres in Bastrop County, just 25 miles east of Austin. The property is the ideal place for couples and families to enjoy a serene glamping weekend or an artistic retreat. The property offers a selection of 5 individually decorated yurts which can sleep up to 4 people, depending on which one you choose. In addition, there is an Airstream trailer for 2, the Spartan Mansion (for up to 5) and the Lodge, which can comfortable accommodate up to 6 guests. The suites all include comfortable Queen Beds, premium linens, indoor and outdoor seating and the use of clean bathhouses. There is a vintage barn on the property which is a favorite evening meeting place for guests. In addition, everyone is welcome to use the communal outdoor kitchen.

Green Acres, Elgin, TX 78621, Phone: 512-484-7939

9. Davis Ranch Retreat

Davis Ranch Retreat
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Guests at the Davis Ranch in central Texas can take a nostalgic journey back to their childhood days when they check into the retreats’ fabulous Tree House. The Tree House is anchored to 4 sturdy trees and is reached via an elevated wooden walkway. Inside you will find all you need for a glamorous version of camping - a large comfortable bed, a proper shower/toilet, a coffee station and a small outdoor deck with seating, overlooking the ranch. Guests are invited to explore the expansive ranch using your supplied silent golf cart, and to meet the many and varied ranch animals including real Texas longhorn cattle. There is an outdoor swimming pool and a communal fire pit.

Davis Ranch Retreat, 1110 Peach Creek Rd, Waelder, TX 78959, Phone: 512-921-1500

10. Texas Glamping: Cypress Valley

Texas Glamping: Cypress Valley
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At Cypress Valley you can reconnect to your inner child as you explore a wonderful outdoor wonderland and sleep in a tree house. If that sounds a bit extreme it’s because you have not yet seen the tree houses. Built on and around ancient cypress trees, these are the tree houses of your dreams. Using solar power, the eco-friendly tree houses each have a Queen Bed and outdoor seating area, and have access to rustic ground-level restrooms. Loft Haven is a unique aerial yurt built around a tree trunk and connected to a private bathhouse and kitchen by means of a 40-ft aerial walkway. On-site activities include canopy tours, zip line and much more.

Cypress Valley, 1223 Paleface Ranch Road S, Spicewood, TX 78669, Phone: 512-264-8880

11. The Cell Block

The Cell Block
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When you are ready for something completely different in the way of glamping you need look no further than the Cell Block, located in the heart of downtown Clifton. Here you have the opportunity to spend a night (or two) in an honest-to-goodness jail cell, which was built in the Bonnie and Clyde era. Today the cell has been converted to a modern glamping alternative, where you can relax and enjoy nostalgic old-timer music on the record player, sip a complimentary libation and play a game of dominos. Your cell has the equivalent of a Prison Yard with fire pit on its’ roof-top. By day you can explore Clifton’s famous Art Alley, meet the artists, do some shopping and visit some local restaurants.

The Cell Block, 120 Clifton Art Alley, Clifton, TX 76634, Phone: 254-227-5656

12. Lighthouse Resort and Marina

Lighthouse Resort and Marina
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The Lighthouse Resort and Marina is a popular destination for boating enthusiasts and outdoor adventure seekers. Located on the shores of Lake Texoma, the resort has been attracting family vacationers for over 50 years. If you would like to try glamping, the resort offers a variety of basic cabins which make it easy to combine a camping experience with a few home comforts like cable TV, towels, linens, cookware and more. Each of the cabins has a small fridge, a BBQ grill and a coffee pot. Slip rental is available if you are bringing your own boat – if not you can rent one on-site. The fishing is rumored to be wonderful and there is a long list of activities varying from yoga to SUP lessons.

