Spring Break Ideas in Texas

With miles of Gulf Coast beaches and plenty of rivers and lakes, Texas offers numerous spring break options. Students from all over head to the state for fun in the sun, making Texas one of the top spring break draws in the nation.
South Padre Island

One of the most popular spring break destinations in the nation, South Padre Island features beautiful beaches, student-friendly venues, proximity to Mexico and relative affordability. Coca Cola beach can attract daily crowds nearing 18,000 people. Schiltterbahn Water Park is another popular attraction. South Padre features plenty of bars and nightclubs, including the always-packed Louie's Backyard.

Galveston Island

Another beach community, Galveston Island is easily accessible; it's located just 50 miles southeast of Houston. Galveston offers plenty of student and family-friendly spring break activities. Among them: lounging at Stewart and East beaches and visiting the Moody Gardens theme park and Schiltterbahn Galveston Island Water Park.

Lake Travis

Conveniently located just outside Austin, Lake Travis is a great non-beach spring break option. Lake Travis is known for its beautiful setting, clear water and various water recreation activities. Spring breakers head to Lake Travis for its boating, parasailing, jet skiing, restaurants with incredible views and hot nightspots.

Hill Country Tubing

Tubing along the quiet rivers in the state's beautiful hill country is ideal for spring breakers wanting to relax with their beverage of choice. Popular tubing destinations include the Guadalupe River in New Braunfels, the Comal River in New Braunfels and the San Marcos River in San Marcos. Local hotels, cabins and camping spots are available for rental for the tubers once they get off the river.

Christie Leman is a public educator who has been writing informative articles on a variety of topics for five years. Her articles have appeared on several websites, including eHow, Associated Content and Examiner.com. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and history from Texas A&M University and is a certified Texas teacher.