7 Best Labor Day Weekend Getaways in Texas

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Are you still deciding how you’ll spend this Labor Day weekend in Texas? Look no further than the top cities in Texas, which range from big-city wonders to small-town charms. You may even feel motivated to get out and explore the new and old that make this state so great.

South Padre Island
Blanca County Park on South Padre Island

South Padre Island

South Padre Island is a top travel destination in Texas and a great bet for Labor Day weekend. Rent a beach house, grill out or order in. Taking a DIY approach to food and drink (i.e. buying beers and having a BBQ) feels a lot more Labor Day than going to a restaurant. Take a dolphin-watching cruise to see these magnificent creatures in their habitat, and check out the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge to see native animals like songbirds, raptors, deer and more. South Padre is an easy drive from most major cities in Texas.

Galveston
Galveston

Galveston

Hop in your car and drive down to Galveston for a good time at the beach and Pleasure Pier. Have fun on amusement park-style rides, or eat somewhere touristy like Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. just for the heck of it. Enjoy roller coasters at Moody Gardens, have a tour and a taste at Galveston Island Brewing, and bring in the night at the Tremont House rooftop bar. A walk on the Strand is a perfect way to wrap things up.

San Antonio
San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio

Another road trip-worthy destination in Texas for a fun Labor Day weekend is San Antonio. The River Walk and adjacent hotels offer a luxury getaway. Visit the Alamo for a walk-through Texas history, and pop into museums along the way that are filled with hidden gems, like a recreation of Bonnie and Clyde’s car. Enjoy an overnight trip in one of San Antonio’s luxury hotels.

Austin
Austin, Texas

Austin

See a film at filmmaker Richard Linklater’s favorite, the Alamo Drafthouse, or catch a live act at any of Austin’s hundreds of concert venues. For a more relaxing Labor Day weekend option, check out the top hotels in Austin. Or you can save a buck by enjoying the day at Lake Lady Bird and going for a massage at a spa in South Congress, where you’ll find plenty of shops, restaurants, and more options for passing the time. Make sure to grab a breakfast taco or two before heading home!

Fredericksburg
Willow City Loop, Willow City/Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg

Surrounded by cities, Fredericksburg is a small town that pays tribute to the German founders in the form of unique comfort food (classic German dishes with a Texas twist), one of the most unique Main Streets you’ll find anywhere, and galleries where Texan artists have their work shown. Fredericksburg is located in the Texas Hill Country and is home to several wineries. Go for a tasting and buy a bottle of your favorite; open container laws don’t exist here in keeping with the small German town feel.

Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi

Arguably the prettiest beach town in Texas, Corpus Christi provides plenty of options for beachgoers, as well as a chance to get up close and personal with ocean dwellers at the Texas State Aquarium. Laguna Madre is great for kayaking and fishing, and for arts and culture, take a chance to learn more about one of Corpus Christi’s famous natives at the Selena Museum (ask what part of the statue to touch for good luck), and visit the Texas surf museum for more unique Corpus Christi flair.

Houston
Splash fountains at Houston Discovery green park in Texas

Houston

Houston has so much to offer over the course of a weekend. Look for performances at the White Oak Music Hall, or see Broadway shows at the Hobby Center For The Performing Arts. Green Street and City Centre offer premium shopping and happy hours, and a day split between downtown park Discovery Green, and the charmingly eclectic neighborhood The Heights, is a must.

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