Whether you’re taking in the city life at Austin, Houston, or Dallas, or exploring the gorgeous rural pine forests, deserts, or rivers, you’ll never run out of things to do and see in The Lone Star State. Texas has inviting weather all year-round, so it’s a great place to visit if you love spending time outdoors. There are plenty of Texas cabin rentals, many that are just a stone’s throw away from some of the state’s most popular vacation destinations. Take a look at seven of the best places to find cabin vacation rentals in Texas.

1. New Braunfels

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New Braunfels is a great place to look for cabin vacation rentals if you want to enjoy gorgeous natural spaces within a quick drive of city conveniences. Located roughly half an hour from San Antonio, New Braunfels is a city that’s known for its scenic rivers. Landa Park is one of the most popular destinations in the area. It’s a 51-acre park that can be explored by foot, paddle boat, or miniature train. The kids will love playing on the playground, and be sure to stop by the arboretum for a visit. If you want to beat the heat, go for a swim in the Comal or Guadalupe rivers, or rent a tube and enjoy a relaxing float downstream. If you’re visiting New Braunfels with children, be sure to visit the McKenna Children’s Museum, an interactive museum that’s both fun and educational.

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2. Canyon Lake

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Located on the beautiful Guadalupe River, Canyon Lake is a fantastic place to look for vacation rentals if you love water sports. Spend the day exploring or relaxing on Canyon Lake’s 80 miles of shoreline, or charter a boat and fish for largemouth, white, and striped bass, as well as catfish. If you feel like tubing down the Guadalupe River, head to River Sports Tubes where you have your choice of float lengths. While you’re in Canyon Lake, make sure you take the guided Canyon Lake Gorge Tour, where you’ll be treated to dinosaur tracks, fossils, natural pools, and waterfalls. It’s truly a beautiful walk, so bring a camera.

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3. San Marcos

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San Marcos is located just a half hour drive southwest of Austin. The city is known for its many bodies of water, and all of them have parks or nature preserves with hiking trails. The San Marcos River is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. Whether you want to float down the river in a canoe or kayak, scuba dive or snorkel underwater, or just enjoy a relax and swim, the river meets your needs. Other outdoor areas worth visiting include the Blanco River and Cottonwood, Purgatory, Sink, and Willow Springs Creeks. Be sure to stop by Wonder World Park, a natural theme park that includes a breathtaking cave created by an earthquake, a train tour, and a 110-foot observation tower. Other attractions include a wildlife petting park and an anti-gravity fun house where everything is backward.

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4. Glen Rose

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Glen Rose is a small, charming city that’s packed with fascinating outdoor attractions, including the scenic Paluxy River. Spend the day at Dinosaur Valley State Park, where you can see some of the world’s best-preserved dinosaur tracks, as well as two fiberglass true-to-size dinosaurs. The park is also a fantastic place to go horseback riding, fishing, or swimming, and there are also plenty of trails for hiking or biking. Another must-visit attraction is the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. It’s a 1,700-acre facility filled with exotic animals from all across the globe. You can drive your own vehicle or take a guided tour, and you can even feed some of the animals. When you’re done exploring the outdoor hot spots, be sure to check out the unique shops and restaurants in Historic Downtown Glen Rose.

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5. Austin

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Austin is a vibrant city that’s famous for its live music scene with country, blues, and rock being local favorites. Austin provides a fantastic blend of city hustle and bustle and natural beauty. If you want to see Austin’s landmarks in a unique way, head to Live Love Paddle where you can rent a kayak and take a two-hour tour of the city’s attractions by water. If you’d prefer a more leisurely boating excursion, go to Town Lake or Lady Bird Lake and rent a canoe or rowboat. Zilker Metropolitan Park is one of Austin’s most popular hangout spots, boasting a spring-fed pool for swimming, a huge playground for the kids, hiking trails, and designated picnic spots. While you’re there, make sure you visit the Zilker Botanical Gardens and then take a ride on the park’s miniature train.

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6. Crystal Beach

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Named after its gorgeous sparkling beaches, Crystal Beach is a family-friendly vacation spot on the Bolivar Peninsula, east of Galveston Island. The area has plenty of fantastic vacation cabin rentals, many that are just a quick walk from the beach. Enjoy delicious local, fresh-caught seafood, exciting nightlife, and plenty of picturesque nature locations. Adults and kids alike are sure to love cooling off at the Fun Spot Waterslide. Enjoy a stroll down the Kemah Boardwalk, check out the shops and restaurants, and of course the amusement rides. Another must-visit attraction is Moody Gardens, which features three pyramid attractions. The Aquarium Pyramid is one of the largest aquariums in the area, and the Rainforest Pyramid features tropical plants and wildlife. The Science Pyramid hosts a variety of science exhibits and activities.

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7. Waco

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Located along the Brazos River in Central Texas, Waco is a fantastic place to look for vacation rentals. Cameron Park is one of the best places to spend some time. You can visit a zoo, hike through gorgeous nature, and play disc golf; all without ever leaving the park. It’s also a great spot for boating and fishing, and there’s a great playground for the little ones to let off some energy. While you’re in Waco, why not enjoy some miniature golf with the whole family? Putt Putt Fun Center has a wide range of unique holes featuring obstacles such as curves, walls, and shifts in elevation. If you’re a fan of the great outdoors, be sure to take a stroll through Waco’s wetlands, where gorgeous flowers abound during spring and summer.

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