Texas Travel Guide

Head to this 1,700-acre park for hikes and horseback rides along trails flanked by native Texas plants.

The waves along this stretch of beach are consistent, thanks to deep, long jetties, making it ideal for surfers. If you don’t have your own board, rent one from Beachfront RV Rentals; the outfitter also has body boards, bikes, and kayaks. (Surfboard rentals, $30/2 hours)

Over a million visitors have stopped in to visit exhibits on George Bush Senior’s life in and out of the White House. Among the permanent displays, don’t miss the World War II Avenger Torpedo Bomber, a piece of the Berlin Wall, and the replica of the Oval Office.

There are 27 holes at this Guadalupe River-front campus, so you can golf enthusiasts have three 18-hole combos to choose from. Beginners should opt for the Blue Course—considered the easiest—though you can afford to challenge yourself when green fees start at $25.

Top off your Texas uniform with a cowboy hat from Catalena, which has been hand making felt hats in custom versions—Cattleman, Canadian, Ranger and Old West, among others—for over 30 years. If you’re keeping tabs on your wallet, opt for a less expensive straw version.

Of the area’s 32 miles of beach, this is one of the best for families thanks to picnic tables, lifeguards, public restrooms, volleyball tournaments, and sandcastle building competitions.

Victoria is full of historic homes and buildings that have been lauded with historic markers.

Stop by this historic theater (it originally opened in 1910) with exposed brick interiors to see bands ranging from up-and-coming indie groups to country music favorites.

The cornerstone of this Texas history museum is a series of eight cannons that were brought over the Atlantic by French explorer La Salle.

Here, you can come face to face with the original “Come and Take It” cannon—it was originally used during the Battle of Gonzales in 1835 and has since come to symbolize Texas’ independent spirit—as well as uniforms worn by local soldiers during the Texas Revolution.

Set up a picnic blanket for complimentary music performances, ranging from country music bands to sing-a-longs, on Sunday nights (late spring through early fall) at the central Northshore Park on bank of Lake Woodlands.

Locals take water taxis to get around the Woodlands—the 1.4 mile corridor links restaurants, hotels, offices and shops—but it’s also a fun way to explore the area.