Spring in Texas: The Kemah Boardwalk

by Shawnda on May 1, 2012

in Giveaways,Texas,Travel


How perfectly gorgeous is your spring weather right now? We’re right smack in the middle of a stretch of storybook-beautiful weather in southeast Texas.

It’s actually like this every year. But after a short stretch of annoyingly cool weather (“winter”), you learn to really appreciate the rest of the year. Most of it, anyway.

Growing up in the great state of Texas, we didn’t take many out-of-state vacations. We didn’t have to. Living just north of one the largest metro areas in the US, we had our choice of day trips and weekend outings, from a trip to Austin and the Hill Country, where the wildflowers are plentiful and smoked brisket is king, to a trip to Galveston for a day of fun in the sun at the beach. We had an array of options that had to satisfy two important criteria:

1) It must be fun for the whole family.
2) It must include delicious food.

Today, #2 is really #1. And also leads to #1.

Look any direction in Southeast Texas and you can get just about any food from any culture; our blend of Tex-Mex, which is heavily influenced from the South, fades into influences of Czech and German as you head west. You will see more Cajun influence as you head east, and there’s a plethora of Asian and Asian-fusion cuisines to be found everywhere in the city. But this trip would take us down to the coast, to one of the other perks of being in Southeast Texas: access to some of the freshest seafood anywhere.

A couple of weekends ago, we packed up our little family for a day trip. We were driving down I-10, windows down, dreaming of a lunch of fresh Gulf oysters, the smell of salt and sunscreen on the breeze, with skies clear enough to help banish the lovely shade of “winter white” we’ll sport until June. And then it will fade to “aren’t you a little old for a sunburn?” red.

Just the wind in our hair and … Jingle Bells blaring on the radio (don’t ask), and a gigantic pile of stuff in the back seat.

There’s a direct correlation between how tall a person is and the amount of luggage they require on a trip. At 6’2″, my husband had a wallet and his Baylor ball cap. At 3’2″, our toddler had a stuffed-to-the-gills duffel bag and a soft-sided cooler. Because when she yells “food!” out of the blue and completely (of course) off-schedule, you better be able to quickly produce some yogurt and string cheese.

An hour away sits the Kemah Boardwalk, an entertainment center complete with several restaurants, games, amusement rides and an aquarium. At the boardwalk you can eat ceviche, ride a sky-high ferris wheel and break your “15+ years without a cherry ICEE” streak.

We enjoyed every minute, from lunch at the Flying Dutchman, where we all shared several fresh gulf seafood favorites, to feeding the fish and ducks, to watching sailboats and speedboats drift by as they left the nearby marina, to the double-decker carousel and a “see for miles in every direction” spinning observation tower.

This is where I tell you that I have a small fear of heights. And if you know me, by “small” I mean huge. I white-knuckled my camera until we were back within 10 feet of the ground. This is also where I could tell you about the time I was seven and was so paralyzed with fear that three adults had to pry me from an upper staircase on the Battleship Texas. But I won’t.

I couldn’t find a single souvenir T-Shirt that read: I Rode the Tower at Kemah and Didn’t Die. But for the record, I did. And I didn’t.

We splurged at lunch, sharing an order of baked oysters topped with grilled peppers and crispy bacon, grilled fish topped with an indulgent crab-butter-heavy-cream-more butter-more-cream sauce, and the table favorite: fresh ceviche served on a bed of crunchy coleslaw next to a pile of cool avocado slices, lime wedges and a mountain of tortilla chips.

After a day of fun in the sun, walking the boardwalk, watching the little one go ’round the carousel for the 14th time (unlimited-ride day-passes — get one if you, too, have a carousel-obsessed child), feeding the ducks (but not the birds!), and riding the rollercoaster, we cooled off with the most refreshing, delicious cherry ICEE that has ever been sold. EVER.

It was only 85 degrees out but it was gone in 12 seconds flat.

After a stop off at the small shops for some Boardwalk Fudge (don’t pass on the caramel-turtle!), we headed home, with our partied-out toddler snoring in the backseat and us discussing how delivery pizza for dinner was both one of the most disappointing and the greatest ideas ever.

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{ 277 comments }

1 elizabeth @ the kitchen counsel May 1, 2012 at 8:57 am

i’d love to visit the riverwalk in san antonio. i’ve been to dallas, austin, and houston–so san antonio is my last stop of the big texas four.

2 Cassie May 1, 2012 at 9:02 am

I would love to visit Rockport. My inlaws have a beach house there and I keep bugging my husband that we need to go and visit, but he always wants to go and see his friends in the DFW area instead.

3 Ginny May 1, 2012 at 9:05 am

My dad was from Beaumont, and I met my husband in Houston when we were in college. It’s been a long time since we’ve been back. Really I’d just love to visit my old stomping grounds – Galveston and Kemah included!

4 jen May 1, 2012 at 9:06 am

The Oasis restaurant in austin! We used to go there on special occasions as a child, but I haven’t been back since it was rebuilt.

5 Jennifer Lange May 1, 2012 at 9:07 am

I’d love to either go to the Houston area of Corpus Christi and spend some time on the beach. I love the gulf but have only ever been to Tampa, Florida. I bet the Texas coast is so much better!

6 Seetha May 1, 2012 at 9:12 am

I would like to go to the beach, so it’d have to be Corpus Christi or South Padre island.

7 Jayne May 1, 2012 at 9:13 am

I like the Kemah Boardwalk, but I think I’d have to pick San Antonio. Just something about it I love.

