Texas is a huge state with over 260,000 square miles of land to explore. It’s also full of state parks, museums, festivals, fairs and historic landmarks. Texas’ top major cities offer visitors an eye opening view of the many fun-filled attractions whether you’re here for business or pleasure.
Houston was once thought of as a ghost town after the five o’clock rush hour. However, with the restoration of the downtown district, visitors are changing their mind about the area. Here you will find new retail shops and dining establishments that make each of the areas unique. Easily accessible from many of the hotels in Houston, the Warehouse District offers an artistic view of the community. If you’re looking for a bit of retail therapy, head over to the Shopping District. The Theater District has an array of live music and professional entertainment.
One of the most well-known events in Dallas, Texas is the State Fair. This annual event has been held since 1886, and it is the home of many monumental moments and an array of fun-filled activities. The musical venues will also feature impressive musical artists. Other popular events to the Dallas area include the Starlight Parade, soccer matches, craft fairs and college football.
Galveston has an exciting array of fun activities and attractions to enchant visitors. It’s just 50 miles south of Houston with an abundance of treasures for visitors to explore. The Bishop’s Palace is on the Historic Homes Tour and survived the 1900 hurricane. It’s also been named one of the top 100 most important buildings in America. For those interested in aviation, you won’t want to miss the Lone Star Flight Museum to visit displays of reconstructed aircrafts and historic wartime photos. Moody Gardens hosts attractions that include an IMAX theatre, rainforest and aquariums. Schlitterbahn is an indoor and outdoor water park with a variety of rides that are sure to thrill most visitors to the area.
Baytown is filled with historic memories that are located by ferry ride. The city is host to an assortment of wildlife, vegetation and over 300 varieties of birds. Attractions include historical museums hosting pioneer history related to the area. The Nature Center sits on over 400 acres of land that surrounds several bays. It also is home to a beautiful butterfly garden, a nature center for children and nursery for the aquatic animals. Visitors can also enjoy kayaking and canoeing. For those interested in drag racing, Houston Raceway Park sits on over 400 acres, and it has an unobstructed view of the asphalt raceway.
5. Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi, Texas is conveniently located to a bountiful array of hotels, restaurants and other attractions. The area is settled on endless miles of shoreline and breathtaking beaches. Indulge yourself in the wonders of Corpus Christi. The U.S.S. Lexington is a walk back in time to the World War II aircraft that features a flight simulator and 3D Mega Theater. The deep blue waters of the Texas Aquarium will enchant you. The complex is home to many sea creatures that will engage the youngest of explorers.
Texas is a vast state with a variety of options to suit most any visitor. Whether you’re interested in shopping, visiting the large expanse of Gulf waters or the latest, Texas has something to satisfy people of any age no matter what the season.
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Ann Bailey is an avid traveler and former journalist; she also contributes articles for the travel and business communities. She adds this research for the Texas Hilton, one of the hotels in Houston that offers visitors a comfortable place from which to begin or end their grand tour of Texas.