Labor Day signifies summers’ end for many Texas families who enjoy traveling in this season. This year, the holiday is bittersweet as many areas of Texas are in no mood to celebrate due to the effects of a certain hurricane (who shall remain nameless!). But most parents will tell you, and are no doubt planning, how to keep the family amused during this long weekend.
Texas is a big state and while the devastation from last week’s storm is still evolving, there are numerous areas across the Lone Star state that are secure, dry and would love to welcome visitors.
Our Texas Travel Talk community is comprised of 27 families – some in the flood zones, some evacuated to other areas in advance of the event and others in areas that are unaffected. Here are some of their recommendations for enjoying attractions this Labor Day weekend.
If you’re in or around San Antonio, Sara Phillips of Sensibly Sara recommends catching Bug Mania for its last weekend at the San Antonio Zoo.
Colleen Pence of San Antonio Mom Blogs is thinking about a visit to the San Antonio Missions, which is the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Texas.
“Our family favorite is Mission San Jose which provides an air conditioned theater with a 20-minute movie that brings the rich history of the mission to life for kids and adults alike,” says Pence. “All of the missions are free and open to the public and offer free guided tours.”
Rio Grande Valley
As one of two Texas Travel Talk community members in the Rio Grande Valley, Marina John of Mommy Snippets recommends South Padre Island (Currently a Texas Travel Talk #client). This beautiful stretch of beach was fortunately not affected by recent weather events. She and her family also love to make day trips to La Sal Del Rey, a rare salt lake in Texas.
Dallas – Fort Worth
Brenda Cisneros of Mejorando mi Hogar offers these ideas for free things to do (in Spanish) – for families visiting the Dallas area.
“Head to the new Legacy West outdoor area in Plano for dining, shopping and more. Make reservations at the Tommy Bahama restaurant for dinner and imagine you’re on an island getaway instead of Texas,” says Debra Muccio of Finding Debra. “Stop on over at Shake Shack or Sprinkles for an afternoon treat with the kids. Don’t forget to stroll through West Elm for a little something to add some flair to your home.”
“A 3-day weekend is the perfect chance to get to know the city of Waco. Yes, this city has been put on the map with Chip & Joanna Gaines of Fixer Upper,” says Rebecca Darling of R W There Yet Mom. “But there is so much more to do here than just visit Magnolia Market at the Silos!”
Check out the bubble room at the Mayborn Children’s Museum, see the best preserved mammoth at the Waco Mammoth National Monument and learn what original Dr. Pepper is supposed to taste like at the Dr. Pepper Museum. Here’s a full itinerary for a three day visit.
Laredo and Lubbock
“Laredo is a great, historical city to explore! We did it as a romantic getaway and loved it,” says Esther Irish of Laugh With Us blog. I will be writing about more of our stay soon, but the historical downtown is beautiful.” You can see her ideas here. She also recommends visiting Lubbock because it’s fun and artsy with lots of food options.
If you’re not familiar with Texas geography, you can’t do Laredo and Lubbock in the same weekend. They just sound cool together, don’t they?
There are plenty of places for Texas families to explore during this long weekend. Let us know if you followed one of our Texas travel bites or if you discovered something our team should write about next time.
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