Grandparents – check out these best Texas Towns To Visit With Grandkids.
Texas has a variety of towns to consider when taking your grandkids on vacation. I’m a mother and a grandparent, and I lean towards vacationing with my grandson in small towns that offer something for all family members. This article has some of the best Texas towns to visit with grandkids. And I’ve been to all with mine!
Best Texas Towns To Visit With Grandkids
My grandson and I have been together on many road trips, vacations, and day trips. We have done a lot of fun activities together, such as zip-line, kayaking, canoeing, horseback rides, etc. He loves it as much as I do. You don’t have to do every activity your grandkids do to enjoy the moment and your vacations. The main thing is to be together.
I’ve listed some of the best Texas travel destinations to visit with family.
1. Kemah (Houston / Galveston)
Before considering a trip to Galveston with the grandkids, how about checking out Kemah Boardwalk first? There is plenty to do there, and you wouldn’t have to stress over the kids playing in the Gulf Coast water. The Kemah Boardwalk offers theme-park rides that the kids will enjoy, and you’ll enjoy watching them have fun. After a day of playing, there are many waterfront dining to end the night with a bang. I confess I took my grandson in October when some rides were not operating. So, I recommend grandparents take their grandkids here in the summer months. I promise there is shade!!
2. “Blue Bell” Brenham – (East Texas)
One of the most charming towns in East Texas is Brenham. Brody and I enjoyed a day at the Blue Bell Creamery. We first visited the museum, where I reminisced about my childhood with the photos of old Blue Bell containers and the memorabilia of days gone by on the walls. We couldn’t wait to go inside the ice cream parlor to see what was inside. Not only is there the cutest gift shop, but the Blue Bell ice cream was only $1 a scoop (no tax).
Grandparents – you’ll love all the historic buildings and the downtown shopping in Brenham. It’s also near other charming small towns like Chappel Hill, Washington, and Burton. There is a lot of history in the city of Washington, and you might want to visit Washington On The Brazos, too.
Travel Pro Tip: Check that the ice cream parlor is open before you go. They said they were not open on weekends but during Covid.
3. Frio River – (Leakey / Concan)
The Frio River is not too far from San Antonio and is a fun time with family and friends. Brody and I were invited here by my uncle. His family goes every year. Brody and I tubed the Frio, and I was more worried about myself making it in one piece than him, but it was fun, and I managed to go the whole way along with everyone else. After tubing, we reached an area where the kids could jump off tall rocks. That was a perfect vacation for us two. There are more than enough cabins, houses, and hotels to stay at in this area. Google – Frio River Cabins.
4. Gaylord Texas (Grapevine)
I have taken my grandkids to the Lone Star Christmas attraction at the Gaylord Texas Marriott Resort in Grapevine for at least thirteen years in a row – I’ve lost count. Starting with my first grandchild to my last – they’ve all been. I even worked there for one year and saw many grandparents with their grandkids. It’s truly a magical place for all. Take them for the attraction only, or opt for a staycation at the Gaylord Texas Resort – they will love that! Either way, memories will be cherished by both sides. If time allows, stroll up and down Main Street to see the lights.
5. Brazosport (Gulf Coast)
The Brazosport Area is an excellent option for a beach vacation with your grandkids. The area comprises small towns with unique things to offer and would be a great consideration other than the busier beach towns. My grandson and I went here in June 2022. I will report back with all the fun we had! Hint – horseback riding on the beach, bed and breakfast, wildlife, kayaking, etc. Here’s our story – Family Fun In The Brazosport Area.
Travel Pro Tip: We all know summer is the best time to go to a beach. Make your plans early.
6. Glen Rose (North Texas)
This small town on the Paluxy River makes an excellent choice for taking your grandkids on a weekend road trip or even for the day. You will all have a blast with the Dinosaur Valley State Park nearby for hiking, geocaching, and picnics. The historical downtown square, and everything else Glen Rose has to offer, makes it a great place to travel to, and Fort Worth is not too far, should you want to do something different.
7. New Braunfels
A Texas Hill Country charmer! Any time we can get the chance to see the Guadalupe River, we take it. We’ve enjoyed Schlitterbahn Waterpark a couple of times together, but the river’s most fun for us. Brody will jump in that cold water, but not me – no way! I love the ambiance of the river and the scenic views.
8. Granbury (Fort Worth)
Granbury has a lively historic town square full of restaurants with outside seating, breweries, and boutiques. And, if that’s not enough, Grandbury Lake is within walking distance, with easy access from the square. Kids will love playing on the beach. And, if they are old enough, let them play in the water while you enjoy the town. I’m not sure how old a kid has to be for that, though!
9. Marble Falls (Texas Hill Country)
I don’t know what was more fun – stuffing this scarecrow with Brody at Sweet Berry Farm or going on a cave tour at Longhorn Caverns in the next town. Between these two attractions and all the lake access, there’s no stopping you all from having a great time. Marble Falls is one of my favorite hill country towns.
10. Georgetown (Austin)
Road-tripping to Georgetown was fun. It was only 3-hours from Dallas. I found an inexpensive Airbnb for two nights, and we hardly stayed there. We shopped, ate well, and enjoyed the town square and San Gabriel Park. This kid never complained. Slip away to Austin if you want – it’s only a few miles south of Georgetown.
11. Plano (Dallas)
I will let these previous articles (below) tell you the story of how much fun you can have in Plano with your grandchildren. You’ll see there are so many fun things you can do together. And …bring the pets!!
12. Jefferson (East Texas)
Another small town in East Texas to consider taking grandkids. I have been here, but I did not take my grandson. Had I, he would have loved everything I did. When I visit towns like Jefferson, my favorite thing is to stay in a bed and breakfast that serves delicious breakfasts each morning – you’ll find plenty in this small town!
Here are a few things to do in Jefferson, TX.
- Take a boat tour of Caddo Lake.
- Explore historic downtown and stop by the General Store
- visit historical homes and museums
- Walking tours
- Rent a golf cart and stroll the city
- Take a ghost tour
- Made in the Shade kayak rentals
- Horseback riding in the next town over – Marshall
I hope you enjoyed these Texas towns to visit with grandkids. Which is your favorite?
And, if you’re still looking for something to do with the grandkids, take them to one of these 15 zoos in Texas.
OR ….kids love caves – do you? It might be wise to check out these popular guided cave tours in Texas.