Charming Charlie’s roots are in Texas, and we know full-well all the fun to be had during spring break. So grab your girlfriends—it’s time for a Texas road trip!
Austin is a great place for music lovers—it is, after all, the Live Music Capital of the World®. Go dancing at a honky-tonk or catch a performance from world-renowned musicians at the Austin City Limits Live. Visit Rainey Street, an old residential neighborhood that’s been revived into a hot bar scene featuring amazing outdoor patios. Or hop on the bus, Gus. The Austin Brew Bus lets you sample Austin’s craft brews as you wind through the city streets and learn about different beer styles.
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND
Padre is a super-popular Spring Break spot in Texas. There are all kinds of outdoor recreation and entertainment options—like parasailing, wave runners, banana boat rides, and windsurfing. Stop by Wanna Wanna for a fried shrimp basket and some great people watching. Then head over to the marina and get on a dolphin watch or firework boat cruises with Isla Tours—they’re the best! There’s also Schlitterbahn Waterpark for fun in the sun. Louie’s Backyard and Laguna Bob’s over on the bay side are great places to grab a drink as you watch the sun set. And Mexico is only 20 miles away so you could even make it a two-nation vacation, if you wanted. Just don’t forget your passport.
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo runs through March 20. And who can say no to caramel apples, funnel cakes and cotton candy? Not us. Besides all the normal rodeo attractions like bull riding, barrel racing, and baby farm animals, there will be a 1,700-foot gondola Sky Ride, La Grande Wheel — the Western Hemisphere's largest portable Ferris wheel, and all kinds of delicious foods. There are some amazing concerts lined up as well including: Kenny Chesney, Kid Rock, Florida Georgia Line, Brad Paisley, and Keith Urban.
Two words: Go tubing! Grab your suit, slather on the sunscreen, ice down a cooler of beer (the cooler gets its own tube), and choose the path you’d like to take depending on how many hours of fun you can handle. Then all you have to do is jump in the Guadalupe River and float lazily along sipping a cold one surrounded by your besties. So. Much. Fun. When you get your second wind, travel just a few miles down the road to Gruene, Texas. This tiny, historic town is home to antique and retail shops, the famous Gristmill Restaurant situated on a bluff overlooking the Guadalupe River, and Historic Gruene Hall, a dance hall and saloon built in the late 1870s—all of which come together for a true Lone Star State experience.
San Antonio has lots to see and do. You can take a riverboat ride through downtown—there are all kinds of fun shops and great restaurants right on the water at the River Walk. Stroll through the Japanese Tea Gardens. Throw your hands in the air like you just don’t care on a roller coaster at Fiesta Texas. And experience the color and culture of Market Square in El Mercado with world-famous Mexican food and more than 100 locally owned shops. If you can’t find a souvenir here, you’re going home empty handed.
And you simply cannot drive through central Texas without stopping at the outlet malls in San Marcos. They feature more than 200 of the world's most popular brand names and designer outlet stores. Otherwise known as retail heaven!