National Parks / Natural World in Texas with kids

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, The Lone Star State has some incredible places to visit with kids right on your doorstep….and you won’t want to forget your camera!

The national and state parks in Texas offer an incredible variety of experiences for children.  Some parks protect a unique and diverse wilderness, teeming with wildlife which is always a thrill for kids!

Some parks protect incredible fascinating and significant historical sites, where the family can go back in time through American history…who says the learning as to stop on a family day out!

The state of Texas itself has smaller parks perfect for a quick trip into nature.  You don’t even need to leave the city to have that park experience - and kids LOVE them!

Shut those televisions off and put those computer games away….the great outdoors is calling and it’s calling YOU!

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  • X Bar Ranch

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    Eldorado

    The X Bar Ranch is the ideal sanctuary for anyone interested in the splendor of the Texas countryside. The ranch encompasses 7,100 privately-owned acres of diverse terrain including ample native ...

  • The Austin Nature and Science Center

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    Austin

    Located on the western edge of Zilker Park, the Austin Nature & Science Center is dedicated to the exploration of the natural world. Since 1960, ANSC has provided nature exhibits, education programs, ...

  • Texas State Aquarium

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    Corpus Christi

    Travel an aquatic journey from the shore to the depths of the Gulf of Mexico. Thousands of animals representing over 300 species are found within 700,000 gallons of fun and fascination. One of the ...

  • Friedrich Wilderness Park

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    San Antonio

    Emilie and Albert Friedrich Wilderness Park and Crownridge Canyon Natural Area are jewels of nature in the midst of rapidly developing northwest Bexar County. They provide a refuge for native species ...

  • The Dallas Arboretum

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    Dallas

    Our mission is to build and maintain a public botanic garden which promotes the art, enjoyment and knowledge of horticulture, while providing opportunities for education and research.

  • Dos Vaqueros Ranch Resort

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    Refugio

    Step back in the time to the days of the old American West... a time when the lure of the wide open spaces drew men to create a new American way of life - the life of the cowboy. Now, you can live ...

  • Prude Ranch

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    Fort Davis

    Historic Prude Guest Ranch has combined the best of the modern world with old west wilderness to create a fun packed western vacation for children or the entire family. Prude Ranch was established ...

  • Lake Mineral Wells State Park

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    Mineral Wells

    A beautiful state park in Texas with amazing outdoor fun! Rock climbing, history, trails, lakes, and more!

  • Quinta Mazatlan

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    McAllen

    Nature loving families can explore birding trails, nature exhibits, and enjoy some fun outdoor play in this 10,000 square foot Southern Texas historic adobe home.

  • Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge

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    Alamo

    A haven for wildlife, birds, endangered species, wetlands, snakes, and lizards, where families can explore the tree canopies, beautiful foliage and learn about nature.

  • Cascade Park

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    McAllen

    A simple city park and playground with sports fields and sand volleyball, plus a pool nearby. Plenty of picnic space great for family games.

  • Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center

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    Orange

    An outstanding experience which includes exotic demonstration gardens and spectacular themed open air 'rooms'; Sensory, Vegetable, Bird and Butterfly Gardens; hands on learning in the Discovery ...

  • Cameron Park

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    Cameron

    Aside from the zoo the park also offers 3 playgrounds, splash pad, disc golf, hiking and biking trails, paddle trails and more.

  • Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center

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    Cedar Hill

    Nature tours, hiking trails, play areas, the great outdoors, and a chance to join the Citizen Science Program! Y'all have outdoor fun in Texas now!

  • Cedar Hill State Park

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    Cedar Hill

    Outdoor adventure in Texas with this fun state park, with a swimming beach, kayaking and fishing, trails, 3 playgrounds and camping!

  • Lester Lorch Park

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    Cedar Hill

    Beautiful park space, trails and 36 holes of disc golf! Great for outdoor loving families!

  • Zilker Park

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    Austin

    351 acres of Austin fun with jogging, kayaking, gardens, springs, swimming, and heaps more for kids and the whole family in this beautiful park.

  • Landa Park

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    New Braunfels

    Landa Park is 51 acres of Texan park where families can enjoy walks, hikes, paddle boats, swimming, - even a miniature train!

  • Padre Island National Seashore

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    Corpus Christi

    The longest stretch of undeveloped barrier island in the world! This 70 miles of Texan coast has dunes, coastline and prairies, we well as turtles, bird species and shipwrecks, all ready for kids to ...

  • Mustang Island State Park

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    Port Aransas

    5 miles of Texas coastline give kids PLENTY of room for sun, fun, beach, and playtime! This unspoiled barrier island park makes for a very fun family day out!

  • Lake Corpus Christi State Park

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    Mathis

    Camping, boating, fishing, swimming, water skiing....and these aren't the only things for kids to do in Lake Corpus Christi State Park! Enjoy that Texas sun!

  • Lake Casa Blanca State Park

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    Laredo

    Fishing, picnics, and outdoor fun at this beautiful lakeside park in Laredo - just minutes from the Mexican border.

  • Ascarate Park

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    El Paso

    Outdoor fun and activities in the largest public park in El Paso County, with sports, picnicking, and fishing on it's 400 acres!

  • Fort Worth Botanic Garden

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    Fort Worth

    Enjoy a day out in nature with the oldest botanic garden in the whole of Texas, with 110 acres of gardens, plants, and activities just for families and kids!

  • River Legacy Living Science Center

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    Arlington

    A 12,000 square foot nature center with interactive exhibits, nature trails and aquariums, which leads into the 1,300 acre River Legacy Parks.

  • Arbor Hills Nature Preserve

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    Plano

    An amazing 200 acres park perfect for jogging, walking, orienteering, hiking and playgrounds....great for families!

  • Lubbock Memorial Arboretum

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    Lubbock

    Located in Lubbock's Clapp Park, this unique 93 acres open space and historical site is an amazing experience for the family!

  • Amarillo Botanical Gardens

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    Amarillo

    An nature filled experience in the heart of Amarillo, with gardens, programs, courses and concerts for the family!

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  • The Grace Museum

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    Abilene

    THE GRACE MUSEUM houses three museums in the historic Grace Hotel -- The Art Museum, The History Museum and The Children's Museum.

  • The National Museum of the Pacific War

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    Fredericksburg

    The National Museum of the Pacific War is the only institution in the continental United States dedicated exclusively to telling the story of the Pacific Theater battles of World War II. Located on a ...

  • Childrens Museum of Houston

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    Houston

    Learning made fun in this popular children's museum, with a range of interactive and hands-on exhibits covering science, culture, animals, and more!

  • Houston Museum of Natural Science

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    Houston

    Explore the far reaches of space, roam with dinosaurs, wander through Africa's Serengeti, and marvel at the world's most beautiful minerals - and that's just in Houston!

  • The Museum of Printing History

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    Houston

    The Museum of Printing History displays a dynamic collection of historical documents, fine art prints, and antique printing equipment. Our Museum is more, though, than its permanent collection. It ...

  • McNay Art Museum

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    San Antonio

    Since opening five decades ago, the McNay Art Museum continues to build on an already strong collection of 19th- and 20th-century European and American paintings and sculpture by significant artists ...

  • Frontiers Of Flight Museum

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    Dallas

    Aviation history for the whole family at this fascinating museum that brings to life the stories from our aviation past - with real life aircraft on display.