Spring in Texas: The Kemah Boardwalk


How perfectly gorgeous is your spring weather right now? We’re right smack in the middle of a stretch of storybook-beautiful weather in southeast Texas.

It’s actually like this every year. But after a short stretch of annoyingly cool weather (“winter”), you learn to really appreciate the rest of the year. Most of it, anyway.

Growing up in the great state of Texas, we didn’t take many out-of-state vacations. We didn’t have to. Living just north of one the largest metro areas in the US, we had our choice of day trips and weekend outings, from a trip to Austin and the Hill Country, where the wildflowers are plentiful and smoked brisket is king, to a trip to Galveston for a day of fun in the sun at the beach. We had an array of options that had to satisfy two important criteria:

1) It must be fun for the whole family.
2) It must include delicious food.

Today, #2 is really #1. And also leads to #1.

Look any direction in Southeast Texas and you can get just about any food from any culture; our blend of Tex-Mex, which is heavily influenced from the South, fades into influences of Czech and German as you head west. You will see more Cajun influence as you head east, and there’s a plethora of Asian and Asian-fusion cuisines to be found everywhere in the city. But this trip would take us down to the coast, to one of the other perks of being in Southeast Texas: access to some of the freshest seafood anywhere.

A couple of weekends ago, we packed up our little family for a day trip. We were driving down I-10, windows down, dreaming of a lunch of fresh Gulf oysters, the smell of salt and sunscreen on the breeze, with skies clear enough to help banish the lovely shade of “winter white” we’ll sport until June. And then it will fade to “aren’t you a little old for a sunburn?” red.

Just the wind in our hair and … Jingle Bells blaring on the radio (don’t ask), and a gigantic pile of stuff in the back seat.

There’s a direct correlation between how tall a person is and the amount of luggage they require on a trip. At 6’2″, my husband had a wallet and his Baylor ball cap. At 3’2″, our toddler had a stuffed-to-the-gills duffel bag and a soft-sided cooler. Because when she yells “food!” out of the blue and completely (of course) off-schedule, you better be able to quickly produce some yogurt and string cheese.

An hour away sits the Kemah Boardwalk, an entertainment center complete with several restaurants, games, amusement rides and an aquarium. At the boardwalk you can eat ceviche, ride a sky-high ferris wheel and break your “15+ years without a cherry ICEE” streak.

We enjoyed every minute, from lunch at the Flying Dutchman, where we all shared several fresh gulf seafood favorites, to feeding the fish and ducks, to watching sailboats and speedboats drift by as they left the nearby marina, to the double-decker carousel and a “see for miles in every direction” spinning observation tower.

This is where I tell you that I have a small fear of heights. And if you know me, by “small” I mean huge. I white-knuckled my camera until we were back within 10 feet of the ground. This is also where I could tell you about the time I was seven and was so paralyzed with fear that three adults had to pry me from an upper staircase on the Battleship Texas. But I won’t.

I couldn’t find a single souvenir T-Shirt that read: I Rode the Tower at Kemah and Didn’t Die. But for the record, I did. And I didn’t.

We splurged at lunch, sharing an order of baked oysters topped with grilled peppers and crispy bacon, grilled fish topped with an indulgent crab-butter-heavy-cream-more butter-more-cream sauce, and the table favorite: fresh ceviche served on a bed of crunchy coleslaw next to a pile of cool avocado slices, lime wedges and a mountain of tortilla chips.

After a day of fun in the sun, walking the boardwalk, watching the little one go ’round the carousel for the 14th time (unlimited-ride day-passes — get one if you, too, have a carousel-obsessed child), feeding the ducks (but not the birds!), and riding the rollercoaster, we cooled off with the most refreshing, delicious cherry ICEE that has ever been sold. EVER.

It was only 85 degrees out but it was gone in 12 seconds flat.

After a stop off at the small shops for some Boardwalk Fudge (don’t pass on the caramel-turtle!), we headed home, with our partied-out toddler snoring in the backseat and us discussing how delivery pizza for dinner was both one of the most disappointing and the greatest ideas ever.

