Texas is a gorgeous state in the lower half of the United States. Home to cities such as Austin and San Antonio, this beautiful state is full of countless things to do! If you’re looking to plan a visit, here are 10 ideas for off-the-beaten-path outings during your trip.
1. Marfa, Texas
Marfa is a small town in Texas with a one-of-a-kind, quirky vibe. It’s become known for some supposed mysterious lights which hover above the town at night, its fake Prada storefront in the desert, and being home to a variety of artsy shops. It’s pretty far from some of the larger cities in Texas, making this a great option for those looking for a weekend getaway or who don’t mind some travel time in the car.
2. Tiger Creek Animal Sanctuary
When you think of animals you might see in texas, lions and tigers probably aren’t high on the list. A visit to Tiger Creek Animal Sanctuary will challenge that assumption, though! The sanctuary aims to provide rescued big cats a place to live out their lives.
3. Palmetto State Park
If you’re looking for something outdoorsy to do, check out Palmetto State Park! This beautiful, almost jungle-like park offers hiking trails, swimming, camping, and more. Located about an hour outside of San Antonio, this is a great option for a fun day trip.
4. Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center
Here’s another option for something to do outdoors – or more, underground. Westcave is a 76-acre preserve that features a limestone cave. To visit the preserve, you can make reservations online – the “Walk Through The Grotto” tour includes the cave and nearby waterfall, as well as the gorgeous vegetation that surrounds the area.
5. Museum Of The Weird
If you find yourself nearby Austin, Texas, consider dropping by the Museum Of the Weird. Part museum, part curiosity shop, this stop is all quirky. Exhibits include bigfoot statues and taxidermied “jackalopes”.
6. Hamilton Pool Preserve
This majestic, almost otherworldly grotto is a 40-minute drive from Austin, and it’s more than worth it. While the segment of the trail that goes behind the pool is currently closed to safety concerns related to the geology of the overhanging cliff, the front walkway, as well as the pool itself, is open. Because of the area’s popularity, reservations are currently needed for your visit, and can be made online.
If you plan on being in the Austin area, consider stopping by Wonderspaces. Wonderspaces is an immersive, interactive art show that features 14 exhibits. In addition to the stunning pieces that make up the art show, you can also look forward to enjoying cocktails during your experience – Wonderspaces offers a full bar. Tickets are available for purchase online.
8. The Hobbit Cafe
If you enjoyed the Lord of The Rings or The Hobbit growing up, here’s a fun option for you. If you find yourself in Houston, consider checking up at hobbit café. This middle earth themed cafe offers sandwiches, hamburgers, and other American cuisine, and is a great place to grab a memorable bite to eat.
The Buckhorn Saloon And Museum
Enjoy a drink with a slice of history at the Buckhorn Saloon. This historic place first opened in 1881 and continues to welcome visitors to this day. The museum portion of the experience details the history of Texas Rangers, and also includes a variety of taxidermied animals. The saloon, meanwhile, offers drinks as well as casual dining options. such as burgers and waffle fries. If you swing by, consider also checking out the gift shop to grab a souvenir in memory of your visit.
Hopscotch is another incredible immersive art installation. Located in San Antonio, Hopscotch offers numerous exhibits spread across its 20,000-square-foot gallery. Tickets are available online.
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