Explore Texas

The main purpose of being here is to study and earn your degree, but you are also here to immerse yourself in a new culture and have fun! The Bryan-College Station area has a lot of things to do, and we are centrally located between several major Texas cities. But remember that everything is bigger in Texas (even our drive times), so if you want to go further north or west, make sure you are ready for a long drive!

State and National Parks – Being outdoors is a Texas pastime, and there are many state parks, forests, historic sites, national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and a national seashore.  It would take an entire year to visit one state park each weekend.  Visit the many Texas State Parks at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us and the National Parks in Texas at https://www.nps.gov/state/tx/index.htm.

Music Festivals – Texas is home to dozens of music festivals every year. Even just walking down the streets in Austin (the live music capital of the world!) in the evening guarantees live music pouring out of bars and restaurants, but for those who want to see more popular performers we have plenty of options available. Austin City Limits, SXSW, IHeartRadio Country, Neon Desert Music Festival, Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic, Freaky Deaky Texas...and this doesn’t even scrape the surface of all the live music that Texas has to offer.

NASA - Houston, we have no problems here! Space Center Houston is the official visitor’s center for the Johnson Space Center (popularly known as “Mission Control”) and does offer a limited tour of the facility, as well as a museum with dozens of exhibits and space artifacts. 

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo - The largest rodeo in the world, visiting this event just once guarantees that you won’t be lying when you say “this ain’t my first rodeo” for the rest of your life. This 20-day long event, which takes place annually in March, includes 5k and 10k races, a rodeo championship, livestock auctions, live concerts, pig racing, a carnival, an international wine festival, and more Texas barbecue than you can shake a stick at.

Houston Zoo - Home to the Bald Eagle, our Nation’s beloved bird, this zoo contains many animals and exhibits that are worth the drive to Houston for. 

Hermann Park - One of the prettiest parks within the cities of Texas, Hermann Park is dedicated to conservation and maintaining the greenery for generations to come. 

The Museum District

Texas Renaissance Festival - The Texas Renaissance is the nation's largest, most acclaimed Renaissance themed park. Each year, over 500,000 guests pass through the Festival's gates and enter the magic of New Market Village, an authentically recreated 55 acres 16th century English township located 50 miles northwest of Houston, Texas.  Open weekends in October and November only. 
The Riverwalk - Take a boat ride down the famous San Antonio River, day or night. Then enjoy some excellent cuisine overlooking the river. 

Schlitterbahn - There are two locations for this large, family-oriented water park: New Braunfels, (outside of San Antonio), and Galveston. Perfect for a full day of fun, Schlitterbahn is a great way to combat the relentless heat of a Texas summer.

The Alamo - The Alamo is home of the famous Texan 1836 battle, it still stands as living history. A 300-year-old former Spanish mission turned fortress is open year-round. This is where Texan heroes like Davie Crockett fought for Texas’ independence.

Sea World - For more than five decades, the SeaWorld Rescue team has provided a second chance at life to more than 36,000 animals, always with the goal of rehabilitating them and returning them to the wild.

Six Flags - One of the most famous amusement parks in the United States. Filled with all kinds of rollercoasters for the average coaster to the experienced thrill seeker. It is a must if you are in the San Antonio area, however there is another Six Flags in Dallas.
Reunion Tower - A 561 ft observation tower in Dallas, making it one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks. Located at 300 Reunion Boulevard, the tower is the city’s 15th tallest building and features an observation desk with 360-degree panoramic views.

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden - A 66-acre botanical garden located at 8525 Garland Road in East Dallas on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake.

Klyde Warren Park - A public park in Downtown Dallas that hosts many activities such as games, food, music, yoga and meditation classes, and more.

JFK Museum - A look into President John F. Kennedy ‘s life and his assassination in Dallas.
Fort Worth Stock Yards - If you are looking for good ol’ fashioned Western flashback, head on out to the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District. The Stockyards tells the true history of Texas’s famous livestock.

Billy Bob’s Dance Hall - The largest honkey-tonk in the world, known for boot scoot’n and boogie’n around the dance floor. Come here to learn how to Two-Step and experience what it is like to be a cowboy in Texas.

Sundance Square - Known for one of the liveliest New Year’s Eve Bashes in Texas, this square is surrounded by local eateries and bars. Take some friends and enjoy an evening in Sundance Square.

Fort Worth Water Gardens - Located in downtown Fort Worth, this water garden is centered in an urban plaza with many different water features to have lunch next to.