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  • i’d love to visit the riverwalk in san antonio. i’ve been to dallas, austin, and houston–so san antonio is my last stop of the big texas four.

  • Cassie

    I would love to visit Rockport. My inlaws have a beach house there and I keep bugging my husband that we need to go and visit, but he always wants to go and see his friends in the DFW area instead.

  • Ginny

    My dad was from Beaumont, and I met my husband in Houston when we were in college. It’s been a long time since we’ve been back. Really I’d just love to visit my old stomping grounds – Galveston and Kemah included!

  • jen

    The Oasis restaurant in austin! We used to go there on special occasions as a child, but I haven’t been back since it was rebuilt.

  • I’d love to either go to the Houston area of Corpus Christi and spend some time on the beach. I love the gulf but have only ever been to Tampa, Florida. I bet the Texas coast is so much better!

  • Seetha

    I would like to go to the beach, so it’d have to be Corpus Christi or South Padre island.

  • Jayne

    I like the Kemah Boardwalk, but I think I’d have to pick San Antonio. Just something about it I love.

  • My family took a vacation to Galveston when I was pretty young. On the last day we drove to Kemah and came to the conclusion that we should have been there from the start! Love their fresh seafood market and fun atmosphere. I’d love to go back now that I’m an adult :)

  • Sounds like so much fun! I’ve never been to Texas so anywhere would be cool but I’ve heard of the river walk in Austin like someone else mentioned.

  • I’d love to visit the Shiner brewery. I love their seasonal beers, especially the Cheer and their summer grapefruit.

  • Coleen

    I have always wanted to visit San Antonio. I have been to Dallas multiple times and would like to branch out and try something new. I have heard great things about it from my friends and family who have been there.

  • Mami2jcn

    I visited Houston as a little girl. I’d like to go to Austin because I’ve heard good things about it.

  • Victoria

    there’s so many fun destinations i would love to experience but my first choice of somewhere to visit in texas would be copperas cove. my best friend moved there recently and i miss her! :)

  • Mami2jcn

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  • I’d like to spend some time at a B&B in the Hill Country!

  • Deanna

    I’d like to visist my friend Terry in Fort Worth and Charlie in Dallas.

  • I love these photos! I’ve always wanted to visit San Antonio and eat some delicious Mexican food.

  • Renee

    I’ve been to Houston twice and enjoyed it, mostly for the food (and margaritas, obvi!), but my next trip to Texas definitely needs to be to Austin/hill country. I need to know whether I need to move there. :)

  • Dawn

    All of it! I’ve always wanted to visit Texas but haven’t made it there yet! I’d probably start with San Antonio or Houston and Galveston…decisions decisions!

  • Kayla

    We’re going to San Antonio in September and I’m VERY excited!

  • amy marantino

    I’d like to go toHouston

  • amy marantino

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  • Leena

    Texas, my love! I’ve had the chance to be to many Texas cities, but one thing I’ve never had a chance to cross off my list is to go to Big Bend and explore Marfa. A little out of the way, but sounds like a blast. Of course, I wouldn’t turn down a chance to return to the fabulous Austin, either!

  • I’d love to visit Austin! I used to live there when I was 3 years old, and I don’t remember a thing. But I heard that it’s a wonderful city!

  • I’d like to go anywhere in Texas. I’ve never been and it looks like a great state!

  • anna cate

    I would love to spend time with family in Dallas!

  • Lori

    San Antonio sounds fun, I’ve never been to Texas, but I’d love to go!

  • Becca B

    Austin and Dallas to visit my cousin and Aunt, but to Galveston for the beach!!!

  • Rebecca

    I’d like to go to Fort Worth! My dad was actually born there, but moved away when he was young so I’ve never been there and would love to see it!

  • I think I was expecting something else at Kemah. An Texan Atlantic City, perhaps 😉 But I’d like to go to Houston, hang out with my brother, and eat some delicious gulf seafood. I love the seafood here in the PNW but I miss gulf seafood.

  • Allison

    I’ve never been to Texas before- but since I have some friends studying in Austin, that’d have to be my first choice!

