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Baby Equipment Rentals - companies in Texas that rent baby gear and equipment including car seats, strollers, cribs and more

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Zoos

Abilene Zoological Gardens
PO Box 60
Abilene, Texas 79604
Phone: (915) 676-6085
The zoo maintains a collection of both plants and animals. The animal exhibits are surrounded by plants, native to South Texas. The visitor is encouraged to compare animals and habitats from Southwestern United States and Central America to similar regions from Africa and Madagascar. The zoo cares for more than 800 animals representing over 200 species. The zoo maintains four (4) species of primates, African Elephants, Giraffes and several aquariums.

Gladys Porter Zoo
500 Ringgold St
Brownsville, Texas 78520
Phone: (956) 546-7187
The Gladys Porter Zoo's living collections are comprised of plants, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fishes and invertebrates from most major ecosystems. There are over 1,500 animal specimens, representing approximately 400 species, 47 of which are listed as endangered. The botanical collection is comprised of over 250 species and subspecies of tropical and neo-tropical plants.

Texas State Aquarium
2710 N Shoreline Blvd
Corpus Christi, Texas 78402
Phone: (361) 881-1200

Dallas Aquarium at Fair Park
PO Box 150113
Dallas, Texas 75315
Phone: (214) 670-8443
The Aquarium is home to a varied collection of approximately 6,000 aquatic animals, including marine and freshwater fish, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. The Aquarium also participates in a number of national and international conservation and research projects. It is a leader in the breeding of critically endangered Texas species, such as the Texas blind salamander, and of several desert fishes that are already extinct in nature.

Dallas World Aquarium
1801 N Griffin St
Dallas, Texas 75202
Phone: (214) 720-2224
Descend into a South American rainforest filled with rare and indigenous plants, monkeys, and beautiful soft-billed toucans. Follow the bamboo-planked paths down into the jungle where you find crocodiles below, a black jaguar in a tree, and experience a face-to-face encounter with vicious piranhas! The path continues underwater for a look at the worlds largest freshwater aquarium filled with giant catfish, schooling cichilds, and huge turtles. You then find yourself surrounded by more than 85,000 gallons of saltwater, including a 22,000 gallon walk through tunnel. Giant Humphead wrasses, stingrays, endangered Green sea turtles, and rare Leafy seadragons are only a few of the intriguing marine life at the aquarium.

Dallas Zoo
650 So. R.L. Thorton Fwy
Dallas, Texas 75203
Phone: (214) 670-6826
Founded in 1888; 95 developed acres; Participates in national Species Survival Plans for 37 species, including gorillas, tigers, chimps, lemurs, okapis and Bali mynahs; Divided into two major areas: ZooNorth and the Wilds of Africa

El Paso Zoo
4001 E Paisano Dr
El Paso, Texas 79905
Phone: (915) 521-1850
The El Paso Zoo is an eighteen-acre home to more than 600 animals of 175 species in a variety of natural habitat exhibits including a Reptile House, American Biome, Americas Aviary, Paraje, Birds of Prey, Forest Atrium, Asian Grasslands, Asian Endangered Walk, and an Elephant Complex.

Fort Worth Zoo
1989 Colonial Pkwy
Fort Worth, Texas 76110
Phone: (817) 759-7000
Visit the Fort Worth Zoo and see more than 5000 exotic and native animals in beautifully landscaped natural habitats. The Fort Worth Zoo, established in 1909, is the oldest continuous zoo site in Texas and one of the top zoos in the nation.

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
PO Box 2189
Glen Rose, Texas 76043
Phone: (254) 897-2960
Just 50 miles southwest of Fort Worth, Texas, visitors to Fossil Rim Wildlife Center can observe over 1100 animals from five continents roaming free over 2700 acres. It is a safe haven for some of the worlds most endangered species including a host of native animals. Fossil Rim promotes excellence in wildlife conservation and education through its propagation and management programs, participation in scientific research, public education programming and training of conservation professionals. Fossil Rim was the first facility of its kind to be accredited by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association.

Houston Zoological Gardens
1513 N Macgregor Dr
Houston, Texas 77030
Phone: (713) 284-1300
Located on 55 acres in Hermann Park just minutes from downtown, the Houston Zoo has more than 5,000 animals representing over 700 species.

