From towering roadside statues to world-class art museums, Texas has it all. With so much to see and do in just about every small town and big city, it's no wonder people say everything is bigger in Texas. If you're planning your next vacation to the Lone Star State, or you're trying to get an idea of what the state has to offer, take a look at our list of Texas attractions. We've got everything you need to know about many of the top attractions in Texas, including some of the best zoos in the country and numerous scenic parks and wildlife refuges.
(Houston) - Al's Handmade Boots is a family business dedicated to satisfying sophisticated tastes of boot-lovers everywhere. The workshop operates in Houston, TX but serves clients across the USA, Mexico, Germany, Canada, Central America, Argentina, Spain, Ethiopia and anywhere there resides a genuine western boot enthusiast.
(Beaumont) - Located in downtown Beaumont, Texas, tourists find a Texas-sized surprise when they visit the Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET), Beaumont's fine art museum. There's so much to see with amazing art exhibits, exciting educational activities and fun-filled family events, people just can't believe they found this treasure.
(Dallas) - This one-of-a-kind exhibit, built by The Dallas Opera design team, bring the beloved Christmas carol to life. The elaborate collection includes 12 life size gazebos filled with charming costumed characters, whimsical animals and music.
(Galveston Island) - Featuring waterfront fun and entertainment like no other Gulf Coast destination, the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier features family-oriented attractions including rides, midway games, retail shops and a wide selection of food venues, including Texas’ first Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. restaurant.
(College Station) - Just 90 minutes northwest of Houston, in the heart of the Texas Prairies and Lakes lies one of the nation's most breathtaking presidential tributes. Here, you'll discover George Bush's fascinating story filled with adventure, courage, dedication, and service.
(Dallas) - The Library and Museum accomplishes its mission by preserving and providing access to Presidential records and other donated collections, creating educational initiatives, preserving artifacts, and producing innovative museum exhibits.
(Grapevine) - Passengers step back in time as they ride in the authentic 1920s and 1930s Victorian-style coaches and experience train travel as it was in the glory days of the expanding West. Pull into the Fort Worth Stockyards Station and you'll be right in the middle of the Stockyards National Historic District where the Old West comes alive. The Grapevine Vintage Railroad operates over approximately 21 miles of the Cotton Belt line, linking the historic communities of Grapevine, Colleyville and Smithfield, and Fort Worth’s historic Stockyards.
(San Antonio) - Guinness World Records: is a state of the art, interactive experience that brings the world famous book to life! Enjoy a combination of world record artifacts, exhibits, videos, touch screen computers, games and interactive trivia spread out through 16 themed galleries and 10,000 square feet.
(Irving) - The performing and fine arts community in Irving welcomed a new home in 1990 with the completion of the Irving Arts Center. The Arts Center's 10-acre complex, nestled in the heart of Dallas-Fort Worth, features two fully-equipped theaters; four galleries; meeting, classroom, reception and rehearsal facilities; and a verdant sculpture garden. The Arts Center - a department of the City of Irving - was designed to accommodate a wide range of cultural and civic needs.
(Houston) - Jumper Maybach Fine Art Gallery and Emporium is home to clown extraordinaire and international contemporary artist, Jumper Maybach. Located in the historic Houston neighborhood, the Heights, on 19th Street. When you enter Jumper Maybach Fine Art, be prepared to step into a world of color, beauty, and energy.
(Orange) - The Frances Ann Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts is a state-of-the-art, world class performing arts facility and the prominent presenter of Broadway, national and international tours, award-winning stars, renowned dance and acclaimed children’s performances for Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana.
(San Antonio) - Come visit the largest Mexican market north of the border! Take a stroll on the plaza, do some bargain hunting in our unique locally-owned shops, take in some folklorico dancing, or just grab a cold margarita and enjoy the afternoon.
(College Station) - Where American Military History Comes Alive! Step back in time as you experience the breath-taking power of 20th century military history. Explore history in a new way as you tour the finest collection of completely restored and operational WWI, WWII and later era military vehicles in the South. Learn what it was like to face German Panzers in a Sherman Tank during the Battle of the Bulge or to serve in a half-track on Iwo Jima.
(Kerrville) - It's all about our western heritage, when life was rugged and the west was wild. It’s a bit about cowboys, longhorns, Native Americans and wagon trains, and it’s all showcased accurately in one of the finest western art museums in the country.
(Irving) - Enjoy family fun at the National Scouting Museum, the official museum of the Boy Scouts of America. Located in Irving, TX, it chronicles the collective 100+-year history of the Boy Scouts of America. Its mission is to preserve the legacy of Scouting and promote the movement to future generations.
