We are a family of three with a teenager. Every Christmas, we take off on about a ten day vacation (from about 12/18 to 12/26 most years but this year it will be 12/20 - 12/30). We usually end up in Orlando but have done some other trips - namely to DC just a couple years ago.
Orlando is out this year because our daughter's high school is getting out a few days later and we'll get in Orlando too late to beat the big crowds. We've decided on Texas because we took a spring break trip to San Antonio about six years and loved it. Texas also works because we need to be in New Orleans to see family on NYE and it's on the way back to our home on the FL Panhandle if we do Texas.
So Texas it is. The preliminary plans are a split between Dallas/Fort Worth and San Antonio. We're not sure which one we'll do first. I'm way early into planning but any advice is appreciated on what to do and where to stay.
As far as what we like, we live in a small town so we love being in a big city. IKEA and Whole Foods can be a fun day for us. We also like museums and zoos and we obviously love theme parks. I know the Six Flags properties do something for the holidays so I'm sure we'll be there and Sea World as well. Big outdoor malls also make us pretty happy. We do want to do some "unique to Texas" things.
As far as hotels, our favorite chain is Omni but we'll stay almost anywhere relatively nice. We like historic hotels but not stuffy places - we're solidly casual people. We don't like bed and breakfasts even a little bit. Gaylord Texan is on our radar as well because we've stayed at their properties before and love them. In San Antonio, we'll probably stay on the Riverwalk but I also love the Hyatt properties.
Anyway, any ideas appreciated.