Some say an apple a day, we say how about a weekend getaway! A quick trip close to home may be just what the doctor ordered to put some pep back in your step. Take a minute to drool over our top picks for weekend getaways in Texas. From small town shopping to lakeside lounging, one of these delicious spots will surely have you packing your trusty weekender.
The Best Weekend Getaways in Texas with Kids
1. #Lakelife at Horseshoe Bay Resort
Horseshoe Bay Resort is a destination lake resort on the shores of Lake LBJ. While Inks Lake State Park and several wineries are within 30 miles of the resort, your family may never want to leave this fabulous property. There are so many fun things for the family to do together at this lakeside weekend getaway in Texas!
Swim in the lake or pool, lounge on the lakeside sandy beach, play on the 18-hole putting course, or rent a water toy at the full service marina. Special programming includes a Birds of the Bay exhibit of live exotic birds, movies on the lawn, live musical performances, and special holiday events.
When it’s time to split up, send the kids to the Jungle Kids Club while you hit the spa, fitness center, or golf course. Wrap the day up with dinner onsite, a sunset cruise, and s’mores by the fire. Lodging choices include classic hotel rooms in the Tower, family condos in the Palm Villas, and private condo rentals in the Waters.
2. Immerse Yourselves in Nature at Canyon of the Eagles
Canyon of the Eagles is located on Lake Buchanan, the largest of the Highland Lakes. Everything about this remote, rustic resort aims to connect your family to the surrounding natural environment. From the Eagle Eye Observatory to guided nature walks, you will feed your family’s appreciation for the great outdoors. The property offers 900+ acres to explore, with 14 miles of hiking trails and exquisite views of the lake. The Canyon Cruise (open to kids 8+) is a two-hour sightseeing cruise of the lake. When it’s time to relax, family movies, craft classes for kids, and live music on the lawn will be waiting.
The park store is stocked with the basics plus kayaks, handmade pizza, souvenirs, and beer/wine. Lodging choices include rooms in small, cabin-like buildings spread throughout the hills above the lake, and wooded campsites for tents and RVs. The entire property is pet-friendly. The Overlook Restaurant serves Texas cuisine crafted from free-range meats and local produce. For more casual noshing, the Eagle’s Nest Lounge has a full cocktail menu with flatbreads, salads, and burgers.
3. Endless Entertainment at Moody Gardens Galveston Island
Fill your days with adventure at Moody Gardens. This education and entertainment complex is 45 minutes southeast of Houston on Galveston Island. The complex is centered around three large, glass pyramids. One houses an enclosed rainforest habitat, the second has an aquarium, and the third has rotating exhibits akin to a science museum. Families can meander through the pyramids at their own pace, observing all kinds of animals and ecosystems up close. It’s like a sleepover at the aquarium, but way more comfortable.
Adventurous kiddos can conquer five stories of obstacles on the ropes course and zipline, adults can sneak in some time at the spa, and everyone can stay cool at the pool. The Palm Beach pool complex showcases a lazy river, wave pool, two slides, and a water playground. The hotel on property has a casual dining restaurant, coffee shop, and an upscale steakhouse.
4. Unwind at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa
The name of the game at this hill country resort is chill. Sometimes that’s all we need for a weekend getaway in Texas, am I right? It’s a fantastic counterpoint to all of the hustle and bustle in San Antonio (looking at you SeaWorld and Six Flags!).
The star of the show at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort is the water park, so plan on letting the kids swim until they turn into prunes. The pool has a zero-entry, sandy beach and is connected to a lazy river, river rapids, and large tube slides. Golf one of the two onsite courses, make an appointment at the full service spa, or jog the nature trails through the countryside. Several restaurants onsite will keep you well fed, whether you need a quick snack or crave a big, juicy steak.
5. Soak Up Small Town Texas Charm in Grapevine
Shopping, shows, and train rides, oh my! Grapevine, Texas is a half hour northwest of Dallas. It became a settlement in 1844 after General Sam Houston negotiated a treaty with the local Native American tribes to allow settlers to homestead in the area. Historic downtown showcases much of the local history, where homages to the past mingle with contemporary galleries, shops, and restaurants.
Take a ride on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad, and don’t miss the live action story of the “Would-Be Train Robbers” at the Glockenspiel Clock Tower. Learn even more by visiting the Settlement to City Museums and Nash Farm, or strolling the Public Art Trail. To wrap up the day, The Texas Star Dinner Theater features a comedic murder mystery set in the Wild West.
When you are done with small town life, take a refreshing swim in Lake Grapevine. There are multiple parks with fishing, hiking trails, swimming beaches, and boat rentals on the lake. Stay in luxury at the larger-than-life Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center or keep it simple at the Vineyards Campground and Cabins. Both are lakefront properties with easy access to historic downtown.