Texas Travel

Holiday Getaways

By Laura Byrom 11.29.13

Thanksgiving ushers in the holiday season as well as holiday-induced stress. Skip the big turkey dinner with extended family this year, and plan a getaway to one of these three Texas hot spots.

San Antonio

Take your family on a pilgrimage to the Old Spanish Missions that were built along the San Antonio River in the 1700s.  Guided tours by the National Park Service are free, but many visitors opt to explore the missions and trails on their own. Spend an afternoon strolling along the renowned San Antonio River Walk, which is adorned with bright, colorful lights and festive decorations during the holiday season.  For an authentic Mexican experience, head over to Market Square, or El Mercado as the locals call it, for shopping, live music, and the world-famous Mi Tierra Restaurant and Bakery.


This quaint suburb of Fort Worth is home to two family-friendly luxury resorts, Gaylord Texan Resort and the Great Wolf Lodge, featuring fine dining, water parks, and loads of entertainment.  Lined with a cornucopia of locally-owned antique shops, boutiques, art galleries, and cafes, downtown Grapevine’s historic Main Street truly offers something for everyone.  You can even go for a ride  on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad from the charming little town to the Fort Worth Stockyards.

Corpus Christi

With thousands of animals representing more than 300 species native to the Gulf of Mexico, you’re sure to enjoy a Texas-sized aquatic adventure at the Texas State Aquarium.  Watch and participate in daily shows including live shark feedings and dolphin training activities.  Docked in Corpus Christi Bay, the USS Lexington, a World War II-era aircraft carrier turned in to a floating museum, features five self-guided tours of multiple exhibits, a theater, flight simulator, and virtual battle stations. Not to mention that the view of the bay from the flight deck is absolutely breathtaking.

Check with venues for holiday hours.