  • Denise

    I’d visit Seguin, maybe float down the Comal River in New Braunfels. Or, head over to San Antonio and check out the riverwalk.

  • I would love to get out to Fredericksburg. There is so much on my “want-to-do/see/eat-in-Fredricksburg” list. Such a beautiful part of the state!

  • Meghan

    I’ve never been to Texas before, so I’d love to go anywhere really! Of the top of my head, maybe Dallas or Austin would be my first choices of places to visit.

  • Courtney McElhaney

    Fredricksburg!!! This girl could use a tour of the Texas Wine Country :)

  • Emily B.

    I’d love to go to Port Aransas for some beach time!

  • I have friends and family all over Texas, so visiting is always a wonderful treat. If I had to choose one location, I’d pick Austin so we could all meet up and have one heck of a fun trip! I’d love to spend some time out on the lake, then head back into town for some insane food and drinks at night.

  • Julie

    I would love to visit Austin to see my friend from college and her kids. I don’t get to see them often enough.

  • Erin

    New reader! Love this blog!

    I’d love to visit Austin–I’ve been to Houston and to San Antonio, I’m ready to get weird!

  • Ashley

    My brother lives near Austin so we’ve been a few times, but I’d love to explore the city more.

  • dani

    I am longing to go to Marathon and Big Bend !

  • AnneBG

    South Padre Island! Thanks!

  • Cara

    I’ve never been to Texas, and I think I’d like to start with Austin!

  • I’d love to go anywhere in Texas again…my husband would love the music in Austin, I love the area south of Houston…and it would be a great trip in our real winter! :)

    Heather

  • Lanea E.

    I would really like to visit Austin :-)

  • Margaret

    Houston! My extended family is out there, and I’d love to visit them and see the sights!

  • It’s been years since I’ve been to Texas. I’d love to visit Austin the next time I go.

  • Chelai

    Dallas here I come!

  • Holly B

    I have been to the Dallas/Fortworth areas but would like to visit San Antonio or Corpus Christi.

  • Heidi

    I’d love to visit Austin. I went there for a business trip and it seemed wonderful but I never got to see anything!

  • Hubs and I were just talking about visiting Texas for vacay this year! Not sure what city yet…Houstin, Dallas, or Austin are the big 3. I also heard that Corpus Christi is beautiful!

  • courtney b

    i would like to visit austin to see all the museums and parks :) i would love to bring my new camera there….

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  • Tomi S

    Never been to Texas would love to explore. Would like to see some of the big ranches always seen on TV and newspapers.

  • heather_kaye

    Haven’t been anywhere but Dallas, so I’d love to see what all the fuss is about Austin!

  • Emily

    We just moved to nyc from Austin and I cannot tell you how much I miss tex-mex food! Love everything about Austin!

  • kristin

    I would love to visit Houston to see my friend JC!

  • Emily
  • I’d love to visit Houston. I have family that moved there after Hurricane Katrina and I’ve never had the chance to visit.

  • angela

    definetely Austin, keep hearing how great it is. LOVE Texas, was at Kemah last year before our Cruise out of Galveston, and briefly in Houston, South Padre Island is great, and McAllen, Weslaco, Harlingen :)

  • I’ve never been to Texas but would like to visit Austin.

  • angela

    i tweeted, just dont know how to share the URL as i’m new to twitter. ps San Antonio River Walk is great too.

  • I have only lived in Texas for about a year, but I have heard amazing things about Port Aransas and I’d love to visit for a long weekend.

  • Melissa C.

    I’d love to visit Austin. I hear it’s weird and diverse… right up my alley

  • Rosie

    Austin…would love to go!

  • jamie villari

    I would love to visit corpus christi!

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  • Kemah was the weekend hang out when I was in HS. It wasn’t a boardwalk back then, just half a dozen restaurants (Landry’s & Dutchman was there at the time) and there was a Mexican Food restaurant called the Brass Parrot (I think). We’d hop the fence and sit at Landry’s outdoor tables and watch the water and talk. Good times. Anyways…I love Kemah.