8 Chelsea May 1, 2012 at 9:14 am

My family took a vacation to Galveston when I was pretty young. On the last day we drove to Kemah and came to the conclusion that we should have been there from the start! Love their fresh seafood market and fun atmosphere. I’d love to go back now that I’m an adult :)

9 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel May 1, 2012 at 9:15 am

Sounds like so much fun! I’ve never been to Texas so anywhere would be cool but I’ve heard of the river walk in Austin like someone else mentioned.

10 Carrie @CarrieAndJonathan.com May 1, 2012 at 9:20 am

I’d love to visit the Shiner brewery. I love their seasonal beers, especially the Cheer and their summer grapefruit.

11 Coleen May 1, 2012 at 9:20 am

I have always wanted to visit San Antonio. I have been to Dallas multiple times and would like to branch out and try something new. I have heard great things about it from my friends and family who have been there.

12 Mami2jcn May 1, 2012 at 9:23 am

I visited Houston as a little girl. I’d like to go to Austin because I’ve heard good things about it.

13 Victoria May 1, 2012 at 9:24 am

there’s so many fun destinations i would love to experience but my first choice of somewhere to visit in texas would be copperas cove. my best friend moved there recently and i miss her! :)

14 Mami2jcn May 1, 2012 at 9:24 am

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15 Trish May 1, 2012 at 9:24 am

I’d like to spend some time at a B&B in the Hill Country!

16 Deanna May 1, 2012 at 9:27 am

I’d like to visist my friend Terry in Fort Worth and Charlie in Dallas.

17 Julie @ Willow Bird Baking May 1, 2012 at 9:29 am

I love these photos! I’ve always wanted to visit San Antonio and eat some delicious Mexican food.

18 Julie @ Willow Bird Baking May 1, 2012 at 9:31 am
19 Renee May 1, 2012 at 9:33 am

I’ve been to Houston twice and enjoyed it, mostly for the food (and margaritas, obvi!), but my next trip to Texas definitely needs to be to Austin/hill country. I need to know whether I need to move there. :)

20 Dawn May 1, 2012 at 9:34 am

All of it! I’ve always wanted to visit Texas but haven’t made it there yet! I’d probably start with San Antonio or Houston and Galveston…decisions decisions!

21 Kayla May 1, 2012 at 9:41 am

We’re going to San Antonio in September and I’m VERY excited!

22 amy marantino May 1, 2012 at 9:43 am

I’d like to go toHouston

23 amy marantino May 1, 2012 at 9:45 am

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24 Leena May 1, 2012 at 9:46 am

Texas, my love! I’ve had the chance to be to many Texas cities, but one thing I’ve never had a chance to cross off my list is to go to Big Bend and explore Marfa. A little out of the way, but sounds like a blast. Of course, I wouldn’t turn down a chance to return to the fabulous Austin, either!

25 Bianca @ Sweet Dreaming May 1, 2012 at 9:48 am

I’d love to visit Austin! I used to live there when I was 3 years old, and I don’t remember a thing. But I heard that it’s a wonderful city!

26 The Home Cook May 1, 2012 at 9:53 am

I’d like to go anywhere in Texas. I’ve never been and it looks like a great state!

27 anna cate May 1, 2012 at 9:53 am

I would love to spend time with family in Dallas!

28 Lori May 1, 2012 at 9:56 am

San Antonio sounds fun, I’ve never been to Texas, but I’d love to go!

29 Becca B May 1, 2012 at 9:57 am

Austin and Dallas to visit my cousin and Aunt, but to Galveston for the beach!!!

30 Rebecca May 1, 2012 at 9:59 am

I’d like to go to Fort Worth! My dad was actually born there, but moved away when he was young so I’ve never been there and would love to see it!

31 Linda May 1, 2012 at 10:01 am

I think I was expecting something else at Kemah. An Texan Atlantic City, perhaps ;) But I’d like to go to Houston, hang out with my brother, and eat some delicious gulf seafood. I love the seafood here in the PNW but I miss gulf seafood.

32 Allison May 1, 2012 at 10:03 am

I’ve never been to Texas before- but since I have some friends studying in Austin, that’d have to be my first choice!

33 Denise May 1, 2012 at 10:12 am

I’d visit Seguin, maybe float down the Comal River in New Braunfels. Or, head over to San Antonio and check out the riverwalk.

34 Katherine May 1, 2012 at 10:13 am

I would love to get out to Fredericksburg. There is so much on my “want-to-do/see/eat-in-Fredricksburg” list. Such a beautiful part of the state!

35 Meghan May 1, 2012 at 10:14 am

I’ve never been to Texas before, so I’d love to go anywhere really! Of the top of my head, maybe Dallas or Austin would be my first choices of places to visit.

36 Courtney McElhaney May 1, 2012 at 10:14 am

Fredricksburg!!! This girl could use a tour of the Texas Wine Country :)

37 Emily B. May 1, 2012 at 10:14 am

I’d love to go to Port Aransas for some beach time!

38 Kelsey May 1, 2012 at 10:15 am

I have friends and family all over Texas, so visiting is always a wonderful treat. If I had to choose one location, I’d pick Austin so we could all meet up and have one heck of a fun trip! I’d love to spend some time out on the lake, then head back into town for some insane food and drinks at night.

39 Julie May 1, 2012 at 10:18 am

I would love to visit Austin to see my friend from college and her kids. I don’t get to see them often enough.

40 Erin May 1, 2012 at 10:19 am

New reader! Love this blog!

