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When you’re traveling the US with your family, you could visit those (seemingly) more family-centric locations, such as Orlando and California, especially if you have a fondness for theme parks.
But as a consequence, you might miss out on certain other travel destinations that have a lot to offer a family on their vacation. The state of Texas is one, as despite being largely famous for its rodeos and country music, there is more to do here with your family than you might expect. Of course, for all we know, your family might love nothing more than a Saturday afternoon at the rodeo and an evening of country music, but there are plenty of other attractions.
Check out this little lot for starters, and then continue your research online.
#1: Six Flags Over Texas
Oh sure, you could book a hotel at Disneyworld for the umpteenth time, but why not book a hotel near Six Flags over Texas instead? This is a fabulous theme park that contains some of the best rides in the country, especially if you’re a DC comic book fan. These include the upcoming Aquaman: Power Wave (arriving in 2020), a launch-style rollercoaster which promises to offer visitors the ultimate splash-down, and loads of other DC-related rides, including a fantastic Gotham-inspired rollercoaster and a 4D Justice League interactive experience. There are all kinds of other rides, of course, some of which are based around your favorite Warner Bros cartoon characters, as well as live entertainment, special festive events, and plenty of gift shops selling the merchandise your kids would love to get their hands on.
#2: Space Center Houston
If your family has a love for all things outer space, then the Space Center at the NASA Parkway has to be one of the best places to touch down on your Texas vacation. Learn about the history of NASA’s space program. Gaze in awe at the on-display spacecraft, moon rocks, and planetary exploration vehicles. Get hands-on with some of these collections too, and dress up like a spaceman to experience astronaut life. And check out the film shows, space simulators, themed exhibits (including the Mission Mars exhibit), meetings with real-life astronauts, and plenty of other out-of-this-world experiences that will form a part of your interplanetary journey. Life on terra firma will seem very boring in comparison.
#3: Dinosaur World
You will be humming the Jurassic Park theme tune before you know it when visiting this fascinating park. With hundreds of life-sized dinosaurs to discover (don’t worry, they aren’t alive), interactive exhibits to get hands-on with (including the Fossil Dig and Dino Gem Excavation), and lots of dinosaur-themed playground activities to indulge yourselves on, you will find much to enjoy if you and your family have a penchant for all things prehistoric. Be sure to watch the movies in the run-up to your visit to get yourselves in the mood, and to remind yourselves of some of those quotes that made the movie famous. You can then channel your inner Jeff Goldblum and utter ‘life will not be contained when the tour guides complain about your fun-loving children running amok in the park!
And there’s more to discover in Texas, of course, with plenty of other theme parks, museums, and historic attractions to explore with your family, so do your research online and start building your itinerary in good time. One thing’s for sure; you’re going to have a wonderful time when visiting the lone star state!