When your Uncle Roger asks you to go to the Frio River with his family year after year, you better take him up on it before he stops asking! This year, I finally said yes to his invite. Floating the Frio was so much fun and lots of memories were made. After 3-days of Frio fun, my son and I continued our road trip to San Antonio. Here’s our South Texas road trip family vacation through the Hill Country.
Our South Texas Road Trip Family Vacation
We left out early morning on June 18th for our road trip to South Texas. First stop, Concan, TX. Siri said it would take us 5-1/2 hours. Brody had his movie picked out and I was waiting until I could set my car on cruise control. I was so excited to finally go to the Frio River as I’ve seen many years of photos of my Uncle’s family having a great time floating the river. Whenever we road trip, Brody and I play family road trip games which always makes the ride go faster and smoother.
I decided that since we were going that far south, we might as well go to San Antonio too. The route through Bandera was a sight to be seen. It’s absolutely gorgeous driving on that winding road over to San Antonio from Concan, TX. More on this below.
South Texas Road Trip to the Frio River
The house my Uncle and his family rented slept eighteen, had three bathrooms and the best outdoor pool for all the kids and adults to have fun in – especially chicken fight games! After the kids kept falling off, we read the box and it said, “for adults” – oops. No wonder one of the wings came off!
I love family traditions. My Uncle has had 25 years of them at the Frio River with his family. It was so well organized too. Each family took turns making meals and cleaning up. Sleeping arrangements were all settled beforehand – well kind of. One of my Uncle’s daughters gave up her bed for two nights to us. My Uncle says, “family is family, and you are family.” He did not once leave me out. My dad would be proud of his baby brother!
And, I got the t-shirt. Thanks, Uncle Roger for a fun time at the Frio. Just look at Brody’s smile!
Time for the 2nd half of our South Texas road trip family vacation.
Courtyard Marriott San Antonio SeaWorld Westover Hills
Like I said above, driving to San Antonio through Bandera Country from the Frio River was so peaceful and scenic. Most of the time, we were the only one on the road, except for a few motorcycles. Uncle Roger told me that’s a popular scenic route among motorist, including himself. He loves taking drives through there on his Harley. Traveling this scenic route is a must!
Did you know Bandera is the Cowboy Capital of Texas? Yep, real cowboys live there!
We arrived at my favorite hotel in San Antonio. For disclosure, we were given a 2-day stay at the Courtyard Marriott Westover Hills and SeaWorld tickets for media purposes. After we arrived we headed straight for the pool. We could have stayed there all weekend – it’s spacious and beautiful. When we returned, a surprise came to our door.
Wine and cookies for the win. Yeah, those cookies!
SeaWorld San Antonio
I’m lucky to be able to partner with the Courtyard Marriott SeaWorld Westover Hills when I come to San Antonio. I’m always treated so nicely and they are very generous to my family. Since I’m also Marriott BONVoY Rewards member, I get to make memories while collecting points for future stays. On this trip, we were greeting with SeaWorld tickets. It’s been forever since I’ve been, and Brody has never been, so we were elated.
When we arrived at SeaWorld via the hotel’s free shuttle service, Brody grabbed a map and started tracking down the shows. First, we saw the sea lions perform, then we were off to the cutest indoor show called Pet’s Ahoy at the Sea Star Theater. This show was about a lovable group of rescue animals that had a few fun tricks up their sleeves. It’s a must-see when you’re at SeaWorld! After that, we headed to the Beluga Stadium to watch the dolphins and Belugas perform for the audience.
Of course, we also rode a few water rides before heading over to the Aquatica Water Park. Brody’s favorite place of all! Both parks side-by-side makes a wonderful day of fun for the whole family.
You can’t beat the free shuttle to SeaWorld at the Courtyard Marriott Westover Hills. Free for all guests – AND…only minutes to the parks. It’s the perfect place for families to stay.
Do you have any family traditions that you would like to share?
AND, if you ever go to San Antonio in the winter months, here are a few things going on – Things to do in San Antonio in February. Believe it or not, my son swam in the hotel’s outdoor pool in February!!