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Morgan's Wonderland

Located in San Antonio, Morgan’s Wonderland is the world’s first ultra-accessible theme park. The park, which spans 25 acres (10 hectares), was designed with special-needs individuals in mind. With more than 25 elements and attractions, including adapted rides, playgrounds, gardens, and a lake, the park offers a fun day out for everyone.

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San Antonio Aquarium

Spend a few hours at the San Antonio Aquarium and experience the majesty of the underwater world without leaving Texas. Visit thousands of animals from around the globe, take the kids to the play areas and interactive exhibits, and don’t miss feeding time.

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NorthPark Center
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Considered one of the best malls ever by some travelers, NorthPark Center in Dallas offers a high-end shopping experience in a glamorous environment with mirrors, marble, and glass. In addition to department stores such as Nordstrom, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, and Dillard’s, the mall is home to a variety of restaurants.

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Fair Park

Fair Park is not only one of the largest state fairgrounds in the country but a step back in time to 1886, when the Dallas State Fair—today the State Fair of Texas—first opened; the world’s fair also took place here in 1936. You can still view the park’s extensive original art deco architecture and ride the nation’s largest Ferris wheel.

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Neiman Marcus

If you’re a fan of luxury brands and a leisurely day that includes a decadent lunch and plenty of exercise for your credit cards, head to the Neiman Marcus flagship store in downtown Dallas. This 1914 Beaux Arts department store, which occupies a full block on Marcus Square, including an on-site restaurant and espresso bar.

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Six Flags Over Texas
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The Arlington outpost of Six Flags Over Texas is home to about 50 rides, with new ones popping up every few years. Here you’ll find something for any age, from gentle Yosemite Sam’s Texas Tea Cups for little ones to Titan, a stomach-churning roller coaster, plus several water rides for cooling off on a hot Texas summer day.

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Texas Civil War Museum

Home to the largest collection of Civil War artifacts west of the Mississippi, the Texas Civil War Museum boasts everything from weapons used on the battlefield to Victorian-era dresses. The museum displays artifacts from both the Union and Confederate sides of the conflict and highlights the role Texas played in the Civil War.

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Wonderland Amusement Park

For a day of kid-friendly adventure in Amarillo, don't miss a visit to Wonderland Amusement Park, a seasonal, family-owned theme park brimming with rides, games, and activities for all ages. There's no shortage of amusements at the park, from coasters for adults, to kids-only rides, water slides, arcade games, and mini golf.

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Wet n' Wild Waterworld

A family-run park just north of El Paso, Wet n' Wild Waterworld has appealed to families for four decades. The seasonal, outdoor water park offers dozens of rides and attractions, including slides, wave pools, and volleyball courts. Bring a cooler, and grill beneath the park's trees, book a cabana, or grab a tube for a speedy ride.

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Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
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First Lady Claudia Johnson (or “Lady Bird” as she will forever be remembered), believed intensely in the importance of wildflowers, natural preservation, and beautification of public landscapes. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center pays tribute to her mission with more than 800 species of native plants displayed in exhibits and floral landscapes that reflect the beauty of her vision.

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Zilker Metropolitan Park

Zilker Metropolitan Park

Covering 351 acres of trees and sprawling green parkland in the heart of Austin, Zilker Metropolitan Park is loved by locals and visitors alike. Favorite park activities include walking, biking, swimming, dog walking, and picnicking, and the park hosts various popular events throughout the year.

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George Ranch Historical Park

George Ranch Historical Park

Experience life on a 19th-century Texan ranch at the George Ranch Historical Park, a living history museum set around a 20,000-acre (8,094-hectare) family ranch. The interactive visits are great fun for all ages, as you explore historic buildings, watch the ranchers at work, and see the livestock.

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The Health Museum

The Health Museum

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The Health Museum in Houston is an interactive learning center focused on health, medical science, and the human body. Visitors can tour a larger-than-life version of the human body, learn about the global food system, get an up close look at cellular biology, or see a film in the McGovern Theater.

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Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

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The world’s largest livestock and live entertainment show combines Wild West culture with music and agriculture for nearly three weeks of rodeo performances, livestock shows, barbecue contests, parades, and live concerts by some of the biggest names in music.

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Montrose

Montrose

Dubbed the “Heart of Houston,” Montrose is home to a quirky arts scene, rich LGTBQ+ culture, and eccentric shopping. Take a walk through the 4-square-mile (10-square-km) area—one of the most pedestrian-friendly in the city—to see its 1920s bungalows, local cafes, thrift shops, and trendy restaurants.

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