Fort Worth Botanic Gardens - With many gardens to explore, a Japanese garden, the Rose Garden, the Water Conservation Garden, and many more this is a great way to spend the day outdoors. Not to mention they have a cafĂ© in the middle of the Gardens.

JFK Tribute - A tribute to President John F. Kennedy and the historical speech he gave before his assassination.
The Historic Strand District - Once known as the “Wall Street of the Southwest”, this is a fun area to walk around or grab a bite after a day at the beach!

Moody Gardens - A tourist destination featuring three main pyramid attractions: the Aquarium Pyramid containing fish and other marine animals; the Rainforest Pyramid, which contains tropical plants, birds, butterflies, and other rainforest animals including free-roaming monkeys; and the Discovery Pyramid, which focuses on science-oriented exhibits and activities. It also includes Palm Beach with a small water park, lazy river, ziplines, and other water activities.

Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier - This pier is right on the Galveston beach, spend the day laying out at the beach and then come enjoy this local amusement park, including a roller coaster, fifteen rides, carnival games, and souvenir shops.

Fishing Charter - Go Deep Sea fishing with an experience captain and fishing boat. You will get the whole experience! Deep Sea fishing is very popular down in the Gulf of Texas.
Port Aransas and Mustang Island - This is one of the most popular beaches in Texas to visit, with great seafood and unbeatable coastline views, it is a must-see during the hot Texan summer.

Texas State Aquarium - Home to many exhibits, come experience the local and not so local fish as well as other interesting creatures! This is one of the biggest aquariums in Texas.

USS LexingtonAs a WWII Aircraft Carrier, there are a ton of attractions and tours on this great ship. It is a sight many visit Corpus Christi to see!

South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center - Experience South Texas animals in their natural environment as well as the plants that are local to this area.

Selena MuseumA museum in tribute to the beloved singer, Selena Quintanilla Perez, who was killed in 1995. This Mexican American superstar still holds the hearts of many Texans to this day.
South by Southwest (SXSW) - A week-long music, entertainment, comedy, and technology festival taking place in Austin, there’s never a dull moment as South By completely takes over the capital city each March. Book your travel early and prepare for heavy traffic!

South Congress Avenue - Known to have some of the coolest “Austinite” shops as well as plenty of farm to table restaurants. Check out the costume store if you are in town before Halloween, most importantly “Keep Austin Weird!”

Zilker Park - This park is a popular attraction, where you can take your dog, play frisbee, and even picnic all while enjoying the view of the city of Austin. They even have a kite festival throughout the year!

Barton Springs Pool - Find your way out to this spot for a day and spend it swimming in the natural springs. The springs keeps the water at the perfect temperature, great for year round swimming!

The Food Truck Park - A personal favorite if you are looking for a cool place to grab a bite to eat. Several gourmet food trucks surrounding a little picnic area, you can get some of the best and most authentic cuisine here!

Penny Backer Bridge Hiking Trail - If you are looking to grab a great view of the Colorado River and the city of Austin, look no further. This is a popular look-out spot that is guaranteed to make you smile!

Whether you enjoy outdoor activities, unique dining experiences, sporting events, amusement parks, historic attractions, or all the above, it is right at your doorstep in Texas! Texas has plenty of opportunities that will spark you interest. Use the resources below to start planning your tour of Texas.

Travel Texas

The Travel Texas information found online at https://www.traveltexas.com/ and was created by the Texas Office of the Governor, Economic Development and Tourism department to promote Texas as a premier travel destination. This website has a list of things to do in Texas and promotes the unique climate and culture of Texas with its slogan “It’s like a Whole Other Country.”

The Texas Bucket List

Based out of College Station, the Texas Bucket List is a television show that will take you to the far corners of the state and will introduce you to interesting sites to explore and people.  You can find where to watch at https://thetexasbucketlist.com/.

The DayTripper

If you want to explore Texas, but need suggestions on what to see and go do, the Texas DayTripper is a great resource for trip guides or even exploring Texas from your couch.  You can watch the DayTripper on the Texas A&M University PBS TV station,  KAMU or at https://thedaytripper.com/.

Fun Things to Do in Texas

This website contains information on family friendly activities in Texas and explores the many possibilities for a wonderful vacation in the state of Texas. For more information, visit http://www.fun-things-texas.com/.

Texas Monthly

A monthly magazine about All Things Texan, including information about things to see and do in
Texas. Visit http://www.texasmonthly.com for more information.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of everything there is to do in Texas, so grab your keys and your friends and head out to see all the amazing things your new home has to offer!