Venture from Laredo to explore Texas’s most charming cities in the surrounding area. A weekend trip from Laredo means you can experience the Guadalupe River and Canyon Lake, or hike on trails situated in the heart of west Texas. Spend your weekend golfing in Corpus Christi or soaking up the artistic culture of San Angelo. Book a stay at a Laredo vacation rental and you’ll be within driving distance of the most exciting destinations. Check out the most noteworthy cities and towns around Laredo.

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1. Gruene

A three-hour drive from Laredo puts you in the historical Texas town of Gruene, known for its lively historic district. Tour the specialty shops in the historic district and browse the architecture of the Gruene Mansion Inn on a Saturday morning before jumping in for a cooling kayaking or tubing adventure on Canyon Lake with rentals from Canyon Lake Adventures. This quaint city is adjacent to New Braunfels, and borders both Canyon Lake and the Guadalupe River for water-filled fun on your weekend getaway. When visiting between February and November, you can get in all the retail therapy you need when stopping in at the Gruene Market Days celebration every third weekend of the month.

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2. Corpus Christi

Opt for a beachfront vacation rental for fun in the sun when making Corpus Christi your vacation destination for the weekend. This vibrant Texas city, located two and a half hours from Laredo, offers 75 miles of shoreline ideal for searching for seashells or fishing with guides from Saltwater Keith’s Guide Service. Get in 18 holes of golf at the Oso Beach Municipal Golf Course, or fuel your artistic side with a tour of the galleries in Rockport-Fulton, located a short drive around Mustang Island. Boating and kayaking are popular attractions in Corpus Christi, and with rentals from the Yachting Center of Corpus Christi, you and your family can choose to glide on your own through the waters with kayaks, or enjoy a dinner cruise.

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3. Round Top

Plan for a four-hour road trip with the family to reach Round Top, the perfect vacation destination for families wanting to explore a charming small Texas town. Plan your getaway to coordinate with one of the three Round Top Antiques Fairs held throughout the year, or shop for gifts and souvenirs at the Big Red Barn located on the Marburger Farm. During June and July, attend one of the summer music festivals, or inspire your artistic aspirations with tours of the six art galleries in town, including Cooper Shade Tree Galleries and The Gallery at Round Top.

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4. Port Isabel

Learn more about the history of Port Isabel that originated in the early 1500s when making the three hour and 45-minute drive from Laredo. Start your explorations in this city that caters to the fishing enthusiasts with a tour of the Pirate’s Landing Fishing Pier where you can pick up all the supplies you need for a weekend of reeling in the best catch. Snap a family selfie in front of the Port Isabel Lighthouse, and then tour the Port Isabel Historic Museum to see the city’s history up close and personal. When it’s time for some rest and relaxation, book a facial or a massage at Virginia’s Salon and Spa, and then have some fun in the sun with a boat tour hosted by Osprey Cruises.

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5. Galveston

Sandy beaches and a stunning coastline awaits you in Galveston, located approximately five hours from Laredo. One of the most popular attractions in this city, the Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark, offers the kids a chance to slip and slide all weekend long. Take a ride on Pleasure Pier’s roller coasters, and then wind down your adventures with a tour of the Galveston Railroad Museum. Before retreating back to your beachfront vacation rental, opt for some beachfront dining at The Spot, or dive into some fresh clams and oysters at Gaidos Seafood Restaurant.

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6. Salado

A vacation rental in Salado puts you right in the heart of hiking trails and waterfalls in Chalkridge Falls Park. After a four and a half-hour drive from Laredo, put on your hiking boots and admire the park’s scenery or the blooming flowers at the Salado Sculpture Garden. See how the ranchers wrangle in their cattle at the Wildfire Ranch Arena, and then hop on bikes rented from LoneStar eBikes to take in the historic district of the city. The Shoppes on Main offer you a wide selection of handmade gifts to pick up before sitting back and relaxing with some brews at Barrow Brewing Company or a glass of Pinot at the Salado Winery and Salado Wine Seller.

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7. San Angelo

A five-hour drive puts you in the heart of West Texas in the artistic city of San Angelo. Pick up some Concho Pearls while shopping the downtown area, or opt for a new pair of cowboy boots. Soak up some culture in this Texas city when browsing the masterpieces at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, or learn more about the state’s history at the Fort Concho National Historic Landmark. The International Water Lily Garden at Civic League Park is a sight to see in the spring and fall months, while the Historical Murals of San Angelo offer the perfect setting for a family photo.

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