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Start Planning the Perfect Vacation

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Spring has officially sprung in Texas, which means it’s time to begin your summer travel planning

If you’re looking to bond with the family over smores in the great outdoors, there’s a picture perfect, cozy cabin with your name on it at Twin Coves. Or, satisfy your beachside craving and take in an oceanfront sunset on the Kemah Boardwalk. If you’re keeping it close to home, shop local and sip on award-winning rosé in Historic Grapevine. No matter where you decide to go, our selected list of travel destinations will bring new, fun experiences for the whole family.


Shop, Sip and Explore
Grapevine, TX  

Endless Activities for the Entire Family

Historic Grapevine, Texas is your gateway to Texas fun! Hop aboard the Grapevine Vintage Railroad or unwind along Grapevine’s Urban Wine Trail.  Play 81 holes of golf or take advantage of 8,000-plus acre Lake Grapevine. Check out the new attraction Peppa Pig World of Play or enjoy LEGOLAND® Discovery Center both located at Grapevine Mills. Enjoy seasonal fun at the New Vintage Wine and Gallery Trail, Main Street Fest and SummerBlast. Make time for great shopping, dining and more throughout Grapevine. For more information, visit grapevinetexasusa.com.

Find us here: grapevinetexasusa.com

Glamping or Camping?
Flower Mound, TX

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 Camp Ground. 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.

Find us here: twincovespark.com

Island Vibes
Kemah, TX

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 Beef 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 28.

Find us here: kemahboardwalk.com