Downtown Aquarium (Houston)
410 Bagby St. @ Memorial
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: (713) 223-FISH (3474)
This magnificent six-acre entertainment and dining complex is a 500,000-gallon aquatic wonderland, home to over 200 species of aquatic life from around the globe. With two full-service restaurants, an upscale bar, a fully equipped ballroom, aquatic & geographic exhibits, shopping and a variety of amusements, Downtown Aquarium has it all!

Ellen Trout Zoo
402 Zoo Cir
Lufkin, Texas 75904
Phone: (936) 633-0399
The Zoo houses over 500 reptiles, birds and mammals from around the world.

Rainforest at Moody Gardens
1 Hope Blvd
Galveston, Texas 77554
Phone: (800) 582-4673
Water your imagination and travel the oceans of the world at The Aquarium at Moody Gardens. Step into the Rainforest Pyramid with thousands of tropical plants, exotic fish, birds and butterflies. Explore living in the stars at the Discovery Museum and take a rocking and rolling ride through the universe at the IMAX Ridefilm Theater. See spectacular images leap from the screen of our six-story IMAX 3D Theater and visit beautiful Palm Beach and the new Moody Gardens Hotel.

San Antonio Zoological Gardens & Aquarium
3903 N Saint Marys St
San Antonio, Texas 78212
Phone: (210) 734-7184
With over 3,500 animals representing 750 species, The San Antonio Zoo maintains one of the largest animal collections in the United States. Located in Brackenridge Park, the Zoo is situated at the headwaters of the San Antonio River, and is surrounded by scenic limestone cliffs.  The San Antonio Zoo's captive breeding success is recognized throughout the zoo community. The Zoo was the first to hatch and rear Caribbean flamingos, produce the first white rhinoceros born in North America, and is internationally acclaimed for its breeding success of the rare snow leopard. The San Antonio Zoo is also the only facility to exhibit the endangered whooping crane.  The San Antonio Zoo is located at the headwaters of the San Antonio River -- just minutes from the Alamo and the Riverwalk. Artesian water flows through the Zoo grounds, an abandoned rock quarry where tall oak, pecan, and bald cypress trees provide cool summer shade. Limestone cliffs surround the naturalistic enclosures and make dramatic backdrops for many of the animal habitats.

SeaWorld San Antonio
10500 Sea World Dr
San Antonio, Texas 78251
Phone: (210) 523-3611
Visit all the animals, see all the shows and attractions and ride all the rides.  A great family vacation spot on the west side of San Antonio.

Texas Zoo
110 Memorial Dr
Victoria, Texas 77901
Phone: (361) 573-7681
The Zoo's collection consists exclusively of animals indigenous to Texas and offers the only opportunity for many people to observe native Texas wildlife at close range. In 1984, the Texas Legislature recognized the Zoo's unique concept and contributions to wildlife conservation by proclaiming the Texas Zoo to be "The National Zoo of Texas".

Cameron Park Zoo
1701 N 4th St
Waco, Texas 76707
Phone: (254) 750-8400
You'll find many rare species living together at the Cameron Park Zoo, the nation's newest natural habitat zoo, located in Waco, Texas. At the zoo, you'll see zebras run with giraffes and antelopes as they would in the wild of the African Savannah. Perhaps you'll even watch as a playful White-Handed Gibbon taunts a pair of black swans, just as he would in his native homeland.

 


National Parks

Big Thicket National Preserve
Beaumont, Texas
Phone: (409) 246-2337
Hiking is available year-round though it is warm and humid during the summer months. Wildflower viewing is best from March to October. The Preserve is on two migratory flyways: the Central and Mississippi. Bird watching is excellent from mid-April to mid-May and less active during the fall. Boating, canoeing, fishing can be enjoyed from April to October. Hunting in specific areas is authorized by a Preserve issued permit, accompanied by a valid State of Texas Hunting License, from October to mid-January.

Big Bend National Park
Big Bend National Park, Texas
Phone: (915) 477-2251
The park covers over 801,000 acres of west Texas in the place where the Rio Grande makes a sharp turn - the Big Bend.  Hiking is the best way to experience, enjoy, and appreciate Big Bend National Park. A permit is required for all overnight trips, and can be obtained up to 24 hours in advance of the trip in person only.  The park is very large and remote. Remember that you will be at least 100 miles from a bank, hospital, pharmacy, or supermarket.  Camping, birdwatching, wildlife viewing, and float trips are popular park activities. Commercial float trips on the Rio Grande are available through outfitters just outside the park.

Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River
Big Bend National Park, Texas
Phone: (915) 477-2251
The spectacular river canyons, the primitive character of the Rio Grande, and its international flavor provide a stimulating environment for a high quality recreational and scenic experience. The river is a free-flowing river with a sufficient volume of water during normal years to permit full enjoyment of river recreational activities.

Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site
Brownsville, Texas
Phone: (956) 541-2785
On May 8, 1846 troops of the United States and Mexico clashed on the prairie of Palo Alto in the first battle of a two-year war.  Signed into law in June 1992, Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site preserves the 3,400-acre scene of this clash between nations and informs visitors about its national and international importance. As the only unit of the National Park Service with a primary focus on the U.S.-Mexican War, Palo Alto Battlefield also interprets the entire conflict--including the details of its origins and the broad range of consequences.

Padre Island National Seashore
Corpus Christi, Texas
Phone: (361) 949-8068
Padre Island National Seashore encompasses 133,000 acres of America's vanishing barrier islands. It is the longest remaining undeveloped barrier island in the world. White sand beaches, interior grasslands, ephemeral ponds and the Laguna Madre provide habitat for a wide variety of flora and fauna. The island is a mecca for tourists; from sun bathing to wind surfing to fishing, the island provides recreational opportunities for everyone to feel the wind in their faces and the surf on their feet.

Amistad National Recreation Area
Del Rio, Texas
Phone:(830)775-7491
Situated on the United States-Mexico Border, Amistad NRA is known primarily for excellent year round, water-based recreation including: boating, fishing, swimming, scuba diving and water-skiing. Amistad NRA also provides opportunities for picnicking, camping and hunting. The reservoir, at the confluence of the Rio Grande, Devils and Pecos rivers, was created by Amistad Dam in 1969. In addition to excellent recreation, this area is rich in archeology and rock art, and contains a wide variety of plant and animal life.

Lake Meredith National recreation Area
Fritch, Texas
Phone: (806) 857-3151
Contrasting spectacularly with its surroundings, Lake Meredith lies on the dry and windswept High Plains of the Texas Panhandle in a region known as Llano Estacado, or Staked Plain. Lake Meredith was created by Sanford Dam on the Canadian River and now fills many breaks whose walls are crowned with white limestone caprock, scenic buttes, pinnacles, and red-brown, wind-eroded coves.  Activities include boating, fishing, water skiing, swimming, and scuba diving.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Salt Flat, Texas
Phone: (915) 828-3251
This mountain mass contains portions of the world's most extensive and significant Permian limestone fossil reef. Also featured are a tremendous earth fault, lofty peaks, unusual flora and fauna, and a colorful record of the past. Guadalupe Peak, highest point in Texas at 8,749 feet; El Capitan, a massive limestone formation; McKittrick Canyon, with its unique flora and fauna; and the "Bowl", located in a high country conifer forest, are significant park features.

 


Museums

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
102 Cedar Street
Abilene, Texas 79601
Phone: (915) 673-4586

Cavanaugh Flight Museum
4572 Claire Chennault
Addison, Texas
Phone: (972) 380-8800
The museum encompasses nearly 50,000 square feet of display area in four hangars containing aircraft spanning history from World War I through Vietnam, artwork, artifacts and a gift shop.

The Don Harrington Discovery Center
1200 Streit Drive
Amarillo, Texas 79106
Phone: (806)-355-9547
Discovery is a hands-on experience at the Don Harrington Discovery Center. For two decades The Discovery Center has brought the excitement of science to the Texas Panhandle through static and visiting exhibits, planetarium shows, special events, educational/outreach programs, and children's science workshops.
Discovery Center visitors learn by putting hands and minds to work together on more than 100 different fascinating displays, each with a lesson to teach. The Horace and Kathrine Wilson Wing contains the Exploration Gallery, The Construction Zone, and Kidscovery areas that concentrate on different sciences.

Austin Children's Museum
201 Colorado Street
Austin, Texas 78701
Phone: (512) 472-2499
Mission: To provide innovative, participatory Museum exhibits, resources, and programs which encourage curiosity, creativity, learning, and appreciation for all children, their families, and those who work with children.

