The Lone Star State has plenty to offer by way of family-fun. Explore the bustling neighborhoods of Galveston, Corpus Christi and South Padre Island, Texas, as they may not be on your radar, but should be!
Get on island time and stay in your budget with a trip to Galveston Island. Located on the Texas Gulf Coast, Galveston offers laidback beach life and an active city for budget-minded families.
Book your stay at the Casa del Mar Beachfront suites for a modest price and prime location. Families of two adults and two children can stay in one room for $139 a night and take advantage of the heated pool, free parking and various services.
Explore the historic villas on Broadway and take a self-guided tour of 1892 Bishop’s Palace. Tickets are $9 for children ages 6–18 and adults pay $12 per ticket. Stroll through the Strand Historic District and pop in the various shops, restaurants and attractions including the Galveston Island Railroad Museum. Enjoy live music and family-friendly activities and events often found downtown throughout the year.
Hit the beaches of Corpus Christi and relax in the sun. Active guests rent boards from one of the many local shops and surf for an hour or two. For families with horse enthusiasts, check out Horses on the Beach for hourly horse-riding rentals and lessons. Prices range from $45–65 depending on the time and number of riders.
Time your trip with the 10th annual Dia de los Muertos street festival on Oct. 28. Check out the local handmade art, crafts and exhibits while listening to live music performances on three stages. Located in the downtown Marina Arts District, the Dia de los Muertos Festival ensues from late afternoon to midnight. Dance the Texas two-step and watch professional performers with the family. This free event is great for all ages and accessible to the disabled.
For warmer weather and Gulf coast views, make your way to South Padre Island for fresh fish, surf and sunshine. Located on the southernmost point of the state, save on your visit and stay at the Best Western for less than $125 a night.
Bring the kids to Island Adventure Park for some horseback riding, zipline rides, beach parties and bonfires. Scope out sea turtles on Padre Balli Park and visit Point Isabel Lighthouse for some scenic history.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Northwest Florida is a haven for beachgoers seeking the waters of Panama City Beach, Pensacola and Destin. But this region of Florida also has some extensive history, offering family travelers a great way to introduce young ones to Florida’s Spanish and indigenous past.
More than 1,000 miles from Spain’s capital city of Madrid, the seven Canary Islands are also part of Spain. They are the tallest peaks of ancient volcanoes rising out of the Atlantic, not far from the coast of North Africa. Two of these volcanoes, both still active, offer exciting adventures for families traveling to the islands.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
If you think you have to head into the wilderness just to get some hiking time in on your next vacation, rest assured. Cities across the country pride themselves on being great all-around family destinations, and that often includes fun urban hiking opportunities. These cities prove you don’t have to hike to a mountaintop to stretch your legs and get some fresh air. They are home to great parks and walking trails designed for easy walks that let you enjoy the fresh air, and get to know the personality, culture and history of the city you are visiting.