Hey friends, this is my last and final post to the “Travel Ready” series, and I am so excited to tell you some of the most amazing places that I have been, and plan on taking with my family this summer. Let’s hit the road on where we are headed, I wanted to tell you friends about some very sweet spots right here in Texas that should be worth your time. I do believe in trying to save some pennies, and not trying to break the bank in the summer with your kiddos. Everyone wants to travel, and show their kids a good time, and expose them to some really cool places during the summer. Let’s do a small recap of the “Travel Ready Series”, and what tips and tricks that are creative and easy to use. In my first post I brought to you the type of bags that I may use to travel with especially by car here, and how my boys take advantage of all mom’s packing knowledge.
First Stop: See the Sights and Save
Top Attractions Made Affordable in Houston and Dallas.
Anyone who travels to a big city knows that apart from lodging, food, and shopping splurges, the other big expenses especially if you have a big family can be admissions into attractions. One thing I have learned about recently is the City Pass, in which cost can be shaved by about 40%in Dallas and Houston, due to this program. This program was launched in San Francisco and Seattle about 20 years ago. The idea behind it was simple: Pick the top attractions in each city, bundle them together in a booklet that could be used over a period of nine days, and offer the pass at a discounted package deal, at a huge savings of over 50% of individual ticket prices. City Pass is offered in 12 U.S. cities and regions and travelers purchase more than a million booklets per year. The Houston City Pass is going for $56 per adult, and $46 per child. This pass will grant you access to 5 major Houston attractions including Space Center Houston, the Downtown Aquarium, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, either the Houston Zoo or the Museum of Fine Arts, and your choice of the Kemah Boardwalk or the Children’s Museum of Houston. Remember it’s important to be “Travel Ready”, and be better prepared than not at all.
Dallas City Pass:
This particular City Pass bundles your choice of four Big D’s most popular attractions into a booklet that cost $46 per adult (age 12 and older) and $31 per child. Here are some great places that you can see while traveling through the Big D. The Perot Museum of Nature and Science, a state of the art learning space named for the family entrepreneur and billionaire Ross Perot. How about to the Observation Deck of Reunion Tower, you can enjoy a 360-degree view of the Dallas skyline, zoom in on landmarks via touch-screen computers, and learn more about the assassination of President John Kennedy, and important but tragic chapter of the city’s history. Also, spend the afternoon immersed in U.S. history at the George W.Bush Presidential Library and Museum, where you can take a full size photo in a oval office replica. Don’t forget about the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Your last attraction might be the Dallas Zoo, which beckons a 106 acres of wildlife, including zebras, elephants, giraffes, and hippos. Don’t forget you have nine days to use your tickets, which leaves an ample amount of time to explore areas such as Deep Ellum for live music and nightlife. I also wrote about how we prepare my family to get “Travel Ready” here in Part 2.
Class is In Session:
Just Add Water. I am going to give you some fast tips on how you can enjoy some unique things this summer with your family that includes in water, and out of water activities.
*Flyboarding–South Padre Island Water Sports, South Padre Island Hover above the water on a water jet board to a personal watercraft during a flyboarding lesson. Instructors will teach surfing, and stand-up paddle boarding lessons. Its open seven days a week; book lessons a day in advance. Lessons range from $99-$199 depending on the number of people in your group. An additional flying time costs $49. Surfing and paddle board lessons start at $59. Try to go through www.spiws.com or www.flyboardsouthpadreisland.com.
*Sailing in Kemah– Bay Area Sailing School, Kemah. Check our the breezy Watergate Yachting Center, and you can learn to sail one of them in a two day course with the American Sailing Association with certified sailing instructors. Basic course price is $293 and includes one mentor sail, and half-day charter upon completion of course. www.bayareasailing.com.
Bat-viewing- Bracken Cave , New Braunsfels Bracken Cave houses the largest bat colony and greatest concentration of mammals in the world, more than 15 million Mexican free tailed bats. They offer tours on select nights. Book in advance. Group camping and special events are available. www.batcon.org/our-work/regions/usa-canada/protect-mega-populations/bracken-cave.
Horseback Riding-Five Horses Ranch Waller,TX–There is a trainer that teaches natural horsemanship, there is an opportunity for private lessons if you have never ridden a horse before. In about 10 lessons you will learn to walk, trot, and canter. A one private lesson can run you about $50-$60 per person for one and a half hour lesson. Please book 48 hours in advance. Call 832/993-1895.
Let’s Play Ball:
The timeless fun of a visit to Texas is minor league baseball parks. Here are a few parks to check out in this “Travel Ready” series Part 5. Before I forget go back and see why the road can be a whole lot better than a flight, especially when you have small children, or a big family in tow here. Listed below are some of the best ballparks around check them out.
- Grand Prairie,TX- The Ballpark at Grand Prairie – Home of the Texas Air Hogs
- Round Rock,TX- Dell Diamond Baseball Park
- San Antonio,TX- Nelson Wolff Municipal Stadium – Commonly known as “The Wolf”and home of the San Antonio Missions
- Whataburger Field Corpus Christi,TX– Home of the Corpus Christi Hooks, the Houston Astros ‘Double-A affiliate, resonates with warm Gulf Coast atmosphere
- Texas minor leagues teams play in the summer, from roughly April to September. Here’s more information for teams mentioned in the story…
- Other Texas Minor League Teams
- El Paso Chihuahuas
- Frisco Roughriders
- Midland Rockhounds
- Alpine Cowboys
- Laredo Lemurs
- Sugarland Skeeters
Lets’ Make it to the Island: (In Texas Whatttt)…
Remember let’s see what the kids would like to to for summer vacation, or travels on being “Travel Ready” and how we choose where we are going here. I love going to Galveston Island I have family there, and when I was much younger my mom told me that she went to nursing school on the island at John Sealy where she received her training, and she did an amazing job at it. Galveston has grown so much over the years, and it really didn’t have much of a choice but to grow, due to the nature of being in this location especially after so much hurricane damage throughout the years. Listed below is some of the best activities or places to visit that take place on the island year after year. One thing about Galveston is that they bounce back with great force.
- Pleasure Pier
- Pier 21
- Moody Gardens
- Schlitterbahn Waterpark
- The Boardwalk (Kemah)
- Riding The Rails
- Moody Mansion
- The Bryan Museum
- The Galveston Railroad Museum
- Mardi Gras
Well, the Williams are headed to two different spots this summer Nashville, Tennessee, and or Port Aransas for the beach peopleeee!!! We are very excited and need to finish a lot of last minute details for the trip especially with 4 boys. Always try to take time and write yourself a bucketlist for travels, and see what you come up with.#jiggywiththewilliams
Next, on my bucketlist is to jump into Jacob’s Well in Wimberly,TX ..(Amazing all in itself)…
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