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First time visitors, ideas please!

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First time visitors, ideas please!

Hi we are thinking of visiting Texas with our 5 year old in April. We will fly in and out of Houston and could really do with your thoughts/ ideas:

We would like a few days in Houston to see the space centre, children's museum etc any thoughts on the the best area/ hotel to stay in, ideally with a pool

We would really like to explore some lovely beaches, where would you suggest the best resorts are, don't mind driving for a while but don't want to spend a day in the car each way! A little circular would be great, with maybe stays in a couple of places, child friendly, beach, good places to eat

Should we go to a rodeo? Or anything else we should do to experience true Texas? ranches? The great outdoors etc

Thanks, and sorry for all the questions,


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1. Re: First time visitors, ideas please!

You might enjoy the Houston, San Antonio/Hill Country, Corpus Christi/Port Aransas Triangle.

San Antonio is filled with history and fun things to see and do and Port Aransas is on the Gulf Coast with a small town fishing village vibe and decent beaches.

Everything no more than 4 hours from Houston.

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First, we don't want to disillusion you about the quality of the beaches. Most of the beaches along the upper (northern) Texas coast are fed to some extent by the Mississippi River, meaning the water is somewhat dark, as is the sand. It is only when you get to South Padre Island (near the southern tip of the state) that you will find the crystal-blue waters and light sand typical of Florida. The water in Port Aransas is perfectly safe to swim in--just not as pretty. Galveston is another consideration--it's only 50 miles from Houston, and probably is far more civilised/developed than Port Aransas. It has many more restaurants and things to do, especially for your 5-year old. There are even resorts such as the Moody Gardens Resort and the San Luis, if you are more inclined to stay in one of those.

Here is a list of rodeos in Texas, arranged in chronolical order: http://rodeosusa.com/rodeos/texas/ Some are going to be relatively small rodeos. Fort Worth is just a little over a 4-hour drive north of Houston, and has a mini-rodeo every weekend. I've never seen it, but it gets a lot of good marks on TripAdvisor.

Dude ranches can be a wonderful experience. The one I've seen with the most positive comments is the Mayan Dude Ranch in Bandera, a little more than a 4-hour drive west of Houston: http://www.mayanranch.com/

Gehrig is absolutely right about a visit to San Antonio and the Hill Country (the area west and north of San Antonio). There are several resort-type hotels in the area, all of which would be enjoyable. You might get better recommendations in the San Antonio forum.

In Houston, the prime hotel area is The Galleria. It clearly is the most expensive, but is surrounded by many excellent restaurants, some of which are within the mall itself, many others within an easy walk. Another area to consider, since you're seeing NASA would be Kemah. (I personally am not a fan of this area, but your little one might enjoy it.)

This should give you a good beginning. Let us know what specifics you require, and we shall do our best to assist you.

Welcome to Texas.

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3. Re: First time visitors, ideas please!

What you can do depends upon how long you'll be in Texas. Here's a link with some ideas tripadvisor.com/GoListDetail-i21630-Texas_Tr…

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