Taking Leave with a Smattering of Texas Fun

There is absolutely no scarcity of things to do and see while you're in Texas. You can have fun by paying either a great deal of money or a little, depending on your style. Listing the things to do across the entire 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 finest water parks in the U.S. is in Texas, and it's referred to as Schlitterbahn. The facility is really 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 another lazy river. Most likely the most fascinating 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 everybody in the family happy, whether they want relaxation or excitement.

A unique 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, experiencing the sun and partaking of their preferred beverage along the way. There are even sites to stop and have a picnic on shore. This Texas pastime is a quiet, serene day-long activity that a family, group of pals or an individual can enjoy.

If you're a thrill seeker or want to see for yourself that ghosts actually exist, head down to San Antonio to the Haunted Railroad Crossing. The tale of the crossing goes back 60 years ago to a group of kids on a school bus that got stranded 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 pushed off by children's hands from behind. Many claim to have had this happen to them, and a couple of have gone as far as sprinkling flour on their bumpers, only to see the small handprints after they've rolled off. The location has developed quite a bit recently, and it's difficult to get a turn on the tracks. But if you actually want an journey, this is one location you definitely want to head to.

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