The Nature Discovery Center
7112 Newcastle
Bellaire, Texas
Phone: (713) 667-6550
The Nature Discovery Center, located in Bellaire TX (within Houston), is a hands-on center where families explore science and nature. Located in an historic home in four-acre Russ Pitman Park the Center offers Discovery Rooms, programs for children and adults, special events, and school programs.

The Children's Museum of the Brazos Valley
202 S. Bryan (next to Old Bryan Marketplace)
Bryan, Texas 77803
Phone: (409) 779-KIDS
A world where children will shop for groceries, paint a Volkswagen, build with blocks and take things apart. Where kids will become actors on a stage, doctors in an ambulance or puppeteers. Where they learn how water moves and flows, how tortillas are made and how people lived and played years ago. Where all children will learn through play in a fun and safe environment.

The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
1000 George Bush Drive West
College Station, Texas 77845
Phone: (979) 260-9552
Museum exhibits reveal the unique influences and challenges which shaped George Bush's life and presidency. On a larger scale, this museum encompasses much of U.S. history since 1941. Through original artifacts, film, photographs, documents, music, sound effects, and interactive video and computerization, this special museum experience is both educational and entertaining. Some of the larger museum features include a World War II Avenger Torpedo Bomber, a 1947 Studebaker, a slab of the Berlin Wall, and precise replicas of President Bush's Camp David and Air Force One offices. The presidential exhibits document George Bush's exceptional leadership during times of crisis -- the reunification of Germany, the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the Gulf War.

USS Lexington Museum on the Bay
2914 North Shoreline Blvd.
Corpus Christi, Texas 78402
Phone: (361) 888-4873
Take a tour of the World War II Essex Class aircraft carrier

Dallas Museum of Natural History
3535 Grand Avenue in Fair Park
Dallas, Texas
Phone: 214-421-DINO
The mission of the Dallas Museum of Natural History is to further an understanding and appreciation of the natural world through collection-based research, education and exhibition programs; to further in particular an understanding of the biological diversity and natural history of Texas; and to preserve the collections for the enlightenment and enjoyment of future generations.

Science Center
1318 2nd Ave
Dallas, Texas 75210
Phone: 214-428-5555
The Science Place is about helping kids of all ages (age 0 through 109 ) understand why and how things work -- everything from the solar system to honey bees, from dinosaurs to sound waves. It is a place where kids can use their senses of touch, sight, hearing, smell, and imagination to understand the wonders of science and mathematics. At the Science Place, kids and their parents experience the thrill of discovery through hands-on exhibits, workshops, and special programs. The Science Place makes learning interesting, engaging, and fun!

Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
411 Elm Street @ Houston
Dallas, Texas
Phone: (214)747-6660
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza contains a permanent historical exhibition dealing with the life, times, death, and legacy of John F. Kennedy with a focus on the impact of his death on the nation and the world. The subject is documented illustrated through the use of nearly 400 photographs, 45 minutes of documentary films, artifacts, graphs, charts, and other related interpretive materials. Two evidentiary areas associated with the President's alleged assassin are preserved including the alleged sniper's perch. Artifacts include the Zapruder camera, the FBI model of Dealey Plaza used by the Warren Commission and personal items from the Kennedy years. The early 1960's, the events of November 22-25, l963, the capture of a suspect, world response, major investigations, and the president's legacy are among the topics discussed.

Lone Star Flight Museum
2002 Terminal Drive
Galveston, Texas 77554
Phone: (409) 740-7722
The mission of the Lone Star Flight Museum is to inform and educate the public of their aviation heritage and history by: acquiring, restoring to flying condition and preserving a collection of aircraft representing the evolution of aircraft design and operational capabilities; acquiring, preserving and displaying artifacts and memorabilia depicting the development of aviation; providing a facility for the proper display and preservation of the collection and a suitable setting for aviation memorials; establishing a membership to support the aviation heritage collection in the highest museum standards.

Children's Museum of Houston
1500 Binz
Houston
, Texas 77004
Phone: (713) 522-1138
Providing hands-on exhibitions in the areas of science and technology, history and culture, health and human development, and the arts.

Houston Museum of Natural Science
One Hermann Circle Drive
Houston, Texas 77030
Phone: (713) 639-4629
The Museum is a five part complex housing the Burke Baker Planetarium, Wortham IMAX Theatre, Cockrell Butterfly Center and three floors of natural science halls and exhibits. Over a dozen permanent exhibit areas cover subjects on astronomy, space science, Native Americans, paleontology, energy, chemistry, gems and minerals, seashells, and Texas wildlife.

