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 good deal of money or a little, depending on your taste. Listing the things to do across the whole state would fill an encyclopedia, so here are just a few of the many things you can take in while you're there.

One of the best water parks in the U.S. is in Texas, and it's named Schlitterbahn. The facility is really two parks combined —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 thrilling 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 selection of things to do will make everybody in the family satisfied, 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 different courses, ranging from one to four hours. Guests can rent a tube and float lazily straight down the river, experiencing the sun and partaking of their favorite beverage along the way. There are even locations to stop and have a picnic on shore. This Texas pastime is a quiet, serene day-long activity that a family, group of friends or an individual can enjoy.

If you're a thrill seeker or want to see for yourself that ghosts truly exist, head straight down to San Antonio to the Haunted Railroad Crossing. The account of the crossing goes back 60 years ago to a group of youngsters 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 stopped on the tracks, it will be moved off by children's hands from the rear. 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 right after they've rolled off. The site has grown quite a bit recently, and it's hard to get a turn on the tracks. But if you truly want an adventure, this is one spot you definitely want to head to.

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