Taking Leave with a Smattering of Texas Fun

There is certainly no scarcity of things to do and see while you're visiting Texas. You can have fun by paying either a good deal of money or a little, depending on your style. Naming the things to do across the entire state would fill an encyclopedia, so here are just a few 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 referred to as 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 thrilling water slides and a second lazy river. Most likely the most fascinating thing at the park is its Water Roller Coaster, a journey that consists 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 rest or thrills.

A unique 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 various courses, ranging from one to four hours. Guests can get 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 peaceful, serene day-long activity that a family, team 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 story of the crossing goes back 60 years ago to a team of kids 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 moved off by children's hands from behind. Several claim to have had this happen 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 grown quite a bit lately, and it's hard to get a turn on the tracks. But if you truly want an journey, this is one location you definitely want to head to.

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