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.
Amazing Mirror Maze in San Antonio
(San Antonio) - Discover the Amazing Mirror Maze in San Antonio, the largest mirror maze in Texas and one the most unique attractions in San Antonio and the Alamo Plaza.
Art Museum of South Texas in Corpus Christi
(Corpus Christi) - Art is life – meant to be explored from many different angles. The Art Museum of South Texas (AMST), makes exploring those many angles possible by bringing a new perspective to the Coastal Bend community.
Art Museum of Southeast Texas in Beaumont
(Beaumont) - The Art Museum of Southeast Texas is a fine art museum in Beaumont that showcases a collection of regional Texas art along with art education programs.
(Austin) - Experience culture, history, and the abundant beauty of nature at any of the Austin Parks & Recreation's historic sites, museums, parks, and other attractions.
Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
(Houston) - Discover Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, part of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, one of the world's finest treasuries of American furnishings and art.
(Baytown) - The sculptures are from artists across the country, but with a deliberately strong representation of Texas artists from all parts of the state. With a mix of realistic and abstract forms, there’s something to appeal to every artistic taste.
(Beaumont) - Beaumont Botanical Gardens is located in Tyrrell Park and is maintained by the Beaumont Council of Garden Clubs with the support of the City of Beaumont.
Blanton Museum of Art in Austin
(Austin) - Visit the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, a world-class art museum with a collection of works from across the globe – including Ellsworth Kelly’s Austin.
Brazos Valley Museum Collective
(College Station) - The Brazos Valley Museum Collective is a group of museums and galleries in College Station exhibiting natural, presidential, military and other historical pieces.
Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra
(College Station) - Conduct the perfect Texas vacation, weekend getaway, or evening out at the Brazos Symphony Orchestra. In a-chord with the highest musical standards and dignified productions, you will feel movements of inspiration, captivation, and delight coursing through your inner landscapes. Audiences come in anticipation, and always leave with greater joy than when they arrived.
Brazosport Center for the Arts & Sciences in Clute
(Clute) - Visit The Center for the Arts & Sciences in Clute, which includes an art gallery & studio, science museum, planetarium, and 2 performance theaters.
(San Antonio) - Discover the breathtaking landscapes, diverse cultures, and captivating history of the American West at the Briscoe Western Art Museum in San Antonio.
Buckhorn Saloon and Texas Ranger Museum
(San Antonio) - View hundreds of rare animal exhibits, have a drink, eat Texan fare, and browse authentic Texas Ranger pieces at the Buckhorn Saloon and Texas Ranger Museum.
Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin
(Austin) - Bullock Texas State History Museum is the premier state history museum of Texas, featuring interactive displays, an IMAX Theater, a cafe, and a gift shop.
Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Fort Worth
(Fort Worth) - Tour the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Fort Worth to see billions of dollars being printed and discover the history behind the printing process.
(Kerrville) - Catch an amazing show at the Cailloux Theater, one of Kerrville's top attractions that attracts world-known acts and is the home of the Symphony of the Hills.
(Waco) - Discover the Cameron Park Zoo in Waco, Texas. Home to over 1,700 animals from all over the world, the Cameron Park Zoo is situated on 52 acres of lush landscaping and beautiful animal habitats.
City Sightseeing San Antonio Hop-On Hop-Off Tours
(San Antonio) - If you’re planning a trip to San Antonio, take a tour to visit top attractions with City Sightseeing San Antonio to save money and time planning logistics.
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
(Dallas) - Explore the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, a world-class oasis featuring finely manicured gardens, dining, and events including Dallas Blooms.
Delores Fenwick Nature Center in Pearland
(Pearland) - Learn all about Texas Gulf Coast wildlife at the Delores Fenwick Nature Center in Pearland, an easy-to-reach place to go birdwatching in the Houston area.
(Denton) - The Denton Firefighters’ Museum takes visitors on a journey to honor brave firefighters both past and present.
(Odessa) - One-of-a-kind shops, restaurants, and bars like Barrel and Derrick and the White Buffalo Bar make Downtown Odessa the culinary and nightlife center of Odessa.
(Waco) - The Dr Pepper Museum in Waco details the history of the soft drink industry, with rare memorabilia, amazing demos, a soda shop, gift shop, and more.