Museum of Health & Medical Science
John P. McGovern Building
1515 Hermann Drive
Houston, Texas 77004-7126
Phone: (713) 942-7054 / (713) 521-1515
"The Museum of Health & Medical Science is an interactive and entertaining science experience for all ages that promotes understanding and appreciation of the human body, mind and spirit and inspires a lifelong commitment to health and wellness."

San Jacinto Monument & Battleship Texas
San Jacinto Battleground State Historical Park is located in Harris County, 20 miles east of downtown Houston, on 1167.89 acres adjacent to the Houston Ship Channel. The park contains the 570-foot San Jacinto Monument, erected in honor of Texans who defeated the Mexican army of General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna on April 21, 1836, and won Texas independence from Mexico. Original acquisitions of the western tract of the present park, encompassing the site of the Texian's camp of the Battle of San Jacinto, were made in 1883. Successive tracts of land were added by donations and grants in later years. In 1965, management of the San Jacinto Monument was granted to the Texas Parks And Wildlife Department by the 59th Legislature. In 1985, additional tracts were donated and purchased. The Battleship TEXAS became a part of the park in special memorialization ceremonies on April 21, 1948, and was managed by the Battleship Texas Commission, with members appointed by the governor. In 1983, the Legislature transferred the ship to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the only state agency with experience in the operation of large historic properties.

The Historic Jefferson Railway
400 E. Austin St.
Jefferson, Texas
Phone: (903) 665-6400 / Toll Free (866) 398-2038
The Historic Jefferson Railway is a live steam, narrow gauge railway. The route skirts the Big Cypress Bayou for a five mile, half hour round trip. Along the way, passengers view the only remaining civil war era Confederate powder magazine, the first artificial gas plant in the state, as well as many other historic sites. Narration is provided for your enjoyment.

The Children's Museum of New Braunfels
651 Business Loop 35 North Suite 530
(In the New Braunfels Factory Stores)
New Braunfels, Texas 78130
Phone: (830) 620-0939 / (888) 928-8326

The Children's Museum of San Antonio
305 East Street
San Antonio, Texas
Phone: 224-2324
Children can encase themselves in giant bubbles; board an airplane bound for a faraway land; make a skeleton ride a bike; drive a front-end loader; watch 10,000 worms making compost at the new San Antonio Children's Museum or play with more than 80 exhibits designed for children ages to 10.

The Alamo
Downtown
San Antonio, Texas 78299-2599
Phone: (210) 225-1391
Tour this historic structure and surrounding areas.

Dr. Pepper Museum
Waco, Texas
The mission of the Dr Pepper Museum and Free Enterprise Institute, a non-profit organization, is to educate and entertain the general public through the collection, preservation, interpretation, and exhibition of objects relevant to the history of the soft drink industry, and through that example, the free enterprise system.

 


Theme Parks, Amusement Parks & Water Parks

Wonderland Park
2601 Dumas Dr.
Amarillo, Texas 79105
Phone: (800) 383-4712
Kiddie rides, family rides, thrill rides, water rides, miniature golf, roller coasters, go carts, games and more.

Six Flags Over Texas
2201 Road to Six Flags
Arlington, Texas 76010
Phone: (817) 640-8900
A fantastic park for the whole family.  Some of the most thrilling roller coasters in the world,  a top rated kiddie land area with rides for the small children, water rides, thrill rides, shows, games and many other family attractions.

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
1800 E Lamar Boulevard
Arlington, Texas 76006
Phone: (817) 265-3356
Blast down thrilling water slides, relax in the lazy river, ride the waves or just soak up the sun. Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Dallas has gallons of water adventures for all ages.

Sandy Lake Amusement Park
I-35E at Sandy Lake Road (Exit 444)
Dallas, Texas 75381
Phone: (972) 242-7449
Over 20 rides for adults and kids including the Miniature Train, Merry-Go-Round, Bumper Cars, Zumur, Spider, Paratrooper, Dragon Wagon, Pretzel, Tilt-A-Whirl, Kiddie Boat Ride, Rock-O-Plane, Rock-N-Roll, Scrambler, Rotowhip, Little Dipper, Bulgy the Whale, Space Shuttle, Star Fighter, Bumper Cars, Shetland Ponies, and the Merry-Go-Round.  Live Shetland ponies, a state-of-the-art arcade, skee-ball and a children's barnyard are available.  Game fields, ice cream and popcorn snacks, Sandy Lake dunking machine, swimming pools, miniature golf and more.

