Texas Bucket List – Reasons To Visit The Lone Star State

Things To Do In TexasTexas, being the second largest state in the US, has many things to do. This list is just a small fraction of all the great places you can visit. I hope that this list proves helpful to you and your family.

Things To Do In Texas

1. NASA Space Center- Interested in astronomy? Visit the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston. The Johnson Center’s $1.5 billion complex occupies 1,620 acres southeast of the downtown area. Inside you will find over 400 space artifacts, permanent and traveling exhibits, attractions and theaters related to the exciting future and remarkable past of America’s human space-flight program. You can even touch one of the few moon rocks on earth available to the public inside the Lunar Vault.

2. Whataburger- Founded on Ayers Street in Corpus Christi Whataburger is home of the bigger, better burger. All burgers are made using 100% pure American beef that is served on a big, toasted five-inch bun. With 14 items for breakfast, 19 burgers, and 4 items on the kids menu there is something for everyone.


3. Padre Island- The world’s longest barrier island, located along the southern coast of the Gulf of Mexico is well known for its white sandy beaches. You can gaze at a magnificent sunset from the flats, walk the sandy beaches or go deep sea fishing. The island separates the Gulf of Mexico from the Laguna Madre, and is one of a few hypersaline lagoons in the world.

4. San Antonio River Walk- The San Antonio River Walk is a network of walkways along the banks of the San Antonio River, one story beneath the streets of Downtown San Antonio. It winds and loops under bridges as two parallel sidewalks are lined with restaurants and shops, connecting the major tourist draws from the Alamo to Rivercenter Mall, to the Arneson River Theatre, to Marriage Island, to La Villita, to HemisFair Park, to the Tower Life Building, to the San Antonio Museum of Art, and the Pearl Brewery. This is a great place to shop.


5. Fort Worth Zoo- At this zoo there are over 7,000 animals and an exhibit where you can splash water and cool off. This exhibit features animal-shaped water cannons and a designated toddler play area.

6. Cadillac Ranch- This public art installation and sculpture is in Amarillo along Route 66. In 1974 the Ten Caddies are half-buried, nose-down, in the dirt (supposedly at the same angle as the Great Pyramid of Giza). They face west in a line, from the 1949 Club Sedan to the 1963 Sedan de Ville, their tail fins held high for all to see on the empty Texas panhandle. Today, they all still stand there, but are covered in graffiti and all visitors are welcome to leave their mark! If you bring spray paint, make sure to snap some photos. Because whatever you create at Cadillac Ranch will probably only last a few hours before it’s created over by someone else.texas37. Chuy’s- This funky Tex-Mex restaurant serves authentic and fresh food in an atmosphere that appeals to everyone. Inside you will find hand-carved wooden fish “swimming” from the ceiling, hubcaps hanging bright and shiny above your booth or maybe even an Elvis shrine. They refer to their food as “Tex-Mex”, but the menu is made up of a combination of flavors, with recipes and ingredients from across New Mexico, Mexican border towns, the Rio Grande Valley, deep South Texas, Austin and beyond.

8. Enchanted Rock- The nation’s second-largest granite dome is one of the best spots to catch those big and bright Texas stars. But that’s not even the coolest part about the massive pink batholith. Native tribes once believed the rock to be haunted, giving it magical powers, and legend has it anyone who stays overnight becomes invisible.


9. Schlitterbahn- Located in Galveston, New Braunfels, and South Padre Island, these water parks with both indoor and outdoor pools and water slides is a perfect place for the whole family to get away from it all.


10. Six Flags Fiesta Texas- This theme park covers 200 acres and offers roller coasters, shows, and activities. There are things to do for adults, as well as kids. The park has restaurants so you can catch a bite and stop by souvenir shops so you can remember you’re day!

11. Congress Avenue Bridge- This bridge the world’s largest urban bat colony, with over 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats spiraling out from the bridge’s crevices near dusk from April to October. The bats reside beneath the road deck in gaps between the concrete component structures. The nightly emergence of the bats from underneath the bridge at dusk, and their flight across Lady Bird Lake primarily to the east, to feed themselves, attract as many as 100,000 tourists annually. You can see the bats from the bridge, from the sides of the river and from boats.


12. Gorman Falls- You can’t visit the Colorado Bend State Park without hiking the 1.5-mile trail to this hidden treasure. Afterward, you’ll be treated to a misty chill and a breathtaking 60ft waterfall cascading into a fern-coated grotto.

13. Conquer “The Texan King”- You can buy a 72oz steak along with a baked potato, shrimp cocktail, salad, and bread roll for $72 at The Big Texan Steak Ranch. What’s better- if you can eat it all in one hour, your entire meal is free. This is something everyone has to try at some point in their lives.



  1. ellen beck says

    First off Texas is HUGE! We were in that area years ago and went from North to South to the gulf. It took forever to get there. I love how varied the state is, it truly is so different.

  2. vickie couturier says

    there are a lot of places shown here that I would love to visit

  3. I lived in San Antonio for two years and loved to go to the zoo and the river walk.

  4. As a native Texan, this is one of the best lists I’ve seen for what to do in Texas! All of these attractions are great, if non-exhaustive. You can’t exhaust Texas, though!

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