(Uvalde) - Fire off into high gear at DriveTanks.com! Located on Ox Ranch in Uvalde, Texas, this living military history museum is the only location in the world where visitors can drive and shoot real U.S. and German military tanks, artillery, and machine guns. An experience of a lifetime, you won’t find anywhere else.
(Glen Rose) - Explore Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose, Texas, a 1,800-acre wildlife preserve where 1,100 rare and endangered animals roam free in natural habitats.
Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier
(Galveston Island) - Dive into the fun at Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier. Featuring amusement rides, midway games, shopping and dining options over the Gulf of Mexico.
Galveston Naval Museum in Galveston
(Galveston) - Tour the submarine USS Cavalla – avenger of Pearl Harbor – and the destroyer escort USS Stewart at the American Undersea Warfare Center in Galveston.
Garland Landmark Museum at Heritage Crossing
(Garland) - Heritage Crossing is four quadrants of land at the intersection of Sixth and Walnut Streets in Downtown Garland.
George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
(College Station) - Discover the life and career of the 41st President of the United States, George Bush, at the George Bush Presidential Library & Museum in College Station.
(Richmond) - The George Ranch Historical Park in Richmond, Texas, is a living history ranch featuring four historic homes, costumed presenters, and authentic period activities.
George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas
(Dallas) - Visit the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas to experience one of the presidential libraries in Texas for yourself and learn U.S. history.
GO RIO River Walk Cruises in San Antonio
(San Antonio) - Discover San Antonio's vibrant culture and rich history and take in all the fascinating sites of the San Antonio River Walk on a tour with GO RIO River Cruises.
(Brenham) - Planning a group trip in Texas? GOGO Charters Brenham has got you covered! With a wide selection of bus options for all party sizes and all occasions, take a look at the variety of buses, special amenities, and conveniences GOGO Charters has to offer here.
(Dallas) - If you’re planning a trip to Texas for a group, check out GOGO Charters Dallas for all your transportation needs, including charter buses and minibuses.
(Grapevine) - All aboard the Grapevine Vintage Railroad, a 1920’s-era train that runs between Grapevine and the historic Fort Worth Stockyards or the Trinity River area.
Hard Rock Cafe - Houston, Texas
(Houston) - There’s nothing humble about Hard Rock Cafe Houston. Located in the glittery theater district, a 35-foot replica of the Stevie Ray Vaughan Gibson Firebird guitar lights the way to the most Rockin’ place in the city.
(Plano) - Experience life in the early 20th century in North Texas at the Heritage Farmstead Museum in Plano, the premier living history attraction in the Dallas area.
(Woodville) - Located one mile west of Woodville on Highway 190, Heritage Village Museum is a replica village of the pioneer days with a collection of buildings and artifacts depicting a small farm and timber community of the mid-1800s to about 1920.
(Ingram) - Actors, singers, directors, musicians, and technicians enjoy performing on the Hill Country Arts Foundation’s Smith-Ritch Point Theatre, a 500-seat outdoor amphitheater with the Guadalupe River as the backdrop and the moon and stars as the ambient house lighting.
(Houston) - The Holocaust Museum Houston, located in the Houston Museum District, tells the Holocaust story through memorable exhibits, architecture, events, and education.
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
(Houston) - Enjoy exhibitions of fine contemporary craft, visit with resident artists, and shop for one-of-a-kind gifts at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.
(Houston) - Fast track your way through Houston's top five must-see attractions like Space Center Houston, The Health Museum, The Children's Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts with an oh-so-helpful CityPass.
(San Antonio) - Looking for affordable ways to experience all that San Antonio has to offer? Check out inSAnow.com for discounts to San Antonio theme parks, attractions, tours, museums, restaurants, shopping, hotels, and more!
(Irving) - Irving Archives and Museum (IAM) is the hub of Irving’s four museums – start your exploration here!
(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.
(Kemah) - Stay, play, eat, and shop at the Kemah Boardwalk, a premier entertainment destination overlooking Galveston Bay located about 20 miles from downtown Houston.
(Kerrville) - Admire works of art by artists from the Texas Hill Country and beyond at the Kerr Arts and Cultural Center, one of the top attractions in Kerrville, Texas.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
(Austin) - Explore the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, a showcase featuring nine acres of beautiful native Texas gardens and a 16-acre arboretum.
Longhorn Charter Bus in El Paso
(El Paso) - Longhorn Charter Bus makes it easy to travel with your group in El Paso and throughout the rest of Texas.
Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts
(Orange) - Hit Broadway musicals, high-profile performers, and award-winning stars is exactly what you’ll find at the Lutcher Theater, a superb venue in Orange, Texas.
(San Antonio) - Market Square in San Antonio is the largest Mexican market in the U.S., with over 100 shops, world-famous Mexican restaurants, and fantastic annual events.
(San Antonio) - Experience an extraordinary fine art collection at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, featuring a permanent collection of priceless works by renowned masters.
(Bryan) - Sip on some of the best wines in Texas and go behind the scenes at Messina Hof Winery, an award-winning winery with locations in Bryan, Fredericksburg, and Grapevine.
Miller Outdoor Theatre in Houston
(Houston) - Enjoy the arts in the open air at Miller Outdoor Theatre, with more than 100 shows a year including musicals, plays, concerts, film screenings, and more.
(Galveston) - Visit Moody Gardens in Galveston, one of the top 10 attractions in Texas! Come and explore the Aquarium, Rainforest zoo, and science Discovery pyramids.
Museum of the American G.I. in College Station
(College Station) - The Museum of the American G.I. in College Station houses restored classic military vehicles, and is the home of the exciting Living History Weekend.
Museum of the Big Bend in Alpine
(Alpine) - Five Centuries of Mexican Maps featuring 64 maps of Mexico from the Museum of the Big Bend Yana and Marty Davis Map Collection, shows the progression of mapping of Mexico
Museum of The Gulf Coast in Port Arthur
(Port Arthur ) - Visit the Museum of the Gulf Coast in Port Arthur, home to Janis Joplin relics, a sports hall of fame, incredible wildlife and history displays, and more.
(Midland) - Visit the Museum of the Southwest for a fun, educational, and inspiring experience in Midland, Texas. Offering visitors an intimate glimpse into the famous Turner family, spectacular star shows at the state-of-the-art planetarium, and a series of rotating special exhibitions, get ready for a fully immersive adventure. Art, science, history, and culture come together, all in one place!
(Kerrville) - The Museum of Western Art in Kerrville presents cowboy art, paintings, sculptures, and artifacts dedicated to preserving the heritage of the American West.
National Museum of Funeral History
(Houston) - The National Museum of Funeral History in Houston is the world's largest collection of artifacts and replicas from memorial and burial services around the globe.
National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg
(Fredericksburg) - The National Museum of the Pacific War is a hidden gem in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. It is the only museum in the nation dedicated entirely to the story of WWII in the Pacific.
Natural Bridge Caverns in San Antonio
(San Antonio) - Experience the wonder of Texas' largest underground attraction, Natural Bridge Caverns, offering guided tours, zip lining, gem mining, and more.
Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch in San Antonio
(San Antonio) - Embark on a remarkable wildlife safari in Texas at Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch, set on 400 acres of rolling hills and creek beds just north of San Antonio.
Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum and Education Center
(Galveston) - Explore the world of underwater oil and gas drilling at the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum in Galveston, a retired rig turned modern museum.
(Spring) - Old Town Spring is a community rich in historic heritage dating back to the 1800’s. Today, the Town showcases an old-town atmosphere of historic buildings home to an array of specialty shops where one can find over 120 shopping opportunities. You will find antiques, home décor, women & children’s boutiques, art and wine and many tasty restaurants. The tree canopied streets give shoppers an opportunity to stroll and escape the busiest of life.
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum
(Canyon) - Explore the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, TX. Discover the history of pioneers and Native Americans through art, artifacts and fossils.
(Galveston) - Relax at Pier 21 in Galveston, an entertainment district at the Historic Harbor with seafood restaurants, museums, dolphin tours, hotel, and marina.
(Kerrville) - Experience local theater at its finest at the Playhouse 2000 in Kerrville, where you'll enjoy fan-favorite productions performed by talented actors.
Red River Valley Museum in Vernon
(Vernon) - Explore the interactive and educational Red River Valley Museum in Vernon, one of the best places to discover the art, culture, science, and history of Texas.
(Houston) - Rice Village, one of the popular Houston neighborhoods to visit, provides some of the best shopping, dining, murals, and nightlife in the city.
(Kerrville) - Riverside Nature Center is a place for children of all ages to learn about, experience and care for the wonders of the natural world.
