Choose from 78 Fun Things to Do in Texas
- The Congress Bridge bats are a must-see for animal lovers and first-time visitors to Austin.
- The bats’ dramatic appearance usually lasts between 45 and 60 minutes.
- A typical bat tour lasts two to three hours, depending on the option chosen.
- The public walkway along Congress Avenue Bridge is wheelchair accessible.
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- Fort Worth is a friendly, laid-back destination that is ideal for families.
- A free visitor trolley, Molly the Trolley, takes visitors around to the three main downtown districts.
- Traffic can be busy throughout the DFW area, particularly during rush hour.
Stuffed critters, a shooting gallery and museums of Americana and the Texas Rangers make having a drink at the Buckhorn Saloon a memorable experience.
From cattle to fish, birds and game, the Buckhorn Museum is a taxidermist’s dream, stuffed with more than 520 species from around the globe. Look out for the huge black marlin, ’78 Point Buck’ and prehistoric Irish elk complete with antlers.
The collection housed in the adjoining Ranger Museum includes weapons, badges, photos, a Bonnie & Clyde exhibit and ‘Ranger Town’, re-creating early-20th-century San Antonio.
Drop in for lunch at the cafe, or choose a locally brewed ale at 130-year-old saloon bar.
The Buckhorn Saloon & Museum is in downtown San Antonio, just a couple of blocks from the Alamo and a block from the River Walk.
- Chase Tower is considered to be one of the best free things to see in Houston's city center.
- Much of the building is office space and unavailable to the public, so it is best admired from the lobby, the street, or afar.
- Don't miss the 55-foot (16.7-meter) steel and cast sculpture by Spanish artist Joan Miró at the plaza outside the building, his largest freestanding work of art in America.
- The French Legation is a must for history buffs.
- Docent-guided tours last approximately 40 minutes.
- There is an on-site gift shop.
- The house is accessible to wheelchairs though portions of the grounds are not wholly ADA-complaint.
- The Bullock Museum is a very family-friendly venue and great for anyone interested in learning more about Texas history.
- Admission discounts are available for military members, senior citizens, students, and children.
- Museum admission does not include movie tickets or special exhibitions.
- The first floor features a gift shop, with unique Texas gifts, and there’s a café on the museum’s second floor.
- The museum is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers. Wheelchairs are available for no fee.
- During most guarded swim times, there are is a fee with discounts for seniors, youth, residents, and veterans.
- Food, smoking, and alcohol are prohibited.
- Lifeguards are on duty for much of the day.
- The Driskill Hotel is worth a peek from every first-time visitor to Austin.
- On-site dining options include the Driskill Grill for upscale dinners and the 1886 Cafe & Bakery, which serves breakfast, brunch, and lunch. The Driskill Bar serves drinks with live music every day.
- Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.
- The Driskill is pet-friendly.
- Monthly local craft beer dinners and Victorian afternoon teas are popular, so book in advance.
- The hotel is accessible to wheelchair users.
- The Austin Convention Center has an on-site business center for scanning, copying, printing, and other business needs. Postal services are also available.
- Look for the digital flight departure and arrival board with real-time flight information from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.
- A limited number of motorized scooters are available for rent.
- The Austin Convention Center has an on-site gift shop with lots of Austin- and Texas-focused merchandise.
- The Dallas Arts District is a must-stop for art and music fans.
- Most of the art venues have gift shops—consider taking home a one-of-a-kind souvenir.
- Turn your day at the Arts District into an interactive adventure by booking a Scavenger Hunt or Outdoor Trivia Race.
- The Houston aquarium is a great activity for families with young kids.
- If you plan to enjoy the outdoor attractions, remember to bring sunscreen and sunglasses.
- Skip the line with a Houston CityPASS—cardholders enter through a dedicated line.
- The Downtown Aquarium is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
- While 6th Street is sleepy during the day, it’s not appropriate for young kids in the evening, when the bar crowds fill the streets.
- The scene skews heavily toward college students and 20-somethings, with shot bars and honky-tonks that cater to that demographic.
- A portion of 6th Street is closed to traffic on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, so parking can be difficult to find.
- Billy Bob’s Texas Honky Tonk is a must-visit for families and first-time Texas visitors.
- Guests over 18 might be asked to present a valid government issued ID to enter.
- Billy Bob’s is wheelchair accessible, and handicapped parking is available.