family travel

Frio 101: Everything You Need to Know for a Trip to Texas’ Favorite River

July 8, 2019 | By Joe Nick Patoski

If you love Texas outdoors, how could you not know the Frio?
Well, maybe you’re one of the millions of newcomers who just got to Texas. Or perhaps you’ve lived in Texas your entire life and, unlike all those people whose families have been vacationing on the Frio for generations, you have no clue what or where they are talking about. Never stepped foot in Garner State Park? Think Concan is in Mexico? Well, pull up a chair and scoot closer.

Family Friendly Spring Break in San Antonio

March 1, 2019 | By Jen Hamilton Hernández

A San Antonio spring break may conjure images of theme parks and a barge ride along the Paseo del Río, and certainly, those are a few options for family fun, but the city’s new attractions and hidden treasures offer alternative adventures worth exploring. Some are decidedly urban—museums and chef-driven restaurants—while others bring you right into a natural oasis just south of downtown. But all dot the banks of the San Antonio River, the city’s lifeblood for centuries.

4 Alternative Spring Break Trips

March 1, 2019 | By

Say “spring break,” and most of us picture a tourist-packed beach, but there’s a world
of options away from the seashores. We’ve planned four under-the-radar trips for those
ready to seek out experiences beyond the norm … with or without kids in tow.

A Travel-Loving Mom Shares Her Road Trip Wisdom with Her Teenage Daughter

February 28, 2019 | By Clayton Maxwell

10 Tips for Big Bend First-Timers

January 30, 2019 | By Matt Joyce

Plan to spend at least a few days in the park. You could visit for one day, but why do that when you’ve probably already driven at least a day to get there?

Ditch the Survival Skills With These 3 Easy Ways to Explore Big Bend National Park

January 30, 2019 | By Matt Joyce

BIG BEND National Park can be intimidating. Countless photographs behold the region’s undeniable grandeur, its spectacular amalgam of desert, mountain, river, and sky. But the images also convey vast emptiness—16th-century Spanish explorers dubbed this territory el despoblado, “the uninhabited.” And those scenic photos often overlook the granular details, where scorpions, thorns, snakes, sunburns, and blisters reside. So it’s understandable when the uninitiated knit their brows at the thought of Big Bend, weighing a vacation experience against fears of a survival exercise in the Chihuahuan Desert borderlands.

Planning a Family Get-Together? Rent a Historic Home for the Holidays

November 28, 2018 | By Melissa Gaskill

When grandma wakes up on a deflated air mattress and half the cousins are banished to the kids’ table, Christmas might be too crowded. Enter the home rental, where extended family can gather under one roof, everyone has a bed, and the dining table is big enough for all. For something even more special, look for houses that pack history in locations featuring plenty of festivities and activities, helping to create lasting memories—the perfect gift for the
entire family.

7 Ways to Inspire a Love of Art in Your Kids

August 27, 2018 | By Paula Disbrowe

Sometimes it’s all in the packaging: Telling my 8- and 10-year-old children we’re going to spend an entire day looking at art isn’t likely to make their hearts leap—that would require a water slide or afternoon at their favorite arcade.

9 Texas Cruises to Keep You Cool and Charmed This Summer

July 26, 2018 | By Heather Brand, Matt Joyce, Clayton Maxwell, June Naylor, Jennifer Babisak

We love the idea of taking a boat ride—the cool breezes, sparkling waters, and rare perspectives you just can’t see from shore. Not everybody has a boat, though. For the otherwise landlocked, here are nine Texas cruise experiences—from spotting dolphins on a paddleboat to serenading your sweetie on a gondola—that make getting out on the water a summer treat anyone can enjoy.

