Corpus Christi is the place where you can admire the breathtaking views of the beaches, and enjoy an exciting fishing excursion. You can go to the Mustang Island for birdwatching. The Padre Island National Seashore is the place that can be termed as the haven for bird watchers, as it is a major route for migratory birds.
The Texas State Aquarium, a nonprofit aquarium, is also located in Corpus Christi. This state aquarium has been accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums since 1995.
The Big Bend National Park
Big Bend National Park covers a vast area of about 801,163 acres, and has more than 1,200 species of plants, 56 species of reptiles, more than 450 species of birds, 75 species of mammals, more than 600 species of vertebrates, and about 3,600 species of insects.
Despite being the largest protected area of Chihuahuan Desert topography and ecology, the Big Bend National Park is one of the least-visited national parks in the country, mainly due to its remoteness. The park is also known for its extreme climate.
The temperature in the hot spring and summer days can exceed 38°C (in lower elevations). Winter days are usually mild, but occasionally sub-freezing temperatures can occur. But still, the hiking and backpacking trails of this National Park hold special attraction for many tourists.
The Dallas World Aquarium
The Dallas World Aquarium is one of the best tourist destinations for children, where they can explore the exotic marine life. The aquarium has some rare species of birds and marine animals, like tea turtles, sharks, rays, scarlet ibis, the Cock-of-the-rock, toucans.
The Aquarium has two levels, the upper level being a replica of the Orinoco rainforest. The lower level on the other hand, houses aquariums inhabited by fish, corals, sea anemones, leafy seadragons, Ribbon seadragons, Japanese crabs, etc.
Apart from marine life, you can admire some exotic plants, birds, reptiles, and other animals in the aquarium. The Dallas zoo houses endangered animals like the Orinoco crocodiles, giant river otters, Antillean manatees, and several species of monkeys.
Since 1997, the Dallas World Aquarium has been an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). It is also a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA).
Palo Duro Canyon State Park
The Palo Duro canyon is the second largest canyon in the United States, and is located in the city of Amarillo. It is a place for adventurers, as the Palo Duro Canyon State Park offers activities like hiking, mountain biking, camping, and horse riding.
The famous rim cabins of the park were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1934 with the stones quarried nearby. The park is a home to many interesting geological formations, such as hoodoo (thin and tall columns of sedimentary rocks protruding from the canyon floor), the Lighthouse peak, and the Devil's Slide.
Galveston has many famous museums, art galleries, beaches and places as Bishop's Palace. Nature lovers can visit the gardens which are educational tourist destination speaking of importance of wildlife and its conservation.
The main attractions of the garden are the three pyramids - the Aquarium pyramid, the Rainforest pyramid, and the Discovery Pyramid. Other tourist attractions of Galveston are, Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark, Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, the Lone Star Flight Museum, Galveston Railroad Museum, and other historical museums and mansions.
Named after Saint Anthony of Padua, San Antonio is the place for history lovers. It is also famous for river walk along the banks of the San Antonio River lined by shops, restaurants, nightclubs, and bars. SeaWorld San Antonio offers a unique experience to animal lovers.
The Alamo, located in the Downtown area, is one of the top tourist destinations of Texas. Another interesting place to visit is the theme park 'Six Flags Fiesta'. Apart from these, you can visit the Cathedral of San Fernando, Hemisfair Park, the Spanish Governor's Palace, the Majestic Theatre, and the historic Menger Hotel.
The downtown, as well as the central El Paso are famous for some of the city's oldest and most historic neighborhoods. The Cathedral of St. Patrick (erected in 1916) is located in Central El Paso.
The Franklin Mountains State Park covers an area of about 24,248 acres, and offers activities like hiking, mountain biking, scenic driving and attractions like the elephant rock. The city also has more than 100 parks and 16 golf courses. Other places to visit in El Paso are the El Paso Zoo, the Magoffin Home State Historic Site, and the Plaza Hotel.
Austin is the capital of Texas and home to several important museums, like the Texas Memorial Museum, the Blanton Museum of Art, and the Bullock Texas State History Museum.
You can visit the Austin zoo, and the Hamilton Pool Nature Preserve, a natural pool located about 37 km west of Austin. A 50 ft waterfall flows into this historic swimming pool, which formed when the dome of an underground river tumbled due to erosion. The serene ambience of the Hamilton pool can help you relax, and forget the busy and crowded city life.
Garner State Park
This State Park is just 30 miles away from the north of Uvalde. The park, named after the former Vice President of the United States-John Nance Garner, is an ideal place for camping. The park has a 10-acre riverfront, where you can enjoy swimming and pedal boating. A long walk through the nature trails of this park will simply rejuvenate you and your family.
Marfa is known for a peculiar phenomenon, known as the Marfa or ghost lights. Till now, nobody has put forward a convincing theory that can explain the formation of these orbs. While, for some, they are the ghosts of ancient explorers, others opine that these are nothing but lights of vehicles, ranch lights, or mirages caused by atmospheric conditions.
Six Flags Theme Park, Arlington
This is a theme park where both you and your children can enjoy the amusement rides. This park is located in Arlington, and it features more than 50 rides besides having several other attractions for visitors. The park also organizes several seasonal events throughout the year.
NASA Space Center, Houston
A visit to the NASA space center located in Houston is a must for the fans of astronauts and the aspiring space travelers. Here, you can learn more about space traveling, along with the famous missions or space programs undertaken by the NASA.
Gladys Porter Zoo
The Gladys Porter Zoo, a famous zoological and botanical park, is one of the most important tourist destinations in South Texas. This 26-acre zoo is located in the city of Brownsville. The zoo houses almost 1,600 animals, of which several species are endangered. This zoo is known for breeding several vulnerable and endangered animals successfully.
A visit to these famous vacation spots would surely make your holidays exciting and memorable. However, these are not the only tourist destinations in Texas. In fact, Texas has a lot to offer, and it will surely not disappoint you, if you consider it for your next vacation.