Things to do in Texas

Our most recommended things to do in Texas, USA

Houston: Space Center Houston Admission Ticket

1. Houston: Space Center Houston Admission Ticket

Explore Space Center Houston with its 400 space artifacts as well as permanent and traveling exhibits. Discover attractions and theaters related to the exciting future and remarkable past of America’s human space-flight program, all for one admission price. See the world’s largest collection of moon rocks and lunar samples for public view. Go behind-the-scenes to see NASA Johnson Space Center (based on availability). Learn about the world-renowned home of NASA Mission Control, International Space Station Mission Control, and astronaut training. Experience the newest permanent exhibit, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, displayed outside the center. Walk around and underneath the first-stage booster spanning more than 156 feet long. See the only Falcon 9 on public display outside of SpaceX’s headquarters which is the same type of rocket that launched NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft on May 30 for the Demo-2 mission. It marked the first time since 2011 that astronauts have launched from American soil.

Dallas: Dallas Cowboys AT&T Stadium Tour with Transport

2. Dallas: Dallas Cowboys AT&T Stadium Tour with Transport

Enjoy a tour of the Dallas Cowboys’ new football stadium where an AT&T Stadium guide will walk you through the Dallas Cowboys’ new football expansive stadium.  Tour the grand stadium, the radio box, the press boxes, the private suites, the Cotton Bowl offices, Dr. Pepper Star Bar, and the Ford Motor Company Fountain. Have the chance to stand on the field and throw a ball. Then, just as the players do after a game, head to the locker room, the post-game interview room, and even see the Dallas Cowboys’ cheerleaders locker room. Enjoy an amazing 3-hour tour with live commentary that will make you feel like a star.

San Antonio: Hopscotch Immersive Art Experience Ticket

3. San Antonio: Hopscotch Immersive Art Experience Ticket

Discover the magic of larger-than-life art that you can engage with in a 20,000 square-foot space with this ticket for the Hopscotch art gallery in San Antonio. Be captivated by a collaborative and experiential space that creates distinct shared experiences. Uncover how art can be a vessel to tell stories and illuminate important messages about the past, present, and future. See work that is presented in sustainable and creative ways. Be inspired by new mediums that empower the artists to reach new audiences. Escape the outside world as you enter a space that invokes a sense of joy and wonder through light, color, sculpture, and new media. Stop by the public-facing lounge that includes a full bar, large patio, food truck, and a gift shop. 

Houston: Museum of Natural Science General Admission Ticket

4. Houston: Museum of Natural Science General Admission Ticket

Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of natural science with an entrance ticket to the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences, one of the United States most-visited museums. See spectacular mineral specimens, dinosaur skeletons, space-station models, and much more. Gaze at dozens of prehistoric beasts in the Morian Hall of Paleontology brought to life in lively displays that animate their struggle to survive. See a blue topaz crystal of more than 2,000 carats in the Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals. Celebrate the diversity of America’s indigenous peoples in the John P. McGovern Hall of the Americas. Come face to face with wildlife ecology at the Frensley Graham Hall of African Wildlife, or learn about shell science and the study of mollusks at the Strake Hall of Malacology.

Dallas: JFK Assassination and Sixth Floor Museum Tour

5. Dallas: JFK Assassination and Sixth Floor Museum Tour

Explore the history and the world of conspiracies around the assassination of former president John F. Kennedy. Travel to Dealey Plaza, where you can look out over the Grassy Knoll where the assassination took place. The tour includes museum tickets to the Sixth Floor Museum located in Dealey Plaza. From there, head to the John F. Kennedy Memorial. The memorial is surrounded by soaring concrete walls that appear to float, capturing the feeling of loss felt around the world following Kennedy’s assassination. End your tour by visiting the home of Lee Harvey Oswald. Learn about the conspiracies around Oswald before being dropped off in downtown Dallas.

Houston: City Tour and NASA Space Center Admission Ticket

6. Houston: City Tour and NASA Space Center Admission Ticket

Explore the wonders of space travel on an unforgettable tour that includes a mini-city tour around Houston and roundtrip transportation to the NASA/Johnson Space Center.  Enjoy interactive exhibits and activities, touch a moon rock, take a tram ride to the NASA control center and see the shuttle replica at the Independence Plaza. Begin your day of space exploration on land as you are taken a short city sightseeing tour around Houston where you can see some of its most important landmarks.  Afterward, drive 25 miles from the center of Houston to the Space Center Houston and experience America’s adventures in space first-hand. Space Center Houston is the visitor center for NASA's Johnson Space Center. It is a separate facility that features activities and exhibits designed jointly by NASA and Disney Imagineering. Get a chance to ride the half-hour tram tour that goes to the gigantic International Space Station Assembly Building and to the NASA control center. Both kids and adults will enjoy the interactive displays. Don’t miss the Starship Gallery Artifact Museum, where you can touch a moon rock or try out the simulator that lets you land the lunar orbiter.