    Anywhere in Texas to chose from…maybe El Paso. 1.) B/c I’ve never been 2.)b/c I want to experience the food scene there. Ohhhhhhh….or maybe Garner…:)

    • Jessica

      Garner is beautiful! I recommend staying in the 4 Sisters Cabin, I have stayed there twice and it is wonderful.

  • I’d love to go to Plano, TX because that’s where I was born (or Dallas since that’s the biggest city nearby). I have only been back once since we moved when I was only 3 years old.

  • Michelle

    I would love to visit Austin, I hear it’s supposed to be a great food town!

  • Judy

    So hard to decide where to go! Waco where I lived in junior high, Lubbock where I have friends I haven’t seen in umpteen years or Austin where I’ve always wanted to go!

  • Gaby

    I’d love to go to San Antonio and visit SeaWorld with my family :)

  • Would love to visit my bro-in-law in League City – and of course a rendezvous with you for a margarita!

  • Terri

    I would like to visit Corpus Christi.

  • I really want to go to the Hill Country and San Antonio. My sister lives in Austin and my cousins live in Dallas so I’ve been to those two but you’re right, Texas has a lot of attractions when you think about it.

  • Abby M

    I love Austin and would love to visit again soon!

  • sarapete

    I would love to visit Austin Texas. My husband and I would eat ourselves silly in some good ol BBQ brisket!

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  • Michelle

    My husband and I want to go to Austin. He loves Stevie Ray Vaughan and we’re both musicians, so it seems like a place we would love!

  • Katie

    I’ve heard so many great things about Austin! It sounds like such a fun, cool town.

  • Lindsey

    I would really love to go to Austin and San Antonio!

  • Erin Y

    Would it be terrible to tell you I want to visit the Alamo? :) I just hear that Texas is an up & coming place that is a must visit… so, I MUST visit.

  • Rachel M

    My husband is a HUGE Cowboys fan. I’d LOVE to go to Dallas and check out their new stadium!

  • Mellybrown

    I would love to visit the gulf, Austin and find out if there really is a basement in the Alamo. Texas weather beats NW Washington any day!

  • Lindsay Weyer

    I once spent 1 day in Galveston…it was not enough. I want to go back badly. It’s such a neat place!

  • Amy M

    Sunday’s champagne brunch at Las Canaria on San Antonio’s Riverwalk. Clink!

  • Andrea D.

    I would absolutely love to visit Dallas when they have the State Fair going on. I think it would be a blast to see all the fun things of the fair and most of all taste some of the crazy concoctions that come with it. Thanks for the chance to enter.

  • Megan

    The Riverwalk, Alamo, and Sea World in San Antonio!!!

  • Katy

    I’ve always wanted to visit San Antonio and Austin.

  • I would like to go to Big Bend. I have been there but my husband has not so I would love to take him!

  • ambra

    So many cool places, probably a town on the coast,love the beach!

  • Cori

    I always hear rave reviews about Austin.

  • Elena

    I would love to visit San Antonio

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  • LeAnne

    I would love to visit Austin. I’ve heard so many great things about it!

  • Sonya Morris

    I would love to visit the DFW area. I have several friends who live in that area and they seem to always be doing something fun! I want to check it out myself and soon!

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  • Jessica

    A Texas girl after my own heart, I live near Beaumont and you are so right about the abundance of delicious food every where! Kemah is a favorite spot of mine (despite the LONG drive0 but my absolute favorite vacation spot if the Frio River near Garner State Park is where we usually stay. The water is perfect and clear unlike the beach, not too crowded and great for kids as well as adults. I recommend it to any and everyone who loves to float down the river in tubes and relax.

  • Jenny G

    I would visit Dallas. I loved that show when I was a kid!!! Or I had a friend that went to New Braunfels and went tubing which sounded so fun.

  • Oh my goodness, my childhood was filled with memories like those of your trip to Kemah Boardwalk, I think I’d like to visit Kemah Boardwalk.

  • Carissa

    I would visit Fredericksburg, I love Central Texas and especially the B&Bs and vineyards in and around Fredericksburg. Not to mention the Pastry Queen!