I’d love to visit Austin–I’ve been to Houston and to San Antonio, I’m ready to get weird!

41 Ashley May 1, 2012 at 10:21 am

My brother lives near Austin so we’ve been a few times, but I’d love to explore the city more.

42 dani May 1, 2012 at 10:24 am

I am longing to go to Marathon and Big Bend !

43 AnneBG May 1, 2012 at 10:26 am

South Padre Island! Thanks!

44 Cara May 1, 2012 at 10:28 am

I’ve never been to Texas, and I think I’d like to start with Austin!

45 Heather May 1, 2012 at 10:29 am

I’d love to go anywhere in Texas again…my husband would love the music in Austin, I love the area south of Houston…and it would be a great trip in our real winter! :)

Heather

46 Lanea E. May 1, 2012 at 10:37 am

I would really like to visit Austin :-)

47 Margaret May 1, 2012 at 11:05 am

Houston! My extended family is out there, and I’d love to visit them and see the sights!

48 Eva @ Eva Bakes May 1, 2012 at 11:22 am

It’s been years since I’ve been to Texas. I’d love to visit Austin the next time I go.

49 Chelai May 1, 2012 at 11:43 am

Dallas here I come!

50 Holly B May 1, 2012 at 11:48 am

I have been to the Dallas/Fortworth areas but would like to visit San Antonio or Corpus Christi.

51 Heidi May 1, 2012 at 11:51 am

I’d love to visit Austin. I went there for a business trip and it seemed wonderful but I never got to see anything!

52 Theresa S. May 1, 2012 at 11:52 am

Hubs and I were just talking about visiting Texas for vacay this year! Not sure what city yet…Houstin, Dallas, or Austin are the big 3. I also heard that Corpus Christi is beautiful!

53 courtney b May 1, 2012 at 11:52 am

i would like to visit austin to see all the museums and parks :) i would love to bring my new camera there….

54 courtney b May 1, 2012 at 11:53 am
55 Tomi S May 1, 2012 at 11:54 am

Never been to Texas would love to explore. Would like to see some of the big ranches always seen on TV and newspapers.

56 Theresa S. May 1, 2012 at 11:55 am
57 heather_kaye May 1, 2012 at 11:58 am

Haven’t been anywhere but Dallas, so I’d love to see what all the fuss is about Austin!

58 Emily May 1, 2012 at 12:03 pm

We just moved to nyc from Austin and I cannot tell you how much I miss tex-mex food! Love everything about Austin!

59 kristin May 1, 2012 at 12:06 pm

I would love to visit Houston to see my friend JC!

60 Emily May 1, 2012 at 12:07 pm
61 Julie @BananasForBourbon May 1, 2012 at 12:14 pm

I’d love to visit Houston. I have family that moved there after Hurricane Katrina and I’ve never had the chance to visit.

62 Julie @BananasForBourbon May 1, 2012 at 12:15 pm
63 angela May 1, 2012 at 12:22 pm

definetely Austin, keep hearing how great it is. LOVE Texas, was at Kemah last year before our Cruise out of Galveston, and briefly in Houston, South Padre Island is great, and McAllen, Weslaco, Harlingen :)

64 abbi May 1, 2012 at 12:25 pm

I’ve never been to Texas but would like to visit Austin.

65 angela May 1, 2012 at 12:28 pm

i tweeted, just dont know how to share the URL as i’m new to twitter. ps San Antonio River Walk is great too.

66 EllenQ May 1, 2012 at 12:34 pm

I have only lived in Texas for about a year, but I have heard amazing things about Port Aransas and I’d love to visit for a long weekend.

67 Melissa C. May 1, 2012 at 12:37 pm

I’d love to visit Austin. I hear it’s weird and diverse… right up my alley

68 Rosie May 1, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Austin…would love to go!

69 jamie villari May 1, 2012 at 12:45 pm

I would love to visit corpus christi!

70 jamie villari May 1, 2012 at 12:47 pm
71 Melissa May 1, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Kemah was the weekend hang out when I was in HS. It wasn’t a boardwalk back then, just half a dozen restaurants (Landry’s & Dutchman was there at the time) and there was a Mexican Food restaurant called the Brass Parrot (I think). We’d hop the fence and sit at Landry’s outdoor tables and watch the water and talk. Good times. Anyways…I love Kemah.

Anywhere in Texas to chose from…maybe El Paso. 1.) B/c I’ve never been 2.)b/c I want to experience the food scene there. Ohhhhhhh….or maybe Garner…:)

72 Jessica May 1, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Garner is beautiful! I recommend staying in the 4 Sisters Cabin, I have stayed there twice and it is wonderful.

73 Erin May 1, 2012 at 12:53 pm

I’d love to go to Plano, TX because that’s where I was born (or Dallas since that’s the biggest city nearby). I have only been back once since we moved when I was only 3 years old.

74 Erin May 1, 2012 at 12:55 pm
75 Michelle May 1, 2012 at 1:10 pm

I would love to visit Austin, I hear it’s supposed to be a great food town!

76 Judy May 1, 2012 at 1:15 pm

So hard to decide where to go! Waco where I lived in junior high, Lubbock where I have friends I haven’t seen in umpteen years or Austin where I’ve always wanted to go!

77 Gaby May 1, 2012 at 1:19 pm

I’d love to go to San Antonio and visit SeaWorld with my family :)

78 Laura May 1, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Would love to visit my bro-in-law in League City – and of course a rendezvous with you for a margarita!

79 Terri May 1, 2012 at 1:27 pm

I would like to visit Corpus Christi.

