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When most people think about family vacations they think about places far away but there is so much to do in your own backyard. One of my goals since moving to Texas is to make a point of exploring local with frequent day trips. It is so exciting to see new places even if they are locally.
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There is so much to see and do in Texas that I feel like we have only scratched the surface. I cannot wait to plan our next day trip! In the meantime, here are my family’s top 5 day trips from Austin:
Waco has become famous from a certain television show, however, there is much more to the city. Kids will love Cameron Park Zoo with it’s huge array of animals, updated enclosures, playground and splash pad. The highlight for my daughter was sliding through the otter tank!
Also in Waco is the Waco Mammoth National Monument where Columbian Mammoths are in situ (still in their original position within the bone bed). The Waco Mammoth National Monument is the nation’s only recorded discovery of a nursery herd of Columbian mammoths! This site also participates in the Junior Ranger program where your child completes a set amount of pages in the workbook before getting sworn in as a junior ranger.
The Lyndon B Johnson National Historic Park in Stonewall tells the story of our 36th president. The site is huge including the Texas White House (LBJ’s ranch), barns filled with LBJ’s cars, JetStar (plane LBJ flew in during his presidency), LBJ’s birthplace, walking trails, a living farm and more. You will need to obtain a free driving permit at the visitor center and if you wish to tour the Texas White House you will need to purchase a ticket at the airplane hangar. They also participate in the NPS Junior Ranger program and they have a state junior ranger program.
There are so many wonderful places to visit in San Antonio! It is one of my favorite places in Texas (although I do have a lot of favorites!) and we will continue taking day trips here for a long time to come. If your family enjoys history you should visit the Alamo and Missions National Historical Parks to learn about the Spanish and Native American heritages, lives, and legacies. For cultural experiences be sure to check out the Market Square, the largest Mexican market in the United States, or the Japanese Tea Garden. Some of our other top favorites are the Riverwalk and the zoo.
Blanco State Park in Blanco
Just south of Blanco hugging a mile of the Blanco River is the Blanco State Park. It features swimming, camping, picnicking, tubing, nature trails, and a wildlife viewing overlook. You can rent tubes and canoes at the park store or you can bring your own.
My daughter loved the shallow wading pool next to Falls Dam. The cool water felt so good on a hot summer day and we cannot wait to visit again soon. This site does have the Texas state junior ranger program.