Western Playland Amusement Park
6900 Delta
El Paso, Texas
Phone: (915) 772-3953
Kiddie rides, family rides, thrill rides, water rides, roller coasters, go carts, games and more.

Adventure Bay Water Theme Park
13602 Beechnut
Houston, Texas 77083
Phone: (281) 530-5979
Water rides, slides, pools and the "only" waterpark in Houston to feature
Houston's "ONLY" Master Blaster, an uphill water coaster!

Joyland Amusement Park
Off 1-27, exit #4 (Mackenzie Park)
Lubbock, Texas
Phone: (806) 763-2719
Joyland has great rides and attractions - over 30 in all... ranging from water caster and roller coasters to junior rides and family classics, like the colorful carousel, food favorites, exciting fun games and group outing facilities. It's a place where family, friends, and co-workers can share fun times and create unforgettable memories.

Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort
305 W Austin St.
New Braunfels, Texas 78130
Phone: (830) 625-2351
World's greatest collection of water rides!  Water rides, slides and pools for all ages.  7 water playgrounds for kids, world's first surf machine, uphill water coaster and much more.

SeaWorld Adventure Park
10500 Sea World Dr
San Antonio, Texas 78251
Phone: (210) 523-3611
Visit all the animals, see all the shows and attractions and ride all the rides.  A great family vacation spot on the west side of San Antonio.

Six Flags Fiesta Texas
17000 IH-10 West
San Antonio, Texas 78257
Phone: (210) 697-5050
One of the top show parks in America.  Thrilling rides for all ages, water rides, roller coasters, kiddie rides, shows, attractions and many more family fun attractions.

Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark
South Padre Island, Texas
Phone: (956) 772-SURF
Some of the most fun and unique water rides in the world.  Water rides, slides and pools for all ages. Water playgrounds for kids, world's first surf machine, uphill water coaster and much more.

Six Flags - Splashtown Water Park
21300 IH 45 N.
Spring, Texas 77373 (Just North of Houston)
Phone: 281-355-3300
Texas' favorite tropical paradise for water-loving families! The whole family will enjoy dozens of splashy water adventures and acres of incredible rides, slides, chutes and floats.

 


Family Activities

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Summer - Family Vacation Hot Spots (Beaches, Lakes, etc.)

Crystal Beach, Texas - Beaches, fishing, boating, golfing, water parks and many more family activities.

Galveston Island, Texas - Beaches, swimming, boating, fishing, golfing, museums, shopping, restaurants, water parks, IMAX theater at Moody Gardens on the seawall and many other family activities that are great for vacationing families.

Port Aransas, Texas -  The bays, jetties and deep gulf waters offer some of the finest fishing found anywhere. Miles of beautiful beaches, dolphins frolicking in the channel, gentle gulf breezes and perfect weather all add up to the allure of our island.  More than 500 species of birds visit us annually, making Port Aransas one of the most popular birding destinations on the continent. Our free trolley will take you to boutiques and art galleries, filled with unique coastal treasures.  Enjoy a meal at one of the many fine restaurants on the island ... sure to tantalize the most discriminating taste buds, and at the end of the day, experience a breathtaking sunset before enjoying the island's exciting night life.

South Padre Island, Texas - Beautiful beaches, warm gulf waters, fishing, boating, bird watching, shopping and a diversity of year-round activities make South Padre Island one of the fantastic vacation destinations in the world.  While South Padre Island is the most beautiful part of Padre Island, the whole Island provides year round activities that are great for families.  Padre Island stretches from Corpus Christi all the way down to the Texas / Mexico border, which is where you will find South Padre Island.

Matagorda Island State Park
Port O'Connor, Texas 77982
Phone: (361) 983-2215
Activities include camping, hiking, bicycling, surfing, swimming, beach combing, bird watching, nature study, fishing, a passenger ferry, on-island shuttle, and scheduled tours.

