Hey, families, here are some fantastic spring break ideas in Texas!
You may be sending your kids off somewhere fun for spring break or going as a family. If you are going as a family, we have fantastic spring break ideas in Texas for families you’ll want to consider for a fun time. Some places are obvious, but you and your crew may not have thought of some of the others we came up with. Nonetheless, these favorite spring break destinations rock!
I scoured for information from my favorite Texas travel magazines, on the internet, and from Texas partners I’ve had the privilege to work with for the best spring break destinations for the upcoming school break.
Does your school give long spring breaks? My grandson gets 11 days (counting the weekends) for spring break. That’s enough time for anyone to take a road trip or even a flight to the other side of Texas. Grab your favorite drink and check out these places to relax and have fun somewhere other than your home area.
Things To Do For Spring Break In Texas
Spring break at any beach will be busy during this time, which is considered “peak season,” so if you’re not going, for this reason, save these beach trips for early summer. If you’re not ready to go on a Texas spring break trip, bookmark this info for a summer vacation!
Check out this list of fantastic places to visit during spring break in the Lone Star State! So, as you know, all of these ideas consist of outdoor activities.
Spend Spring Break At Texas Gulf Coast
Preresiquite: You must like crowds!
Visit South Padre Island
Spend spring break near the shore banks, as their ads say. South Padre spring break (called College Spring Break on the site) has long been an excellent place for spring breakers. With miles and miles of warm and sunny Gulf Coast beaches, it’s no wonder many travelers traverse here every spring break in Texas. Plus, hotels offer spring break packages, so check that out.
Sandy beaches under bare feet sound good to me!
While there, look up ‘how to build a sand castle’ or ‘where to make sand castles.’ This outdoor activity is a lot of fun for all ages.
Ask about South Padre spring break packages. They are ready for college students for 2024!
Eat Your Way Through Galveston
It is another excellent beach destination everyone flocks to during spring break. While you’re there, you may want to visit Galveston’s Historic Pleasure Pier with a roller coaster, all kinds of rides for the kiddos, carnival games, restaurants, and places to shop for souvenirs and gifts. I love dining at one of Galveston’s seafood restaurants for my favorite seafood dinner – blackened salmon.
DIG IT In Katy, Texas (Houston Area)
If you haven’t heard of Dig World, it is Texas’s first heavy construction equipment-themed amusement park. The 3.5-acre+ site is a can’t-miss attraction for families, especially those looking for something unique to do over spring break.
Dig World is designed to provide a safe hands-on experience for families with the unique opportunity to operate heavy equipment, such as full-size caterpillar mini-excavators, skid steers, and UTVs. Other attractions include a gem mining station, a playground, and a turf field with games.
Tickets: $24.95 (going fast)
Rediscover Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi offers beach after beach and places along the coastline with much to do.
- Padre Bali Park – is a 400-acre coast known for surfing, shore fishing, and the Bob Hall Pier that extends 1250 feet into the gulf. That would make an excellent walk for many – me included.
- North Packery Beach – is famous for surfing, jet skiing, kiteboarding (whatever that is), and wakeboarding. And, bring your pole because fishing in the warm water is good too.
- Mustang Island is the most searched beach in Corpus on the internet. You know it’ll be packed this year, especially since the state park is also here. Bring binoculars because I read that birding is good, and you may see other wildlife off in the distance. If you like to kayak, check out the Mustang Island Paddling Trail, consisting of trails that take you on a journey.
- Whitecap Beach is a beautiful white sandy beach suitable for small groups or singles. Bring your bike or jog or walk around here.
- And there’s also Padre Island National Seashore, North Beach, and McGee Beach.
Lots to check out and consider. The whole family would love any part of Corpus Christi’s beaches.
My dream vacation is to go horseback riding alongside the shorelines of the beach …and this is something to do here and in SPI. I finally did this (2022) on Brazosport’s Country Beach (Galveston area).
Bird Watch In Port Aransas
Beachgoers love the miles of sunny beaches, nature preserves, and waterways. Port Aransas is a smaller beach and could be less crowded than its neighboring beaches. You’ll have to get a beach parking pass before arriving. I’ve read that there are many birds to watch for, so bring your binoculars.
