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Things to do in Texas

Things to do in  Texas

Welcome to Texas

Be it portion sizes, rugged landscapes, or cowboy hats, everything is bigger in Texas. The state offers an abundance of country culture mixed with modern metropolises, ghost towns, and even a replica of the Eiffel Tower topped with a cowboy hat in Paris, Texas (just outside Dallas). San Antonio's River Walk winds through the city, and Dallas' sprawling skyline is dominated by the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. Meanwhile, hip Austin combines award-winning barbecue and a sizzling live music scene; Houston reveals the history of space travel; and Big Bend National Park affords incredible photo opportunities with its striking landscapes.

Top 10 attractions in Texas

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San Antonio River Walk (Paseo Del Rio)

San Antonio River Walk (Paseo Del Rio)

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The River Walk winds through the heart of downtown San Antonio, past several parks, historic missions, and other major attractions. Lined with shops, cafes, bars, and restaurants, this pedestrian- and bike-friendly waterway—home to the largest urban ecosystem restoration in the United States—is popular with tourists and locals alike, and is a must-see for any San Antonio visitor.More
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Space Center Houston

Space Center Houston

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Space Center Houston, the official visitor center of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, offers visitors some out-of-this-world experiences. Watch astronauts train for missions, touch a real moon rock, and tour NASA’s control center. Anyone with an interest in aeronautics and space will appreciate Space Center Houston’s interactive exhibits, presentations, and attractions that dive into the past, present, and future of our universe.More
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John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza

John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza

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Simple but profoundly moving, the John F. Kennedy Memorial in Dallas comprises a granite slab bearing the assassinated president’s name etched in gold. The slab is surrounded by soaring concrete walls that appear to be free-floating, capturing the feeling of loss felt around the world following Kennedy’s assassination on November 22, 1963.More
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Texas Capitol

Texas Capitol

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Everything is bigger in Texas, and the Texas Capitol building in Austin follows suit. It’s the largest by square footage of any state capitol, and is 15 feet (4.6 meters) taller than the US Capitol. Its rosy hue, stunning at sunset, comes from the red granite exterior. Texas Hill Country limestone and granite were used in the building’s construction.More
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The Alamo

The Alamo

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The Alamo is one of the most famous sites in United States history, forever linked to the 13-day Battle of the Alamo in 1836, which ended with the deaths of defenders James Bowie, William Travis, and Davy Crockett. Today, the 18th-century Mission San Antonio de Valero complex—now known as the Alamo—welcomes more than 2.5 million visitors per year to its chapel, barracks, gardens, and small museum.More
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Tower of the Americas

Tower of the Americas

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Located in the center of Hemisfair Park, this 750-foot (229-meter) Tower of the Americas offers one of the best aerial views of San Antonio. The Flags Over Texas Observation Deck affords a bird’s-eye view of iconic sites, while the rotating Chart House Restaurant offers upscale dining with panoramic views of the city.More
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Houston Museum of Natural Science

Houston Museum of Natural Science

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Located in Houston’s sprawling Hermann Park, Houston Museum of Natural Science features four floors of exhibit halls; a planetarium; giant-screen theater; and a butterfly center. The museum is known for its stellar lineup of special exhibitions, which cover topics far beyond the scope of traditional natural science.More
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Dealey Plaza

Dealey Plaza

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Dealey Plaza is a public park in Dallas, Texas, best known as the location where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963, fired on by a sniper from the Texas School Book Depository. A museum focusing on Kennedy and the assassination now occupies the former depository, and there are various remembrances around the plaza.More
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Congress Avenue Bridge (South Congress Bridge)

Congress Avenue Bridge (South Congress Bridge)

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Austin’s Congress Avenue Bridge is home to roughly 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats—the world’s largest urban bat colony. Spectators gather here on summer nights, cameras in hand, to watch these flying mammals emerge from beneath the bridge to hunt in the sky above Lady Bird Lake.More
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Downtown Aquarium

Downtown Aquarium

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Houston’s Downtown Aquarium is a fun and educational attraction, especially for families. Children can get up close and personal with more than 200 types of underwater creatures, including myriad fish, eels, rays in a touch tank, sharks, and white tigers. Kids also love the amusement rides and dining in the underwater aquarium restaurant.More

