Taking Leave with a Smattering of Texas Fun

There is definitely no shortage 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. Listing the things to do throughout the whole state would fill an encyclopedia, so here are just a number of the numerous 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 referred to as Schlitterbahn. The compound 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 exciting water slides and a second lazy river. Most likely the most exciting 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 selection of things to do will make everybody in the family satisfied, whether they want relaxation or thrills.

A unique kind of water ride, one that's much more calming, is the Guadalupe River. The river is set up with stations to rent inner tubes and floats and different courses, ranging from one to four hours. Tourists 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, group of buddies or an individual can take pleasure in.

If you're a thrill seeker or want to see for yourself that ghosts actually exist, head straight down to San Antonio to the Haunted Railroad Crossing. The tale 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 arrived. The tale now goes that if a car is stuck on the tracks, it will be pushed off by children's hands from the rear. Several 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 developed quite a bit lately, and it's difficult to get a turn on the tracks. But if you actually want an adventure, this is one spot you certainly want to head to.

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