(San Antonio) - Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch, recognized by the State of Texas as a Land Heritage Property, features over 400 acres of rolling hills, creek beds, where safari trekkers can witness the behavior of over 500 animals from 40 exotic, native and endangered animal species worldwide.
(San Antonio) - Opened in 1980, the 38-acre San Antonio Botanical Garden is in the heart of urban San Antonio. Its beautiful hilltop setting welcomes guests to colorful floral displays, true-to-Texas native areas, and futuristic glass pyramids filled with exotic plants from around the world.
(San Antonio) - Located just minutes from downtown San Antonio, the San Antonio Zoo offers a wild respite from the concrete jungle. Immerse yourself with the sights and sounds of animals you would only see in the wilds of the Amazonia, Africa, the Australian outback and more!
(Orange) - Nestled within 252 acres in the heart of Orange, Texas, Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center offers a glimpse of how people can live in harmony with nature, as it strives in its mission to Mentor Children of All Ages to Be Kind to Their World and carries on the vision of H.J. Lutcher Stark, the man who originally developed the gardens more than 60 years ago.
(Orange) - The Stark Museum of Art houses one of the finest collections of 19th and 20th century Western American art and artifacts in the country. The collection focuses on the stunning land, dramatic people, and diverse wildlife of the American West. The Museum also holds a significant collection of American Indian art as well as collections of glass and porcelain, and rare books and manuscripts.
(Austin) - From majestic courthouses and quaint town squares to oil boomtowns and historic railroads, history is around every corner. The Texas Heritage Trail Regions lead travelers through spectacular fields of wildflowers, beneath soaring mountains and to the places where history happened. Experience the kaleidoscope of culture we call authentic Texas –– frontier forts, folklorico dancers, cowboys, battlefields, powwows, and all types of festivals.
(Alpine) - Breathtaking mountains and high-country hikes. Sheer river canyons and winding back roads. Exotic panoramas and star-studded nights. Adventure in the unspoiled West awaits you in the Texas Mountain Trail Region of Far West Texas. See land as early man saw it, as the Apache and Comanche saw it, as ranching pioneers saw it.
(Sonora) - The Texas Pecos Trail Region promotes heritage tourism to 22 counties in West Texas. Our region is geographically diverse, from charming Hill Country rivers and scenery to rugged Chihuahuan Desert canyonlands to the sprawling mesas, sand dunes, and wide open plains of the Permian Basin.
(Austin) - At Texas State Parks, we’ve got something for just about everyone. From high desert mountain mesas with incredible sunsets to tall pine forests, gulf coast breezes and hill country canyons, you’ll find some of the most scenic views anywhere in the Southwest at one of more than 90 state parks across Texas.
(Rusk) - The Texas State Railroad offers both steam and diesel train excursions reminiscent of days gone by. Passengers may board excursion trains at either the Rusk or Palestine depots* where southern hospitality is the norm. These depots were built with an eye for detail and the elegance of Victorian charm.
(Houston) - Founded in 1992, The Museum of Funeral History chronicles funeral history from the Pharaohs to Popes. With over 30,500 square feet of exhibition space the Museum is the largest educational center on funeral heritage in the world and is internationally recognized as the largest collector of funeral memorabilia.
(Orange) - Orange, Texas offers a unique opportunity to tour a three-story Victorian home that was built in the Queen Anne Style in 1894 by William Henry Stark and his wife Miriam M. Lutcher Stark, prominent philanthropists who occupied the home in until 1936.
(San Antonio) - Tomb Rider 3D: Our newest attraction is a Multi-million dollar, special effect 3D interactive, adventure ride! Journey down into the ancient tomb of the Egyptian God, Anubis. Shoot for the high score and try to defeat the curse...if you can. After the ride, enjoy our unique and exciting arcade.
(San Antonio) - The Ultimate Mirror Maze Challenge is a unique, eye-popping experience that is fun for any age. Explore endless hallways and thousands of mirrors as you try to find the end and go back again-it is never the same experience twice. Can you find your way out of the maze composed entirely out of mirrors?
(Corpus Christi) - Up every ladder and down every passageway, stories of heroism and liberation unfold. Wartime sights and sounds pull you into the action of combat at sea. From the F-18 Hornet on her Flight Deck to the Dental Clinic and the Engine Room below, the Blue Ghost is a monument of naval history.
(San Marcos) - Welcome to Wonder World Park, a one-of-a-kind Theme Park, known as the 1st show cave in Texas. Visitors have enjoyed touring the Balcones Fault Line Cave for over 105 years, and now, the park has many other attractions for family fun and entertainment.