  • amy pugmire

    I would love to see the Cavanaugh Flight Museum in addison. amypugmire@live.com

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  • Adrena

    I would love to visit Austin !!!

  • Michael J. McCoy

    Galvenston. Grew up in Texas and have never been to the coast!!!

  • Catherine

    It looks like such a fun day! I haven’t made it out to that area in a while but I am close enough for a trip.

  • Fran

    Dallas..my brother lives there!

  • Patricia

    I would love to visit my family in the Ft Worth/Dallas area. There are too many places to list, but Six Flags in Arlington is fun fun!

  • Kat Belle

    I’d probably go to Dallas, and maybe Austin – I have a really good friend who grew up outside of Dallas, and I’d totally take her along so that she could give me the insider tour!

  • Loretta

    I think Austin sounds really fun!

  • Aubrey

    I would love to go to Dallas
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  • I’d like to visit Corpus Christi.

  • Cheryl Newton

    Texas, huh? Is there an excellent outlet mall? That’s where I’d go.

  • Tanya

    I went to Austin briefly, but did not get to enjoy it, so I would love to go there again!

  • Lynsy

    I would love to go to Austin!

  • Adrienne

    South Padre. I would love to visit South padre Island! Big fan of sand and waves !!! Oh yeah and the sun!

  • Stephany

    I would love to visit Shiner, Texas! It;s fascinating that the brewery services the whole nation and would love to try all their beers.

  • Beka

    Ok, I live in Texas, but I would still like to visit Fredericksburg! I’ve only ever driven through, never stayed. Also, I’d really like to go back to Six Flags in Arlington. So. Much. Fun.

  • atlkristen

    I would love to visit San Antonio or Austin.

  • Philby

    I am actually moving to Plano, TX in late August, but I would really love to visit Austin! I have heard great things about the city, and I think I would highly enjoy exploring it!

  • My inner (and childless) 23 year old self wants to see what South Padre is all about!

  • I hear there’s lots to do around the Dallas area. I would love to check that out!

  • Alaina

    Ive only been to Texas once to take a cruise out of Galveston..sadly, thats not really visiting Texas! From your gorgeous photos..THAT boardwalk is where I want to be!

  • Katie Reid

    Definitely San Antonio! Would love to go!

  • Alejandra

    I’ve driven through Texas many times on our family trips to Mexico but I’d love to go visit San Antonio

  • Pat R

    South Padre Island for sure!!!!

  • Sharon

    I’ve never been to Texas, other than a few hours at the Dallas/Ft. Worth airport. I’ve heard the Texas Hill Country is lovely. I’d like to visit that area. Thanks!

  • Shawndra J

    Fort Worth to see old friends, then on to San Antonio to remind ourselves of some great vacation times!

  • Sharon
  • David Gossett

    My wife and I would love to visit Houston :) Thanks!

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  • What an awesome giveaway! I’m a native Houstonian, but I’ve never been to Dallas. (How sad is THAT?!) I’d love to go, particularly during fair time!

  • Solducky

    The boardwalk looks awesome! I would love to visit Austin.
    soluckyducky at gmail dot com

  • Robin Ramirez

    Marathon, Texas. The smallest, sweetest, west Texas town my husband grew up in. He would love to take me back and show me his roots:) We would stay at The Gage Hotel of course, and have a few cocktails at The White Buffalo Bar and who knows, maybe run into Tommy Lee Jones, who owns a ranch near by. A girl can dream:)

  • Robin Ramirez

    Tweeted too!

  • Sage S.

    I’d love to visit South Padre Island, just because that is where my mom lives now, and I haven’t seen in her in almost 3 years. My husband is in the Navy, and we’re stationed in San Diego. “Home” for us is in OK, so that’s usually where we go on the rare occasion we go somewhere (traveling with 2 young children is not easy!).

  • Lynn BB

    I’d like to go to Austin and San Antonio. Also wouldn’t
    mind going back to Padre Island!

  • Mellisa Willis

    I would love to take my kids to the Gulf, but Dallas is closer. Thanks!

  • Jeanne ODonnell

    Dallas, where my brother-in-law lives. We haven’t seen him in 15 years!

