Corpus Christi Museum of Science & History
START HERE: Corpus Christi Museum of Science & History
Climb the 3-story DNA model in the new 5000 sq. ft. H-E-B Science Center. Explore the giant animal cell, infinity mirror and the musical piano stairway. Step outside to beat the giant steel drum in the Music Garden.
Open M-Sat, 10-5, Sun. 12-5
1900 N. Chaparral, Corpus Christi
The Longhorn Museum: (1.39 hrs., 114 mi, I-37N to Hwy 97, 30 miles south of San Antonio)
Discover the history of the Cowboys that built this area. Step into the ‘game room” filled with hundreds of mounted animal heads collected from North and South America by two local doctors. Hear stories about the 171 year- old horse-drawn hearse. See artifacts from the the first railroad company that linked San Antonio with Corpus Christi, the SAU&G, San Antonio, Uvalde and Gulf Railroad, popularly called “The Sausage”.
Open 8-5, M-F
Pleasanton, the “Birthplace of the Cowboy,” 1959 E, State Hwy 97, Pleasanton
San Antonio Fire Museum: (2 hrs., 144 mi, I-37N)
Once a functioning fire station, built in 1938, this historical building houses antique fire engines, artifacts and photographs from the 1850’s. Run by fire fighters who volunteer their time to help welcome you into the fun. Suit up in firemen’s bunker gear to clang the bell and ring the siren, atop a fire engine.
Free admission, open Tuesday – Saturday, 10-4
801 E. Houston St., SA (behind the Alamo)
LBJ Presidential Library: (3.16 hrs., 220 mi, I-35N)
Pick up a phone and listen to the 36th U.S. President in a conversation with Martin Luther King, or talking to his wife, Lady Bird Johnson, or a member of the U.S. Senate. A life-size animatronic President Johnson, moves and talks, telling humorous stories from past speeches. The museum houses a presidential limousine and a reproduction of the Oval Office with the actual furniture from LBJ’s presidency.
Open 9- 5 every day
2313 Red River St., Austin (1 block west of I-35, on the UT campus)
Stockyards Museum: (6 hrs., 396 min, I-35N)
Located in the National Historic District, the museum’s artifacts tell the story of ‘Cowtown”, the the Stockyards and the Swift and Armour Packing Plants. Vintage saddles, cowboy western artifacts antique firearms and John Wayne’s 1949 Silver Spur Award spark visitors’ interest as well as a light bulb whose birthday is celebrated. It’s the second longest burning light bulb, burning now for 107 years. Don’t miss the ‘Bad Luck Wedding Dress’ enclosed behind Plexiglas that has bestowed ill upon four generations of brides.
Open 10-5, M-Sat, 12-5 summer Sundays, $2
131 E. Exchange Ave., Ft Worth
START HERE: Hurricane Alley Waterpark
Grab your buddy and hop into the two-person tube for a thrilling 6-story slide on the CAT 5 or race your friends on the 4-lane Storm Chaser. Parents relax at the swim-up bar with a cold beverage. Swimming and movies: Tuesday Night Dive-In Movie and Friday Night Flicks. On June 24th The World’s Largest Swim Lesson.
Open weekends in May, and 7 days a week starting May 30 June-August 22, 11 am – 6 & 8 pm
702 E. Port Ave, Corpus Christi
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort: (2.17 hr, 157 mi, I-37 N)
Whether you want romance or family fun, Hyatt Hill Country is the place! Grab a tube and float the lazy river or maneuver the 22-foot waterslide, all part of the 5-acre waterpark, complete with several pools, water volleyball & basketball, wave machine and a zero entry wading pool. This resort has earned the Parent Tested Seal of Approval and voted “Best Place for Family Fun” by San Antonio Magazine readers. Want to bring along your pooch, 3-days advance reservation.
1.5 miles from SeaWorld
9800 Hyatt Resort Dr., San Antonio
Schlitterbahn Waterpark ( 2.35 hr, 172 mi, 1-37 N)
Chill on a tube floatin’ the river or be daring and ride the Master Blaster, voted the best water ride in the nation. Hold tight as you’re plunged down three stories, catapulted up three stories, ending in a twisting, spiral tunnel of non-stop action. American Heroes Week (May 30-June 5) salutes members of the Military, Police, Firefighters &EMTs with FREE admittance and 50% off for family members. On Saturday, June 11th listen to live contemporary Christian music all day for ‘Lifted Up: Faith & Family Day’.
