Traveling Texas and loving every minute of it!

By Fernanda Alvarado

John Mayer said it best, “A little bit of summer’s what the whole year is all about!” We start off the year ready to take life by the horns. We go full speed in trying to make our resolutions happen and becoming better versions of ourselves. By the time we know it, we are exhausting every drop of energy we may have left. Thank goodness for summer!

These two to three months are a Godsend for both children and adults. Students get to take a break from school and all those state-mandated tests. College students can breathe and maybe work a little to make some extra money for those summer concerts. And adults can breathe easy knowing that vacation time is not far off.

Laredo is a good city to spend vacation time on, but thankfully we live in the great state of Texas. Where you can find anything and everything under the sun! We want you to enjoy a great Texas vacation without spending an arm and a leg! These options are not only budget-friendly, they offer a chance to enjoy a whole bunch of fun under the sun in the great Lone Star State.

Let’s start off with the weirdest city of them all, Austin. Our state capitol, or as it is also known “Live Music Capital of the World!” Austin is chock full of outdoor adventures. If you’re the hiking type, take your family on a walk around Lady Bird Lake and the lush Fiesta Gardens or enjoy swimming at Barton Springs Pool. But if you like things a little more cultured, you can view gems and fossils at the Texas Memorial Museum. You can even take your family on a tour of the grand state capitol building for free. Lastly, you cannot miss witnessing the largest urban bat colony in the U.S. take flight from under the Congress Avenue Bridge.

San Antonio’s most famous site, The Alamo.

Second on our list is San Antonio. We couldn’t miss this classic destination for quick getaways. San Antonio is filled with family-friendly spots where most are cheap or free and most importantly, fun. In fact, there’s no charge at all to visit the city’s most famous site, The Alamo, where you’ll get a fascinating glimpse at the place where in 1836 an epic 13-day siege occurred during the Texas Revolution. Then just a short hop and skip away is the iconic Riverwalk. You can take a narrated boat cruise for only $10 a person (with significant discounts for children and seniors), where you’ll glide underneath arched bridges that might make you think you’re in Venice, Italy. In fact, you can even visit the spot where Jennifer Lopez filmed a scene for the movie Selena.  Be sure to check out Market Square or El Mercado as it’s also known – the Mexican market hosts vendors that sell handcrafted items, fresh produce


other goods at minimal prices, and also features a 24-hour Mexican bakery. While taking in the 360-degree view of the city from the Tower of the Americas is a must, avoid paying the steep charge to visit the observation by heading to the bar just one level below. You’ll get the same views, for just the price of a drink or an appetizer. #SummerHacks

If you’re looking for a beach vibe this summer, there are two options Texas has available to you. The first is south of Laredo and was named one of America’s best beaches for families by the Travel Channel. South Padre Island is infamous for Spring Break but what many don’t know is that this small resort town offers a whole lot more than spring breakers. South Padre Island is perfect for a cheap vacation packed with what’s sure to be unforgettable memories. Travelers on a tight budget will appreciate the nearly endless options for inexpensive accommodations, from campgrounds with RV hookups to family motels, many of which can be found right along the shore. Beach equals sunshine and tanning, but in addition to that, time can be spent collecting brightly colored shells or you can take a walk along the Laguna Madre Nature Trail to catch a glimpse of exotic birds and even alligators.

From Brownsville to Houston to El Paso to Dallas, Texas is as diverse as they come. Enjoy a summer full of fun and inexpensive adventures. Take the time to explore everything the Lone Star State has to offer!”

About six hours north of Laredo, Galveston beach is the gift that keeps on giving. Galveston is home to multiple museums, and many have a very low admission price, like the Texas Seaport Museum, the Galveston Railroad Museum, Tall Ship Elissa, and Pirates! Legends of the Gulf Coast and the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum. The island is best known for its 32-mile sandy beach, Seawall Beach, that includes the longest continuous sidewalk in the nation, which means there is lots of room for free beach fun. Stroll along the seawall or enjoy a game of beach volleyball. Play in the sand and surf, or build sandcastles. Galveston Island offers a whole bunch of inexpensive fun and cheap dining and accommodations.

Galveston is known for its 32-mile sandy beach, Seawall Beach.

Texas is a treasure that not many consider when thinking of vacationing. There are multiple parks, hiking trails, lakes, and the best part of Texas is its diverse landscape. There will always be something for someone. It is a great family state with the best border town in the nation, Laredo. We spoke about four options for vacations, but this summer, consider spending family time all over the state and experience everything Texas has to offer. Because after all, “the stars at night are big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas!”

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