Photo Credit ThinkstockWithin just a few hours of Dallas and Fort Worth there are many different Memorial Day experiences to choose from, all of which will be filled with friends, family and fun. You choose your level of excitement or relaxation, or a healthy mix of both.
Schlitterbahn Waterpark & Resort-New Braunfels
305 W. Austin St.
New Braunfels, TX 78130
(855) 246-0273
www.schlitterbahn.comSchlitterbahn has come a long way over the past decade, growing and adding new rides and attractions within its boundaries. Now Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels, right smack in the middle of the gorgeous Texas Hill Country, has a variety of lodgings on its facilities. Imagine waking up to the warm Texas sun, walking out right onto the most famous waterpark in the state. What a great way to spend an extended weekend!

Memorial Weekend Bash-Victoria, TX
311 Memorial Dr.
Victoria, TX 77901
(361) 485-3116
www.visitvictoriatexas.comNot your typical party town, Victoria, Texas is known for its rich history, art and culture. Determined not to disappoint the crowds this Memorial Day weekend, the city of Victoria will be the site of the Memorial Weekend Bash, a family-friendly, fun festival filled with Tejano music, country tunes, savory barbecue, a car show, and plenty of other activities that will be sure to please.

Mustang Island State Park
17047 TX-361
Port Aransas, TX 78373
(361) 749-5246
www.tpwd.texas.govSometimes we forget the entire purpose behind Memorial Day. We are intended to remember those who have fallen. A quiet location and the simple life is the perfect way to reflect on our past, our present and our future. Mustang Island State Park provides ample appealing campgrounds and the beach, ideal for cookouts and enjoying time with friends and family over the three day weekend. Just a short drive from Corpus Christi, Mustang Island State Park has five miles of coastline and plenty of wildlife watching, hiking, and kayaking spots to make new memories this year.

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Austin, TX
www.do512.comThis Memorial Day, celebrate and commemorate in a patriotic setting like the state capital. After visiting the Capitol building and paying homage to those we remember this day, there are plenty of other activities to partake in. Everyone knows Austin is the live music capital. What you might not know is that the city is stocked with plenty of other good, ol’ fashioned ways of enjoying friends and family and the great outdoors. With natural swimming holes, art, and even butcher shops for rounding up some fresh meat to grill, there are plenty of places for simple fun. Sample some of the state’s best barbecue, enjoy some under-appreciated musical genius live and in person, and then cool off at Barton Springs, Krause Springs or delightful McKinney Falls State Park.

Rockport Festival Of Wine & Food
Texas Maritime Museum
1202 Navigation Circle
Rockport, TX 78382
(361) 729-1271
www.texasfestivalofwines.comThis year marks the 19th annual Rockport Festival of Wine and Food held over Memorial Day weekend. The festival will will be more loaded than a baked potato with 100 different wines, music and tasty treats to add to the plate. Held at the Texas Maritime Museum, the festival helps to create funds that support the museum, while celebrating great taste and fun. If you get partied out, explore the coastal town of Rockport, its lovely beaches, fishing spots, and small town friendliness. The festival is expected to bring in a few thousand folks, make sure to be one of them!

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