  • Hannah

    I’ve never been to Texas but would love to visit Austin!

  • My husband is in the military but I’ve never been to San Antonio and I’ve heard such good things about it! I’ve also heard great things about Austin as well!

  • Kari

    My husband and I have been talking about doing a long weekend in Austin for years.

  • I’ve always wanted to go to Austin. It just seems so cool!

  • My husband and I are going to see one of his favorite musicians perform in November. Our choices are either Dallas or San Antonio, and I’m leaning toward San Antonio.

  • Elaine

    I would love to take my grown daughters to Fredericksburg or Canton, their choice as they have not been to either I am ashamed to say as we all grew up in Central Texas. Just usually headed to San Antonio or DFW or Corpus when we had a few days off!

  • Kara D

    I have always wanted to visit San Antonio, especially the boardwalk!

  • Kristen

    I would love to visit the Kemah Boardwalk! I grew up near the Jersey Shore and your pictures remind me so much of home!

  • Vanessa

    I’d love to visit San Antonio, take a stroll around the riverwalk. It looks like a beautiful city.

  • Vanessa
  • Galveston! My parents actually met there and 29 years later? Still ridiculously in love! My Mom occasionally still visits for work. All I hear about is the food so naturally I’m dying to go! Also, spending most of my life in a land locked State leaves me starved for some time at the beach.

  • I want to visit Galveston!

  • I’ve heard Austin is awesome – my college roommate almost picked her grad school based on how much she loved it there!

  • Lisa S

    I would love to visit Austin or Galveston.

  • Angie R.

    I’ve been to a lot of places in Texas, but one place I have not been and would love to go and explore is Fredricksburg.

  • We usually take a trip to Houston, since it’s a few short hours away, but I think I’d like to check out Austin next!

  • I just moved away from Austin last month but I’d love to go back and do some of the things I never got to do!!!

  • Francesca

    I’d love to visit Austin!…Check out the food scene.

  • Sherri W

    I want to go to McKinney to visit my sister and her family… :)

  • Definitely Austin, I’ve heard so many great things!

  • Brandy

    I’d love to visit Austin for the music scene and amazing food.

    –Brandy
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  • Lindsey N

    I may live in the Pacific Northwest now, but I was born in Texas. I’d love to visit Austin since I never had a chance!

  • I would pick San Antonio but my husband would pick the Dallas Cowboy’s stadium.

  • Denise L

    Your trip looks like so much fun! I’d love to visit my good friend in Austin and take in some nightlife.
    dmarie824 at aol dot com

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  • Kim

    Marfa! Oh, I really want to go to Marfa. I’d love to see all the Donald Judd work and keep and eye out for the Marfa lights!

  • Barb

    The Hill Country to see the bluebonnets!

  • Whitney

    State Fair. It has always been my favorite! I live in Maryland now and it simply doesn’t compare!

  • I’ve been to Kemah plenty LOL. But I think I’d like to go to Dallas. I’d brave all the cowboys gear to visit a new place;)

  • Rebecca Graham

    I would like to visit Dallas.

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  • Jen C.

    Austin! My brother goes to school there, as well as the majority of my friends from high school. It would be great to see all of them again.

  • Buc Days Rodeo, Festival and Carnival in Corpus Christi Sounds like fun. I think my kids would love it.
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  • anash

    i want to visit San antonio! Thanks for a super giveaway!

  • anash

    Tweeted:
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  • cw

    I’d love to visit San Antonio – riverwalk, alamo

  • my husband lived in uvalde, tx as a child…i’d love to see that small texas town one day!

  • tweeted! @thepajamachef

  • Stephanie

    I’ve heard many people say great things about Galveston–I think I’d start there.

  • Holly Yokoyama

    I’d like to visit Austin because it is known as a great place for music and food lovers.

  • Joanna F

    I’ve never been to Texas, I’d like to see Austin!

  • emily willingham

    I have always wanted to visit San Antonio and see the riverwalk area

  • emily willingham

    I Tweeted about your sweepstakes on Twitter here:
    https://twitter.com/#!/iluvstbernards/status/199148825846362112

  • TJ

    I’d love to see Austin, home of the original Whole Foods!

