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What are the best Texas roadtrips to take from Houston, with kids?

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Want to get away, enjoy a vacation with the family, but not have to work so hard to have fun? Here are the Texas roadtrips recommended by Houston parents!

Read on to see spots near Houston, towards Austin, Corpus Christi, San Antonio and Dallas.  Drive a short distance, or drive for a few hours… either way, there is a great adventure waiting!

Do you have a Texas getaway spot to recommend? Tell us so we can add it to the list.  (Also, here are camping spots near Houston & here are our roadtrip packing tips!)

Close to Houston:

  • The Woodlands Resort – 31 Miles from Downtown Houston – 2301 N Millbend Dr, The Woodlands, TX 77380
    • Water slide, underwater music, sprayground, toddler pool, lazy river, dive-in movies and family activities.
    • 200 miles of hiking and biking trails that meander through the southern reaches of the East Texas Piney Woods.
  • Galveston50 Miles from Downtown Houston
    • Beaches, museums, parks and restaurants!

Head Towards Austin:

Head Towards Corpus Christi:

Head Towards San Antonio:

Head Towards Dallas:

Also, did you know your Houston Museum and Zoo Memberships can get you free or discounted admission at museums and zoos all over the world?  Learn more HERE!

The Best Texas Roadtrips from Houston... as recommended by Houston parents!
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  1. May 30, 2015 at 8:04 pm — Reply

    Mallory Rhea Farrow Kelsey Prince Chelsea Schofield Britney Rose Prince here is some good ideas for this summer!!!! I see some road trips in our future!!!

  2. May 24, 2016 at 8:20 pm — Reply

    http://www.pickyourown.org/TX.htm lots of places to stop along the way, stretch those legs and pick some yummy snacks too. I have been to a few of them and the ones I've been to are great.

  3. May 24, 2016 at 8:24 pm — Reply

    Also can't forget Austin's children's museum called the thinkery, it's rated one of the top 11 children's museums in the country. Also on the list is the Houston children's museum and the doseum in San Antonio because they are some of the most engaging, interactive places for kids and have lots of steam related ways to get kids excited about learning.

  4. May 24, 2016 at 8:34 pm — Reply

    I also feel Waco might need a shout out with the dr pepper museum, the magnoila homes shop that has the really large yard for families to play, and the Texas ranger museum

  5. May 24, 2016 at 8:38 pm — Reply

    Choose to Houston should include the show body theatre. It's a drive in movie that has a playground at the front and you get two movies for one price. It's nice to sit and watch the stars while a movie is playing and the kids aren't stuck to only one seat, they can kick their legs a bit or hop up and down without distributing others.

  6. June 16, 2018 at 7:58 am — Reply

    For a short road trip from Houston, only 5 hours, I would encourage your readers to go to Broken Bow, Oklahoma. It has gorgeous outdoor adventures – hiking, canoes, zip lines, fantastic fishing, breweries, wineries and great restaurants. The cabin rentals are incredible. They are secluded and luxurious.
    Check out our site Rustic Luxury Cabins for some of the best out there. We have a great resource for Top 25 Things to do in Broken Bow as well.

    Go explore,
    Rustic Luxury Cabins

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