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5 Last-Minute Texas Labor Day Trips You Should Consider

Labor Day is right around the corner, and for those of us who work the usual 9-5 job, it’s likely that we don’t have much planned. Or, maybe we just couldn’t find the time to plan a huge trip between work and home life. Luckily, Texas is full of great mini-vacation destinations that are within driving distance, and we are here to help get your creative travel juices flowing. If you haven’t got plans, here are a few last minute labor day trips you should consider taking in Texas.

5. Fredericksburg

Brilliant red corn poppies growing in rural Texas captured at sunrise ** Note: Visible grain at 100%, best at smaller sizes

Fredericksburg is a hot spot of activities for the entire family. The quaint Hill Country town is located right outside of both Austin and San Antonio and is home to several wineries and campsites. If you’ve got little ones along for the ride, Jellystone Park is a great campsite that offers several Yogi Bear themed activities throughout the weekend. The beautiful town is also great for a quick, romantic getaway. Main Street Bed and Breakfast is an affordable and incredibly cute bed and breakfast located right in the center of town. Its location is perfect for getting some shopping done and enjoy a delicious and classy dinner at Vaudeville. This is also a good area for hiking as it is close to Enchanted Rock, one of the best hiking and viewing areas in the Hill Country.

4. Marfa

Flickr/Nan Palermo
Flickr/Nan Palermo

Heading southwest, towards Big Bend, you’ll pass through an interesting town called Marfa. You may or may not be familiar with the Marfa Lights, but they should definitely be on your bucket list. They are unexplainable lights that dance around the horizon, but they don’t appear every night. This town is also known for its roadside Prada art installation. Marfa is a quiet and unique little area with one of the coolest lodgings in the state: El Cosmico. The property offers trailers, tents, tepees and even a yurt. Talk about a unique experience.

3. Gruene

Flickr/Tara Schmidt
Flickr/Tara Schmidt

Heading back east, Gruene is another little town in between Austin and San Antonio. Known for its antique community, this town also offers relaxation and live music. Gruene Hall is known throughout the area for hosting talented, well-known bands, among other live events. If you’re traveling with teenagers, they will love the option to float the river, something the locals take advantage of daily. Gruene also offers prime fly fishing and a tranquil day spa, so there really is something for everyone. Dinner at the Gristmill is a must if you’re in the area. These smaller towns are great for taking advantage of the Bed and Breakfasts in the area, and this town is no different. Lamb’s Rest Inn is an adorable little B&B right off the river but still close enough to down town that you can enjoy the quiet relaxation at night but still get out and about during the day.

2. South Padre

south padre island
South Padre

A quick beach trip is always a winner with the entire family. South Padre Island is a small, beautiful, coastal community that offers a variety of activities for everyone year-round. Visitors can surf, fish, relax on the beach or take the entire family to Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark. Pier 19 is a popular dining spot that locals and travelers both can’t get enough of. This trip is not only perfect but affordable for larger groups. You can also take your family to see fireworks on the beach Sept. 4-6, hosted by the Hilton Garden Inn South Padre.

1. San Antonio

Restaurants along San Antonio's River Walk.
Restaurants along San Antonio’s River Walk.

Good old San Antonio is beautiful this time of year, as is anywhere in the Hill Country really. Famous for its unique River Walk, this Texas city has a lot to offer. From down-home Texas food to a vivacious culture and nightlife, San Antonio is a prime location for family fun. The history buff in the family will love visiting the Alamo, and right across the street is Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks where you can meet lifelike wax figures of your favorite stars, like Harry Potter and Denzel Washington. Right next door is Ripley’s Believe It or Not where you can see all kinds of odds and ends.

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5 Last-Minute Texas Labor Day Trips You Should Consider