  • Tabathia B

    Would love to visit alamo, austin and san antonio
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  • Jessie C.

    I’d like to visit Houston.
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  • sandra

    corpus christi to visit a friend

  • tara pittman

    would love to visit dallas

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  • Kat

    I would love to visit Palo Duro Canyon again. My family and friends are all over the state, so I get to make my way around fairly often, but the panhandle is one region I haven’t been since I was a child. Time to change that soon. “Grand Canyon of Texas,” here I come!

  • Aubreylaine

    I’d love to go to Dallas :)
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  • Lauren Bellamy

    I would definitely love to go to Kemah! All the fresh seafood entices me!

  • Lauren Bellamy
  • Amy P.

    I’d like to visit Austin – it seems like it has a great foodie scene!

  • Shannon Schulte

    My kids would love the animals too! We just moved to DFW and we have been wanting to check out San Antonio and the Ft. Worth zoo!

  • Shannon Schulte
  • Nicole G

    Honestly, I’d like to visit anywhere in Texas since I’ve only been west of the Mississippi twice in my life, neither time to the great state of Texas!

  • anna pry
  • anna pry

    i want to visit San Antonio
    thepryfamily@gmail.com

  • I would love to go to Austin and check out the music scene.

  • steph

    id like to visit san antonio!

  • steph
  • I love Kemah! I grew up about 5 miles away from the boardwalk, and it’s amazing to see how much it has grown! It’s a wonderful vacation destination, and you captured it fun spirit in your great pictures!

  • Amanda Sakovitz

    I would love to visit Austin for amazing food, great music and a great time!

    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

  • Amanda Sakovitz
  • Schmidty

    I would love to spend some time in San Antonio at the riverwalk.

  • ANGEL JACKLYN

    The Padre Island National Seashore in Corpus Christi sounds like fun!

  • ANGEL JACKLYN
  • I’d love to go to Houston one of these days.

  • stylefriendly

    I’d like to visit Houston.

  • Tina M

    I’d like to visit San Antonio.

  • Tina M
  • melinda g

    My stepson lives in League City, I would like to go there and grab him then head to Galveston.

  • Karina Lee

    i’d love to go to San Antonio

  • Karina Lee
  • Stephanie

    i have some family out there and i never been there i wanna go

  • Stephanie
  • I would love to visit Corpus Christi, where my husband spent much of his childhood. I’ve never been there!

    chambanachik@gmail.com

  • Debbie B

    i’d like visiting San Antonio

  • Veronica

    id love to visit the Alamo one day!

  • kerri robinson

    I would love to take my 10 year old Tommy to San Antonio he studied the Alamo in school this year a would love to visit it. And my husband and I would love to eat on the river walk we have not had a vacation in 10 years and could use a relaxing weekend!

  • Jackie

    I would love to visit Galveston and Kemah. I’m a 28 yr old Native Texan currently living in Austin and haven’t been to the Texas coast since my age was a single digit! :)

  • Kirsten A.

    I’d love to visit Big Bend! We purchased a travel trailer a few years ago, but never seem to have enough time to travel all the way to Big Bend for a holiday.

  • I would love to visit San Antonio! I
    Thanks for a chance to win and have a great day!
    kmassmanATgmailDOTcom

  • jan

    Would love to go to Port Aransas….love the seafood.

    Kemah looks fun, we will definately be going there!

  • Mary O.

    I would like to visit New Braunsfel and go to Schlitterbahn and listen to music in Gruene Hall.

  • Shelby O.

    Austin, TX. I have some friends there and it sounds totally hip and fun!

  • MelissaO

    Would love to go back to Austin and San Antonio

    wolverina401 at gmail dot com

  • Amanda

    My boyfriend and I have been talking about going camping at Palo Duro Canyon State Park for a while, but we’re running out of time before it gets too hot! Maybe this fall : )

  • Judy B.

    I’d love to tour the Hill Country

  • Judy B.
  • Austin, of course! I’ve heard such great things about it.

