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Allison and Terri

Texas

Texas: The Land of Plenty

 *This post was written by my good friend Shannon Bender, for Family Vacations U.S*

I don’t actually know if that is Texas’ motto, but the Lone Star State certainly as plenty to offer families. We recently took our three kids, ages seven and three to visit Austin and Galveston. Each city offered its own unique appeal.

Austin

At the Kenwood Guesthouse

At the Kenwood Guesthouse

Austin has a reputation for being quirky and it did not disappoint. Rather than stay at another moderately priced, boring hotel we decided to stay at Kenwood Guesthouses. One look at the website and you’ll see why. It is whimsical and eccentric. We stayed in the smaller Casita Roja because it featured a separate bedroom and living room space. The kids loved the room, the courtyard and the eccentric path to our guesthouse. We discovered something new everyday like a small bear statue or a Virgin Mary shrine in a tree. In addition, the service was wonderful. The owners live onsite and attend to all of your needs.

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Riding the Train at Zephyr Park

Leaving our fabulous living space, one must see that I would recommend is Zephyr Metropolitan Park. We spent hours there riding the small train (a hit with my Thomas fans), swimming in Barton

Barton Springs Pool

Barton Springs Pool

Springs Pool and kayaking on the Colorado River. The park had much more to offer and should be on any family’s list when visiting Austin. The one word of warning I would offer is that because the city is full of young trendsetters many of the restaurants were not very kid-friendly. But the selection of restaurants is so vast that you’re sure to find plenty of places.

Galveston

The Beach in Galveston

The Beach in Galveston

After two days in Austin, we moved on to Galveston for fun in the sun. Galveston’s tone is superbly family friendly. There are rentals on the beach for jet skis, stand up paddleboards and boogie boards. Or you can lounge, read and let the kids play in the sand, which is my preference. The Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier is a carnival over the ocean. The rides are suitable for all ages and there are all day passes available so you can come and go as you please. 

Moody Gardens

Moody Gardens

Away from the beach you will find Moody Gardens. We spent a day walking through the Aquarium and the Rainforest exhibit. Both are well worth the time and money spent, especially, if you have younger children. The rainforest features exotic birds, monkeys and even a sloth. Looking for the animals was half of the fun. Moody Gardens is easily recognizable for its three pyramids. The aquarium and rainforest are located in two of the pyramids and the third features rotating exhibits.

Overall, our experiences in Austin and Galveston were positive. Whether you’re looking for a hip, urban experience or a relaxing beach getaway, both have quality family activities and unique cultures within the great state of Texas.

*This post was written by my good friend Shannon Bender, for Family Vacations U.S*

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