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How to Spend 1 Day in San Antonio

How to Spend 1 Day in San Antonio

Recent reviews from experiences in Texas

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The Fixer Upper Tour July 23, 21
Glenda_F, Jul 2021
Fixer Upper Tour of Waco: You Might Even Go Inside a Home From the Show
We got to see many homes that Chip & Joann fixed Up!
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Houston daytime drive
Kaeli_E, May 2021
Private Cart Sightseeing Tour of Houston
A lot of information in a short time, very personable and recommended some grwat things to see and do while we were on our trip to Texas!
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Perfect way to see the city!
Karen_K, Apr 2021
Brewery Tours through East Austin via Motorized Pedicab
We wanted to see the city and enjoy some of the local craft beers.
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So many things to see, and kid friendly!
Kristy_H, Jun 2021
Houston Museum of Natural Science General Admission
There is not enough time in a day to see all of it and truly enjoy it.
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Fantastic tour
Tim_J, May 2021
JFK Assassination and Museum Tour with Lee Harvey Oswald Rooming House
You really need to see all the places for yourself, hear some of the smaller stories from that day and look at the Zapruder film as you see the actual sights and this tour takes on a whole different historical perspective.
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Great tour once we found it!
Gary_A, Apr 2021
San Antonio Super Pass with Four Downtown Attractions
The San Antonio Super Pass with Four Downtown Attractions and Monster Pass Upgrade was a good value and great fun!
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RAINY DAY FUN...a little thunder too!
shelia_s, Apr 2021
Astroville Food Tour of Downtown Houston with Tunnel Access
She contacted me to see if we wanted to reschedule.
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Mission Tour
Donna_J, Mar 2021
Half-Day Afternoon City Tour of Historic San Antonio
I had requested to see the missions and our guide was expecting to take us on a city tour.
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JUST DO IT !!!!
Stephen_C, Oct 2020
Capitol of Texas Segway Tour in Austin
There couldn't be a better and more fun way to see and learn about the Capital of Texas.
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Mission Tour Success!
Steve_H, Oct 2020
Small-Group World Heritage San Antonio Missions Guided Tour
We had a very pleasant and educational trip to see the 4 missions south of the Alamo.
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austin highlights
Carmie_B, Mar 2020
Best of Austin Small-Group Guided Tour
He knew his town, loves Texas, and helped us to see why he does..
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good tour
Odyssey585477, Jan 2020
Best of Austin Small-Group Guided Tour
Was a good way to see part of Austin in 2 hours.
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We took our two foreign exchange...
Kim H, Jun 2018
Austin in a Nutshell Bike Tour with a Local Guide
Seeing Austin by bike was such a unique way to see and learn about the city of Austin.
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Awesome excursion at a great price
Becky_B, Sep 2020
Dolphin Sightseeing Tour in Galveston with a Guide
I was happy to see it wasnt very crowded(only 5 passengers total) .
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George - our amazing tour guide
Julia_B, Mar 2020
Austin in a Nutshell Bike Tour with a Local Guide
I recommend this tour to anyone who want to see Austin parks, water body’s and downtown.
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Our tour guide, Ray, was amazing and...
Randy J, Feb 2017
Texas Hill Country and LBJ Ranch Tour or Wine Tasting Stop
He knew a lot about the hill country, restaurants, and fun things to do.
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The Explorer Pass for 230 is a...
Henry_D, Mar 2017
Go City: San Antonio Explorer Pass - Choose 2, 3, 4 or 5 Attractions
You get many options to visit the Zoo, the Texas Experience, the Ripley's Museum, the Art and History museums, the Buckhorn Saloon, as well as the hop-on hop-off tour bus and much, much more.
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A great tour!
Leanna_K, Mar 2020
Austin in a Nutshell Bike Tour with a Local Guide
If you’re staying in Austin for a few days I’d recommend taking a bike tour early in your stay because you’ll learn about all sorts of fun things to do and explore further.
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Better than I could ever do.
nutmegandme527, Nov 2019
Best of Austin Small-Group Guided Tour
I have a lot of family and friends that come to visit.
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