A fast-growing reunions destination, Texas boasts cosmopolitan cities and beautiful plains, with countless venues to host your next family reunion.
Cotton Bowls and Cowboys in Dallas
The ninth largest city in the nation, Dallas offers families plenty of activities. Your family reunion will have no trouble keeping entertained.
AT&T Stadium in Arlington, home to the Dallas Cowboys, is a must-see for football fans in your group. Tours of the domed landmark range from a self-guided tour to a VIP guided tour. Globe Life Park In Arlington, where the Texas Rangers plays, is also nearby.
Fair Park, site of the Texas State Fair in September and October, is the only intact and unaltered pre-1950s world’s fair site remaining in the United States. Fair Park offers eight museums, including the Museum of Science and Nature, which features hands-on exhibits, a planetarium and an IMAX theater. Fair Park is also home to Cotton Bowl Stadium, which has served as a site for many athletic contests and a concert venue for well-known bands such as Aerosmith.
Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington includes like the new Texas Sky Screamer, the world’s tallest extreme swing ride. Neighboring Hurricane Harbor is the largest water park in North Texas, with attractions that cover over 47 acres and home of the wet and wild Dive Bomber plummet slide.
Keep the kids as well as the adults happy at Zero Gravity, a one-of-a kind thrill park featuring five different extreme rides, including the Bungee Jump, Nothin’ but Net, Texas Blastoff and Sky Coaster.
Animal lovers in your family reunion group will love the Dallas Zoo, an 11-acre multi-species habitat that is home to animals such as elephants, giraffes, lions and cheetahs.
Spend a little downtime with the family and see a play at the Dallas Children’s Theater, a professional theater serving youth and family audiences. The theater has been recognized as “one of the top five children’s theaters in the country” by Time magazine.
Traditional Rodeos in Fort Worth
First known as “Cowtown,” Fort Worth proudly hosts the Stockyards Championship Rodeo, the world’s only year-round rodeo. Featuring ridin’ and ropin’ in the 1908 Cowtown Coliseum in the Stockyards National Historic Distric, the rodeo oversees cattle drives in the district staged twice a day. The Stockyards Museum displays Western saddles, antiques from the 1800s and photographs portraying life in Fort Worth.
The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is one of several Cultural District institutions that embody the city’s Western spirit. Such women as Annie Oakley are honored.
Visit the animals and attractions at Fort Worth Zoo. Attractions include a Tasmanian Tower, a 25-foot rock climbing wall and the Petting Corral, which has a Texas longhorn calf, a guinea hog, domestic chickens, an opossum, a nine-banded armadillo, Texas tortoises and corn snakes.
A tour of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing shows how U.S. paper money is made. It’s the only BEP manufacturing facility outside of Washington, D.C.
San Antonio Family Reunions
San Antonio is an exciting historic city with many places that your family reunion can explore. The River Walk, the focal point of downtown, charms visitors with its beautiful landscapes, waterfalls and patio restaurants.
Nearby is the Tower of the Americas, a 750-foot landmark that offers panoramic views of San Antonio from an observation desk and a revolving restaurant.
The historic Alamo, the symbol of San Antonio, is much more than an old Spanish church. Join a guided Alamo battlefield tour and follow the outline of the original fort where an outnumbered band of Texans fought off a Mexican army in 1836. See the location where David Crockett defended the Palisade and where Alamo commander William Barret Travis lost his life. Across the street are gift shops, wax museums and other amusements.
At SeaWorld San Antonio, family reunions have a hands-on experience with stingrays, attend a performance by the beluga whales and see other shows. SeaWorld’s water park, Aquatica, includes a giant wave pool and a one-of-a-kind family raft ride that goes underwater through a reef filled with stingrays and tropical fish.
Six Flags Fiesta Texas theme park offers white-knuckle roller coasters and tamer rides for the younger set, plus stage shows and a water park. Also make a trip to see the animals at the San Antonio Zoo, with over 3,500 animals representing 600 species.
In nearby Hill Country, a favorite escape is Government Canyon State Natural Area, which offers winding trails for hiking and mountain biking on its 8,622 acres.
Amarillo Family Reunions
Bring your family reunion to Amarillo for a view of the Amarillo sky. The altitude and constant breeze gives Amarillo some of the cleanest air in the country.
Take a breath of that fresh West Texas air at River Breaks Ranch and load up into a covered wagon that will take you on a 20-minute trail ride through the canyon. Other activities on the ranch include watching horse races and team roping like real cowboys.
Cadillac Ranch, a classic Route 66 roadside attraction, contains 10 Cadillacs buried nose-deep in a field at the same angle as the Cheops pyramid. Visitors can spray paint their markings on the colorful cars.
Spend a day at Wonderland Amusement Park, a fantastic sport for Amarillo family reunions. It’s home to the Texas Tornado, a top-rated double loop steel coaster, and over 60 other rides and attractions, plus mini golf.
Amarillo also offers historic places like the Amarillo Railroad Museum, where visitors can admire displays of vintage railroad cars. The Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum displays the bus from the movie RV and other RVs from the 1930s through the 1970s. Explore the history of aviation at the Texas Air and Space Museum, a treasure house of historic aircraft.
Splash Amarillo Water Park is great for all ages. It has everything from thrilling slides to a giant wave pool. Family-friendly activities include a Labor Day Luau where guests wear Hawaiian clothes, hats and accessories while enjoying a pig roast.
South Padre Island Family Reunions
On the Gulf Coast of Mexico, over 100 miles of beaches line the Padre Island National Seashore. The island hosts a variety of wildlife from birds to sea turtles. Spend a day on the beach surfing, windsurfing, kiteboarding and sailing on your family reunion.
Nearby is the Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi, which offers dive shows, animal feedings, training sessions and hands-on programs with sharks and stingrays. Animals representing more than 250 species are displayed. Visit its “Islands of Steel” exhibit, which is modeled after an offshore oil platform, and learn about the various species of sea turtles.
The South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center is a dynamic 180-acre site along Oso Creek that is a showcase for colorful floral exhibits in conserved native habitats and natural wetlands. The gardens include an orchid house, exhibit house, plumeria collection, hibiscus garden and hummingbird garden.
After a day at the beach spend an afternoon at the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History and tour the oldest shipwreck found in the Gulf of Mexico. The museum collects and preserves natural and cultural history objects with emphasis on South Texas.
USS Lexington Museum on the Bay, a National Historic Landmark, is a WWII battleship permanently moored on Corpus Christi’s beach. The museum provides an interactive experience with a flight simulator that launches visitors into combat.