80 Jen May 1, 2012 at 1:29 pm

I really want to go to the Hill Country and San Antonio. My sister lives in Austin and my cousins live in Dallas so I’ve been to those two but you’re right, Texas has a lot of attractions when you think about it.

81 Abby M May 1, 2012 at 1:45 pm

I love Austin and would love to visit again soon!

82 sarapete May 1, 2012 at 1:51 pm

I would love to visit Austin Texas. My husband and I would eat ourselves silly in some good ol BBQ brisket!

83 sarapete May 1, 2012 at 1:51 pm
84 Michelle May 1, 2012 at 1:54 pm

My husband and I want to go to Austin. He loves Stevie Ray Vaughan and we’re both musicians, so it seems like a place we would love!

85 Katie May 1, 2012 at 1:54 pm

I’ve heard so many great things about Austin! It sounds like such a fun, cool town.

86 Lindsey May 1, 2012 at 2:06 pm

I would really love to go to Austin and San Antonio!

87 Erin Y May 1, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Would it be terrible to tell you I want to visit the Alamo? :) I just hear that Texas is an up & coming place that is a must visit… so, I MUST visit.

88 Rachel M May 1, 2012 at 2:10 pm

My husband is a HUGE Cowboys fan. I’d LOVE to go to Dallas and check out their new stadium!

89 Mellybrown May 1, 2012 at 2:25 pm

I would love to visit the gulf, Austin and find out if there really is a basement in the Alamo. Texas weather beats NW Washington any day!

90 Lindsay Weyer May 1, 2012 at 2:29 pm

I once spent 1 day in Galveston…it was not enough. I want to go back badly. It’s such a neat place!

91 Amy M May 1, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Sunday’s champagne brunch at Las Canaria on San Antonio’s Riverwalk. Clink!

92 Andrea D. May 1, 2012 at 2:36 pm

I would absolutely love to visit Dallas when they have the State Fair going on. I think it would be a blast to see all the fun things of the fair and most of all taste some of the crazy concoctions that come with it. Thanks for the chance to enter.

93 Megan May 1, 2012 at 2:37 pm

The Riverwalk, Alamo, and Sea World in San Antonio!!!

94 Katy May 1, 2012 at 2:38 pm

I’ve always wanted to visit San Antonio and Austin.

95 Carol May 1, 2012 at 2:40 pm

I would like to go to Big Bend. I have been there but my husband has not so I would love to take him!

96 ambra May 1, 2012 at 2:46 pm

So many cool places, probably a town on the coast,love the beach!

97 Cori May 1, 2012 at 2:49 pm

I always hear rave reviews about Austin.

98 Elena May 1, 2012 at 3:05 pm

I would love to visit San Antonio

99 Elena May 1, 2012 at 3:06 pm
100 LeAnne May 1, 2012 at 3:08 pm

I would love to visit Austin. I’ve heard so many great things about it!

101 Sonya Morris May 1, 2012 at 3:10 pm

I would love to visit the DFW area. I have several friends who live in that area and they seem to always be doing something fun! I want to check it out myself and soon!

102 Sonya Morris May 1, 2012 at 3:11 pm
103 Jessica May 1, 2012 at 3:12 pm

A Texas girl after my own heart, I live near Beaumont and you are so right about the abundance of delicious food every where! Kemah is a favorite spot of mine (despite the LONG drive0 but my absolute favorite vacation spot if the Frio River near Garner State Park is where we usually stay. The water is perfect and clear unlike the beach, not too crowded and great for kids as well as adults. I recommend it to any and everyone who loves to float down the river in tubes and relax.

104 Jenny G May 1, 2012 at 3:16 pm

I would visit Dallas. I loved that show when I was a kid!!! Or I had a friend that went to New Braunfels and went tubing which sounded so fun.

105 rosemary May 1, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Oh my goodness, my childhood was filled with memories like those of your trip to Kemah Boardwalk, I think I’d like to visit Kemah Boardwalk.

106 Carissa May 1, 2012 at 3:29 pm

I would visit Fredericksburg, I love Central Texas and especially the B&Bs and vineyards in and around Fredericksburg. Not to mention the Pastry Queen!

107 amy pugmire May 1, 2012 at 3:33 pm

I would love to see the Cavanaugh Flight Museum in addison. amypugmire@live.com

108 amy pugmire May 1, 2012 at 3:34 pm
109 Adrena May 1, 2012 at 3:36 pm

I would love to visit Austin !!!

110 Michael J. McCoy May 1, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Galvenston. Grew up in Texas and have never been to the coast!!!

111 Catherine May 1, 2012 at 3:51 pm

It looks like such a fun day! I haven’t made it out to that area in a while but I am close enough for a trip.

112 Fran May 1, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Dallas..my brother lives there!

113 Patricia May 1, 2012 at 4:09 pm

I would love to visit my family in the Ft Worth/Dallas area. There are too many places to list, but Six Flags in Arlington is fun fun!

114 Kat Belle May 1, 2012 at 4:09 pm

I’d probably go to Dallas, and maybe Austin – I have a really good friend who grew up outside of Dallas, and I’d totally take her along so that she could give me the insider tour!

115 Loretta May 1, 2012 at 4:23 pm

I think Austin sounds really fun!

116 Aubrey May 1, 2012 at 5:05 pm

I would love to go to Dallas
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117 Ashley H. May 1, 2012 at 5:07 pm

I’d like to visit Corpus Christi.

118 Cheryl Newton May 1, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Texas, huh? Is there an excellent outlet mall? That’s where I’d go.

