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16 Virtual Things to Do in Texas from Home

Posted August 4, 2020

The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas underneath a blue, cloudy sunset sky.The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas underneath a blue, cloudy sunset sky.
Checking In Writer and Editor, Tori Ferrante, stands in front of a white house wearing a purple-gray top and statement necklace.

Tori Ferrante

Tori is a writer and editor for the Checking In travel blog. She’s a wine lover, dog mother and adventure seeker who revels in finding those little-known, hidden gem spots. Her travel niche includes super budget-friendly, couples weekend getaways, and her absolute favorite vacations are the ones where she gets to explore new places with her husband, Brooks, and her fur son, Deagon.

Howdy, partners! Welcome to your virtual “Taste of Texas,” brought to you by our large and in charge Lone Star State resorts.

From charming, rural escapes to relaxing Gulf Coast beach getaways, our seven Texas resorts are filled with plenty of vacation excitement both on and off property.

With lakes, horseback riding, nature paths, mini golf, waterparks and watersports, it’s hard to pick just one favorite spot, so we’ll be virtually visiting them all this week!

First up: A round-up of some fun Texan things you can check out right from your homestead.

Until you can visit us at our Texas resorts in person again, we’ve wrangled up these rootin’, tootin’, boot-scootin’ virtual things to do from all across the great Lone Star State. So, gather your kin, fire up your browser and enjoy!

Zoos

Get wild and visit these zoos.

1. Houston Zoo

Just an hour ride from our Piney Shores Resort, Houston Zoo currently has a number of webcams for you to check on the gorillas, elephants, rhinos and more.

2. Dallas Zoo

The Dallas Zoo is bringing the zoo to you with its behind-the-scenes videos, fun-filled animal activities and more.

3. Texas State Aquarium

Discover more of the Texas State Aquarium through its free, live and interactive distance learning programs.

4. Caldwell Zoo

Caldwell Zoo is just a hop, skip and jump away from our Villages Resort. Follow it on Facebook for exciting live events, zoo crafts and virtual scavenger hunts.

Waterparks

Experience Texan waterpark thrills from home.

5. Schlitterbahn Waterparks

There are Schlitterbahn waterparks located right near our Hill Country, Galveston Beach and Galveston Seaside Resorts. For now, you can slip and slide down Schlitterbahn’s winding waterslides from home through exhilarating virtual rides.

Museum Tours

Take a virtual tour of fascinating museums and more.

6. Moody Gardens

Just a short drive from both our Galveston Seaside and Galveston Beach resorts, Moody Gardens has turned its vibrant rainforest into a virtual oasis. Plus, you can now learn all about the Moody family and mansion online.

7. Space Center Houston

Download the Space Center Houston’s mobile app for an interactive mobile experience, including self-guided tours, augmented reality and educational stories.

8. Bryan Museum

Learn some Texas history by taking a virtual tour through the Bryan Museum, home to one of the world’s largest collections of historical Southwestern art and artifacts.

9. Galveston Railroad Museum

All aboard! Watch this eight-minute guided tour of the Galveston Railroad Museum to hear all about rail transportation on Galveston Island.

10. George W. Bush Presidential Museum and Library

Get a closer look at photo and video libraries from the George W. Bush Presidential Museum and Library located in Dallas.

11. Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

View the beautiful artwork on display at Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth online.

Texas-Themed Activities

And finally, last but not least, enjoy these fun-filled, Texas-themed activities.

12. Historic Galveston Island Coloring Book

Bring Texas history to life by coloring the pages in the Historic Galveston Island Coloring Book.

13. Visit Houston

Families love taking day trips from our Piney Shores Resort to visit the big-city town of Houston. Now you can visit, too, with Visit Houston’s virtual hub that includes tours, cooking and mixology demos, activities and so much more.

14. Visit Austin

Listen to live music streaming events, festivals and concerts straight from Austin, Texas.

15. Texas Hill Country Road Trip

As an ode to our Hill Country Resort, witness some of the scenic views Texas has to offer by taking a three-minute virtual road trip through Hill Country.

16. Schlitterbahn Learn At-Home with Schatze

Since Schlitterbahn waterparks are a family-favorite attraction while vacationing at our Galveston Beach and Galveston Seaside resorts, we want you to have a blast with these at-home educational activities with Schatze, Schlitterbahn’s resident water dog.


All information is subject to change. This article is a curated guide and is neither sponsored nor considered an official endorsement. Please be sure to check information directly with any/all tours, guides or companies for the most up-to-date and direct details.

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Checking In Writer and Editor, Tori Ferrante, stands in front of a white house wearing a purple-gray top and statement necklace.

Tori Ferrante

Tori is a writer and editor for the Checking In travel blog. She’s a wine lover, dog mother and adventure seeker who revels in finding those little-known, hidden gem spots. Her travel niche includes super budget-friendly, couples weekend getaways, and her absolute favorite vacations are the ones where she gets to explore new places with her husband, Brooks, and her fur son, Deagon.