Ready to get the heck outta dodge? Whether your weekend is two days or stretched to four, Texas has a plethora of getaway worthy spots. Here are fifty that we love and just a little bit about them. For the full story on any of these spots, you’ll have to scout it out first hand.

austin-moms-blog-texas-weekend-getawaysHouston & Southeast Texas 

  • Clear Lake/Seabrook/Kemah – Space Center Houston, Pine Gulley and Clear Lake parks, waterfront dining and a few carnival-type rides on the Boardwalk. Good for everyone.
  • Downtown Houston – the Galleria, a thriving arts district and several pro sports teams. Ignore the humidity and visit H-Town. Good for everyone.
  • Galveston – beaches, Moody Gardens, the Strand. In December, you can see Dickens on the Strand too! Good for everyone.
  • San Luis Resort – a different, more grown up luxurious way to see Galveston. Good for adults.
  • The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa – Fancy schmancy Houston. Good for adults.
  • San Jacinto monument – South of Houston, take in the site of Texas Independence. Good for kids.
  • Brenham – ice cream! And less than two hours from both Houston and Austin so a great mid-way stop for traveling between the two. Good for kids.
  • College Station – if you are into the Aggie thing 😉 Good for everyone (who doesn’t bleed burnt orange).
  • The Retreat at Artesian Lakes – just outside of the Texas Big Thicket National Preserve, you’ll get back to nature and enjoy log-cabin living. Good for everyone.

DFW & Northeast Texas 

  • Great Wolf Lodge – indoor waterpark, arcade, spa all just north of Dallas. Good for everyone.
  • Fort Worth – museums, the Stockyards and minutes from more. Good for adults.
  • Downtown Dallas – museums, food, spas, the zoo. Check out the new Klyde Warren Park for events including free yoga and Pilates classes! Good for everyone.
  • Rosewood Cresent Spa & Resort – full on Dallas luxury, even endorsed by Gwyneth Paltrow. Good for adults, especially a girls’ getaway (take me!).
  • Arlington – Sports, sports and more sports! Good for school-age kids or a guys’ trip.
  • Wichita Falls – Museum of North Texas plus tons of wildlife spotting opps. Good for everyone.
  • Gaylord Texan – Everything you could ever need under one roof and a spectacular holiday setup. Good for everyone.
  • Lake Texoma – fishing, boating, sunbathing, relaxing. Good for everyone.
  • Jefferson – east of Dallas, a quaint cozy town chock full of B&Bs. Also enjoy antiquing and live theatre performances. Good for adults.
  • Lubbock – play a round at The Rawls at Texas Tech and grab a game. Good for everyone.
Saturday morning yoga at Klyde Warren Park in Dallas

San Antonio & South Texas

  • San Antonio – Alamo, zoo, Spurs, Tex-Mex, margaritas and the Riverwalk. Good for everyone!
  • La Cantera Hill Country Resort – spa and golf. Good for adults.
  • Port Aransas – Beaches, beach houses and more beaches. Good for everyone, best for adults.
  • South Padre Island – Beaches, booze and more beaches. Good for adults.
  • North Padre Island – Beaches, Mustang Island State Park and quick access to the Texas State Aquarium. Good for families.
  • Corpus Christi – Visit the beach, see the USS Lexington and explore the Texas State Aquarium. Good for everyone.
  • Rockport – the theme of south Texas: beach. A lazy fishing town, perfect for quiet coastal time. Best for adults.

Central Texas

  • SoCo – right in your backyard is a fun, easy grownup getaway packed with trendy everything. Good for adults.
  • Lost Pines Resort & Spa – spa, lazy river, golf, horseback riding. Good for everyone.
  • Horseshoe Bay Resort & Spa – spa, pools, golf, lakeviews. Good for adults.
  • Lakeway Spa & Resort – spa, golf, kid zone. Good for everyone.
  • Salado – Seasonal festivals including the Chocolate & Wine Fest and the Christmas Stroll. Good for everyone.
  • San Marcos – catch a Texas State game and shop til you drop at the outlet mall. Good for everyone.
  • Fredericksburg – wine, antiques, German food, breweries, hill country views. Good for couples.
  • Enchanted Rock State Park – hike in the Hill Country. Good for everyone.
  • Sinya at Lone Man Creek – feels so far, but really so close. Check out this Wimberly “glamping” (glamour camping” destination. Good for couples.
  • Jellystone Park – Camping, playgrounds, water park. Good for kids.
  • Lake Austin Spa – Rest and relaxation on the lake. Good for girlfriends.
  • Gruene – Beer, live music and dancing. Good for adults.
  • Monument Hill & Kreische Brewery – brewery tour, camping and in December, a trail of lights. Good for everyone.
  • New Braunfels – float the river and relax. Good for everyone.
  • Walburg – Maybe not a full weekend away, but definitely a night out for tasty German food, drinking and dancing. Good for everyone (but leave the drinking to the adults).
  • Marble Falls – Texas White House, all things LBJ and a lake. Good for adults.
Patio view from Sinya at Lone Man Creek

West Texas

  • Palo Duro Canyon – hiking and sightseeing. Good for everyone.
  • Big Bend – camping, hiking, sightseeing. Good for everyone.
  • Lajitas – Golf, zip lining, horseback riding, spa. Near enough to visit Big Bend but no camping required. Good for everyone
  • Marfa – the lights! Good for adults.
  • Fort Davis Mountains – hiking and slow easy living at the Davis Mountains State Park. Access to the McDonald Observatory. Good for everyone.
  • El Paso – eat, drink, hike, see (museums). Good for everyone.
  • San Angelo – visit Fort Concho, explore the picturesque downtown and hang out on the river. Good for everyone.
  • Balmorhea State Park – swim or scuba in the world’s largest spring-fed swimming pool. Good for everyone.

Where is your favorite Texas getaway?


  1. Looking for the resort conference center near Highway 121 North. They had cabins and the meals were included in the package

    I remember we passed the race track. Does anyone now the name of center

  2. Hi!
    My name is Kara O’Daniel and I am trying to get the word out about a mother/daughter event that I am putting on in 2020. It is a mother/daughter cruise to Cozumel! It is all about building a strong bond between mothers and daughters. We will have keynotes about mindset, growing mentally and physically and also self defense! Do you have a network of people you could share this with? If so, that would be great. Or maybe you have a contact name and number I can reach out to. Just let me know! Thanks so much in advance and I look forward to hearing from you.

    Kara O’Daniel


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