With so much to do in Houston, it's easy to forget that there's even more to explore outside of the city. Spring is right around the corner and there are a ton of awesome outdoor places to visit all over Texas. However, these ten are the top short road trips from Houston that are an absolute must-do for all locals and visitors alike. 

Take In The Views At Enchanted Rock

Price: $7

Address: 16710 Ranch Rd. 965, Fredericksburg, TX

Why You Need To Go: The trail to the top of Enchanted Rock's dome is actually a pretty easy hike, even though the view at the top of the rock makes it seem like you just trekked up a mountain. The granite rock formation looks like stepping on another planet and has the best views of the Hill Country!

Get Close To Wildlife At Brazos Bend State Park

Price: $7

Address: 21901 FM 762 Rd., Needville, TX

Why You Need To Go: This park is less than an hour from Houston and is a wild world full of awesome wild-life. Here you can roam the trails and find alligators swimming in the swampy water.

Float The Comal River In New Braunfels

Price: $15 - $22

Address: New Braunfels, TX

Why You Need To Go: Nothing's better than a lazy warm day floating on the river with a drink in hand and an ice-filled cooler next to you. It's a great BFF day-trip, especially once it starts getting a little warmer out.

Visit The Magnolia Silos

Price: Free

Address: 601 Webster Ave., Waco, TX

Why You Need To Go: Sitting on the green lawn under the shade of the now-iconic silos, or walking through the pretty garden with a huge Mason jar sweet tea in hand is the ultimate Texan way to spend the day. Make sure you stop by their bakery for a cupcake before taking the free old-timey trolley ride through Waco.

Go Swimming At Hamilton Pool

Price: $8

Address: 24300 Hamilton Rd., Dripping Springs, Tx

Why You Need To Go: The unique natural pool feels like you're swimming in a cave with waterfalls! Texas has a lot of hidden water holes but this is definitely one of the most enchanting of them all. Don't forget to make your reservation online before going!

Cool Down At Pedernales Falls

Price: $6

Address: 2585 Park Rd. 6026, Johnson City, TX

Why You Need To Go: This shallow limestone river is a great place to just wade and relax in shocking bright blue waters. Even though swimming in the pretty waterfalls isn't allowed, they're still a definite must-see.


Jump Into Blue Lagoon

Price: $23

Address: 649 Pinedale Rd., Huntsville, TX

Why You Need To Go: This diver's swimming hole has the brightest blue waters that look ethereal. It's hard to believe waters these crystal blue exist in Texas, but they're just a short drive from Houston!

Go On A Wild Safari

Price: $25

Address: 18075, FM 974, Bryan, TX

Why You Need To Go: Who knew the Serengeti was just an hour and a half away from Houston? The Aggieland Safari has a bunch of wild options ranging from a drive-thru safari, a walk-through adventure zoo, and even private animal encounters!

Ride Rollercoasters At Kemah Boardwalk

Price: $25 All-Day Ride Pass

Address: 215 Kipp Ave., Kemah, TX

Why You Need To Go: Less than an hour outside of Houston, Kemah Boardwalk is the perfect place to go to eat lots of yummy carnival food and seafood and ride rollercoasters over the water.

Party It Up On East Beach

Price: $12 - $15

Address: 1923 Boddeker Rd., Galveston, TX

Why You Need To Go: Hit up what's widely regarded as the "party beach" on Galveston Island with your friends for a fun day getaway. This is where all the fests and concerts happen so if you want a more lively beach-day, this is definitely the place to go.