There are thousands of great getaways in Texas, many of them best kept secret attractions and destinations…out of the way places where you can find fun, relaxation, excitement, tranquility – whatever it is you hope to find in that perfect getaway for a weekend, a week, a month or a lifetime, And we’re here to help you find them!
From rugged mountain tops to paddling down pristine streams and rivers to surfing the best Gulf beaches, Texas is full of places waiting for you to discover. If its active recreation you’re after, we’ve got you covered. If you’re looking for a place to escape, a remote location to camp or an unusual or unique place to park your bones, you’ve come to the right place.
We’ll be updating this section often, bringing the you the latest lowdown on new and old places we or others have discovered that may be just the perfect place or getaway your hoping to find. So get started with out latest featured getaways below and check back often for more. And, if you find one we don’t know about, drop us an email and let us know about it so we can share with others just like you. Happy adventuring!
Kayaking and Canoeing the Wild Devil’s River
- Kayaking and Canoeing the Wild Devil’s River
- Halloween on the Riverwalk
- Fredericksburg Food &Wine Festival
- The Old East Texas State Fair
- Enchanted Rock
- Below Natural Bridge Caverns
- McDonald Observatory
- Wyler Tramway to the Top
- Log Cabin Luxury In Frio Canyon
- Johnson Space Center – Out of this World Getaway
- Black Dragon Pirate Tour
- Wildcatter Ranch Getaway
- Rafting the Rio Frio
The Devils River is a remote, natural, scenic whitewater river that is a perfect ride for experienced paddlers if they are properly equipped for wilderness paddling. For nearly so miles of paddling through the canyon country of remote Southwestern Texas, you will step back in time and experience a lonely. remote and beautiful environment full of wildlife and adventure. The Devil’s River is spring fed and flows over solid limestone that keeps the water clear and clean, and its flows and depths increase as it moves downstream. Water quality is among the very best in the State. It is a virtual oasis in the desert.
Spring to mid summer and early to mid-autumn are the best times to run the river, but be aware the river is subject to flash flooding as far away as 100 miles upstream. In such cases, the canyon rapids can become treacherous. Also be aware that the river runs through private property and property owners are adamant about preventing trespassing. Respect their rights and know the laws.
The best rafting in Texas is located about 50 miles from Del Rio; San Antonio is 200 miles away; 280 to Austin; nearly 400 miles east is Houston and 400 miles north is Dallas 400 miles; El Paso is just a little more than 400 miles to the west.
Halloween on the Riverwalk
Anytime is a swell time to visit the Alamo City. But October is a favorite month for many because the changing season brings cooler temperatures and smaller crowds. that is, until Halloween night. Party like a zombie on the River Walk this year, a great time for all ages. Most revelers wear their costumes and you’ll find plenty of fun at the many bars, restaurants and club that line the miles of River in downtown San Antonio.
Part of the fun is meeting and interplaying with the many costumed and well-intended ghouls that turn out in large numbers making the event one of the largest Halloween parties in Texas. The River Walk Association stages a Halloween boat parade which thrills onlookers and revelers alike and there is a $1,000 cash costume contest at one of the clubs that line the river.
Put together your best costume and head down to the Alamo City this frightful season to enjoy the fun being offered in historic and beautiful downtown San Antonio where the party never stops.
Fredericksburg Food &Wine Festival
It’s harvest time in Texas and this year’s grape harvest is reported to one of the best in recent years. As Texas wine becomes more and more popular and in demand nationwide, there’s good reason to turn out for this showcase event featuring the best foods of the Texas Hill Country and the best wines offered up by viticulture operations across Central Texas and beyond.
Enjoy this celebration of Texas food, wine, beer, music, specialty booths, food court and fun for all staged in historic Fredericksburg! Plus fabulous events: Friday’s Celebration of Texas Food & Wine and Saturday’s Patron Party on Marktplatz downtown.
Don’t miss this spectacular annual event in one of Texas’ most unique communities! It’s also a good weekend to travel down the Texas wine trail and visit as many of the wineries you can to discover your favorites and enjoy the fall season in a satisfying way.
