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 spending either a good deal of money or a little, depending on your style. Naming the things to do across the whole state would fill an encyclopedia, so here are just a handful of the several 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 named Schlitterbahn. The facility is actually two parks combined —one an older nostalgic "muddy water" slide and lazy river park — the other a more modern, chlorinated park with exciting water slides and a second lazy river. Probably the most thrilling thing at the park is its Water Roller Coaster, an experience that consists of twists and turns and even uphill runs on water jets. The variety of things to do will make everybody in the family satisfied, whether they want rest or excitement.

A different kind of water ride, one that's much more relaxing, is the Guadalupe River. The river is set up with stations to lease inner tubes and floats and distinct courses, ranging from one to four hours. Tourists can rent a tube and float lazily straight 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, team of friends or an individual can appreciate.

If you're a thrill seeker or want to see for yourself that ghosts truly 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 arrived. The story now goes that if a car is stopped on the tracks, it will be pushed off by children's hands from the rear. Many 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 location has developed quite a bit lately, and it's tough to get a turn on the tracks. But if you truly want an journey, this is one place you definitely want to go.

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