(Bay City) - Follow your nature-loving heart to Riverside Park. Tucked away along the beautiful upper Texas coastline, this woodsy haven creates an outdoor country oasis nestled upon the Colorado River. Beaming with natural landscapes, outdoor activities, and energetic wildlife, visitors will cherish camping in a clean, safe, and tranquil environment.
(San Antonio) - Stop and smell the roses, take a nature walk, and admire historic houses when you visit the San Antonio Botanical Garden, a popular attraction in San Antonio.
(San Antonio) - Feed a giraffe by hand and create one-of-a-kind family memories while enjoying amazing animals at San Antonio Zoo, open year round.
San Jacinto Museum and Battlefield Association
(La Porte) - Visit The Battle of San Jacinto battleground at the San Jacinto Museum of History in La Porte. Includes a marsh boardwalk, monument, museum, and library.
(San Antonio) - For up-close animal encounters, both SeaWorld and Aquatica offer a variety of programs with beluga whales, sea lions, penguins and more. There are also exclusive dining opportunities to make your vacation memorable.
Shangri La Botanical Gardens & Nature Center in Orange
(Orange) - Visit Shangri La Botanical Gardens & Nature Center, a world-class facility with plenty of things to see nestled on 252 acres in the heart of Orange, Texas.
(San Antonio) - Discover the history of the Alamo City at the Spanish Governor's Mansion, a National Historical Landmark in San Antonio that dates back to the early 1700's.
(San Antonio) - Discover the history of the Alamo City at the Spanish Governor's Mansion, a National Historical Landmark in San Antonio that dates back to the early 1700's.
(Orange) - Visit the Stark Museum of Art, one of the top attractions in Orange, Texas, that features a significant collection of Western American and Native American art.
(Dallas) - Experience the State Fair of Texas in Dallas, a 24-day showcase of Texas tradition that features concerts, Midway rides and games, and spectacular cuisine.
Texas Hill Country Olive Co. in Dripping Springs
(Dripping Springs) - The Texas Hill Country Olive Co. is an award-winning maker of authentic olive oils and balsamic vinegars, offering tastings, tours, events and more.
Texas Hill Country Trail Region
(Austin) - Stretching from Austin and San Antonio to Crystal City and Lampasas, the Texas Hill Country Trail Region has an endless supply of bucket-list worthy adventures.
(Austin) - Explore West Texas forts, visit the homes of American heroes, and experience the Storied Sites of Texas at the Texas Historical Commission's 22 historic sites.
Texas Independence Trail Region
(Richmond) - Explore the Texas Independence Trail Region to see many of the historic sites, forts, and towns that played a role in the birth of the Republic of Texas.
(Alpine) - Discover the Texas Mountain Trail Region, a land of exotic beauty, stark contrasts, endless adventure, and fascinating history home to Big Bend and El Paso.
(Midland) - Discover the Texas Pecos Trail Region, a 22-county area in West Texas home to plenty of natural wonders and a distinct Western history and heritage.
Texas Revolution Historic Sites
(Austin) - Walk in the footsteps of Texas legends, explore the battlefield where independence was won, and more at these Texas Revolution historic sites.
(Austin) - From the arid deserts of far West Texas to the forests of the Piney Woods, the more than 90 Texas state parks offer a nearly limitless amount of adventure.
Texas State Parks in South Texas
(Austin) - See what the state parks in South Texas have to offer, from birding at Resaca de la Palma State Park to fishing at Lake Casa Blanca International State Park.
Texas State Parks near Abilene, Amarillo & Midland
(Austin) - Caprock Canyons State Park, Copper Breaks State Park, and Monahans Sandhills State Park are just three of the amazing state parks in the Texas Panhandle Plains.
(Austin) - Longhorn Cavern State Park, McKinney Falls State Park, Blanco State Park, and Mother Neff State Park are just a few of the many Texas state parks near Austin.
(Austin) - Eisenhower State Park, Lake Arrowhead State Park, and Lake Mineral Wells State Park are among the many beautiful Texas state parks near Dallas and Fort Worth.
Texas State Parks near El Paso & Big Bend
(Austin) - Hueco Tanks State Historic Site is just one of the many Texas state parks near El Paso and Big Bend that offer endless adventure.
Texas State Parks near Houston
(Austin) - Explore both the Texas Gulf Coast and the Piney Woods at the many Texas state parks near Houston, including Sea Rim State Park and Huntsville State Park.
