Check out this list of what to see and do in Texas! This is your next adventure across the Lone Star State.
Texas receives a whopping 72.5 million out-of-state visitors in typical years. The ‘Lone Star State’ receives rave reviews. The expansive natural features, sun-kissed beaches, lush mountains, and the lively gourmet scene. It's all a part of Texas.
This beautiful state has something for visitors of all ages and tastes. It is ideal for both active pursuits and relaxation. If you are planning a trip to Texas, add a few of these fun things to your list of “must-do” activities.
What to see and do in Texas
Texas is home to the sixth-longest coastline in the US. You will certainly be spoiled for choice when it comes to selecting one or two beaches to visit.
Top rate choices include Boca Chica. Here you can enjoy activities such as surfing, snorkeling, and swimming. You can also check out Padre Island National Seashore. This is the perfect place for long walks, kayaking, and windsurfing.
You cannot forget Mustang Island. This beach is perfect for surfing, canoeing, and paddleboarding.
If you love fresh seafood, finish a day on the water at popular restaurants. These seaside favorites are Steve’s Landing Restaurant on Crystal Beach. You can also check out The Spot in Galveston.
Towns with Character
Visiting historic downtowns is a must for those who really want to get to know Texas. It's the perfect way to check out the unique vibe of its people.
The Texas Hill Country has a wealth of cities and towns with character. One of my favorites is Austin, known for its quirky, artsy vibe and plethora of festivals.
Fredericksburg, which is known for its proximity to natural wonders. Everyone loves Enchanted Rock – a 425-foot-tall pink granite dome.
Be sure to check out Boerne which is filled with prestigious wineries and breweries. Then, there is Blanco. It is a tranquil town that comes alive for the Lavender Festival in springtime.
Other must-visit towns include Jefferson. Jefferson is known for its historical richness and lake tours. Marfa is home to a bevy of museums, galleries, and wineries. This town is also home to a nightly display of lights.
One of my favorite towns in Waco, Texas. You can visit Magnolia Market! Then, there is Hunt, known for its majestic limestone peaks.
Getting to Know the History of Texas
If a visit to a new state isn’t complete without visiting some of its famous historical museums, the good news is that as large as Texas is, it won’t be difficult to find a museum with fascinating historical information.
The USS Lexington Museum on the Bay is a stunning military museum where you can view war artifacts, aircraft, and dedicated exhibits throughout the year.
The National Museum of the Pacific War, meanwhile, contains displays of all battles that took place during WWII and enlightens visitors with stories and experiences lived by soldiers.
Also worth visiting are The Alamo (which served as a garrison for five different armies) and the National Ranching Heritage Center (see 53 ranch structures and interiors and obtain keener insight on what country life is really like).
Texas is a state that has just about as many parks, beaches, trails, and other natural features, as it does museums, restaurants, and festivals.
Depending on the things that thrill you, you can focus on gastronomy, history, art music, or simply make it about relaxing on the beach. While you’re in Texas, make sure to visit its many coffee shops, wineries, and breweries.
The viticultural industry is thriving in this state and prices are more reasonable than in regions like Sonoma or Napa Valley.