Farmers Branch Historical Park
2540 Farmers Branch Lane
Farmers Branch, Texas 75381
Phone: (972) 406 – 0184, Fax (972) 247 – 3939
The 1856 Gilbert House, the oldest structure in Dallas County still sitting on its original foundation, is the cornerstone of our 22-acre park. Also on the grounds are other historic buildings, including the 1870s Farmers Branch depot, the 1900 Farmers Branch school, and the 1930s Dodson House. A lovely 1885 Queen Anne Victorian Cottage can be found near our 1890s old church. Finish your walk back in time at our 1840s log culture area where you can find unique examples of early Texas log cabin architecture. Visit the Museum Store where you can take a piece of the Historical Park home with you.

Surfside, Texas - A cozy little island created by the Gulf of Mexico and the Intracoastal Waterway. With its 21 miles of unspoiled shoreline, it's a perfect retreat for recreational sports, sun worshippers and nature lovers alike.  Offers great surfing, fishing, boating, sailing, diving and more.

Lake Livingston, Texas - Nestled in gently rolling hills and pine forests, and covering more than 93,000 acres, Lake Livingston is the second largest lake completely in Texas. Located 80 miles north of Houston, and 175 miles from Dallas, Polk County, rich in history and tradition, offers an enjoyable blend of spacious wilderness and recreational activities that provide fun for all ages. For the visitor, in addition to water related activities, the area offers a great selection of campgrounds, boating, skiing, fishing, camping, nature walks, hiking, sailing, golfing, RV parks, marinas, lodging and dining facilities.

Lake Conroe, Texas - Large lake about 1 hour north of Houston off of I-45 that offers a great selection of campgrounds, boating, skiing, fishing, camping, nature walks, hiking, sailing, golfing, RV parks, marinas, lodging and dining facilities.

Sam Rayburn Reservoir - Large reservoir with great boating, fishing, skiing, sailing, jet skiing, camp ground and more.  Recreational areas include Harvey Creek, Sandy Creek, Caney Creek, Jackson Hills and Powell. Surrounded by the Angelina National Forest. About 15 miles northeast of Jasper, Texas.

Somerville Lake - Boating, swimming, skiing, picnicking, camping and more.  One mile west of Sommerville off Texas State Route 36.

Lake Travis / Lake Austin - Fishing, picnicking, swimming, skiing and much more.  A nice scenic area close to Austin, Texas.

Lake Houston. Campsites, Picnic Grounds, Fishing, Ramps, Marina, Fuel, Located off FM 1960 East near Houston. Fishing, boating, recreation, marina, boat launch, fishing contests.

Clear Lake - Fishing, sailing, boating, swimming, skiing and many other water activities and family fun.  Several restaurants and night life activities in the area.  Located south of Houston, Texas near the Johnson Space Center. The lake leads out into the Galveston bay.

Lake Tawakoni - Fishing, boating, swimming, skiing and camping.  The lake is located 35 miles east of Dallas off Texas State Route 34.

Lewisville Lake - Fishing, boating, swimming, skiing, golfing, picnics and more.  Located off I 35 at Lewisville.

Possum Kingdom Lake - Boating, skiing, fishing, swimming and camping.  Possum Kingdom State Park lies on the southwestern end. Located 34 miles west of Mineral Wells, Texas off Texas State Route 16.

Lake Kemp / Diversion Lake / Lake Kickapoo - Boating, swimming, skiing, fishing.  Located southwest of Wichita Falls, Texas, off U.S. 183 / 283.

Twin Buttes Reservoir - Boating, swimming, skiing, fishing and camping.  Located about 10 miles southwest of San Angelo, Texas off U.S. 67.

Lake Meredith - Boating, fishing, swimming, skiing and camping.  Home of the Lake Meredith National Recreational Area, Alibats Flint Quarries National Monument and the nearby Pueblo Ruins. Just 15 miles north of Amarillo, Texas off U.S. 87 / 287.

Amistad Reservoir - Fishing, boating, skiing, swimming and camping.  The Amistad National Recreational Area is along the northern shoreline.  Located on the Mexican border 10 miles northwest of Del Rio / Ciudad Acuna, Coahuila, Mexico.

Zoos, Museums, National Parks and Amusement & Water Parks listed above.

 


Winter - Family Vacation Hot Spots (Ski Resorts, etc.)

Zoos, Museums, National Parks, Amusement & Water Parks and Summer vacation hot spots listed above.

 


Helpful websites and services

Trekaroo – A trip planning website with things to do, places to stay for families with kids of all ages.

 

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