Taking Leave with a Smattering of Texas Fun

There is definitely no shortage of things to do and see while you're in Texas. You can have fun by spending either a good deal of money or a little, depending on your style. Naming the things to do throughout the whole state would fill an encyclopedia, so here are just a couple 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 facility is really two parks mixed —one an older nostalgic "muddy water" slide and lazy river park — the other a more up-to-date, chlorinated park with thrilling water slides and a second lazy river. Probably the most exciting thing at the park is its Water Roller Coaster, an experience that is made up of twists and turns and even uphill runs on water jets. The selection of things to do will make everyone in the family satisfied, whether they want relaxation or excitement.

A distinct kind of water ride, one that's much more relaxing, is the Guadalupe River. The river is fixed up with stations to lease inner tubes and floats and different courses, ranging from one to four hours. Visitors can get a tube and float lazily straight down the river, experiencing the sun and partaking of their preferred beverage along the way. There are even locations to stop and have a picnic on shore. This Texas pastime is a peaceful, serene day-long activity that a family, team of buddies or an individual can appreciate.

If you're a thrill seeker or want to see for yourself that ghosts really exist, go straight down to San Antonio to the Haunted Railroad Crossing. The tale of the crossing goes back 60 years ago to a team of children on a school bus that got stranded on the tracks just as a train came by. The tale now goes that if a car is stuck on the tracks, it will be moved off by children's hands from the rear. Several claim to have had this occur to them, and a handful of have gone as far as sprinkling flour on their bumpers, only to see the small handprints 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 really want an adventure, this is one location you certainly want to go.

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