Texas has a big reputation to uphold when it comes to interesting, fun and relaxing places to visit. The motto ‘It’s like a whole other country’ isn’t far from the mark, thanks to the wide variety of events, sights and activities going on at all times.
Texas has placed heavy emphasis on tourism in recent years, and many cities have benefited from it. There’s something for everyone in this huge state, but there are a few places that you absolutely HAVE to see! One of my favorite cities to visit is San Antonio, if you have looking for great things to do, hit up the San Antonio Daily Sun.
The state capitol building is in Austin, along with Zilker Park and Lady Bird Lake, two favorite hangouts of locals and tourists alike. Barton Springs Pool inside Zilker Park is 70 degrees all year round and perfect for swimming! Watch the fireworks over the lake from a rented boat for a really cool vantage point. You can line dance or two-step the night away at the Broken Spoke, a bar and dance hall just outside of the downtown area. The Roaring Fork is a lesson in history and delicious food.
Visit the Houston Museum of Natural Science, where you can see exhibits as exotic as life on the Amazon River and as local as the trains and railroads of Texas. When you’re done, swing by The Chocolate Bar just a few blocks away, where the serve ice cream, coffee, and chocolate-covered everything! Houston has a few breweries, some of which offer tours and free samples. You can also visit the Space Center or the Children’s Museum of Houston, which has lots of hands-on exhibits that kids and adults will love.
You can’t visit San Antonio without going to the famous River Walk. It’s a one-stop-shop for shopping, dining and entertainment. Six Flags Fiesta Texas and SeaWorld San Antonio are both in the heart of San Antonio, and the Alamo is just outside of this fast-paced city. Amazing restaurants such as Bella on the river, a Mediterranean fine dining experience, and Wildfish Seafood and Grille, with a fun happy hour and a raw bar, are major attractions in San Antonio.
Galveston was first made famous by Glen Campbell in his song by the same name. But Galveston has much more to offer than crashing waves and long lost love. For Texas-themed dining, try Saltgrass Steak House or The Spot for a beachfront dining experience. The city also has lots of history. Visit Bishop’s Palace or the Willis-Moody Mansion for tours and beautiful historical architecture. Take a trip to Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier for a trip back in time, or for a more modern amusement park, visit Moody Gardens.
Caldwell Zoo in Tyler, Texas has over 2,000 animals for visitors to admire and learn about. This city is well known for its production of commercial rose bushes; therefore, you’ll see displays of seasonal flowers wherever you go. You can also stop by the Tyler Rose Garden. Tyler State Park offers guests all kinds of outdoor activities, and you have to try Jucy’s Hamburgers!