7 Attractions For Winter Texans

Texas offers many opportunities for fun in the sun. For Winter Texans, these Lone Star State stops are must see sights.

San Antonio’s River Walk

Entertaining 35 to 40 minute-long narratives of the rich history of the river and attractions seen along the route including historical details that cover two and a half miles of the beautiful San Antonio River Walk. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Entertaining 35 to 40 minute-long narratives of the rich history of the river and attractions seen along the route including historical details that cover two and a half miles of the beautiful San Antonio River Walk. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Located in the heart of the city, the River Walk features a winding pedestrian walkway along the banks of the scenic San Antonio River. Built below street level, you’ll find a wide variety of attractions, shopping, restaurants, and more during your stroll.

To make the most of a visit to the River Walk take a leisurely river cruise upstream followed by a walk, stopping to take advantage of excellent shopping and eateries, back to your starting point.

Texas Seaport Museum

Share the adventure of the high seas at the Texas Seaport Museum, home of the celebrated 1877 tall ship Elissa, a floating National Historic Landmark. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Share the adventure of the high seas at the Texas Seaport Museum, home of the celebrated 1877 tall ship Elissa, a floating National Historic Landmark. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Located in the historic port of Galveston, the Texas Seaport Museum celebrates Texas’ nautical past. Explore a rich legacy of seaborne commerce and naval maritime history as you learn about the many ships that kept the Gulf Coast shores safe.

While viewing artifacts from the First and Second Texas Navies is definitely a draw, the crowning jewel or the museum is the Elissa, a restored historical vessel.

Space Center Houston

Home of NASA Johnson Space Center, Space Center Huston is a top destination for over one million annual visitors interested in learning about space. The center features more than 400 space artifacts, permanent and traveling exhibits, attractions, and theaters dedicated to the past and future of America’s space-flight program.

Rockport, Texas is known as “The Charm of the Texas Coast” and for good reasons too. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Rockport, Texas is known as “The Charm of the Texas Coast” and for good reasons too. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Rockport

Rockport is known as “The Charm of the Texas Coast” and for good reasons. A winter hamlet that is a relaxing getaway year-round, Rockport-Fulton is known for its signature trees, clusters of giant ancient oaks sculpted by the Gulf Coast winds.

Despite its small town status there are plenty of things to do. There’s fishing, golfing, and nature trails. A few places to enjoy the wildlife are at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, Connie Hagar Wildlife Sanctuary, and Goose Island State Park. The Aransas National Wildlife Refuge is the winter host for the largest flock of whooping cranes.

Settled in the 1850s by immigrants from the Old Country, Fredericksburg retains much of its Germanic influence through shop and restaurant themes, seasonal festivals including the annual Oktoberfest with its oom-pahs, polkas, and bratwurst. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Settled in the 1850s by immigrants from the Old Country, Fredericksburg retains much of its Germanic influence through shop and restaurant themes, seasonal festivals including the annual Oktoberfest with its oom-pahs, polkas, and bratwurst. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Texas Hill Country

Imagine hills, soft and scrubby, green valleys, and limestone cliffs. Conjure up ranches and communities of German heritage, wineries, fields of wildflowers, and sparkling rivers lined with cypress and oak. No big cities, no hustle and bustle. Just cafes with country cooking, water for fishing and inner tubing, and old places with timeworn comfort.

The Hill Country rises out of south-central Texas like an island out of a vast ocean. A large area of rolling hills and valleys with limestone canyons, clear-water rivers, and a few scattered small towns, the Hill Country is quite densely wooded. Prepare to be amazed.

Located on the southernmost tip of Texas, this semi-tropical paradise is not really a valley but a delta or floodplain containing many oxbow lakes or resacas formed from pinched-off meanders in earlier courses of the Rio Grande. Pictured above Black-bellied whistling duck. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Located on the southernmost tip of Texas, this semi-tropical paradise is not really a valley but a delta or floodplain containing many oxbow lakes or resacas formed from pinched-off meanders in earlier courses of the Rio Grande. Pictured above Black-bellied whistling duck. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Rio Grande Valley

The Valley, as it is affectionately called, is an area near the Mexican border that stretches from Brownsville and Harlingen in the east to Mission in the west—a distance of about 65 miles. Starting in the east and heading west, there’s Brownsville, Los Fresco, Rio Honda, San Benito, Harlingen, La Feria, Mercedes, Weslaco, Donna, Alamo, San Juan, Pharr, Edinburg, McAllen, and Mission.

The Valley is one of North America’s meccas for birders. Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park is a great spot for bird watching.

The Alamo

Remember the Alamo! © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Remember the Alamo! © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

No visit to Texas would be complete without a stop at this historic landmark. After all, the Alamo and Texas are pretty synonymous for travelers around the world. Home of the famous 1836 battle, this 300-year-old former Spanish mission turned fortress is open year-round for free visits. And lots of people take advantage; more than 2.5 million people visit the 4.2 acre site each year.

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