With summer coming to a close and school back in session, you may be looking for some new family activities in Texas to fill your weekends. While the world has been dealing with a lot this year and things look less than normal, there are still a wide variety of family-friendly activities in Texas that we think you and your kiddos will love. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite outdoor activities for your family to enjoy together this year. 

Big Bend National Park
Big Bend is currently open for day use. Filled with scenic drives, trails, and tons of wildlife, your little ones will love exploring here. And if you happen to have a fourth grader, he or she can get your whole family into the park for free

Kemah Boardwalk
If you find yourself in the Houston area, be sure to swing by Kemah boardwalk for non-stop fun. The boardwalk features rides, restaurants, festivals, shops, and more.

Mayan Dude Ranch
If you have a little one who loves the wild west, it’s time to plan your day trip to Mayan Dude Ranch, Located in Bandera, TX… the cowboy capital of the world! Step into a whole new world, eat like a cowboy, and maybe even ride a horse.

National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame
Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about the cowgirls! Visit the Cowgirl Hall of Fame in Fort Worth and learn all about the women of the West! 

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
Animal lovers will have the time of their lives at this wildlife center. The center emphasizes environmental education and is passionate about teaching children about animals in danger around the world.

Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge
If you’ve already been to Fossil Rim, consider visiting Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge.With over 12 miles of nature trails, families can enjoy wildlife up close and personal. You may even see an ocelot, a small cat that is only found in the southernmost tip of Texas. 

National Butterfly Center
After you’ve visited the Santa Ana refuge, be sure to stop by the National Butterfly Center, which is just half an hour away. 

Whatever you decide to do this weekend, don’t forget to bring your masks. Many facilities are requiring masks to keep guests safe.