  • Tiffany Winner

    South Padre Island, i didn’t even realize texas had any islands until i saw it online
    thismomwins@gmail.com

  • Hi, My name is Susan Cole -Townsend I just found this site and I really like it with all the writting by women and about some of the things we get ourselves into and do. I saw this, I guess contest about Texas, I was born there, in I guess a little town of SanAngleo in Greenwood county. I have never been back there since. It is a bucket list wish that one day I go there and see where I was born. while I am there I would like to pick up a birth certificate and see the base. They are hard to come by and keep when you only have one and you have to search the county to find where and when the internet has made it easier.
    I have not relatives there. My dad was in the Airforce there and my Mom who is now 79 was with him in the service. If he had not been called back due to death of his father and had to take over the family business. Maybe I would have grown up there know the land and some of the people. it would be like putting pieces of my life together. I was rasied in Chicago, IL. and I am wonderfully 55. Starting new things in life.

  • I would love to visit Austin, so I can soak up some of the local culture and eat the delicious food that I’ve heard so much about.

  • Debbie B
  • Gina M Maddox

    I would love to visit Dallas, where a couple of my cousins live! Thanks for the chance to win!

    gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com

  • Gina M Maddox

    tweet-https://twitter.com/#!/CrazyItalian0/status/204958272137084928

    gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com

  • Alyssa

    Austin. I’ve only been to Dallas and Plano but my friend and her boyfriend just moved to Austin and I hear it’s a cool city.

  • sy

    I want to visit fort worth, see the water and botanical gardens and the zoo. Thanks for the giveaway.
    songyueyu at gmail

  • sy
  • Debra F

    My son did his State project on Texas this year and desperately wants to go to San Antonio to visit the Alamo!

  • Annette D

    I would enjoy going to Galveston and touring the Lone Star Flight Museum

  • Annette D
  • I’d like to go to Jefferson, TX and Caddo Lake. Saw a great episode of “Daytripper” (I LOVE that show!) and it made me want to go and check it out.

  • I’ve never been to Texas so my first stop would be Austin – which I’ve heard has some great eats!

  • Tiffany Winner
  • LinhC

    I’d like to visit South Padre Island.

  • Jenny Ham

    I would like to visit Texas because it has been years since I have been there. There is so much to do and see in Texas I miss it. Would love to see some new sights and do lots of shopping…

  • Dee

    I’d love to visit Austin! :)

  • Dee
  • Heather

    Texas really is full of variety. I’d like to visit Fredericksburg. I’ve driven through and it looks like a great place for a fun little weekend.

  • Christina Tong

    I would like to visit Houston the biggest city in Texas and visit the 1940 Air Terminal Museum as well as the Bayou Bend Collection of the Fine Arts: 28-room Latin Colonial Structure.

    ctong2[at]gmail[dot]com

  • Christina Tong

    I tweeted about this giveaway: https://twitter.com/ctong2/status/206979105726537728
    ctong2[at]gmail[dot]com

  • Marita

    Rockport during the Hummingbird migration!

  • Betty C

    I’ve been through Texas several times but have never had the time to actually stay and see what is there. I’d love to spend some time in San Antonio and then go to the coast (I love beaches).

  • Michelle H.

    The Alamo for sure. My husband is a history-buff and has said for years we have to visit. I’d love to see all the artifacts people have found.

  • Michelle H.
  • oooooooooooooo Mustang Island State Park? in
    Corpus Christi, Texas looks GORGEOUS!! Its right on the beach out in the middle of the gulf! My kind of park!

  • Maria Cantu

    I would like to visit Houston. My niece lives there so it is a good place to star.

  • Jennai

    I’d like to visit Port Aransas , TX
    JenniferAnne74@aol.com

  • Jammie

    I want to visit the Alamo! sweepmorey at gmail dot com

  • Jammie
  • Kaitlyn

    The Alamo!

  • Jessica F

    I would love to visit the Dallas Fort Worth area and check out a Cowboys game!

  • Jessica F
  • Mari

    I’d like to visit Austin.

  • Mari