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March spring break trip w/teens

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March spring break trip w/teens

We are thinking of visiting Texas or New Mexico for 1 week spring break. (we want to visit somewhere new and not too cold). I realize Texas is a big state, but what cities/places would be good for family with two teen boys. We like nature, easy hiking, museums, trying new family-friendly restaurants ,; not as much into shopping or sports. We can fly into San Antonio, Houston, or Dallas, and would be willing to drive and spend time at 2 different places. I am not sure which areas would be most interesting for the boys; we adults are just happy to visit new places.

Thank you in advance for your recommendations.

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1. Re: March spring break trip w/teens

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I'd suggest flying into San Antonio. It is the epicenter of tourism in Texas. There is hiking and bicycling nearby, and normally fairly warm weather in mid-March (60's-70's during the day, maybe even 80's; 40's-50's at night). San Antonio specializes in TexMex food, while the Austin area and surrounds has lots of excellent BBQ, as well as other varied cuisine. The area west of Austin and northwest of San Antonio is called the Hill Country, and offers lots of varied things to see and do. Refer to the following web site for more details: www.traveltex.com (You may have time to order and receive the free catalog from that site, but meanwhile, use the information thereon to help plan your trip.) Austin and San Antonio are ~80 miles apart via I-35, but the two cities have totally different vibes.

Houston (3 hours from San Antonio) has a wonderful museum district: http://houmuse.org/ Weekend rates at the Texas Medical Center hotels are a real bargain, and are near some of the more popular museums, such as the Museum of Natural Science, the Museum of Fine Arts, and The Health Museum, as well as the Houston Zoo (if that's of interest). Houston is generally recognized as the culinary capitol of the state, with just about every major ethnic cuisine represented here. We have a large Asian community, with a so-called "Chinatown" that includes not only Chinese, but Vietnamese, Indian/Paki food, Korean, Thai, and more. Seafood/shellfish is outstanding throughout the city, whether it's hole-in-the-wall or high-end, and we have excellent steakhouses, from traditional to South American.

Let us know if you need additional information. Welcome to Texas!

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^^^^What Gene said.

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Tweens should like Schlitterbahn, Natural Bridge Caverns, Sea World, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Toobing A river (Comal, Guadalupe, San Marcos.)

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4. Re: March spring break trip w/teens

Thank you all for your replies. We would love to try some Texas BBQ; any restaurants that you recommend that would welcome families? Also, do you think we could see all 3 places in 1 week; it looks like flights into Houston currently have the best prices.

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Many (if not most) of the more famous BBQ joints (not a derogatory term) in Austin and nearby close after lunch, when they sell out. (This is also true to a certain extent in Houston.) If you fly into Houston and drive from IAH direct to San Antonio, you can stop in Luling at City Market. I think they're open until 6:00 PM, but am not sure--some of the best BBQ you'll ever taste. (The town is basically right off the interstate highway, and not far out of the way at all.) It's definitely family-friendly and informal. About 20 miles north is the town of Lockhart, a town famous for having five pretty darned good BBQ joints, the most famous of which are (in no particular order) Smitty's, Black's and Kreuz Market--not too far from Austin, if you're spending a day there. In Texas, the "Holy Trinity" is a plate of brisket, sausage and pork ribs--that way you get to try everything. Pork shoulder is not widely-served here. Some places do not serve sauce, but that's rare.

Several places in Houston: Killen's (in Pearland) is generally recognized as tops, but also among the top are Corkscrew, Brisket House (3 locations), and others. Check TA and yelp.com for reviews.

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6. Re: March spring break trip w/teens

Thank you so much these suggestions. I will check into these places!

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Any beaches nearby that you would recommend? We will have a car, so we can drive. I realize it will be spring break time, so we'd like something relatively quiet (family friendly). Also, any other suggestions for things to do in the Houston/SA/Austin area--especially outdoor hiking or parks that you recommend would be appreciated.

Thank you in advance.

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You might like Enchanted Rock. tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/enchanted-rock

My opinion about the beaches is that if you try getting to one, you will be spreading yourself too thin with all of the other activities. Galveston is close to Houston, but it is nothing like the beach in your profile picture. :) You could get to Rockport from Houston, San Antonio, or Austin in roughly 3 hours or so, but I wouldn't consider it an easy day trip.

Do you like caves? There are some really cool ones in the area. Natural Bridge also has a Canopy Challenge. http://www.naturalbridgecaverns.com/(S(wx2esimg3fxctoj5wqwn1ink))/Index.aspx

Teen boys might get a kick out of Lake Travis Zipline. :) https://www.ziplaketravis.com/

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Enchanted rock looks interesting. As far as beaches, we would be willing for trade a city for part of the time, to visit a beach. How is Padre Island National Seashore during spring break/is it a nice clean beach? Many thanks.

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