3 Great Day Trips to Take This Summer

Sometimes you want to get away, but you don’t have time for a big vacation. In those instances, a day trip is a perfect solution. Here are three great day trips to take this summer and the best part it’s they’re all within 3 hours of Houston. You can go early in the morning and be home the same night (or stay over if you have the time).

Check out a huge waterpark with the kids

Visit the Schlitterbahn waterpark on Galveston Island with the family and enjoy water slides, a lazy river, swimming, and much more. Rent a cabana for the day, and you’ll have your home base within the water park. Pack a picnic lunch or eat there. You have lots of options, and the waterpark has activities for kids of all ages.

Visit the Botanical Garden and marvel in the beauty of nature

The Shangri La botanical garden and nature center is a beautiful place to visit and explore as a family. Learn about over 300 species of plants and explore the gardens at your own pace or take a guided tour. It’s located in Orange, about an hour outside of Houston. There’s an on-site café where you can relax and enjoy a meal together. Take your cameras and snap pictures of all the beautiful plants.

Visit the Alamo & River Walk in San Antonio

In about three hours, you can travel back in history and visit the Alamo in San Antonio, from there, explore the River Walk and enjoy the beauty of the city. If you haven’t taken the family to the Alamo before, take a tour and explore this piece of Texas and American history and see it yourself.

Enjoy the view from a restaurant along the Riverwalk, take a long lunch, and take it all in. The Riverwalk runs through San Antonio and has shops and restaurants all along the way. You’re sure to find what you’re looking for in the area.

Get out and explore Texas this summer. Pack the kids, grab some snacks, get in the car, and go for a day trip this weekend. You don’t have to wait for a long weekend to get away and make some fun family memories. Plus, some of the day trips are hidden educational opportunities. The kids may think they’re just having fun, but they’re learning too.