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Old 05-13-2010, 11:14 AM
 
Location: san antonio/potranco area
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Hi yall! We are/were planning a trip to South Padre Island this summer..but with the possibility of the oil spill taking a turn towards Texas: I'm not sure about that choice. I would like to ask for other family friendly vacation spots, maybe some places that are not so well known. Last year we tried Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine--that was great!! Thank you all.
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Old 05-13-2010, 11:40 AM
 
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Old 05-13-2010, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Pipe Creek, TX
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The oil is not yet anywhere near S. Padre Island... and if it ever gets that far....we have a serious problem. I mean more serious than the already serious problem at hand. S. Padre Island is a looooong way from that oil.

S. Padre Island is always a good time. It just has a special feeling to it. I can't even describe it with words.
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Old 05-13-2010, 01:21 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX, USA
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Dunno if you like camping or outdoors types of activities but how about: Big Bend National Park (U.S. National Park Service)
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Old 05-14-2010, 08:19 AM
 
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Balmorhea State Park, about an hour west of Fort Stockton. If your kids like swimming, there is virtually no better place on earth. You can camp or rent a cabin, and go to the McDonald Observatory for a star party. I'd second Big Bend as well, particularly the Chisos Basin. You won't believe you are in Texas. It is a long way to drive, but not much further than from here to Brownsville/South Padre.
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Old 05-14-2010, 09:46 AM
 
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Thanks for the info,I'll check it out!
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Old 05-14-2010, 12:08 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Houston/Galveston is nice. There is NASA, the Astros, the Kemah Boardwalk, huge Children's Museum, downtown Aquarium, the beach, Rainforest Restaurant and ride in Galveston, the Strand, a stay at the San Luis is wonderful.
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Old 05-14-2010, 12:37 PM
 
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West Texas is where the term "Godforsaken" originated. I am still, 2 years after the fact, taking grief from my family for our West Texas "adventure". I would NOT recommend taking kids (that are looking for fun things to do) anywhere west of Boerne. OK, maybe Kerrville, and even that is pushing it. First time in my life I've cut a vacation short and honestly, the first time in my life I ever saw an actual, real, not cartoon tumbleweed. Miserable.

*no apologies will be forthcoming for the above opinion*

That said, I agree with the poster above that Kemah is fun (take wads of $$$ ). Galveston is decent. The museum district in Houston is actually a great time--lots for kids to do and see. Cool area of Houston as well. I think I may go back this summer, just because I enjoyed it so much.

I would just stick with the SPI plan, if you're really wanting a beach trip. Whatever you do, have fun!! Be the Griswald's!!
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Old 05-14-2010, 01:54 PM
 
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West Texas is where the term "Godforsaken" originated. I am still, 2 years after the fact, taking grief from my family for our West Texas "adventure". I would NOT recommend taking kids (that are looking for fun things to do) anywhere west of Boerne. OK, maybe Kerrville, and even that is pushing it. First time in my life I've cut a vacation short and honestly, the first time in my life I ever saw an actual, real, not cartoon tumbleweed. Miserable.

*no apologies will be forthcoming for the above opinion*

That said, I agree with the poster above that Kemah is fun (take wads of $$$ ). Galveston is decent. The museum district in Houston is actually a great time--lots for kids to do and see. Cool area of Houston as well. I think I may go back this summer, just because I enjoyed it so much.

I would just stick with the SPI plan, if you're really wanting a beach trip. Whatever you do, have fun!! Be the Griswald's!!
just make sure the dog is not strapped to the bumper....
and look out for those red ferrari's
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Old 05-14-2010, 02:30 PM
 
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Just curious Sapphire. Have you actually been to Balmorhea, the McDonald Observatory or Chisos Basin? I only ask because none of them produce anything like tumbleweeds (more like cold spring fed pools, 6000 foot mountains and pine trees). We even saw a black bear the last time we hiked in Chisos (where it was a high of 75 degrees in the middle of July). You might have to travel over a whole lot of nothing to get there, but you could say the same thing about most other long trips in Texas.
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