The Old East Texas State Fair
For 95 years now the East Texas State Fair in Tyler has been providing family fun in the fall season – and this year is no exception. Enjoy a drive through the changing colors of the East Texas pines and get ready to experience an old time Texas fair complete with special attractions, thousands of exhibits and that great fair food you remember from your childhood days. Check out the fair.
Get your bad boy hiking shoes on and get ready to tackle the second largest granite rock in the nation! Enchanted Rock State Natural Area just east of Fredericksburg offers the perfect chance to get out in the early spring weather and enjoy the geologically-rich Llano Escarpment uplift, a rare formation that populates the landscapes with boulders, canyons, streams, hills and valleys, with plenty of nature all around and some of the best and most rugged trekking country in Central Texas.
The rock provides a day or weekend of activities as you explore it and the surrounding park lands. And the climb – even to the top – is fairly easy to make even for casual hikers. Before long the wild Texas wildflowers will be gracing the landscape all across Central Texas and there’s never a bad time to visit the Rock. The exception might be crowded weekends, so hit this essential spring destination in the middle of the week if possible, and early in the day to avoid the crowds. Highly recommended!
Below Natural Bridge Caverns
Wanna speed up the cooling down process in Texas? Head underground on an expedition of discovery at one of the state’s hidden caverns. Natural Bridge is located between San Antonio and New Braunfels and offers daily tours and family fun. And check out nearby Gruene Hall and the beautiful Guadalupe River.
Head to the high country of Ft. Davis and get “chilled” by the mountain temps and the spectacular view of the Milky Way! Public tours of this great facility offer plenty of education and fun and a visit to West Texas attractions like Indian Lodge, Marathon or even nearby Big Bend make this getaway a great destination for the fall season. Pack your sweater and your hiking boots because it’s high times in Texas.
Wyler Tramway to the Top
Way out west you will discover the mysterious Franklin Mountains overlooking historic El Paso, and there’s no better way to get a “view from the top” than by riding the tramway to the peak! The Wyler Aerial Tramway at Franklin Mountains State Park features an aerial cable car situated on 195.742 acres of rugged mountain and rock formations on the east side of the Franklin Mountains. Here’s your chance to dare to soar with the eagles.
Log Cabin Luxury In Frio Canyon
Why not get away from it all? At the Cloud Dance Log Cabins near Concan you can lodge like a pioneer and enjoy the pristine Texas Hill Country, just minutes away from the Frio River and an 18-hole golf course – of course! No phones available (by design)…but plenty of nature loving, wildlife viewing opportunities for those looking to get away from it all! Float the river, stage a BBQ, and feel the romance of this unique hideaway getaway!
Johnson Space Center – Out of this World Getaway
Have you ever wanted to visit a destination off-world? The next best thing may very well be the Johnson Space Center just south of Houston! Kids of all ages will enjoy a walk through U.S. space history and a hands-on experience with real spacecraft. You can visit Historic Mission Control Center, Hangar X and the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility. Before returning to Space Center Houston, you have an optional stop at Rocket Park, home of the massive rockets.
Black Dragon Pirate Tour
Get ready for a step back in time to the days when the lower Texas coast was visited frequently by pirates! Black Dragon Pirate Tours in Port Isabel offers cruises on the pristine Laguna Madre in a replica ship that conjures up visions of Captain Jack Sparrow and the days of old. Swashbuckle your way to the tip of Texas and experience the pirate’s life. And while there, take in the beautiful beaches of South Padre Island. A trip to remember!
Wildcatter Ranch Getaway
Here’s your chance to catch a little nostalgia and still find a great resort with all the amenities. Wildcatter Ranch north of Fort Worth offers a little something for everyone in the family, from 32 guest rooms and suites and one historic guest house, you’ll bask in comfort and style on a 1,500 acre ranch. Enjoy the sunset from the back porch of your guest room or spend your day horseback riding, shooting sporting clays, or canonizing, and be certain to take in the world famous Texas Steakhouse for a real taste of Texas. Affordable luxury awaits.
Rafting the Rio Frio
As the summer heat settles in most of us are looking for a cool time in a really cool place, and the Frio River in the western reaches of the Texas Hill Country provide the perfect place to get cool and get wet in the same place. There are a lot rafting destinations along the Frio. Surf through the resources and choose one or more and get ready to roll to summer bliss!