Billy Bob’s Texas (Fort Worth)

Texas

Billy Bob's Texas bills itself as the World's Largest Honky Tonk and I was just dying to check it out (cowboy boots and all), but I was pretty sure they wouldn't allow kids.  Here's another great example of it never hurts to ask.  I called up before heading over and was told the whole family was welcome and that there were tons of family friendly activities.  Well they weren't lying, this place is an absolute … [Read more...]

Cowtown Cattlepen Maze (Fort Worth)

Texas

Give the Cowtown Cattlepen Maze a try if you or your kids are feeling adventurous. We checked in and paid our fee and each kid was given a timed ticket.  Their mission was to collect the 4 unique stamps within the maze and then return before the time is up. Gettting their tickets, my kids took off like rockets in all different directions.  I stood on the viewing platform watching them run around like little mice. … [Read more...]

Federal Bureau of Engraving (Fort Worth)

Texas

The Federal Bureau of Engraving is one of the few places where we have ever experienced such tight security.  It was so tight in fact that we couldn't even bring in our phones or camera, we had to leave everything in the car.  You can't even walk up to the building, you have to park and take a special shuttle bus that takes you to the front entrance.  It's no surprise then that I don't have any photos of the … [Read more...]

Fort Worth Stockyards (Fort Worth)

Texas

I don't know about you, but cattle don't parade down the streets of my city, but apparently they do at The Stockyards in Fort Worth.  Holy cow! at 11:30 and 4pm they have a mini cattle drive and the Texas Longhorns march right through the streets with cowboys keeping the herd in check. My kids and I stood at the curb and watched them saunter by with their long horns, I must admit it was all pretty impressive.   … [Read more...]

H3 Ranch (Fort Worth)

Texas

Fort Worth is an amazing town and since we were staying near the stockyards we thought we'd sample some of the local fare.  We stumbled upon the H3 Ranch and all I can say is WOW that was one of the best road trip meals we have ever had.  The smell drew us in just like in those old time cartoons.  We  settled into our big leather seats with a great view of the wood fire grill. They have amazing BBQ steaks and … [Read more...]

The Health Museum (Houston)

Texas

The Health Museum is a wonderful museum where you learn all about the human body…where YOU are the exhibit. Head to toe, you will find out how everything works and how to take care of the most fascinating machine in the world—the human body.  This museum was super educational on many levels and reminded me a lot of that old ride at Disneyland called Inner Space which sadly no longer exists.  I remember it well … [Read more...]

NASA/Johnson Space Center (Houston)

Texas

To prepare for our visit to NASA at the Johnson Space Center, I made sure we watched Apollo 13 the night before on Netflix (which is pretty easy to do if you have an Ipad and some cables that can attach to the TV)  so everyone was tuned in to what we'd be seeing… Little did I know we would end up sitting right behind the glass of the ACTUAL control room, preserved just as it was from that ill fated mission.  My … [Read more...]

The Alamo (San Antonio)

Texas

To just about every Texan, and definitely to me, The Alamo is the most revered and important place in the entire state.  After having taken in the spirit of the Alamo, I now understand why Texans are so proud and fiercely independent.  Arriving at the Alamo, it seemed much smaller that what we had expected, but the minute we set foot inside we knew we stood on hallowed ground in a place that stands as the  shrine … [Read more...]

Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch (San Antonio)

Texas

The Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch is another drive through wildlife experience, but this one is really great because you can actually feed exotic animals like zebras and ostriches.   Of course we sprung for a couple bags of treats and off we drove 5 miles an hour onto the Tatonka range.  We spotted some a few different kinds of antelope and something that resembled water buffalo before things got really … [Read more...]

The San Antonio River walk (San Antonio)

Texas

San Antonio is a really pleasant city, and at it’s center is the wonderful River Walk. Winding waterways run through a lively area filled with shops, restaurants, and even some hotels. There are  little boats that cruise the waterways, giving tours and also serve as water taxi's.  The San Antonio River Walk is also pretty famous for hosting Fiesta Week, a wonderful celebration of the San Antonio culture kind of … [Read more...]