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5 Easy Texas Family Getaways for the Winter Break

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Once the wrapping paper has been tossed, and the last of the turkey has been turned into sandwiches, many families start to get the itch to get out and do some sightseeing. The weather for this holiday is predicted to be cool but dry, so driving conditions are prime for loading up the car and checking out some of Texas’ fun family getaways. Here are five Texas destinations that the whole family will enjoy:

1. Fort Worth

Fort Worth

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Fort Worth is famous for its “stockyards,” which are a taste of old Texas with two cattle walks daily led by real cowboys, along with shops, rodeos, and restaurants, but there are plenty of other fun things to do there. The Fort Worth Zoo boasts 7,000 animals and is considered to be one of the best in the state. The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is worth the trip as well, with its IMAX theater and planetarium, everyone in the family will find something to stimulate their post-holiday brains over the break.

2. Amarillo

Palo Duro Canyon

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You’ll get your kicks on old Route 66 on your way to Amarillo to see the sights of this picturesque area of the state. The Cadillac Ranch is a must-do, as is a trip to see the Palo Duro Canyon–often called the “Grand Canyon of Texas.”

3. Grapevine


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If you’ve got bored kids in your home this holiday, a trip to Grapevine will fix that problem. Home of the LEGOLAND Discovery Center and the Great Wolf Lodge, kids will be delighted with all that Grapevine has to offer. Everyone in the family is sure to enjoy the Grapevine Vintage Railroad, featuring a 1920’s vintage train that travels between Grapevine and Fort Worth.

4. Marfa

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