Grapevine: SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium General Admission

7. Grapevine: SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium General Admission

Embark on an underwater adventure and escape to a magical world at SEA LIFE Grapevine. Here, you’ll be offered a wave of underwater adventures with sea animals from around the globe. Encounter more than 5,000 sea creatures and learn about the diversity of marine life. Head to Stingray Bay and be amazed by these magnificent creatures. Then make your way to Rainforest Adventure and explore the mysterious world of the rainforest. Meet SEA LIFE’s two caimans, Mulder and Scully, or if you dare, venture through the Piranha Tunnel. Enter a kaleidoscope of color at Clownfish Caves where you’ll witness underwater cities teeming with fish that come in every shape, color, and pattern. Then learn more about the captivating jellyfish at Jellyfish Discovery and watch them dance through the water. Explore the awe-inspiring Ocean Tunnel where you can take a stroll under the sea. Make sure to enjoy the views as shoals of glittering fish flutter along beside you while sharks, rays, and two rescued green sea turtles, Thally and Eddie, glide over your head. Discover the Seahorse Temple and get up close to these mythical creatures as they grip at seagrass with their curly tails and suck up tiny shrimp with their straw-like snouts. Then make your way towards the Interactive Rockpools and see amazing rockpool creatures such sea stars, urchins, anemones, and more. After, get up close with the Moray eel, one of the most fascinating creatures at SEA LIFE Grapevine.

Houston: City Tour by Bus

8. Houston: City Tour by Bus

Explore Houston in an open air, double-decker bus around Downtown and the Historic District. This tour offers the best of the city’s symbolic sites and attractions in one easy sitting. Along the way, enjoy commentary from audio or live guide who will tell you about attractions, such as the giant Chase Tower. Hear stories about the colorful theater district and learn more about many of the city's most important landmarks. • Hilton Americas Hotels at the Convention Center • Market Square - Historic District • City Hall and Visitors Center • Downtown Aquarium - Theater District • Sam Houston Park and Heritage Society historic homes • Discover the oldest commercial building still in use since 1840's • Houston's tunnel system • Graffiti park at Old China Town

San Antonio: River Boat Cruise and Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Pass

9. San Antonio: River Boat Cruise and Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Pass

Start your day with a scenic city boat cruise along the iconic San Antonia River Walk. During this leisurely 40-minute boat tour, learn about the rich history and culture of the city and admire the sights as you sail. When you’re done, head over to the city’s hop-on hop-off bus cruiser and pick up your 2-day pass. Enjoy the freedom to explore San Antonio at your own leisure and get on and off the bus at the sights and attractions that appeal to you most. Onboard, listen to a 1-hour narrated tour which provides lively commentary about the city. Throughout the bus ride, enjoy access to explore 19 of the best sightseeing destinations in San Antonio, including the Alamo, Pearl Brewery, Museum of Art House, Tobin Center, Veterans Memorial Park, Buckhorn Saloon and Texas Ranger Museum, Southtown, King William Historic District, Tower of the Americas, and many more.

Austin: Sunset Boat Cruise with Guided Evening Tour

10. Austin: Sunset Boat Cruise with Guided Evening Tour

Experience the beauty of Austin at twilight on a sunset cruise, with a guide and hotel transfer included. See the city's top sites like the Willie Nelson Statue, Paramount Theatre, and the Texas Capitol lit up at night. Join a bat-watching tour during March-October. Be greeted by your guide at your downtown Austin accommodation and begin your evening tour in the comfort of a Mercedes Metris van. At dusk, cruise on Austin's Lady Bird Lake and watch the changing skyline. Learn about the city’s culture and friendly locals. Take this tour between March and October, witness Austin's famous Congress Bridge bats. Join your guide on a bat-watching excursion to see fabled Mexican (or Brazilian) free-tailed bats take flight from underneath the Congress Avenue Bridge. Witness the bats under the bridge where a colony of 1.5 million bats reside, one of the biggest colonies of urban bats in the world. Be awestruck at the sight of these bats flying across the colorful evening sky, with speeds of 60 miles per hour. Hop back into the van to enjoy a narrated drive with stops at several iconic landmarks including Pfluger Bridge, Texas State Capitol, the Willie Nelson statue, and Paramount Theatre illuminated at night. Get local insights into the surrounding area from your guide before being taken back to your downtown Austin hotel.

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This was a great tour with a great guide (Dan, I believe). He was extremely informative and seemed to thoroughly enjoy imparting his knowledge, all the while driving through Dallas traffic! Because of his vivid descriptions and information as well as the fact we were driving the same route JFK took that fateful day, he made it seem as real as possible and easy to imagine. Being able to go into the rooming house LHO stayed at was an added bonus; it was like stepping into a time machine. Overall, take the tour; it's well worth it.

In spite of the rain our guide Kevin gave us a fantastic tour and commentary of the fateful day. Kevin was informative and entertaining. Great tour!!!!

It was so nice. The tour guide Ben was funny and very knowledgeable. Made us want to move to Houston

The lady in Black was Awesome.. She knew everything about history.

My guide was the best. Very knowledgeable and a lot a fun