Soak up the warm Texan sunlight and join in on family-friendly local celebrations honoring military members during your Memorial Day retreat. Tap your toes to the live music at the Kerrville Folk Festival, or relax in the sand in Galveston when making one of these Texas cities your destination for the weekend. Choose from Texas vacation rentals situated right on the coastline, or tucked away in the heart of bustling cities like Dallas and Houston. Check out the most popular cities and towns in Texas ideal for a Memorial Day getaway.

1. Kerrville

River running through a park.

Enjoy the sights of Kerrville and the sounds of the Kerrville Folk Festival when making this Texas city your vacation destination for Memorial Day Weekend. Kerrville’s annual folk festival brings more than 100 songwriters to the stage for concerts, and offers kids’ activities, and arts and crafts. While in town, take the family for a vigorous hike on the Kerrville River Trail, or soak up the western culture by touring the Museum of Western Art. The Kerrville Hills Winery is the perfect spot to relax with friends and family while sipping on wine.

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2. Galveston

Lifeguard station on the beach.
Source: Facebook/Discover Galveston, Texas

A vacation rental in Galveston for Memorial Day weekend gives you a chance to sink your toes in the sand and cool off in the ocean as the May Texas heat beats down on you. Take a boat tour with Galveston Water Adventures, or give the kids a thrill on the roller coaster at Pleasure Pier. View dolphins on a sightseeing tour, or take in the history of the historical district in the downtown area. May is the perfect time to make a splash at the Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark before retreating back to your beachfront condo or cabin vacation rental.

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3. Dallas

Architectural bridge in Texas.

Dallas rolls out the red, white, and blue carpet for Memorial Day with annual events that include a concert by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Red, White, and Boots Festival. Honor fallen heroes from the area before exploring the historical sites in the city, such as the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, and the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. Foodies enjoy hopping on the West Village Food Tour or the Dallas Uptown Food Tour to savor the delicious southern cuisine.

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4. San Antonio

Scenic view of a walkway through city streets.
Source: Facebook/The San Antonio River Walk

A leisurely stroll along the Riverwalk in San Antonio gives you and the family a chance to shop specialty stores, and even take a gondola ride around the downtown area on your Memorial Day weekend getaway. Each year the city hosts the Memorial Day Artisan River Walk Show, giving you a chance to admire the masterpieces created by local artists. Continue your explorations and fun in the sun with stops at the Natural Bridge Caverns or Six Flags Fiesta.

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5. Amarillo

Cadillac Rance landmark art piece.

Spend your Memorial Day weekend getaway surrounded by the sights of the famous Route 66 when making Amarillo your vacation destination. May is the ideal time to soak up the sun while enjoying a cool breeze as you snap photos in front of the painted Cadillacs on Route 66. Learn more about equestrian history with a tour of the American Quarter Horse Heritage Center and Museum, or treat the kids to a day at the Amarillo Zoo. If you want to stay active before diving into some barbecue at Spicy Mike’s Barbecue Haven, opt for a hike on the trails of Palo Duro Canyon State Park.

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6. Austin

Cityscape of skyscrapers.

Austin knows honors its fallen heroes each year with a celebration for the entire family, located within close proximity of your vacation rental Attend the annual Fiesta Amistad to see live musical performances, play games, and join in the arts and crafts near the food vendors. The state capital of Texas is thriving with activities ideal for May, such as fishing excursions or a boat tour hosted by Austin Boat Tours and Wave in Water. Cycle your way through the city when signing up for the Nutshell Bike Tour, or treat the kids to a day of educational fun at the Thinkery Children’s Museum.

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7. Houston

Dock over the water.

While Houston is primarily known for the Space Center that features artifacts, interactive exhibits, and simulators, this large Texas city also knows how to honor its heroes on Memorial Day. Attend the ceremony at the Houston Veterans’ Affairs National Cemetery or attend a workshop hosted by the Houston Peace and Justice Center. When your family wants to see the sights, reserve tickets for the Houston Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour that leads you to the historical sites. The Downtown Aquarium offers some respite from the heat and provides the kids with an unforgettable educational experience.

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8. Corpus Christi

Ariel view of a large dock in the water.
Source: Facebook/Visit Corpus Christi

Opt for a beachfront weekend getaway when spending your Memorial Day in Corpus Christi, which offers 75 miles of shoreline. Enjoy the warm weather while on the greens of the Oso Beach Municipal Golf Course, or take the family on a fishing excursion with Saltwater Keith’s Guide Service. Explore the city on a Segway with SegCity Segway Tour so you can glide up to the flag raising ceremony that takes place in the downtown area. If you’re traveling with aspiring artists, take a jaunt to artists’ colony in Rockport-Fulton, located right around Mustang Island.

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9. El Paso

Rocky desert landscape.
Source: Facebook/Visit El Paso

Spend your Memorial Day weekend in the Old Southwest, and treat the family to outdoor adventures with rock climbing in Hueco Tanks State Park, and hiking in Franklin Mountains State Park. Learn about the history of Texas, and those who have served in the military when stopping in at the El Paso Mission Trail, which features artifacts dating back 300 years. Treat the thrill seekers in your family to 30 acres of entertainment when spending a Saturday or Sunday at Western Playland Amusement Park.

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