We just returned from a family vacation with our 9 and 7 year old daughters in Texas! More specifically San Antonio, Corpus Christi, and Austin. Did our kids enjoy it? Or did they hate the whole Texas experience? Was there anything fun for them to do in Texas? Should you take your children on a Texas Vacation? I will answer all these questions throughout this post. Consider this a mini Texas Vacation Guide for kids!!!!
Kid Friendly Activities in San Antonio
We spend the majority of our vacation hanging out in San Antonio, and for good reason, there are many activities for the kids to do there. We spent our first day at the Alamo and visiting the fun places around the Alamo such as the mirror maze. Even though the kids were not super excited about the Alamo, it is important for kids to learn about some US History relating to how Texas became independent from Mexico, became its own country, and eventually joined the USA as a state. In other words they will thank you for it later! The mirror maze, which is just across the street from the Alamo is a fun place to visit, and promise them to do one of the many fun activities along that street only if they are willing to spend a couple of hours in the Alamo!
We spent our second day in San Antonio at the Witte Museum, which is part of Brackenridge Park (which has several kid friendly places such as the zoo!) In this museum they have several things to see. They have a natural history section and at the time we visited, they had a space exhibit, which was a lot of fun for the kids. They also have a body and health section in one of the other buildings.
On day 3 we had spent most the day at the Doseum. It’s a museum where kids can learn about various science related topics through actually doing them. It was difficult to convince our kids that it was time to leave and go to Corpus Christi.
When we returned to San Antonio after our two days in Corpus Christi, we spend our last day in Texas at Seaworld San Antonio. What kid doesn’t like an amusement park with rides, whales, and dolphins? The kids had an absolute blast!
Between the various activities in San Antonio, we spent significant time touring River Walk, and we even took the Riverwalk cruise. You may think Riverwalk is mostly for adults, and you may be right, but our kids loved walking a long the river and they especially loved taking the cruise.
This is only a short list of kid friendly activities in San Antonio, there are so many more than what you see here.
Kid Friendly Activities in Austin
We only spent a Saturday afternoon in Austin, but we visited Zilker Metropolitan Park, which is one of the best places to visit with children. They have the kiddy train ride around the park, they have playgrounds, swimming, boating, and a botanical garden. We spent the afternoon having fun there before driving to San Antonio.
We did not have time to visit, but the State Capitol of TX is in Austin and it is a great place to take children. There are also museums, the Austin Zoo, Mount Bonnell to hike, and more! I wish we had more time there.
Kid Friendly Activities in Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi is a fun city along the Gulf Coast in Texas. Who knew Texas was known for its beaches? The big attraction near Corpus Christi is Padre Island National Seashore. It is part of the USA National Park Services, so basically it’s a National Park right on the beach. What’s exciting about this? The beaches here are unspoiled by hotels, plumbing, restaurants unlike beach resorts at South Padre Island. It is all natural here. Kids love playing on the beach, building sand castles, and swimming, and they allow all of this. All they ask is that you clean up your trash and leave the beach better than you found it.
If the beach is not up your alley, I personally think you are crazy, but my opinions aside, there are other fun kid friendly activities in Corpus Christi. They have a water park Schlitterbahn with water slides, lazy rivers, and pools. They have skate parks, indoor trampoline parks, fun centers and more.
Restaurants are about a lot more than just eating. Kids love going out to dinner too, especially if it has a fun environment like Chuy’s Tex Mex. Our kids also enjoyed the Texas BBQ joints such as the Smoke Shack BBQ in San Antonio, they also enjoyed Ramen Tatsu-ya in Austin. The 3 pound cinnamon roll at Lulu’s in San Antonio was a hit too!
Our Kids’ Verdict on Texas
When the end of our trip came and we left Texas, both of our girls asked if we could move to Texas, so the Texas Vacation was a hit for them! We don’t get that reaction often, so if you are wondering if you should take your kids to Texas, you will not go wrong, at least not in San Antonio, Austin, or Corpus Christi, I can’t speak for Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, or El Paso. Texas is a big place, but if the cities we visited offered so much for children, I am sure the other cities do as well.