Budget-Friendly Texas Destinations
July 20, 2017 at midnight
The big and beautiful state of Texas has much to be discovered. The glitz and glam may radiate from hotspots in Houston and Dallas, but there are hidden treasures to experience. These gorgeous adventure spots will transport you and your family to another world. Whether it’s a staycation or you’re visiting Texas for the first time, you have to see these highly affordable locales.
Gorman Falls. This luscious oasis in the middle of Texas’ desert heat is a favorite of those who know but won't tell. Nestled in the Colorado State Bend Park, you get to take a beautiful hike to see a stunning 70-foot waterfall. There are places to swim, fish or paddle as well as cave tours in this park. Price: $5. (Photo from Texas Parks And Wildlife)
Cascade Caverns. Speaking of cave tours, it’s time to go all out and head to Cascade Caverns, a 105-acre park filled with underground troves. They have different types of tours for all ages including adventure and flashlight, and plenty of interesting underground wildlife to check out. Camping is available, too. Price: $17.95 for an adult tour ticket, but group rates can be as low as $9.50. (Photo from Cascade Caverns)
Marfa’s Mystery Lights. One of the coolest things to check out while in Texas is the illuminated orbs that appear in the night sky over Marfa, TX. Bigger than stars, this natural phenomenon has an unknown origin. They’re beautiful and mysterious, and a must-see. Price: Free. (Photo from Visit Marfa)
Enchanted Rock. Watch a sunset across the majestic Enchanted Rock! This wonderful natural formation is made from pink granite and is splendid to behold. The park it’s situated in has picnic areas, shops, and camping available as well. Price: $7. (Photo from Visit Fredericksburg TX)
White Rock Lake. The perfect spot for canoeing is White Rock Lake. Rent a canoe or kayak and paddle the serene waters of this 1,015-acre lake and park—and you can visit an arboretum while you’re there! Price: $15 (Photo from White Rock Lake Foundation)
For City fans:
Alamo Springs Café. Grab a meal and listen to the unique Luckenbach music in the Alamo Springs Café. Enjoy this singular style of country music while chowing down on the best burger you’ll ever eat. Dare to try Jefe’s Challenge which boasts six patties! Price: $8-10 for an average meal. (Price from Alamo Springs Cafe)
Dallas Farmers Market. Cruise down to Dallas and enjoy this giant farmers market. The beautiful facility houses lots of shops and market stalls all as a hub to living healthily and organically. Price: Free. (Photo from Dallas Farmers Market)
The Modern. Get out of that Texas heat and peruse the exhibits at The Modern. Their collections range from Expressionism to photography to pop art. There’s a style to suit every member of the family and learn a little something, too. Price: $10. (Photo from The Modern)
Free Play Arcade. Visit your childhood with the retro arcade in Richardson, TX. Kids and adults will enjoy this nostalgic throwback with plenty of games to keep everyone busy. Food and beer are available as well. Price: $10. (Photo from Free Play Richardson)
Cadillac Ranch. A bit in the middle of nowhere, but a site worth seeing. Created by hippies, this art installation includes spray-painted cars buried in the Texas sand. Graffiti is rampant in this quirky spot and worth a look. You can also make your own art if you’re packing some spray paint. Too cool! Price: Free. (Photo from Route 66 Travel Guide)
With so much to do in Texas, your vacation will be truly memorable—and there’s plenty to do even on a conservative budget. Get out there and go!