The Texas Hill Country is a beautiful scenic area recognized for its numerous lakes and countless activities including tubing, kayaking, swimming, and canoeing. Numerous museums and nature parks combined with nearby cities like Austin and San Antonio, make Hill Country a perfect getaway destination in Texas. Here are 10 great areas in and around Hill Country that would make a great choice for your family vacation.
1. New Braunfels
New Braunfels is a great destination for a family vacation. New Braunfels has Landa Park which is a great place for paddleboats and train rides. The Schlitterbahn Waterpark is a key attraction in the area and has been rated as the #1 waterpark in the world by the Travel Channel.
Attractions like McKenna’s Children and Sophienburg museums provide educational, yet fun options for things to see while in New Braunfels. For the real adventurous, there is even Animal World and Snake Farm that is a curious attraction for many visiting the region.
2. Canyon Lake
Near New Braunfels, Canyon Lake is fed by the Guadalupe River, which is a popular spot for tubing. During the summer months, the river will be filled with tubers looking to beat the heat. Canyon Lake is primarily residential around the banks, but swimming, fishing, and boating are popular lake activities.
3. San Antonio
About 2 hours away from the Texas Hill Country is the beautiful city of San Antonio. The home of the Alamo offers a lot of family friend options including Sea World, the zoo, Six Flags theme park, and Splashtown Waterpark. After a long day of enjoying the many theme parks and attractions, relax on a San Antonio river cruise and a delicious dinner along the waterfront with your family.
Headed the other direction from the Texas Hill Country will bring you to the exciting city of Austin. Known for its art and music scene, Austin also offers a lot of family activities as well.
Consider the Zilker Botanical Garden, the zoo, or Barton Springs pool – a natural swimming hole fed by underground springs. Austin also features the Volente Beach waterpark, situated next to Lake Travis, which is a great destination in itself.
Visit the Texas State Capitol, visit the bats under the Congress Avenue Bridge and the Bob Bullock Museum that tells the story of Texas and has an IMAX theater as well.
A lesser known destination in Texas is a charming town, complete with historic style stores and buildings, each with unique character. Fredericksburg is located about 1 hour north of San Antonio and an hour west of Austin.
The shopping is what brings many people to Fredericksburg, but there are some great attractions like the Nimitz Museum, which is a hit with children. All the canons and guns on display delight many children. Enchanted Rock is a great area that offers hiking.
6. Lake Buchanan
Lake Buchanan offers some great outdoor family activities including fishing, sand beaches, and beautiful waterfalls.
Rent watercraft and enjoy a day on the lake, which is noted for excellent striped bass and white bass fishing. Within a 30 minute drive are great options like Longhorn Caverns and golfing, which is becoming a more popular family activity.
7. San Marcos
San Marcos also features a lot of water activities including tubing, kayaking, and canoeing. Take a ride in a glass bottom boat at the Aquarena Center where families can point out unique animal and plant species that call San Marcos River home. Also be sure to visit Wonder World where you can explore an earthquake formed cave and ride to the 110 foot observation tower.
Adventure and sports fan will enjoy the Thunder Hill Raceway that has BMX and auto races throughout the year. Adventure seekers can learn to scuba dive, or even learn to skydive!
8. Frio River/Frio Canyon
This region encompasses Rio Frio, Leakey, and Concan. It is a perfect area for outdoor activities and features great family sports and camping along the banks of the Frio River.
The Frio River is also home to over 150 species of birds, numerous wild animals, and beautiful landscape. Rent a cabin along the river banks and enjoy a remote family vacation.
9. Llano Texas
Located on the Llano River, it is the deer capital of the region and the county offers access to four of the larger lakes in the region.
Llano is also home to many historical parks and museums that provide great family sightseeing.
Wimberley is a quiet little town that is a great gateway to the Texas Hill Country. Local attractions include the historic Blue Hole, which is a great swimming spot or enjoy an outdoor movie under the stars. Try the longest and highest zipline in Texas and enjoy the historic landmarks throughout the town.
No matter what area you choose in Texas Hill Country for your family vacation, rest assured it will be a wonderful and memorable time that everyone in the family will enjoy.