Spring break is coming up quick and warmer temperatures are in the forecast. Now all you have to do is find the perfect destination! If you are looking for rest and relaxation or a place to let it all out, there are plenty of great Texas getaways. Here is a great list of places to visit in Texas on spring break because they have something for everyone.
South Padre Island
South Padre Island is considered a coastal gem. It offers 34 miles of beautiful sand along the Gulf of Mexico coastline. Some of the attractions include South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center with a five-story high watchtower; South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sealife Nature Center with boat tours to observe dolphins, magnificent beaches perfect for lounging on the sand, playing volleyball, running, and picnicking; and deep-sea fishing with one of many local boats. For the night owls, there is plenty of live music, drinks, and fresh seafood to go around, with some of the best found at Palm St. Pier, Clayton’s Beach Bar & Grill, Tequila Sunset, Louie’s Backyard, The Quarterdeck Lounge inside the Isla Grand, The Garden Grille & Bar at the Hilton Garden Inn, and Coral Reef. South Padre Island is known for their wild parties, concerts, booze, and plenty of beach time.
Galveston Island is a 27 mile long, popular beach town on the Gulf of Mexico. Many spring breakers come here for sun and beach fun every spring break. Attractions include sandy beaches, Pleasure Pier with it’s adrenaline-pumping rides, strolls down the Seawall, Schlitterbahn Water Park, or Moody Gardens to explore the Rainforest and Aquarium Pyramids, try the five-tier Sky Trail® Ropes Course, or take a round trip on the Zip Line. There is plenty for all to see and do on Galveston Island.
Corpus Christi offers more than 100 miles of beaches, making it a great place for you to spend soaking up the sun. There are numerous attractions – Bob Hall Pier for surfing and picnics; J.P. Luby Surf Park on North Packery Beach for kite boarding, surfing, wake-boarding, and jet skiing; South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center, and Bowlero for bowling, outdoor patio games, laser tag, and a fun lounge. You can check out the local Lazy Beach Brewing Company and Hurricane Alley Water Park for adrenaline-pumping slides, rides, and other water attractions. Don’t forget about the Texas State Aquarium, South Texas Botanical Gardens and the USS Lexington.
San Marcos is home to Texas State University. So if you don’t mind the college crowd, it’s a great choice! One of the main attractions is floating down the refreshing spring-fed San Marcos River, with part of it running through the city. You can check out the LBJ Museum, Longhorn Racing Academy, take a Brew Pub Tour through historic downtown San Marcos, or tour the Balcones Fault Line cave at Wonder World Cave & Adventure Park with many other attractions for family fun.
New Braunfels is a charming city near San Antonio and is popular destination for spring break. Downtown New Braunfels offers live entertainment and great restaurants. New Braunfels’ real claim to fame and biggest attractions are the Comal and the Guadalupe Rivers. Slowly drift down the river in large tubes with your friends or family. Comal River is beautiful, pristine, and spring-fed, with its headwaters at the Edwards Aquifer. The Upper Guadalupe River is smaller and faster than the lower stream. The lower river between Canyon Dam and New Braunfels is the popular destination for tubing and tends to be crowded during the holidays and weekends.There is a range of experienced outfitters at both rivers who will provide you with the instructions and tubes.
Big Bend National Park
If you aren’t big into crowds, escaping to Big Bend National Park might just be up your alley. The massive park takes up more than 1,200 square miles along the Rio Grande River and features a host of outdoor and adventure activities – river rafting, hiking, horseback riding and zip lining. The park is also one of the best spots in the country for star-gazing with excellent views of the clear night sky. You can choose to bond with nature by camping or you have the option to rent a lodge or hotel room with more of the comforts you’re used to. They offer spa treatments, golf, and live music. You can certainly find solitude in the park’s vast wilderness.