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Ideas for Future Family Vacations

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We’re all staying home right now to protect ourselves and others. Between working, helping with school assignments and watching movies, you can start thinking ahead to the time when restrictions will be lifted. Have you considered what your first post-isolation family vacation (or staycation) will be? Here are some great ideas.


Grapevine Pool kids

Stay and Play in Grapevine
Take summer to the next level in Grapevine
Celebrate summertime in Grapevine from Memorial Day to Labor Day weekend with something fun for the entire family! Enjoy fun attractions, special events, world-class shopping, wine and craft brew tastings, the 38th Annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza, art and educational exhibits like the highly engaging exhibit, Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites, showcasing the power of reading, and more. With so much to do, you’ll want to plan a staycation at one of Grapevine’s great hotels!

Kemah Boardwalk

Island Vibes
Have an oceanfront escape without leaving Texas
For a seaside escape located just 20 miles outside of downtown Houston, load up the car and head for Kemah Boardwalk. With 60 acres of waterfront fun, a trip to Kemah Boardwalk promises a wide array of amusements and activities.
Stroll down the Boardwalk and dine at one of the 10 waterfront restaurants, get some retail therapy at one of the unique boutiques and for the thrill seekers – you can take a ride on the Boardwalk Bullet rollercoaster or jet off on the Boardwalk Beast speedboat. You’ll also find Midway games for all ages and a double decker carousel boasting painted seals, horses and zebras to mount. If the Ferris wheel seems a little too tall for your little ones, head for the Wonder Wheel, a child-sized version of the classic attraction.
Be sure to schedule a visit to the Kemah Aquarium—between the rainforest exhibit with African elephant and lowland gorilla animatronics and the specialty-themed restaurant housing a 50,000-gallon tank filled with tropical fish, everyone in your crew is sure to be impressed. If you have little daredevils in tow, steer towards the Stingray Reef to touch (and even feed!) Southern and Cownose stingrays.
If you’re looking to cover a lot of ground, hop aboard the C.P. Huntington, a gas-powered train that carries passengers around the property. Give your family a taste of history on this gas-powered train, which is a handcrafted replica of a Central Pacific Railroad train from 1863.
Plan your trip for the first half of this month to catch the Crawfish and Zydeco Festival, where families can enjoy fresh-boiled crawfish. The last weekend of the month you can check out the annual Craft Beer Fest and sample over 72 craft beers and then enjoy watching festive decorated boats as they cruise down Clear Creek Channel for the annual Blessing of the Fleet on April 26.

Twin Coves cabin

Glamping or Camping?
An outdoor adventure right outside your door
Strap on your hiking boots, mist some bug spray, and snag some marshmallows for a camping trip at Twin Coves Park and Campground. Home to fully furnished cabins, RV sites (with optional hookups), and primitive campsites, you can choose the best fit for your family. During the day, take advantage of the boat dock and kayak launch along Lake Grapevine, or enjoy hiking the Northshore Trail. You’ll also find a playground, short disc golf course, and plenty of picnic tables, grills and pavilions along the 243-acre park.


Photos courtesy of Kemah Boardwalk, Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Twin Coves Park and Campground