Explore the unique culture and Southern charm of the state of Texas during your spring break vacation. Take a trip to the beaches of Galveston, or venture through the big city of Houston for space-themed attractions. As for kid-friendly activities, head to El Paso for historic monuments and fun museums. Embark on water adventures in San Antonio, or take a day hike on nature trails in Amarillo. Book a stay at one of many Texas vacation rentals today. Check out the top cities in Texas for an incredible spring break getaway.

1. Dallas

Head to the big city to celebrate Spring Break in a luxurious vacation rental near attractions such as the Klyde Warren Park. Eat your way through the city when signing up for the Dallas Uptown Food Tour, where you can sample authentic southern cuisine and cocktails along the way. Nature enthusiasts can enjoy leisurely walks through the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, while the entertainment gurus can spend an evening at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. Learn more about Texas history when touring the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum when you want to provide a learning experience for the kids. Stop in at the Candleroom for a night of dancing, or head to Cowboys Red River for a honky-tonk adventure.

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2. El Paso

Make the Old Southwest your vacation destination during your spring break and spend your days hiking Franklin Mountains State Park. See the beauty of El Paso with a ride on the Wyler Aerial Tramway, or let the kids run wild at the Western Playland amusement park. Thrill the athletic types when rock climbing at Hueco Tanks State Park before soaking in the history of El Paso when walking along the El Paso Mission Trail. El Paso is a mecca for nightlife with Castillo’s Night Club and Club Black Pearl.

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3. Houston

Prepare for an out-of-this-world experience with a spring break trip to Houston, home to the U.S. Space Program’s Space Center. After learning about gravity and rockets, treat the kids to a day at the Downtown Aquarium or the Houston Zoo. If you’re new to the area, hop on the Houston Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour to see the city’s historic sites. Spend your evenings sipping on cocktails at Club Tropicana, or opt for a fine dining experience at Brennan’s of Houston.

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4. Austin

It’s no secret that Austin’s motto is that the city is weird, but spending your spring break with a vacation rental near Sixth Street puts you in the heart of the action. Grab some cocktails at Pop or shake your groove thing at Barcelona. When traveling with the kids, head to the Thinkery Children’s Museum or make a splash in Lake Travis or Lake Austin with a fishing excursion or boat tour with Austin Boat Tours and Wave. Continue your explorations on the Nutshell Bike Tour before savoring the sweets at the Sweetish Hill Bakery.

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5. Corpus Christi

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Seek out fun in the sun with a trip to Corpus Christi. Beachfront vacation rentals in this seaside Texas city put you close to more than 75 miles of shoreline. Start off your weeklong vacation with a fishing excursion with Saltwater Keith’s Guide Service or opt for a dolphin tour with the Yachting Center of Corpus Christi. Art enthusiasts flock to Mustang Island to visit the galleries along the artists’ colony to admire the local artwork. Take in the nightlife of Corpus Christi with an evening or two at Estela’s Night Club or Club Rio and Pure.

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6. Galveston

If a beachfront vacation rental is what you are looking for, Galveston is the ideal vacation destination with access to sandy beaches and waterfront thrills. Stop in at Pleasure Pier to let the kids ride on the coasters or rent kayaks from Galveston Water Adventures. This popular spring break city is also rich in history with tours of the Moody Mansion and the Galveston Railroad Museum. When you’re seeking nightlife, enjoy dinner and dancing at Bliss Lounge or celebrate on the waterfront at the Poop Deck.

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7. Amarillo

Spend spring break admiring the Old West traditions of Amarillo with your family or your friends. Nestled along Route 66, this city offers plenty to see with colorful Cadillacs situated along this historic route, known as Cadillac Ranch. Make your trip an educational one with tours of the American Quarter Horse Heritage Center and Museum, or a stroll through the Amarillo Zoo and Botanical Gardens. Thrill the kids with a visit to the Don Harrington Discovery Center, or meet and greet with your friends Butler’s Martini Bar.

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8. San Antonio

Find romance and fun when strolling along the Riverwalk in San Antonio. Whether you’re traveling with the kids, a group of college roomies, or that special someone, San Antonio is a haven for water attractions with close proximity to Aquatica San Antonio and kayak and canoe rentals from Mission Adventure Tours. Cool off from the heat of Texas with a cool tour of the Natural Bridge Caverns, or treat the thrill seekers to a day at Six Flags Fiesta Texas. Head to the Riverwalk area for nightlife, and stop in at the Lone Star Cafe for some authentic Texas cuisine.

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