119 Tanya May 1, 2012 at 5:31 pm

I went to Austin briefly, but did not get to enjoy it, so I would love to go there again!

120 Lynsy May 1, 2012 at 5:39 pm

I would love to go to Austin!

121 Adrienne May 1, 2012 at 5:40 pm

South Padre. I would love to visit South padre Island! Big fan of sand and waves !!! Oh yeah and the sun!

122 Stephany May 1, 2012 at 5:42 pm

I would love to visit Shiner, Texas! It;s fascinating that the brewery services the whole nation and would love to try all their beers.

123 Beka May 1, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Ok, I live in Texas, but I would still like to visit Fredericksburg! I’ve only ever driven through, never stayed. Also, I’d really like to go back to Six Flags in Arlington. So. Much. Fun.

124 atlkristen May 1, 2012 at 6:10 pm

I would love to visit San Antonio or Austin.

125 Philby May 1, 2012 at 6:25 pm

I am actually moving to Plano, TX in late August, but I would really love to visit Austin! I have heard great things about the city, and I think I would highly enjoy exploring it!

126 Jenn May 1, 2012 at 7:09 pm

My inner (and childless) 23 year old self wants to see what South Padre is all about!

127 Melissa Herrmann@ Kids in the Sink May 1, 2012 at 7:24 pm

I hear there’s lots to do around the Dallas area. I would love to check that out!

128 Alaina May 1, 2012 at 7:33 pm

Ive only been to Texas once to take a cruise out of Galveston..sadly, thats not really visiting Texas! From your gorgeous photos..THAT boardwalk is where I want to be!

129 Katie Reid May 1, 2012 at 7:58 pm

Definitely San Antonio! Would love to go!

130 Alejandra May 1, 2012 at 8:03 pm

I’ve driven through Texas many times on our family trips to Mexico but I’d love to go visit San Antonio

131 Pat R May 1, 2012 at 8:32 pm

South Padre Island for sure!!!!

132 Sharon May 1, 2012 at 8:58 pm

I’ve never been to Texas, other than a few hours at the Dallas/Ft. Worth airport. I’ve heard the Texas Hill Country is lovely. I’d like to visit that area. Thanks!

133 Shawndra J May 1, 2012 at 9:02 pm

Fort Worth to see old friends, then on to San Antonio to remind ourselves of some great vacation times!

134 Sharon May 1, 2012 at 9:03 pm
135 David Gossett May 1, 2012 at 9:16 pm

My wife and I would love to visit Houston :) Thanks!

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136 David Gossett May 1, 2012 at 9:17 pm
137 Lauren May 1, 2012 at 9:22 pm

What an awesome giveaway! I’m a native Houstonian, but I’ve never been to Dallas. (How sad is THAT?!) I’d love to go, particularly during fair time!

138 Solducky May 1, 2012 at 10:25 pm

The boardwalk looks awesome! I would love to visit Austin.
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139 Robin Ramirez May 1, 2012 at 10:37 pm

Marathon, Texas. The smallest, sweetest, west Texas town my husband grew up in. He would love to take me back and show me his roots:) We would stay at The Gage Hotel of course, and have a few cocktails at The White Buffalo Bar and who knows, maybe run into Tommy Lee Jones, who owns a ranch near by. A girl can dream:)

140 Robin Ramirez May 1, 2012 at 10:38 pm

Tweeted too!

141 Sage S. May 1, 2012 at 10:47 pm

I’d love to visit South Padre Island, just because that is where my mom lives now, and I haven’t seen in her in almost 3 years. My husband is in the Navy, and we’re stationed in San Diego. “Home” for us is in OK, so that’s usually where we go on the rare occasion we go somewhere (traveling with 2 young children is not easy!).

142 Lynn BB May 2, 2012 at 5:49 am

I’d like to go to Austin and San Antonio. Also wouldn’t
mind going back to Padre Island!

143 Mellisa Willis May 2, 2012 at 6:03 am

I would love to take my kids to the Gulf, but Dallas is closer. Thanks!

144 Jeanne ODonnell May 2, 2012 at 6:28 am

Dallas, where my brother-in-law lives. We haven’t seen him in 15 years!

145 Hannah May 2, 2012 at 6:30 am

I’ve never been to Texas but would love to visit Austin!

146 Anne May 2, 2012 at 8:16 am

My husband is in the military but I’ve never been to San Antonio and I’ve heard such good things about it! I’ve also heard great things about Austin as well!

147 Kari May 2, 2012 at 9:04 am

My husband and I have been talking about doing a long weekend in Austin for years.

148 Kimberly @ Healthy Strides May 2, 2012 at 9:47 am

I’ve always wanted to go to Austin. It just seems so cool!

149 Bridget May 2, 2012 at 10:51 am

My husband and I are going to see one of his favorite musicians perform in November. Our choices are either Dallas or San Antonio, and I’m leaning toward San Antonio.

150 Elaine May 2, 2012 at 11:17 am

I would love to take my grown daughters to Fredericksburg or Canton, their choice as they have not been to either I am ashamed to say as we all grew up in Central Texas. Just usually headed to San Antonio or DFW or Corpus when we had a few days off!

151 Kara D May 2, 2012 at 1:10 pm

I have always wanted to visit San Antonio, especially the boardwalk!

152 Kristen May 2, 2012 at 1:33 pm

I would love to visit the Kemah Boardwalk! I grew up near the Jersey Shore and your pictures remind me so much of home!