Summer is waterpark weather! #BahnLOVE
400 N. Liberty Ave., New Braunfels
Krause Springs ( 3 hr, 231 mi, I-37 N)
This beautiful 115-acre property is privately owned by the Krause Family but open to the public. A swimmer’s delight with 32 springs, a manmade spring-fed pool, waterfalls and grottos. Practice your Tarzan by swinging from the tree rope and dropping into the cool water. No glass containers, no life guard, no pets.
Open year round. Cash only, $7 adults (12+), $5 children (4-11). (30 miles west of Austin)
424 CR 404, Spicewood, TX
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor: (6.07 hrs., 397 miles, TX-130)
A fun-filled waterpark next to Six Flags Over Texas has relaxation and thrills. Lounge in a Cabana or at the Beachside Grill or take a 7-story free fall slide (Dive Bomber). Whether you’re on a toboggan slide (Banzai Boggan), tube or chute, you’ll be sure to be thrilled. To quench your thirst during the summer heat, purchase a Park sport bottle for unlimited free refills.
Open May 7th weekends, 7 days a week June 2 - Aug 21 (19 miles east of Ft Worth, I-30)
1800 E. Lamar Blvd., Arlington
Panther Island Pavillion: (6 hrs., 393 mi, TX 130 N)
Texas’s Premiere Waterfront, on the banks of the Trinity River. Enjoy the sandy beach and the many water sports: paddle boarding, kayaking, canoeing, tubing, pedal boats and swimming. ‘Rockin the River’ entertains guests with fireworks over the river and live music every Thursday night from the only waterfront stage in the state,
(June16- Aug 11)
395 Purcey St., Ft. Worth
START HERE: Palmilla Beach Golf Club
Meandering through natural dunes, lined with native grasses, this par 71 golf course creates challenges in its’ changing elements of coastal
surroundings. Similar to the links courses of Scotland, golfers enjoy ocean and bay breezes along the wind swept fairways. Keeping a harmonious co-existence with the environment, 120 acres were converted to native vegetation providing habitat for wildlife. Seagulls squawking overhead as you tee off will put you in that beach vacation frame of mind. Be sure to stop in at the 19thhole, the Black Marlin Bar and Grill for their delicious mahi-mahi grilled tacos. Enjoy a cold one while dining inside or on the patio, or high above the dunes on the third story elevated bar.
132 Palmilla Beach Drive, Port Aransas
Hyatt Hill Country Golf Club: (2.17 hr., 157 mi, I-37 N)
Voted ‘Best Golf Course’ by readers of San Antonio Magazine, the resort’s 27- hole championship course displays the beauty of the hill country with rolling hills and tree-shaded plateaus. The Family Express 9-hole course is perfect for those of differing abilities or beginner golfers. The shorter distances allow the whole family to enjoy a round. The golf resort prides itself on having that ‘home away from home’ feeling with tranquil landscapes, country cottages and windmills. Be sure to get a windmill-logoed shirt from the pro-shop.
9800 Hyatt Resort Dr., San Antonio
TopGolf: (3.16 hrs., 196 mi., I-35 N)
A new experience in golf; fun for all ages, skilled or non-golfers. You’re escorted to your own hitting bay area, complete with comfy seating, men and women’s clubs and electronic game selections. Think 3- story open building overlooking 240- yard green field, scattered giant bulls-eye targets that light up yellow, red, blue. Hit away with the micro-chipped golf balls for competitive point scoring games. Waiting your turn to chip one in, enjoy the tasty Mushi from the varied food items and a specialty drink delivered right to your table. More fun and entertainment: pool table, giant jinga, interactive video games and ample TV watching.