Texas State Parks near San Antonio
(Austin) - Discover a few of the Texas state parks near San Antonio, including Devil's Sinkhole State Natural Area and Seminole Canyon State Park & Historic Site.
(Austin) - Experience the pristine beauty of East Texas when you visit one of the Texas state parks near Tyler, including Tyler State Park and Daingerfield State Park.
(Palestine) - Enjoy a scenic train ride through the beautiful East Texas Piney Woods aboard a vintage steam engine with the Texas State Railroad in Palestine and Rusk, TX.
(Corpus Christi) - Explore the Texas Tropical Trail Region, a culturally diverse area and naturally beautiful area that covers the southern tip of the Lone Star State.
(Kaufman) - Visit Texas Zoofari Park in Kaufman, TX for a family-friendly day exploring dozens of species and hundreds of animals. From endangered Grevy's zebras and llamas to camels and giraffes, there is a ton of wildlife to see and experience!
(Galveston) - Set within the historic Galveston Orphans Home, the museum houses one of the world's largest collections of historical artifacts, documents, and artwork relating to Texas and the American West.
The Coming King Foundation Sculpture Prayer Garden
(Kerrville) - The unique contemporary cross sculpture has become a major Kerrville landmark to millions of people across the USA and world. 77 Bible verses from the Old and New Testaments leading to the cross are inscribed on 16” Scripture Tiles, in three languages. Four Prayer Plaques can be found inside the massive cross, where people pray and are changed forever.
(Austin) - Amid Austin’s vibrant downtown, you’ll find The Escape Game. Immerse yourself in one of five themed adventures. Your freedom depends on finding clues, solving puzzles, getting hints from your guide, and beating the clock! What are you waiting for?
(Grapevine) - Ready to escape the ordinary and put your super sleuth powers to work? Immerse yourself in one of four themed adventures at The Escape Game Grapevine. Channel your inner detective to find clues, solve puzzles, and crack codes as you race the clock!
(Houston) - If you want to flex your mental muscles, head to one of Houston’s Escape Games and begin your story-based, interactive adventure. Your freedom depends on finding clues, solving puzzles, and getting hints from your guide as the clock counts down!
(San Antonio) - Are you planning a perfect evening? Head to The Rim for a bite to eat, followed by an interactive, story-based adventure at The Escape Game San Antonio. If you find the clues and solve the puzzles in 60 minutes, you’ll be free in time for dessert!
(The Colony) - Are you looking for a family-friendly activity, a one-of-a-kind date night, or a game night with friends? Look no further than The Escape Game in The Colony. No matter which scenario you pick, you’ll step out of the ordinary and into an adventure!
(Galveston ) - World-class concerts, Broadway musicals, stars of stage and screen, and other unforgettable performances can be seen at The Grand 1894 Opera House, a historic theater in Galveston.
(Houston) - Discover the fascinating workings of the human body at The Health Museum in Houston, with interactive exhibits and games, experimental lab, and a 4D theater.
The Heritage Society in Houston
(Houston) - The Heritage Society in Sam Houston Park is the only outdoor park and museum in Houston, with historic buildings, rare artifacts, Museum Gallery and gift shop.
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
(Dallas) - The award-winning Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in Dallas preserves thousands of pieces of history related to the life and death of President John F. Kennedy.
The W.H. Stark House in Orange
(Orange) - Visit the W.H. Stark House in Orange, the historic home of the prominent Stark family adorned with a collection of antique furniture, cut glass, and art.
The Witte Museum in San Antonio
(San Antonio) - Visit the Witte Museum in San Antonio, where Texas heritage, natural history and science come to life through thousands of artifacts and dozens of exhibits.
Tower of the Americas in San Antonio
(San Antonio) - The Tower of the Americas is the tallest building in San Antonio and an exciting tourist destination, with amazing views, fine dining, and entertainment.
USS LEXINGTON Museum On The Bay
(Corpus Christi) - The USS Lexington Museum on the Bay is a National Historic Landmark and home to incredible tours of the world's oldest remaining aircraft carrier.
Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site
(Washington) - Experience Texas history at Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site, home to Independence Hall, the Star of the Republic Museum, and the Barrington Living History Farm.
Wonder World Park in San Marcos
(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.
Woody's Classic Cars & Baseball Museum
(Cross Plains) - Visit Woody's Cars & Baseball Museum to experience classic cars from every decade and baseball relics from the Ty Cobb days.