With our long, hot, summers, a family-friendly Texas summer vacation always has to include plenty of fun water and land activities for kids and adults alike. The suggestions below offer a mix of upscale, resort-style vacations and more nature-focused, glamping-style vacations. Whatever your vacation vibe, you’re sure to find the perfect Texas summer vacation for your family.
Here are a few of our favorite family-friendly Texas vacation spots.
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Dead Cat Ranch in Palestine, TX, is a 1200-acre family-owned East Texas ranch with plenty of lodging options and incredible amenities. Choose from cabins that sleep 4-6, or the bunkhouse, which sleeps 20! Each rental comes with its own UTV to help you navigate the property.
- Paddle Boating
- Ax Throwing
- Shooting Range
- Yard Games
- Swimming Pool
- Hot Tub
- Walking Trails
- Horseback Riding
Plus there’s plenty to do in Palestine. See this post for everything there is to do there.
Nestled on the shores of beautiful Lake Conroe, Margaritaville Lake Conroe is an incredible family-friendly Texas vacation destination. beautiful lake-side resort in Conroe, Texas, just north of Houston. With boat rentals, multiple pools, water slides, a splash zone, a toddler area, nightly entertainment, mini golf, and plenty of restaurants, there’s no shortage of things to do there. Plus, when it’s time to relax, head to the spa for a soothing massage, facial, or other spa treatment.
The resort offers spacious accommodations, including lakeside suites and cottages, perfect for families of all sizes. See our full review here.
Bring your RV or book an adorable cabin (sleeps 4-6) at this upscale RV resort and take advantage of their huge pool and hot tub, pool-side movies, playground, lawn games, and indoor activity room with daily activities. Or, relax on a hammock by the beautiful creek and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. Plus, you’re in the beautiful Texas Hill Country if you want to venture out and explore the area.
Splashway Campgrounds and Waterpark is an exciting family-friendly vacation destination in Texas that offers the perfect blend of outdoor adventure and relaxation. With over 80 acres of beautiful countryside and thrilling waterpark rides, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. The park boasts several exciting water attractions, including a lazy river, a wave pool, and heart-pounding water slides.
There are multiple camping options available, from RV sites to cottages, to family cabins. When you’re not busy at the water park, you can take advantage of their plethora of other fun activities like mini-golf, sand volleyball, laser tag, jumping pillows, and even catch an outdoor movie in the evening.
There are plenty of food options at the water park, or check out the camp store for grilling supplies.
Woodlands Resort is a premier family-friendly vacation destination located in the Woodlands, TX, just north of Houston. With over 28,000 acres of lush greenery, the resort offers exciting activities and amenities for all ages, including two championship golf courses, a full-service spa, multiple pools, and an array of outdoor sports and games. Guests can also enjoy delicious dining options, from casual poolside snacks to upscale dinners at the award-winning Robard’s Steakhouse. Whether you’re looking for a weekend getaway or an extended family vacation, Woodlands Resort is the perfect place to experience the best of Texas hospitality and outdoor fun.
Located just outside the picturesque town of Hunt, TX, the River Inn Resort and Conference Center offers a tranquil and relaxing escape for families seeking a Texas vacation. Surrounded by beautiful hills and the crystal-clear waters of the Guadalupe River, the resort offers guests an idyllic setting to unwind and connect with nature. Choose from a studio, one-bedroom, or two-bedroom condo overlooking the Guadalupe River, and enjoy dinner outside at one of the many picnic areas.
The highlight of this resort is the kid-friendly waterslide built into the river dam. Kids (and adults) will have a blast sliding down on mats into the shallow waters of the river just past the dam. For those who prefer deeper waters, there is a floating dock and generous swimming area before the dam, where the water is plenty deep.
For indoor entertainment, check out the family room, with comfortable couches and tables where you can play any of the provided board games or do one of their puzzles. Adjacent to the family room is the arcade room with arcade machines, a pool table, and a ping pong table.
Holly Lake Ranch is a gated community north of Tyler, Texas. Located just across the street from a Holiday Inn Club Vacation property, you can rent a luxurious lakefront home while still having access to all the resort amenities on both sides of the road. Enjoy swimming at either of the two pools, rent a boat or fishing equipment to take out on the lake, play a round of mini golf or tennis, play on the playground, partake in activities in the game room, and more. See. our full review here.