Texas is home to some of the biggest attractions for families and friends to enjoy, from the San Antonio Texan city and its notable Alamo and River Walk, to the Historic Dealey Plaza and many art museums in Dallas, TX. Visitors in Texas know the list of things to do is virtually never-ending. From outdoor activities and indoor museums to theme parks and festivals, there is always something to see and do during a Texas vacation. Here are a few of the most popular things to do during a visit to the Lone Star State.
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The Alamo is one of the state’s most popular tourist attractions, with over 2.5 million visitors. In fact, the Alamo is considered the most visited historic landmark in Texas. Visitors will be able to explore the 300-year-old fortress that used to be a Spanish mission. The Alamo is famous for the 1836 battle and provides live history demonstrations and unique events every year.
The San Antonio Riverwalk is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Texas. In addition to breathtaking views and excellent shopping, the Riverwalk is home to some of San Antonio’s finest restaurants. Families, couples, and solo travelers will love this world-famous urban waterway with special riverboat dining, arched stone bridges, and shows at the historic open-air theatre.
Texas’ many excellent beaches are often overlooked. Don’t miss your chance to grab a stretch of Texas sand while on vacation in the Lone Star State. Families can indulge in fun water sports activities like swimming, kayaking, and boating at beaches like Port Aransas, Boca Chica, and Rockport Beach. Those looking for a tourist hotspot can check out South Padre Island, and individuals seeking a calmer setting with wildlife can visit Mustang Island.
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Visitors to Central Texas shouldn’t miss an opportunity to tour the Texas State Capitol Complex. Legend, lore, and history combine here to make a tour of the Capitol Complex educational, inspirational, and awe-inspiring.
Those who stop by can expect free tours, guided tours, and beautiful architecture from the door hinges to the interior of the house and senate chambers. History buffs can explore the Korean and Vietnam war memorials while the family takes in the garden, historic statues, and many stories.
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Visit the Space Center
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After playing an important role in the Space Race of the 1960s, Space Center Houston has become a popular tourist attraction. Even today, where it remains crucial to the NASA Space Program, the Space Center Houston is better known as an entertaining and educational attraction that draws thousands of visitors annually.
Travelers will be able to experience exhibitions like Apollo 11, Destination Moon, and Mission Mars, along with special events and programs like Lunch With an Astronaut and Meet an Astronaut Friday.
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Texas has a wide variety of geographical regions in which visitors can bird. Each of these regions has its own unique list of species to look out for, many of which cannot be found elsewhere. This offers visitors an opportunity to spot literally hundreds of bird species.
Birdwatching destinations across the state include High Island, Laguna Atascosa, Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, and the Aransas habitat.
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Whether taking a glimpse into Texas history, viewing famous artwork, or capturing a child’s imagination, Texas has a museum that fits the bill. Across the state, there are museums dedicated to art, history, nature, and cultural history.
Travelers can plan to stop by the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin, the Menil Collection in Houston, and the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth.
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Texans pride themselves on making everything bigger than it has to be, and that certainly is the case when it comes to theme parks. Texas is home to some of the biggest and best parks and rides in the country.
These family-friendly parks range from the Six Flags attractions in San Antonio, Arlington, and Houston, and expand to other destinations like the Grand Texas Theme Park in New Caney as well as Wonderland Park in Amarillo.
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Texas offers visitors a variety of ways to spend time outdoors. For those who never want to be indoors, Texas has a number of excellent spots to pitch a tent and camp.
Whether it’s a state park, national park, a sandy stretch of beach, or a natural reserve, Texas offers campers a variety of areas to choose from. Popular campgrounds include Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Canyon Lake, Fredericksburg KOA, and Ray Roberts Lake State Park.
Schlitterbahn Water Park
As the Texas heat begins to rise during the summer, travelers to the Lone Star State will undoubtedly be looking for ways to cool off. Luckily, Texas is home to some of the biggest and best water parks in the nation. The Schlitterbahn in Galveston and New Braunfels is a must, and other favorites include Typhoon Texas, the Great Wolf Lodge, and Splashway Water Park.
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