Texas October 31, 2016
10 Amazing Vacations To Take In Texas If You’re On A Budget
We all need to get away from the stress of daily life sometimes, but we don’t always have the funds to do so (at least not without creating MORE stress). Luckily, there are plenty of activities to do in the great state of Texas that won’t break the bank. As long as you’re smart about your spending (using websites like Travelocity and Expedia to book hotels, choosing the most notoriously cheap gas stations, etc.), you’ll come out of these vacations relatively unscathed while still having made unforgettable memories.
1. Take a road trip through some of the many roadside oddities in Texas.
There's Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, the World's Largest Cowboy Boots in San Antonio, the Dalmatian Fire Hydrant in Beaumont - and that's only naming a few. The attractions themselves are totally free to explore, so you'll just have to pay for gas and lodging.
2. Spend the weekend having picnics on the beach in Galveston.
There's nothing cheaper than packing a picnic lunch to take down by the water. Just run to the store when you arrive in town and pick up your favorite sandwich fixins, chips, and fresh fruits and veggies to bring with you. Then, you can head down to the Strand to stroll around and window-shop, and maybe pop into La King's and spend a few measly bucks on some hand-spun salt water taffy or a cone full of fresh, rich ice cream.
3. Camp under the stars in the West Texas mountains...
Camping is extremely cheap, even at the most popular state parks in Texas. You can even find free campgrounds if you look hard enough. There's no feeling like sleeping underneath the Milky Way belt with no city lights or sounds to distract you from enjoying your time in nature. I'd take that over a lavish vacation any day.
4. ...or chase East Texas sunsets.
Spend a few nights in Kirbyville or Jasper, and when the sun starts to set, get in the car and drive down country roads towards the giant yellow orb in the sky.
5. Walk around the Fort Worth Stock Yards
As long as you don't stay near the Stock Yards themselves, you can experience all they have to offer for a relatively low price. Walk around and soak up the Old West vibes, dance your heart out at Billy Bob's Honky Tonk, and maybe splurge a bit on one nice dinner out on the town. This is Texas in the truest sense of the word.
6. Walk around the quaint town square in a place like Fredericksburg
Just seeing the sights and absorbing the charming feel of a Texas small town is my idea of a good time. And with the money you saved, you might be able to stay in a cute little inn with character for a night instead of a cheap, chain hotel.
7. Drive along Route 66 in the panhandle.
I've heard a lot about it and seen it in movies, but I've never actually gotten the chance to experience Route 66 for myself. You'll see many historic sights, like the Tower Station in Shamrock pictured above.
8. Visit a few arboretums/botanical gardens.
Texas is home to several gorgeous arboretums in Dallas, Austin, Houston, and Orange just to name a few. A lot of them do holiday displays, so the next few months are the perfect time to make the trip. The tickets to get in are usually less than $20, so you definitely won't be breaking the bank. In fact, you might have a little left over for some shopping and eating in the town you're in!
9. Stroll down the River Walk at Christmastime.
Tomorrow is November, which means the famous San Antonio River Walk Christmas lights will be illuminating the night very soon. I have yet to see a more breathtaking light display anywhere, so that should give you an idea of just how amazing it is. The best part? Enjoying this festive atmosphere is totally free!
10. Attend a holiday festival like Dickens on the Strand in Galveston.
Luckily, with our state being so big, there's ample opportunity to enjoy the holidays to their fullest extent in the form of numerous festivals. This one in particular takes you back in time to 19th century England and the time of Ebeneezer Scrooge and his ghostly entourage. It takes place from December 2-4, and tickets can be purchased here.
I don’t know about you, but I’m about ready to hop in the car.
Have you visited any of these places in Texas? Do you have any money-saving tips for people who would like to take a trip to one of them?