Best Daytime Out Of Town Getaway


The great state of Texas is home to the most highly regarded water theme park in the nation. Suitable for any age from three to 83, it's simply fantastic for kids. While moderate swimming ability is a plus, lifejackets are available at no charge. There are 65 acres of rides in all. We like the Black Knight: short lines, a dark tunnel, and fast! Prices range $15-26 for a day's admission. We like the half-day ticket - it's cheaper and still gives the kids plenty of exercise. Open daily from 10am to 8pm, but only during the late spring and summer. Check the Web site for full schedule details. Also check out the onsite resort. Rooms start at $90 a night.

381 E. Austin St., New Braunfels, 830/625-2351
33261 State Park Road 100, South Padre Island, 956/772-7873
2026 Lockheed, Galveston, 409/770-9283
14353 S. Padre Island Dr., Corpus Christi

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