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TOP 25 ATTRACTIONS IN TEXAS


The Big Texan Steak Ranch, Amarillo The Alamo, San Antonio Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo

Welcome to the Bigroads.com guide to the top 25 attractions in Texas!

Texas isn't just about cowboys & cowgirls. This state offers an incredible amount of variety, including colorful canyons, lively cities, impressive caves, lovely beaches, epic waterparks, massive summer concerts, and some of the best art museums in the country. And of course there's a healthy obsession with steakhouses and football.

The list below represents our opinionated selections for the top 25 attractions in the state of Texas. Please take note that this list is sorted alphabetically (and not by quality or rank).

This list is part of our top 25 USA attractions series.

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ATTRACTION NAME ATTRACTION TYPE TOWN / CITY WHAT MAKES THIS ATTRACTION SO GREAT?
Alamo Historic Site / The Alamo Historic Fort San Antonio site of the famous 1836 battle
AT&T Stadium Football Stadium Arlington one of the very best NFL stadiums in the USA
Bass Performance Hall Theater / Concerts / Symphony / Orchestra Fort Worth one of the top performance halls in the country
Big Bend National Park Hiking Trails / Scenic Views Big Bend NP remote desert park packed with adventure options
Caprock Canyons State Park Geologic Attractions / Hiking Trails Quitaque  rugged canyons and badlands; excellent hiking
Caverns Of Sonora Cave / Cave Tours Sonora one of the most impressive caves in the U.S.A.
Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens Botanical Garden / Arboretum Dallas beautiful gardens and views of Dallas skyline
Fort Worth Stockyards Nat. Historic District Historic District / Shopping Fort Worth old west-style district with shopping & cattle drives
Fort Worth Zoo Zoo Fort Worth one of the top 25 zoos in the U.S.A.
George Bush Presidential Library & Museum Presidential Attraction / Library College Station famous presidential attraction
Guadalupe Mountains National Park Hiking Trails / Scenic Views Guadalupe Mountains NP one of two national parks in Texas; excellent hiking
Houston Museum of Natural Science Natural History Museum Houston one of the most popular science museums in the US
Kimbell Art Museum Art Museum Fort Worth "the best small art museum in the world"
LBJ Presidential Library Presidential Attraction / Library Austin famous presidential attraction
Main Street Shopping / Tourist District Fredericksburg quaint area with shops, restaurants & museums
McDonald Observatory Observatory / Astronomy / Stargazing Fort Davis one of the best places for stargazing in the USA
Menil Collection, The Art Museum Houston "one of the greatest private art collections in the US"
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Art Museum / Sculpture Park / Scenic Views Houston one of the largest art museums in the U.S.A.
National Museum of the Pacific War Military Museum Fredericksburg excellent World War II museum
Natural Bridge Caverns Cave / Cave Tours San Antonio one of the most impressive caves in the U.S.A.
Palo Duro Canyon State Park Geologic Attractions / Hiking Trails Canyon interesting geologic formations
River Walk (Paseo del Rio) Shopping / River Walk San Antonio famous below-street level pedestrian walkways
San Antonio Missions National Historical Park Spanish Missions San Antonio historic Spanish buildings
Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, The History Museum / Presidential Attraction Dallas site of the JFK assassination
Texas State Capitol / State Capitol Building State Capitol Building Austin the largest US capitol building

The Big Texan Steak Ranch
The Big Texan Steak Ranch, Amarillo

Santa Elena Canyon, Rio Grande, Big Bend National Park
Santa Elena Canyon, Rio Grande, Big Bend National Park

Congress Avenue Bridge of Austin
Hundreds of thousands of bats live under the Congress Avenue Bridge of Austin

Big Bend National Park scenery
Big Bend National Park scenery

Alpine, Texas
Alpine makes a fine base town for exploring nearby Big Bend National Park

the top of Texas, Guadalupe Peak, Guadalupe Mountains National Park
the top of Texas, Guadalupe Peak, Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo
Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo

Emory Peak, Big Bend National Park
Emory Peak, Big Bend National Park

Caverns of Sonora, Sonora
Caverns of Sonora, Sonora

Enchanted Rock State Park
hiking up the granite monolith at Enchanted Rock State Park

The Buckhorn Museum and the Texas Ranger Museum, San Antonio
The Buckhorn Museum and the Texas Ranger Museum, San Antonio

The Alamo, San Antonio
The Alamo, San Antonio

San Antonio River Walk (Paseo del Río), San Antonio
San Antonio River Walk (Paseo del Río), San Antonio

RUNNER-UPS: ATTRACTIONS THAT ALMOST MADE THE TOP 25 LIST



Here are a list of other great attractions in the state of Texas that we considered for the top 25 list above. Please email us @ gparsons66@hotmail.com if you think there are any other attractions of this quality that we should be considering, either for this runners-up list or for the top 25 attractions list itself.

ATTRACTION NAME ATTRACTION TYPE TOWN / CITY
Big Bend Ranch State Park Hiking Trails / Scenic Views / 4WDing South Saucedo
Big Thicket National Preserve Hiking Trails / Canoeing / Kayaking / Bird-Watching Kountze
Bullock Texas State History Museum History Museum Austin
Buckhorn Saloon & Texas Ranger Museum Natural History Museum / History Museum San Antonio
Cadillac Ranch Roadside Attraction / Offbeat Attraction Amarillo
Congress Avenue Bridge Bat Viewing Austin
Dallas Museum of Art Art Museum Dallas
Dallas World Aquarium Aquarium Dallas
Enchanted Rock State Park Geologic Attraction / Hiking Trails / Scenic Views Fredericksburg
Galleria, The Shopping / Mall / Ice Skating Houston
George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum Presidential Attraction / Library Dallas
Globe Life Park / Rangers Ballpark Baseball Stadium Arlington
Hamilton Pool Nature Preserve Nature Park / Waterfalls / Swimming Hole Dripping Springs
Houston Zoo Zoo Houston
Klyde Warren Park Urban / City Park Dallas
Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail Bike Path / Rail Trail Austin
Longhorn Cavern State Park Cave / Cave Tours Burnet
Lost Maples State Natural Area Nature Park / Hiking Trails Vanderpool
Majestic Theatre Theater / Concerts San Antonio
Minute Maid Park Baseball Stadium Houston
Moody Gardens Zoo / Movie Theater / Aquarium / Boat Tours Galveston
Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum History Museum Galveston
Padre Island National Seashore Beach / Beach Driving / Canoeing / Kayaking Multiple towns
Pedernales Falls State Park Hiking Trails / Horseback Riding / Swimming Hole Johnson City
Perot Museum of Nature and Science Science Museum / Natural History Museum Dallas
Schlitterbahn Waterpark & Resort Water Park New Braunfels
Sea Turtle, Inc. Animal Sanctuary South Padre Island
SeaWorld San Antonio Amusement Park / Aquarium / Animal Shows San Antonio
Six Flags Over Texas & Hurricane Harbor Amusement Park / Water Park Arlington
Space Center Houston Space Museum / NASA attraction Houston
USS Lexington Boat Museum / Military Museum Corpus Christi
Wildseed Farms Farm Fredericksburg
Wimberley Zipline Adventures Aerial Adventure Park / Zip-Lining Wimberley
Zilker Metropolitan Park / Zilker Park Urban / City Park Austin

MORE TOP 25 ATTRACTIONS LISTS



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