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Texas – Papa Joe and Grandma Jacqui’s Road Trip

A family wedding in Denver – whoops – the direct flights from the UK are fully booked!

OK – let’s use some lateral thinking and go via Texas – not the most obvious routing but it worked for us and we had a superb road trip.

Papa Joe and I flew into Dallas/ Fort Worth Airport and spent a few days getting over our jet lag in the brilliant Stockyards Historical District, before flying to Denver. After the wedding we flew to Houston, hired a car and drove via The Gulf of Mexico, to San Antonio. We then drove through the Texas Hill Country to Fredericksberg  and then continued to Austin.

texas

 

Here are some of the highlights

  • The Texas State Fair – fried everything to eat and pig racing – what more could you and The Mayhems want?
fried texas fair

How do you fry lemonade?

  • Following in the footsteps of Presidents Kennedy and Johnson – Dallas and the assassination, The LBJ ranch near Fredericksburg and The LBJ Presidential Library in Austin. This one is for the older Mayhems
  • ‘Houston, we have lift off’  The behind the scenes one day ‘Level 9 VIP tour of NASA’. (12 participants – age 14+). Other tours run throughout the day which are suitable for younger Mayhems.

houston flight control

  • Going on board The Ocean Star Oil Rig Museum moored in Galveston and wandering around the nearby Strand Historic District
  • The aircraft carrier USS Lexington moored at Corpus Christi. It was amazing standing on the huge flight deck and exploring below decks on this ‘museum’.

uss lexington corpus christi

  • The Alamo and San Antonio – history, art, lovely walks along the riverside, the great tex mex food , and of course drinking Margaritas by The San Antonio River watching the boats glide by.

san antonio river

  • The National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg – The guided tour of the outdoor Pacific Combat Zone gave you some idea of what the soldiers had to cope with. The  main museum had superb exhibits and explanations of how the war was fought.
  • Great music and food everywhere

stockyards music

 

Some of the less well known attractions we enjoyed

  • The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in the Cultural District of Fort Worth. – great fun for The Mayhems
  • The Witte Museum, San Antonio. a good way to get to know South Texas history

witte san antonio

  • Old Red Museum of Dallas County – just near where President Kennedy was assassinated
  • Sea Center Texas – Mayhems will love the 20-foot touch pool which allows them to gently touch marine animals such as blue crabs, hermit crabs, stone crabs, snails and even anemones.
  • Lake Jackson Historical Museum –  learn why local streets are named This Way and That Way plus the first foam and fiberglass aircraftthis way lake jackson museum
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