It all started with a simple photo contest, where I was asked to select four pictures which represented my ideal Texas vacation. Having never been, but possessing a strong desire to visit, I decided to stick to tried-and-true “Texas To Do” bucket list items… food, fashion, road trips and rodeos.
It was a recipe for success.
Hey, folks! You’re looking at the WINNER of the Texas Tourism contest! Because you voted for my photos (and a HUGE THANK YOU to y’all for each and every vote of support!) I’ve won an all-expenses-paid trip to San Antonio, Texas! Yee-haw!
It gets better. Because we are passionate about family travel, we’re bringing the kids too! After nabbing a seat sale on flights for the two little guys, we decided it was too good a chance to pass up. Therefore, there will be four Texas Travellers this spring!
We’re presently in the process of planning our epic vacation. First up: accommodations. We’ll be staying at the stunning Grand Hyatt San Antonio. Set along the spectacular River Walk, the Grand Hyatt San Antonio is steps from trendy downtown bars, hot clubs, Zagat-rated restaurants and all the sites and attractions that make San Antonio one of the most culturally rich cities in the country.
Two words: Rooftop Pool.
“Take in dramatic views of the city below from the sundeck surrounding our stunning outdoor heated lap pool. The hustle and bustle of the renowned River Walk seems to vanish within the sanctuary of our roof top setting. Crystal clear water awaits you as you swim your daily laps in serene silence.” << I’ll take you up on this, Grand Hyatt San Antonio.
Next, since we’ll be vacationing with kids, we’ve been scouting out the numerous family-friendly options in the area. At the top of our list:
Six Flags Fiesta Texas. With more than 60 amazing rides, slides, shows and attractions including nine exhilarating coasters, Fiesta Texas is the perfect day-cation getaway. NEW for 2015, Six Flags Fiesta Texas debuts Batman: The Ride! Batman: The Ride is a 4D Wing Coaster that challenges riders to “face their fears” as they flip head-over-heels at least six times along the weightless, tumbling journey.
SeaWorld San Antonio. Both my boys are wildlife enthusiasts, and I think they’d particularly enjoy the behind-the-scenes tours at SeaWorld, which include information about conservation, animal care and animal rescue. New in 2015 is Pacific Point Preserve featuring a transformed coastal-themed sea lion habitat, new show and new restaurant.
Also nearby is the San Antonio Zoo and Aquarium, which participates in a wide variety of conservation efforts around the world. Open 365 days a year, the San Antonio Zoo is situated in an old limestone quarry and is home to more than 8,500 animals of 779 species. Celebrating over 100 years in operation, the Zoo opened the new Zootenial Plaza with a restaurant and one-of-a-kind carousel. Several interactive exhibits include Africa Live!, Lory Landing, Butterflies, Real Wild Fun Farm and more.
The Riverwalk. The San Antonio River Walk is a verdant oasis of cypress-lined paved paths, arched stone bridges and lush landscapes. It gently winds through the city center, providing millions of visitors each year with easy access to the city’s cultural hot spots, historic sites and other attractions.
Colorful and iconic umbrellas shade riverside tables as diners savor a splendid array of diverse River Walk cuisine. Classic Tex-Mex, tender barbecue, traditional Italian and contemporary Southwestern fare are just a few of the choices you’ll find in the cafés, restaurants and bistros.
Texas barbecue? Shopping? Scenic walking paths? Oh, I think we’ll find ways to keep ourselves busy!
The Travel Tex website makes planning your trip easy through their interactive passport which allows you to customize your trip. You can also download the FREE Texas Travel Guide and sign up for the E-Newsletter for easy trip planning.
Our Texas Tourism adventure awaits in early June. Be sure to follow the hashtag #TexasTraveller as we experience this world-class state!