Sometimes you just want to get out and explore. We try to strike a good balance of places that you will really enjoy. Finding ideas for family friendly outings, or interesting places to go in Texas with your friends, both are at your fingertips here with America Top 10. We aim to give you plenty of ideas without you having to do all the research. That way you can easily decide if you want to explore Texas sites or check out the sites in another state.
You have also heard how it is becoming a lot more popular to have staycations (where you stay home instead of going to far off places) and discover new and interesting places in the near vicinity. We try to make that easier for you. Check out the sites in Texas that have become local favorites easily with our site.
We hope that we have provided you plenty of choices in Texas whether this is a new area for you or your own back yard. Something a little different from the typical amusement park. If you really loved somewhere but don’t see them on our list let us know, we are always looking to improve our lists and we can only do that with your help.
San Antonio, TX
The adventure at The Dallas World Aquarium begins at the top of the rainforest exhibit, where exotic birds, such as Cocks-of-the-rock and many species of toucans, can be seen. Lounging around are Two-toed and Three-toed sloths. Endangered animals, such as Orinoco crocodiles, Giant river otters, Antillean manatees and several species of monkeys are part of the many conservation projects. The aquarium portion displays interesting marine life, including Japanese crabs, jellyfish, Leafy, Weedy and Ribbon seadragons. Black-footed and Blue penguins can be seen swimming as guests enjoy the outdoor South Africa exhibit. Sharks, rays and sawfish are only a few of the fish living in the Mundo Maya cenote. Safe from Neotropical eagles, are euphonias, tanagers and hummingbirds. Reptiles and amphibians, both of significance to the Maya culture, can be seen throughout the exhibit.
Corpus Christi, TX
Padre Island National Seashore separates the Gulf of Mexico from the Laguna Madre, one of a few hypersaline lagoons in the world. The park protects 70 miles of coastline, dunes, prairies, and wind tidal flats teeming with life. It is a safe nesting ground for the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle and a haven for over 380 bird species. It also has a rich history, including the Spanish shipwrecks of 1554.
Established in 1903, the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) is among the 10 largest art museums in the country and is distinguished by its commitment to research, innovation and public engagement. At the heart of the Museum and its programs is its global collection, which encompasses more than 24,000 works and spans 5,000 years of history, representing a full range of world cultures.
Nearly 8 million visitors from around the state and all over the world have explored Texas history and culture at the Bullock Texas State History Museum since it opened in 2001. The Museum features some of the most significant Texas artifacts, spanning 4,000 years of history, in Seeing Texas History: The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum (UT Press: 2016). The guide is a rich treasury of popular and important artifacts from some of the 50-plus special exhibitions on view at the Museum during its first 15 years.
San Antonio, TX
Natural Bridge Caverns, is Texas’s premier natural attraction, where you’ll find adventure and fun around every bend. Like on the Discovery Tour, where you’ll see massive, otherworldly formations formed by single drops of water and the slow passage of time. Or, explore their Hidden Passages Tour, where shadows dance over delicate formations and mystery awaits in every shadow. Take to the skies high above Texas, as you ascend the Canopy Challenge, or for a true test, try tackling one of our adventure tours. Experience a sense of discovery finding your way through the AMAZEn’ Ranch Roundup, a 5,000 square foot outdoor maze.
Forth Worth, TX
Fort Worth Zoo was founded in 1909 and is currently recognized as the oldest Zoo in Texas that houses nearly 7,000 native and exotic animals. Fort Worth Zoo is also well-known for having been ranked the # 5 zoo in the nation by USA Travel Guide and the top zoo by Family Life magazine as well.
El Paso, TX
The Franklin Mountains provided most of the basic necessities of life for early people here. Today, the mountains meet a different human need, the need for time in nature. Explore these high-desert mountains, just 15 minutes from El Paso.
Downtown Aquarium is the product of redeveloping two downtown Houston landmarks, Fire Station No. 1 and the Central Waterworks Building. This magnificent six-acre entertainment and dining complex is a 500,000-gallon aquatic wonderland, home to over 200 species of aquatic life from around the globe. With a full-service restaurant, an upscale bar, a fully equipped ballroom, aquatic & geographic exhibits, shopping and a variety of amusements, Downtown Aquarium has it all.
The Houston Zoo is made up of many moving parts. They have over 6,000 permanent residents (their animals) for whom they provide housing, meals, medical care and, yes, even education. There are over 2 million guests each year who come to experience our incredible variety of animals and ecosystems, as well as attend special private and public events and entertainment. Their dedicated staff works around the clock to ensure that the Zoo is always running smoothly for the safety and well being of the residents and guests.