153 Vanessa May 2, 2012 at 2:07 pm

I’d love to visit San Antonio, take a stroll around the riverwalk. It looks like a beautiful city.

154 Vanessa May 2, 2012 at 2:10 pm
155 Jess May 2, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Galveston! My parents actually met there and 29 years later? Still ridiculously in love! My Mom occasionally still visits for work. All I hear about is the food so naturally I’m dying to go! Also, spending most of my life in a land locked State leaves me starved for some time at the beach.

156 Ashley May 2, 2012 at 6:22 pm

I want to visit Galveston!

157 Kelly May 2, 2012 at 6:53 pm

I’ve heard Austin is awesome – my college roommate almost picked her grad school based on how much she loved it there!

158 Lisa S May 2, 2012 at 7:36 pm

I would love to visit Austin or Galveston.

159 Angie R. May 2, 2012 at 8:08 pm

I’ve been to a lot of places in Texas, but one place I have not been and would love to go and explore is Fredricksburg.

160 Amy @ The Nifty Foodie May 2, 2012 at 8:18 pm

We usually take a trip to Houston, since it’s a few short hours away, but I think I’d like to check out Austin next!

161 Kristin May 2, 2012 at 9:10 pm

I just moved away from Austin last month but I’d love to go back and do some of the things I never got to do!!!

162 Francesca May 3, 2012 at 5:57 am

I’d love to visit Austin!…Check out the food scene.

163 Sherri W May 3, 2012 at 6:53 am

I want to go to McKinney to visit my sister and her family… :)

164 Kerstin May 3, 2012 at 8:45 am

Definitely Austin, I’ve heard so many great things!

165 Brandy May 3, 2012 at 1:17 pm

I’d love to visit Austin for the music scene and amazing food.

–Brandy
fosterbrandy(at)msn(dot)com

166 Lindsey N May 3, 2012 at 1:42 pm

I may live in the Pacific Northwest now, but I was born in Texas. I’d love to visit Austin since I never had a chance!

167 Jen M O May 3, 2012 at 2:27 pm

I would pick San Antonio but my husband would pick the Dallas Cowboy’s stadium.

168 Denise L May 3, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Your trip looks like so much fun! I’d love to visit my good friend in Austin and take in some nightlife.
dmarie824 at aol dot com

169 Denise L May 3, 2012 at 2:46 pm
170 Kim May 3, 2012 at 6:23 pm

Marfa! Oh, I really want to go to Marfa. I’d love to see all the Donald Judd work and keep and eye out for the Marfa lights!

171 Barb May 3, 2012 at 7:09 pm

The Hill Country to see the bluebonnets!

172 Whitney May 4, 2012 at 7:16 am

State Fair. It has always been my favorite! I live in Maryland now and it simply doesn’t compare!

173 Jeannette May 4, 2012 at 4:47 pm

I’ve been to Kemah plenty LOL. But I think I’d like to go to Dallas. I’d brave all the cowboys gear to visit a new place;)

174 Rebecca Graham May 4, 2012 at 10:10 pm

I would like to visit Dallas.

175 Rebecca Graham May 4, 2012 at 10:11 pm
176 Jen C. May 5, 2012 at 1:10 am

Austin! My brother goes to school there, as well as the majority of my friends from high school. It would be great to see all of them again.

177 Amy Tong May 5, 2012 at 2:17 am

Buc Days Rodeo, Festival and Carnival in Corpus Christi Sounds like fun. I think my kids would love it.
Amy [at] utry [dot] it

178 Amy Tong May 5, 2012 at 2:17 am

tweeted about this giveaway: https://twitter.com/#!/uTry_it/status/198687863141969920

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179 anash May 5, 2012 at 6:20 am

i want to visit San antonio! Thanks for a super giveaway!

180 anash May 5, 2012 at 6:20 am

Tweeted:
https://twitter.com/#!/anashct3/status/198748803124310016
Thanks for the chance to win!
email: anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

181 cw May 5, 2012 at 9:50 am

I’d love to visit San Antonio – riverwalk, alamo

182 Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef May 5, 2012 at 2:53 pm

my husband lived in uvalde, tx as a child…i’d love to see that small texas town one day!

183 Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef May 5, 2012 at 3:00 pm

tweeted! @thepajamachef

184 Stephanie May 5, 2012 at 5:27 pm

I’ve heard many people say great things about Galveston–I think I’d start there.

185 Holly Yokoyama May 5, 2012 at 7:48 pm

I’d like to visit Austin because it is known as a great place for music and food lovers.

186 Joanna F May 5, 2012 at 9:08 pm

I’ve never been to Texas, I’d like to see Austin!

187 emily willingham May 6, 2012 at 8:47 am

I have always wanted to visit San Antonio and see the riverwalk area

188 emily willingham May 6, 2012 at 8:49 am

I Tweeted about your sweepstakes on Twitter here:
https://twitter.com/#!/iluvstbernards/status/199148825846362112

189 TJ May 6, 2012 at 4:24 pm

I’d love to see Austin, home of the original Whole Foods!

190 Tabathia B May 6, 2012 at 10:17 pm

Would love to visit alamo, austin and san antonio
tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

191 Tabathia B May 6, 2012 at 10:18 pm
192 Jessie C. May 6, 2012 at 11:53 pm

I’d like to visit Houston.
tcarolinep at gmail dot com

193 Jessie C. May 6, 2012 at 11:54 pm
194 sandra May 7, 2012 at 5:43 am

corpus christi to visit a friend

195 tara pittman May 7, 2012 at 11:27 am

would love to visit dallas

196 tara pittman May 7, 2012 at 11:35 am
197 Kat May 7, 2012 at 12:16 pm

I would love to visit Palo Duro Canyon again. My family and friends are all over the state, so I get to make my way around fairly often, but the panhandle is one region I haven’t been since I was a child. Time to change that soon. “Grand Canyon of Texas,” here I come!

