Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Texas
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.
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