2700 Esperanza Crossing, Austin
Omni Barton Creek Resort-Fazio Canyon Golf Course: (3.14 hrs., 225 mi., I-35 N, 290W, TX-360)
Barton Creek is a golfer’s paradise with four 18-hole golf courses designed by three famous professional golfers. Stunning vistas, cliff lined fairways, waterfalls, natural limestone caves, creeks, and hillsides overlooking Lake Travis. It has it all. The Fazio Foothills Golf Course has five sets of tees with the back tees at 7,125 yards. Fazio Canyons Golf Course’s finishing hole is a 561-yard, par-5. The traditional layout of the Coore Crenshaw Golf Course is dictated by the natural terrain with broad, rolling fairways and widely varied green sizes. Palmer Lakeside Golf Course’s signature hole highlights a cascading waterfall.
8212 Barton Club Dr., Austin
The Golf Club Fossil Creek: (5.57 hr., 414 mi, I-35N, exit 58)
Personally designed by the legendary Arnold Palmer, this 18-hole Championship course has water on 15 of 18 holes. Have a challenging hole? The Visage GPS on each golf cart provides useful information for crucial decision-making such as club selection, pin placement and yardage. Still puzzled, call for a Guest Assistant. Warm-up on the large practice range or one of the two putting greens and finish a great round with a stop at Arnie’s Pub.
Open for breakfast and lunch served 7 days a week. (15 minutes north of downtown Ft Worth)
3401 Clubgate Dr., Ft. Worth
START HERE: Corpus Christi Hooks
What’s not to love about Whataburger Field and Hooks baseball, the Astros’ double-A affiliate. This first class facility is part amusement park, history museum, part ballpark. The cotton-presses towering over the ship channel since the early 20’s,create the backdrop for the children’s climbing wall and trampoline. The lush Bermuda turf runs deep green on the newly excavated field. Also new, 3000 seats, and exciting food additions: roasted ears of corn and a baked potato bar. Listen for the smack of the bat; GO HOOKS!
734 E. Port Ave., Corpus Christi
San Antonio Missions: (2.07 hr., 149 mi., I-37N, US-90)
Nelson Wolff Municipal Stadium is home to this double-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres. This ball club is jammed pack with fun. Used cars line-up on the berm to be given away July 15th, four nights for MLB player jersey giveaways and $2 Tuesdays for parking, beer, sausage or tacos. Look for Wade Bowen to take the stage, Sunday May 29th for Mission Mitsubishi’s Memorial Day Weekend Celebration. Lots of great causes to support: Autism Night, Alzheimer’s Night, Military Appreciation Night and come enjoy Missions baseball!
5757 US-90, San Antonio
Round Rock Express: (3.30 hrs., 225 mi, I-37N, I-35N)
Head to Dell Diamond for triple-A baseball. Under the golden summer sun, watch the TX Ranger minor leaguers hit one out of the park. On May 28th Nolan Ryan Bobbleheads will be given away and May 30 the Express will be wearing special jerseys to honor those killed in action on Military Appreciation Day. Every Sunday kids get special H-E-B giveaways and can run the bases after the game.
(20 minutes from Austin)
3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock
Texas Rangers: (6.04 hrs., 420 mi., I-35N)
A close run to the AL West title in 2015 has the Rangers fired-up for another chance for the Pennant. Bring your kids (13 and under) for $1 on Blue Bell Ice Cream Sunday, May 15th, when the Rangers take on the Toronto Blue Jays. Stay after and enjoy the Toby Mac Post-Game Concert. Always wanted to sit where the Rangers sit, take a ballpark tour and see the behind-the-scenes areas such as the dugout and press box. Satisfy your hotdog craving with a 2-foot long hot dog in its’ own carrying case!
Easily accessible from I-30
Global Life Park, 1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington
Houston Astros: (3.13 hrs., 209 mi., US-59N)
The 242-foot high, retractable roof allows for open air baseball. This season brings new LED lighting and amped up Wi-Fi for higher capacity. If you don’t yet have the vintage style orange & blue, star ball cap be sure to stop in at the Astros Team Store.
Kids, ages 4-12 can test their speed and hitting in the Kid’s Zone. Seeking an autograph, arrive early for the ballpark opening (2 hours prior to game time) and find your favorite player, then settle in for Astros baseball!
Minute Maid Park, 501 Crawford St., Houston