198 Aubreylaine May 7, 2012 at 12:48 pm

I’d love to go to Dallas :)
family74014 at gmail dot com

199 Lauren Bellamy May 7, 2012 at 4:18 pm

I would definitely love to go to Kemah! All the fresh seafood entices me!

200 Lauren Bellamy May 7, 2012 at 4:20 pm
201 Amy P. May 8, 2012 at 8:16 am

I’d like to visit Austin – it seems like it has a great foodie scene!

202 Shannon Schulte May 8, 2012 at 6:37 pm

My kids would love the animals too! We just moved to DFW and we have been wanting to check out San Antonio and the Ft. Worth zoo!

203 Shannon Schulte May 8, 2012 at 6:38 pm
204 Nicole G May 9, 2012 at 8:45 am

Honestly, I’d like to visit anywhere in Texas since I’ve only been west of the Mississippi twice in my life, neither time to the great state of Texas!

205 anna pry May 9, 2012 at 11:05 am
206 anna pry May 9, 2012 at 11:06 am

i want to visit San Antonio
thepryfamily@gmail.com

207 Lindsay {life and kitchen} May 9, 2012 at 1:51 pm

I would love to go to Austin and check out the music scene.

208 steph May 9, 2012 at 8:44 pm

id like to visit san antonio!

209 steph May 9, 2012 at 8:45 pm
210 Having Fun in the Texas Sun May 10, 2012 at 9:54 pm

I love Kemah! I grew up about 5 miles away from the boardwalk, and it’s amazing to see how much it has grown! It’s a wonderful vacation destination, and you captured it fun spirit in your great pictures!

211 Amanda Sakovitz May 11, 2012 at 11:35 am

I would love to visit Austin for amazing food, great music and a great time!

pokergrl8 at gmail.com

212 Amanda Sakovitz May 11, 2012 at 11:36 am
213 Schmidty May 11, 2012 at 8:55 pm

I would love to spend some time in San Antonio at the riverwalk.

214 ANGEL JACKLYN May 12, 2012 at 8:15 pm

The Padre Island National Seashore in Corpus Christi sounds like fun!

215 ANGEL JACKLYN May 12, 2012 at 8:15 pm
216 Sunshyn V May 12, 2012 at 8:47 pm

I’d love to go to Houston one of these days.

217 Sunshyn V May 12, 2012 at 8:48 pm
218 stylefriendly May 13, 2012 at 9:30 pm

I’d like to visit Houston.

219 Tina M May 14, 2012 at 8:28 am

I’d like to visit San Antonio.

220 Tina M May 14, 2012 at 8:29 am
221 melinda g May 14, 2012 at 9:56 am

My stepson lives in League City, I would like to go there and grab him then head to Galveston.

222 Karina Lee May 14, 2012 at 11:49 am

i’d love to go to San Antonio

223 Karina Lee May 14, 2012 at 11:49 am
224 Stephanie May 14, 2012 at 12:50 pm

i have some family out there and i never been there i wanna go

225 Stephanie May 14, 2012 at 12:50 pm
226 Erika May 14, 2012 at 3:23 pm

I would love to visit Corpus Christi, where my husband spent much of his childhood. I’ve never been there!

chambanachik@gmail.com

227 Debbie B May 14, 2012 at 9:03 pm

i’d like visiting San Antonio

228 Veronica May 15, 2012 at 3:09 pm

id love to visit the Alamo one day!

229 kerri robinson May 16, 2012 at 6:42 pm

I would love to take my 10 year old Tommy to San Antonio he studied the Alamo in school this year a would love to visit it. And my husband and I would love to eat on the river walk we have not had a vacation in 10 years and could use a relaxing weekend!

230 Jackie May 17, 2012 at 8:48 am

I would love to visit Galveston and Kemah. I’m a 28 yr old Native Texan currently living in Austin and haven’t been to the Texas coast since my age was a single digit! :)

231 Kirsten A. May 17, 2012 at 9:31 am

I’d love to visit Big Bend! We purchased a travel trailer a few years ago, but never seem to have enough time to travel all the way to Big Bend for a holiday.

232 Kelly Massman May 17, 2012 at 12:36 pm

I would love to visit San Antonio! I
Thanks for a chance to win and have a great day!
kmassmanATgmailDOTcom

233 jan May 17, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Would love to go to Port Aransas….love the seafood.

Kemah looks fun, we will definately be going there!

234 Mary O. May 17, 2012 at 2:50 pm

I would like to visit New Braunsfel and go to Schlitterbahn and listen to music in Gruene Hall.

235 Shelby O. May 18, 2012 at 8:36 am

Austin, TX. I have some friends there and it sounds totally hip and fun!

236 MelissaO May 19, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Would love to go back to Austin and San Antonio

wolverina401 at gmail dot com

237 Amanda May 19, 2012 at 3:33 pm

My boyfriend and I have been talking about going camping at Palo Duro Canyon State Park for a while, but we’re running out of time before it gets too hot! Maybe this fall : )

238 Judy B. May 19, 2012 at 4:44 pm

I’d love to tour the Hill Country

239 Judy B. May 19, 2012 at 4:44 pm
240 suburbancorrespondent May 19, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Austin, of course! I’ve heard such great things about it.