Savor the Last of Summer with These 4 Family-Friendly Adventures on South Padre Island

July 26, 2018 | By Paula Disbrowe

10 Things Dad Would Actually Want to Do on Father’s Day

June 6, 2018 | By Julia Jones

Treat dad to a weekend of family fun and adventure with these Father’s Day events across the state.
Father’s Day Sunset Safari Dinner and Tour

5 Texas Cities Where You Can Discover Your Inner Science Geek

May 24, 2018 | By Melissa Gaskill

The Texas Gulf Coast, where the North American continent descends into the Gulf of Mexico’s salty waters, harbors a steamy mix of marshes, bays, beaches, and ocean. Over the years, scientific institutions and conservation groups gravitated to this rich environment to establish laboratories, preserves, rescues, and aquariums dedicated to studying and protecting its diversity of life. We know most travelers escape to the coast to while away time on the beach, but we also know that such experiences take on greater meaning with a little educational insight. Here we’ve put together a science-by-the-sea road trip—a syllabus for discovering the most scintillating of salty facts.

Dive Deep into the Water Cycle at the Laredo Water Museum

May 23, 2018 | By

What do I look like?” my 5-year-old daughter, Ana, asked when she emerged from her bedroom dressed in blue stretch pants and a sparkly violet T-shirt. I shrugged my shoulders, and she crinkled her brow in disapproval at her father’s lack of with-it-ness. “I’m a water droplet!” she proclaimed. “Now let’s go to the water museum.”

Editor’s Letter: Misadventures in Wildflower Photography

February 14, 2018 | By

On an overcast spring morning five years ago, with our 1-month-old baby in tow, my husband and I headed out on a singular mission. My mom was in town for the weekend, and we were determined to get that perfect “child among the bluebonnets” picture that was my daughter’s Texas birthright.

It being late March, we didn’t expect to have much trouble finding a bountiful patch of blooms. We struck out at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center—its bluebonnets wouldn’t come in until a little later in the spring, one of the volunteers explained.

Lufkin Finds Its Groove

January 12, 2018 | By Jennifer Babisak

I remember learning the thrill of the road trip as a child. Back then, my parents would load us up in the wee hours of the morning to trek hundreds of miles across Texas or to far-flung parts of the U.S.

Finding the Middle Ground

May 13, 2016 | By Melanie Haupt

Over the years, we’ve taken a few trips out to West Texas as a family, and our parental choices as cruise directors/vacation curators have been met with mixed results.

Cabin Fever

January 11, 2016 | By Daniel Blue Tyx

“But won’t it be cold?” my in-laws asked, when I first proposed the idea of a February getaway to Garner State Park.

10 Tips for Toddlers to Teens

September 4, 2015 | By

Summer vacation zoomed by, fortunately the Labor Day holiday happens just in the nick of time.

Alligator Alley

September 11, 2014 | By Helen Anders

Big Al looks as though he might be dozing at the edge of his murky pond.

Underground Wonderland

September 10, 2014 | By Helen Anders

As the smallest of the college students exploring a Hill Country cave on March 27, 1960, 19-year-old Orion Knox found himself elected to wriggle first into a previously unexplored crevice.

Days of Yesterland

September 9, 2014 | By Kelly Bell

The porcine contestants are named Frankenswine, Ricky Pigcardo, Lusqueal Ball, Elvis Porksy, and Shaquille O’Squeal. (Kevin Bacon was sidelined with Swine Flu.)

Daytripper: State Fair

September 9, 2014 | By Chet Garner

There’s no denying that Texans know how to throw a party. Whether it’s SXSW in Austin or The Great Texas Mosquito Festival in Clute, we do it right.

Horse Sense

May 21, 2014 | By Clayton Maxwell

Old Gonzo doesn’t want to trot. At first we thought it was because he didn’t like walking behind Chili Bean, my daughter’s horse, who apparently is suffering mild gastrointestinal woes.

Seen and Heard

February 24, 2014 | By Laura Samueal Meyn

My kids and I are near the end of the 1½-mile Wood Duck Trail at the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary in McKinney.

Pop Out and About

December 20, 2013 | By Barbara Rodriguez

After he turned 80, it was difficult to get my Pop to leave the house. I found it hard to accept this sea change in the man who had been my travel mentor.

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