Lighthouse Resort and Marina, 300 Lighthouse Dr, Pottsboro, TX 75076, Phone: 903-361-5070

13. The Collective, Hill County

The Collective, Hill County
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Located on Montesino Ranch near Wimberley, The Collective Hill County offers discerning guests an exceptional glamping experience which includes fine-dining, super-fast Wi-Fi and more. The glamping tents have been beautifully appointed and you can choose a King Bed or Twin Doubles. Each tent has an in-suite bathroom with rain shower and flushing toilet as well as signature toiletries. Guests can order their breakfast to be taken in-suite, while wonderful ranch-to-fork lunches and dinners are served at Three Peaks Lodge. If you would like a traditional BBQ you can order a DIY box of ingredients. On-site activities include pilates/yoga fusion, meditation, hiking, biking and horse-back riding and more.

The Collective - Hill County, 7431 Fulton Ranch Road, Wimberley, TX 78676, Phone: 970-445-2033

14. 4 C’s Rodeo Ranch

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Located in Stephenville, the Cowboy Capital of the World, the 4 C’s Rodeo Ranch is the ideal destination for a vacation with a difference. Here equestrians can spend a week or two living the rodeo life, alongside their horses, just 1.4 miles from the Lone Star Arena. The facility offers both outdoor and under-cover practice arenas and spacious stall rentals for your horses. The modern, furnished cabins are ideal for the family, offering a very comfortable form of glamping. Each of the cabins has two bedrooms and two bathrooms as well as a fully fitted kitchen with fridge and cooker. There is also an on-site communal laundry facility.

4 C’s Rodeo Ranch, 2370 FM 205, Stephenville, TX 76401, Phone: 817-980-9946

15. Basecamp Terlingua, Texas

Basecamp Terlingua, Texas
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Basecamp Terlingua is perfectly located for guests to explore attractions like the Big Bend National Park, Big Bend Ranch State Park and Terlingua Ghost Town. The camp offers a range of glamping options including luxury Tipi’s, clear-top Bubbles, Lotus Tents, vintage trailers and casitas. All the options include comfortable beds with quality linens, Wi-Fi, outdoor seating with fire pit and grills and all have temperature control systems. All the options have access to washrooms offering hot showers, towels and toiletries. You can embrace the camping life and cook all your meals outdoors under the wide Texas skies or find a variety of restaurants within a 5-mile radius.

Basecamp Terlingua, 500 Kempf Road, Terlingua, TX 79852

16. Glamping Near Me: The Hideaway Ranch

Glamping Near Me: The Hideaway Ranch
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If you have always wondered what it may be like to live on a genuine Texas Ranch, the Hideaway Ranch in Bluff Dale is waiting to give you the opportunity to try it out. Here you can get a glimpse of everyday life on a working ranch while getting back to nature in one of their rustic glamping cabins. The cabins are widely spaced to ensure privacy and peace. Guests can enjoy watching a large variety of North Texas wildlife roaming around - these include buffalo, long-horn cattle, Paint horses, goats, llamas and more. Each of the cabins has an outdoor patio with star-gazing chairs, a hot-tub, outdoor fire pit and grill. Indoors there are comfortable beds, TV, kitchen and bathroom.

The Hideaway Ranch, 1022 Private Rd 1250, Bluff Dale, TX 76433, Phone: 254-823-6606

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17. Glamping in Texas: Baron’s Creekside Accommodation

Glamping in Texas: Baron’s Creekside Accommodation
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Surrounded by mature trees and meandering streams on a 26-acre vineyard, guests find it hard to believe that Baron’s Creekside resort is located just minutes away from downtown Fredericksburg. The property offers a variety of comfortable cabins and lodges, but if you are after an authentic glamping experience, the Conestoga wagon is the obvious choice. The beautiful replica wagon contains a comfortable Queen Bed (plus bunk beds if you are bringing the kids), a mini-kitchen with coffee maker and ice-chest and a seating area. Outside you have a private gypsy wagon which houses your shower/vanity and toilet. There is an outdoor fire-pit and grill and outdoor seating.

Baron’s Creekside Wagon, 316 Goehmann Lane, Fredericksburg, TX 78624, Phone: 830-990-4048

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