Cajun Capital of Texas – Port Author
Recently, Port Author was named Cajun Capital of Texas. If your family loves Cajun food, plan spring break to come to this town. You’ll have plenty of options for great Cajun food.
Visit A State Park In Texas For Spring Break
State parks make great spring break ideas for nature lovers who love to wander the nature trails that all state parks provide, especially if you’re on a budget. You can either google “Texas state parks near me” or go here – Texas State Parks.Gov and type in the location you are searching. Some state parks will have special events going on during our spring break – so be sure to watch for that.
Not sure if you knew, but tent camping is on the rise for families. It’s a great outdoor activity to make memories. Tent camping doesn’t have to be expensive.
Tour Texas Hill Country
Central Texas, where the Texas Hill Country is located, is a popular destination anytime and for any reason, but one good reason would be spring break. There will be special events, live music, and wineries to visit.
Johnson City is one of the Hill Country destinations not to miss (my favorite small town in the Hill Country). It’s a small but mighty town offering visitors a place to relax and enjoy the view of the vast countryside, plus wineries downtown. Speaking of Texas State Parks – Pedernales State Park is located in Johnson City and is a beautiful park all year round. Note: Make online reservations to visit because it will get busy, and they only allow a certain number of people on any given day.
Frolick In Austin, Texas For Spring Break
I’m sure Sixth Street will be wild and quite hectic as many high school students flock here every chance they get – plus college students roaming the streets. And no doubt, Lake Travis will be booming with boats and other watercraft. Call me old, but if I were to go here during spring break, I would have to find a peaceful cabin in the woods with plenty of amenities and stay there until it’s over…but that’s just me.
Enjoy Resort Life At Lake Texoma
Did you know there is a beautiful resort near Lake Texoma?
Lake Texoma is great for boating, fishing, swimming, and camping for spring break. Finding a cabin near the lake or in the woods would be perfect. Check out Tanglewood Resort on Lake Texoma. It would make a great place for the whole family to spend spring break – it was so much fun there!
Float San Marcos River
If floating in the freezing river is your thing, consider spending time in San Marcos. Other things to do in this area are shopping, hiking, picnicking, and playing fetch with your dog.
Tube The Rivers In New Braunfels
Natural Bridge Caverns, with its zip line course, would be an excellent choice for my family, as would tubing down the Guadalupe and Comal Rivers. As long as the weather is nice, this area would make an excellent choice for spring breakers. Check out this popular article from one of our writers – New Braunfels For Families. As you probably know already – you must not mind crowds!
Stroll The San Antonio Riverwalk
The San Antonio River Walk is at the forefront for spring breakers and will probably be crowded, so preparing ahead is vital to having a good time. Kids of all ages will love Six Flags Fiesta Texas, and yes, it’s open for spring break. In recent articles, Texas Travel Talk has covered The Westin Riverwalk San Antonio and the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter.
See What’s New In Waco
Take your family and the kids to Waco, as it’s a lovely place for everyone. Magnolia Market has a vast lawn in the center of it all and is fun for picnics and playing yard games, so get there early for a spot on the grass –– bring a blanket to sit on. Also, shops and more food trucks are lined up than ever before. And don’t forget about the Dr. Pepper Museum, where certainly they sell the soda in those old bottles!
Pick Tulips Near Dallas-Fort Worth
This pick-your-own tulip field north of Dallas makes a great day trip.
It’s time to pick your own tulips in Pilot Point at Texas-Tulips. It is opening back up in spring. During this time, they will be open seven days a week from 10 am to 8 p.m. at 10656 FM 2931, Pilot Point. And, if you’re looking for a weekend away with the girls – look here at a weekend getaway in McKinney, Texas.
Peek At The Dogwood Blooms In Palestine, TX
Our spring break ideas wouldn’t be complete without telling you about the Texas Dogwood Trails Celebration. in Palestine, TX. I visited the Dogwoods a couple of years ago with my mother, and we had a fabulous time. Check out the Texas Railroad train ride operating then.
So, here are some spring break ideas in Texas to consider. Are there any on this list that spark some interest?