9 days in Galveston, Waco & Arlington Itinerary

9 days in Galveston, Waco & Arlington Itinerary

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9 days in Galveston, Waco & Arlington Itinerary

Start: Omaha
+2
Fly + foot + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
1
Galveston
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Waco
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
3
Arlington
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Omaha

3
nights
Galveston

Galveston ©
An old colonial city and a busy cruise ship port less than an hour's drive from Houston, Galveston sits on Galveston Island and serves as a popular vacation destination for both domestic and international travelers.
Kids will enjoy Moody Gardens and Dolphin & Whale Watching. When in Galveston, make a side trip to see Kemah Boardwalk in Kemah, approximately 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: take a leisurely stroll along Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, make a splash at Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark, cast your line with a fishing tour, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Strand.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Galveston sightseeing planner .

Omaha to Galveston is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Omaha in July since evenings lows in Galveston dip to 80°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Waco.

Things to do in Galveston

Theme Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Kemah Boardwalk
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Kemah Boardwalk ©
Kemah Boardwalk
Moody Gardens ©
Moody Gardens

2
nights
Waco

Waco ©
Sightseeing in Waco offers many possibilities in a medium-sized town on the Brazos River in central Texas.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): take in the views from Waco Suspension Bridge, then get curious at Mayborn Museum Complex, then examine the collection at Dr Pepper Museum, and finally stop by Magnolia Market at the Silos. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Waco Mammoth National Monument, meet the residents at Cameron Park Zoo, and then examine the collection at Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum.

For reviews and more tourist information, read Waco trip planner .

Getting from Galveston to Waco by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. When traveling from Galveston in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Waco, with highs around 96°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel to Arlington.

Things to do in Waco

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
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Dr Pepper Museum ©
Dr Pepper Museum
Cameron Park Zoo ©
Cameron Park Zoo
Mayborn Museum Complex ©
Mayborn Museum Complex

3
nights
Arlington

Arlington ©
The popular saying goes, "Everything's bigger in Texas!" and Arlington exemplifies that maxim.
Family-friendly places like Six Flags Over Texas and Fort Worth Zoo will thrill your kids. Explore Arlington's surroundings by going to Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District (in Fort Worth) and The Escape Game Dallas (in Grapevine). Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of AT&T Stadium, admire the masterpieces at Kimbell Art Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Fort Worth Water Gardens.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Arlington sightseeing app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Waco to Arlington in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Arlington sees daily highs of 94°F and lows of 75°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Arlington

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Fort Worth, The Escape Game Dallas
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The Escape Game Dallas ©
The Escape Game Dallas
Six Flags Over Texas ©
Six Flags Over Texas
Fort Worth Zoo ©
Fort Worth Zoo

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