Texas

Things to do in Texas

Those wondering what to do in Texas should head out west. Right outside of Big Bend National Park is the small artsy town of Marfa. It is there that you will find the enchanting Marfa Lights. In order to catch a glimpse, head about eight miles east of Marfa on Highway 90/67 where you will find the viewing area. Don’t be fooled into thinking that these are simply a car’s headlights off in the distance—sightings of these strange lights began as early as 1883, well before man’s use of the automobile.

For a close encounter with Texas wildlife, visit the Padre Island National Seashore south of Corpus Christi. The island is one of the best things to do in Texas. The winds that sweep across the shore are perfect for flying kites, and if you’re lucky, you could catch a glimpse of the endangered Kemp Ridley sea turtle. During late summer, visitors can even take part in a turtle release.

If you’re looking for things to do in Texas’ capital city of Austin, look no further than downtown. The eclectic city is known as the live music capital of the state. Venues such as Stubb’s and the Mohawk offer shows almost nightly.

Built in 1879, Brennan’s McCrary House Tasting Room is a landmark and one of the oldest remaining homesteads.

Temple Wynne always had an affinity for pottery, decorations, art, and accessories so when she saw the need to restore an old building in Wimberley, the result was River House.

Every Tuesday year-round, you can also watch cattlemen ply their trade

Art from South of the Border includes several José Clemente Orozcos and Rufino Tamayos (and a number of other painters of a heroic, postrevolutionary mode), as well as a collection of gorgeous 19th-century earthenware pitchers for serving pulque, a viscous agave beer.

Why It’s Cool: This granddaddy of river walks charms with four miles of cypress-lined cobble- and-flagstone paths along both sides of the narrow San Antonio River.

Found, unexpectedly, in a rambling ivy-covered brick building that houses a homey-looking branch of the Houston Public Library, the Kraftsmen Bakery, and the Black Labrador pub, Cezanne's is the city's most endearing jazz establishment.

As a nod to Houston’s long history with the railroad, the Houston Astros new MLB stadium was built on the site occupied by the city’s historic Union Station. Outside Minute Maid Park's left-field wall sits a full-size vintage locomotive running along 800 feet of track.

What exactly is an art car?It's a fair question, more easily answered by showing rather than telling, and that's not the only reason the Art Car Parade, which takes place every year on the second Saturday in May, is a must-see.

Instead of loading up on multiple vintages of classified-growth Bordeaux and Napa Valley trophy wines, the adventurous wine director here features more challenging bottlings from obscure locations and made from indigenous grapes.

The shop rents environmentally friendly electric scooters and e-bikes.