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Taking Leave with a Smattering of Texas Fun

There is definitely no scarcity of things to do and see while you're visiting Texas. You can have fun by paying either a lot of money or a little, depending on your style. Listing the things to do across the whole state would fill an encyclopedia, so here are just a number of the many things you can take in while you're there.

One of the greatest water parks in the U.S. is in Texas, and it's referred to as Schlitterbahn. The compound is actually two parks merged —one an older nostalgic "muddy water" slide and lazy river park — the other a more up-to-date, chlorinated park with exciting water slides and a second lazy river. Most likely the most fascinating thing at the park is its Water Roller Coaster, a ride that is made up of twists and turns and even uphill runs on water jets. The variety of things to do will make everybody in the family joyful, whether they want relaxation or thrills.

A distinct kind of water ride, one that's much more calming, is the Guadalupe River. The river is set up with stations to lease inner tubes and floats and various courses, ranging from one to four hours. Guests can get a tube and float lazily down the river, enjoying the sun and partaking of their preferred beverage along the way. There are even spots to stop and have a picnic on shore. This Texas pastime is a quiet, serene day-long activity that a family, team of friends or an individual can enjoy.

If you're a thrill seeker or want to see for yourself that ghosts truly exist, go down to San Antonio to the Haunted Railroad Crossing. The tale of the crossing goes back 60 years ago to a team of kids on a school bus that got stuck on the tracks just as a train got here. The tale now goes that if a car is stuck on the tracks, it will be moved off by children's hands from behind. Several claim to have had this happen to them, and a handful of have gone as far as sprinkling flour on their bumpers, only to see the small handprints right after they've rolled off. The site has developed quite a bit lately, and it's difficult to get a turn on the tracks. But if you truly want an adventure, this is one spot you surely want to go.

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