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The Discovery Science Place Celebrates 30 Years

March 28, 2024 | By

Galveston’s Mardi Gras Celebration Is a Family Affair

January 22, 2024 | By

An Empty Nester Takes a Trip Back in Time

January 12, 2024 | By Antonio Ruiz-Camacho

The Call of the Ocean

July 25, 2023 | By Roger Reeves

Retracing a Grandfather’s Footsteps in Big Bend

May 30, 2023 | By Clayton Maxwell

Editor’s Note: Weekend Wanders

May 30, 2023 | By Emily Roberts Stone

When I think back on favorite weekend trips, it’s often simple moments that stand out. Last fall, my husband and I took our children, then 7 and 9, to Garner State Park for the first time.

How Texans Reconnect Children With the State’s Natural Wonders

March 28, 2023 | By Rubén Degollado

Texas offers a wealth of opportunities for kids to put down their screens and dial in to nature

A Family’s Ties Traverse the Many Miles of Texas

February 28, 2023 | By Jenny Tinghui Zhang

A Long Goodbye to Texas

November 23, 2022 | By Elizabeth Bruenig

Ring In the Holidays With Tried-and-True Tejano Traditions

November 23, 2022 | By Luis G. Rendon

The Past Is Present in the East Texas City of Marshall

October 27, 2022 | By Gordy Sauer

Cemetery Strolls Offer an Opportunity to Meditate on Life’s Big Questions

September 29, 2022 | By Michael J. Mooney

A Family Works to Overcome Tragedy on Possum Kingdom Lake

July 28, 2022 | By Dalia Azim

13 Things to Do Along the Texas Coast

June 30, 2022 | By Julia Jones

Idyllic Vacations Are the Norm in the Picturesque Hill Country

April 28, 2022 | By

A Road Trip Along the Rio Grande Invites Reflection on Grief and Family Bonds

February 24, 2022 | By Roberto José Andrade Franco

A Mother’s Quest to Give Her Autistic Son an Untethered Childhood

November 24, 2021 | By May Cobb

Expert Tips for Camping With Your Family, Backpack, or RV in Texas

February 25, 2021 | By

The first time I seriously considered buying an RV was in the aftermath of a family tent camping trip to Kerrville-Schreiner Park …

An LBJ Enthusiast Retraces the Route of Her School Field Trips in Search of History—and Herself

September 30, 2019 | By Robyn Ross

Every May, after the bluebonnets had faded from the hills around Marble Falls, my classmates and I would pack sack lunches, board a diesel-powered school bus, and hit the road. The annual field trip was the last major educational event before the school year ended. Or was it?

It’s a Brave New World at These Forward-Thinking Libraries

August 29, 2019 | By Dakota Kim

A leader of the renaissance is the new, $125 million Austin Public Library’s Central Library, completed in 2017. This LEED Platinum-certified building—meaning it’s “green”—is outfitted with a bicycle corral for 200, a “tech petting zoo” for visitors to interact with new technology like 3-D printers, an art gallery, a native-plants rooftop garden, and a farm-to-table café. In 2018, Time magazine included the library on its list of the World’s Greatest Places. Austin’s showpiece is representative of a golden age of library innovation across the state. Here are three more libraries boasting smart, beautiful changes.

Rent a Kayak for a New Perspective on Austin’s Bat Flight

June 27, 2019 | By Kayt Sukel

Each evening between late February and late October, as the sun hits the horizon line, experts estimate that somewhere between 750,000 and 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats leave the nooks and crannies of this downtown bridge’s interior to go a-hunting. And each evening over that same eight-month span, hundreds of people line the bridge’s walkway, as well as any open spaces nearby, to take it all in. Most locals suggest claiming space hours before sunset in order to get a good view. But a few hours in the hot sun with nothing to do but wait? That seemed like a situation that would violate all three of our family getaway hopes fairly quickly.

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.

Where to Find Your White Christmas, Lone Star-Style

November 28, 2018 | By Cynthia J. Drake

Some called it a miracle: For a couple of hours across a wide swath of Texas last December, people could legitimately sing along to “Let It Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!”

Where to See Spectacular Monarch Migrations Along the Coast

October 29, 2018 | By

Early one morning on Trinity Bay, the autumn sky began to glisten. Myriad monarchs unfurled in clouds from the shoreline, fluttering overhead, some landing on our boat, on our fishing rods, and even on me and my husband. We watched, enchanted, as they danced ever-southward, propelled by a light north wind and their biological imperative.

Gladys Porter Zoo Summer Safari

June 9, 2016 | By

A treasure in the Rio Grande Valley, Brownsville’s Gladys Porter Zoo is a lush, 31-acre enclave built around a meandering resaca.

Immeasurable Fun

September 16, 2015 | By Cynthia J. Drake

Now that my son August is on the cusp of turning five years old, he’s stumbled upon the concept of “infinity” to express a world that is becoming larger and more awe-inspiring by the day.

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