What is your definition of an ideal family resort vacation? Is it a fantastic resort pool? A great view? A relaxing spa? Incredible golf? Being in Texas, there are so many fabulous places to stay that I wanted to compile a list right here for those of you who are looking for a family-friendly resort in Texas! Having stayed at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas and the Bellagio in Las Vegas, not to mention Disney’s Yacht Club Resort and a plethora of other fantastic hotels and resorts, I just love discovering the unique details of each new property we visit. The best thing is, if you live in Texas, you don’t have to venture far to find an amazing resort. There are so many here at home to enjoy!
With summer right around the corner, slather on some sunscreen and start dreaming of your very own resort vacation. Whether you are traveling with your spouse, your friends, or your family, here are some of the best resorts that Texas has to offer! I wanted to compile a Top 20 list, all in one place, to make it easy for those of you searching for that perfect resort getaway.
Did I mention that there aren’t many things I love more than a luxurious lazy river?! I will be sure to note those resorts with a lazy river for anyone else who loves the water, and I’ll try to add more details and properties to this list in the future. For a more personal comparison of the ones we’ve visited, scroll to the bottom of this post. I will also include post links and photos to the places we have been. Many of them have golf courses and plenty of family activities. Without further ado, here is a list of some of the most marvelous Texas resorts for families!
Hill Country region:
- Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa: Bastrop (near Austin)–1,000 foot lazy river
- JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa: San Antonio–1,100 foot lazy river
- Schlitterbahn Resort: New Braunfels–lazy river and massive water park
- Hyatt Hill Country Resort: San Antonio–lazy river and 5 acre water park
- Westin La Cantera Resort: San Antonio–five resort pools
- Horseshoe Bay Resort: Horseshoe Bay–four resort pools
- Tapatio Springs Hill Country Resort: Boerne (near San Antonio)–resort pool
- Omni Barton Creek Resort and Spa: Austin–resort pools
- Lakeway Resort and Spa: Austin–three resort pools
Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex:
- The Gaylord Texan Resort: Grapevine–water park with lazy river
- Great Wolf Lodge: Grapevine–indoor water park resort with additional attractions
- Hilton Anatole: This Dallas hotel has just expanded with a beautiful resort pool complex, complete with a lazy river!
- Rough Creek Lodge and Resort: Glen Rose (south of Fort Worth)–resort pool with small lazy river
- The Woodlands Resort: The Woodlands (near Houston)–1,005 foot lazy river
- Moody Gardens: Galveston–water park with lazy river
- La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa: one hour north of Houston–small aqua park and lazy river
- Hotel Galvez: Galveston–resort pool
- The San Luis Resort: Galveston–resort pool
- Schlitterbahn Resorts: South Padre Island; Corpus Christi
Based on our experiences at the resorts we’ve visited, it’s easy to see how each property has its own unique feel. The Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort, the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort, The Gaylord Texan, and The Woodlands Resorts are all extremely family-friendly, and we especially loved that they all had lazy rivers. We’d recommend all four to our friends, family, and readers! (The links will take you to our full review of each property.) When trying to decide where to go, you’ll want to start by determining the Texas region that best fits your travel needs. Remember, a drive across Texas can take more than 13 hours one way! Next, you’ll want to decide if you’d prefer a more casual environment or something more upscale.
When comparing these four lazy rivers, here are some distinctions. The JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort is a stunning, perfectly landscaped lazy river with views of the hill country, the golf course, and resort water slides. The Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort is a perfect blend of sun and shade, with views of huge trees, the golf course, and a small sand beach. The Woodlands Resort has a more playful feel, and it’s worth noting that the lazy river ends in a shallow pool where the river re-entry is just steps away. The Gaylord Texan‘s water park is a short shuttle ride away, and the impressive waterscape is a huge hit with kids, while the lazy river is the perfect blend of fun spray features and relaxation.
While a stay at many of these resorts might initially cost more than what you’re accustomed to paying for a night at a hotel, you have to remember that you are likely saving hundreds, or even thousands, on airfare if you are making this a summer staycation. You’ll also want to check to see if resort fees and/or parking fees are included in your nightly rate or if they are additional expenses. Most of these properties will have multiple dining options on site along with additional amenities.
We hope this list provides you with the perfect resort for your family, whether it’s a long weekend or a summer vacation destination!
Disclosure: We have received complimentary stays at various hotels and resorts. As always, all opinions are our own!