241 Tiffany Winner May 19, 2012 at 10:03 pm

South Padre Island, i didn’t even realize texas had any islands until i saw it online
thismomwins@gmail.com

242 Susan May 21, 2012 at 12:19 am

Hi, My name is Susan Cole -Townsend I just found this site and I really like it with all the writting by women and about some of the things we get ourselves into and do. I saw this, I guess contest about Texas, I was born there, in I guess a little town of SanAngleo in Greenwood county. I have never been back there since. It is a bucket list wish that one day I go there and see where I was born. while I am there I would like to pick up a birth certificate and see the base. They are hard to come by and keep when you only have one and you have to search the county to find where and when the internet has made it easier.
I have not relatives there. My dad was in the Airforce there and my Mom who is now 79 was with him in the service. If he had not been called back due to death of his father and had to take over the family business. Maybe I would have grown up there know the land and some of the people. it would be like putting pieces of my life together. I was rasied in Chicago, IL. and I am wonderfully 55. Starting new things in life.

243 Deirdre May 21, 2012 at 6:02 pm

I would love to visit Austin, so I can soak up some of the local culture and eat the delicious food that I’ve heard so much about.

244 Debbie B May 21, 2012 at 7:52 pm
245 Gina M Maddox May 22, 2012 at 9:33 am

I would love to visit Dallas, where a couple of my cousins live! Thanks for the chance to win!

gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com

246 Gina M Maddox May 22, 2012 at 9:35 am

tweet-https://twitter.com/#!/CrazyItalian0/status/204958272137084928

gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com

247 Alyssa May 23, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Austin. I’ve only been to Dallas and Plano but my friend and her boyfriend just moved to Austin and I hear it’s a cool city.

248 sy May 24, 2012 at 3:35 am

I want to visit fort worth, see the water and botanical gardens and the zoo. Thanks for the giveaway.
songyueyu at gmail

249 sy May 24, 2012 at 3:35 am
250 Debra F May 24, 2012 at 11:28 am

My son did his State project on Texas this year and desperately wants to go to San Antonio to visit the Alamo!

251 Annette D May 24, 2012 at 7:21 pm

I would enjoy going to Galveston and touring the Lone Star Flight Museum

252 Annette D May 24, 2012 at 7:21 pm
253 Kate Williams May 25, 2012 at 6:36 am

I’d like to go to Jefferson, TX and Caddo Lake. Saw a great episode of “Daytripper” (I LOVE that show!) and it made me want to go and check it out.

254 Vicky May 26, 2012 at 1:14 pm

I’ve never been to Texas so my first stop would be Austin – which I’ve heard has some great eats!

255 Tiffany Winner May 26, 2012 at 2:12 pm
256 LinhC May 26, 2012 at 10:34 pm

I’d like to visit South Padre Island.

257 Jenny Ham May 27, 2012 at 3:03 am

I would like to visit Texas because it has been years since I have been there. There is so much to do and see in Texas I miss it. Would love to see some new sights and do lots of shopping…

258 Dee May 27, 2012 at 1:54 pm

I’d love to visit Austin! :)

259 Dee May 27, 2012 at 2:00 pm
260 Heather May 27, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Texas really is full of variety. I’d like to visit Fredericksburg. I’ve driven through and it looks like a great place for a fun little weekend.

261 Christina Tong May 27, 2012 at 11:22 pm

I would like to visit Houston the biggest city in Texas and visit the 1940 Air Terminal Museum as well as the Bayou Bend Collection of the Fine Arts: 28-room Latin Colonial Structure.

ctong2[at]gmail[dot]com

262 Christina Tong May 27, 2012 at 11:24 pm

I tweeted about this giveaway: https://twitter.com/ctong2/status/206979105726537728
ctong2[at]gmail[dot]com

263 Marita May 28, 2012 at 10:06 am

Rockport during the Hummingbird migration!

264 Betty C May 28, 2012 at 2:00 pm

I’ve been through Texas several times but have never had the time to actually stay and see what is there. I’d love to spend some time in San Antonio and then go to the coast (I love beaches).

265 Michelle H. May 29, 2012 at 12:45 am

The Alamo for sure. My husband is a history-buff and has said for years we have to visit. I’d love to see all the artifacts people have found.

266 Michelle H. May 29, 2012 at 12:46 am
267 angie lilly May 29, 2012 at 9:08 am

oooooooooooooo Mustang Island State Park? in
Corpus Christi, Texas looks GORGEOUS!! Its right on the beach out in the middle of the gulf! My kind of park!

268 angie lilly May 29, 2012 at 9:08 am
269 Maria Cantu May 29, 2012 at 12:41 pm

I would like to visit Houston. My niece lives there so it is a good place to star.

270 Jennai May 31, 2012 at 3:24 am

I’d like to visit Port Aransas , TX
JenniferAnne74@aol.com

271 Jammie May 31, 2012 at 6:14 pm

I want to visit the Alamo! sweepmorey at gmail dot com

272 Jammie May 31, 2012 at 6:14 pm
273 Kaitlyn May 31, 2012 at 6:42 pm

The Alamo!

274 Jessica F May 31, 2012 at 9:49 pm

I would love to visit the Dallas Fort Worth area and check out a Cowboys game!

275 Jessica F May 31, 2012 at 9:49 pm
276 Mari June 1, 2012 at 4:31 pm

I’d like to visit Austin.

277 Mari June 1, 2012 at 4:33 pm

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