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Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Texas

Posted on 7/28/2012 by with 9 comments

By: Piper Meeks, Contributor 

Texas is the second largest state in the country that offers a variety of many natural attractions, historical locations, and scientific sites. Although there are a number of fabulous attractions in the state of Texas, this list narrows down the extensive list of the most historically important and beautiful places that Texas has to offer.


1. The Alamo – San Antonio, Texas

The Alamo is one of the most important historical sites in Texas as the site of the Battle of the Alamo in the Texan War of Independence from Mexico. The museum offers exhibits and artifacts that date back to 300 years ago.


2. State Capitol – Austin, Texas

The Texas Capitol was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1986. Many tourists flock here to view the largest Capitol in the United States – seven feet higher than the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.!


3. The Riverwalk (Paseo del Rio) – San Antonio, Texas

The River Walk, also known as Paseo del Rio, offers 35-minute boat rides and guided tours of the area.  You can eat dinner on one of the many river boats or explore the shops, restaurants, galleries, hotels and nightlife that line the shore of the 2-mile walk. If you get tired of walking, you can always take a relaxing ride on a river taxi to your destination.


4. Sea World – San Antonio, Texas

Sea World is one of San Antonio’s most popular tourist attractions. Sea World features marine life shows and displays, adventure camps, thrilling rides, a water park and much more. A blend of education and entertainment makes Sea World fun for all ages.


5. Padre Island National Seashore – Padre Island, Texas

70 miles of beaches, dunes, and tidal flats make up the beautiful Padre Island National Seashore that protects the longest undeveloped barrier in the world.   You can take a day and visit the one of the top water parks in the country, Schlitterbahn Beach, or you can camp, bird-watch (the shore has over 380 species!), swim, and fish here.


6. Schlitterbahn – New Braunfels, Texas

Schlitterbahn is Texas’ original waterpark. Located in the Hill Country town of New Braunfels, Schlitterbahn offers a unique combination of thrilling man-made rides, natural hilly terrain, and the clear, cold water of the Guadalupe River.


7. Austin City Limits – Austin, Texas

Austin has earned the title of “Live Music Capital of the World.” Over 70,000 music lovers from all over the country gather in Zilker Park for the Austin City Limits Music Festival, a 3-day annual music and art festival held in the fall. The festival offers music in a variety of genres, from Indie to Electric and Rock to Country in 130 acts on 8 stages.


8. Galveston Island – Galveston, Texas

Oil refineries and barges may occasionally litter the place where Texas meets the Gulf; however, there is a place on the coast that attracts thousands of people every summer: the beautiful and exciting Galveston Sea Wall. Also, for anyone seeking a thrill through the great history of the area, the Galveston Ghost tour is a must! As the home of the deadliest natural disaster in U.S. history with over 8,000 casualties, this walking tour is full of excitement and information on the various haunted locations that spook the island.


9. Six Flags Fiesta Texas

San Antonio’s Six Flags Fiesta Texas is a perfect day trip for family fun. This enormous theme park offers the only “floorless” roller coaster in the southwest, over 100 wild rides, shows, a waterpark and much more.


10. Houston Space Center – Houston, Texas

The Houston Space Center offers a wide variety of activities to learn about space and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). You can take the Level 9 tour to see the real world of NASA up close, view educational and interesting programs in two of the theaters, tour the Astronaut and Starship galleries, take a NASA tram tour, or experience the feeling of being in space in the Feel of Space exhibit.


9 responses to Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Texas

  1. On May 23rd, 2013 at 5:36 pm , autumn said...

    I love Texas

  2. On June 4th, 2013 at 8:07 am , Jess said...

    Great post! My family and I are traveling to Texas this fall and I’ve been looking for activities to fill our itinerary, some of the places you mentioned are definitly on it as well as maybe some stops at some of your Texas water park attractions that I hear so much about.

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  7. On May 9th, 2014 at 8:40 am , maddy said...

    hi i love texas 2 it is so cool

  8. On September 23rd, 2014 at 1:29 pm , pewds said...

    i live in Texas and have visited the Sea World and Alamo and for those of you who live in Texas also may take these placed for granted but really these are beautiful places to visit.

  9. On November 16th, 2014 at 9:21 am , Barbara Taylor said...

    Fort Worth Stockyards beats all this

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