100 Things Every Texan Must Do!

By Linsey Thut | January 11, 2019

1. Remember (and also visit) The Alamo

2. Leave your mark in spray paint at Cadillac Ranch

3. Stop at the roadside attractions on the Texas portion of Historic Route 66

4. Tube the Frio, Comal, Guadalupe or San Marcos River

5. Take a tour the of the AT&T Stadium and throw a football on the Dallas Cowboys field

6. Go Two-Stepping at a historic dance hall

7. Take a walk on the weird side down South Congress in Austin

8. Ride a mechanical bull at the Stockyards in Fort Worth

9. Catch a beautiful West Texas sunset

10. Visit the Eiffel Tower replica in Paris, Texas

11. Gorge yourself on some good ol’ Texas barbecue (extra points if you wait more than an hour for it)

12. Balance on the top of Balanced Rock in Big Bend National Park

13. Take in the city from the top of Reunion Tower in Dallas

14. Eat a Fletcher’s corny dog and fried-everything at the State Fair of Texas

15. Wave at Sam Houston’s Statue in Huntsville

16. Eat a Texas-sized Chicken Fried Steak at a small town diner, and finish off with a slice of pie

17. Try your luck paddling the winding and treacherous Devils River

18. Learn how to properly pronounce “Burnet,” “Waxahachie,” “Mexia,” “Palestine” and “Boerne”

19. Get artsy at Prada Marfa

20. Pretend to be an astronaut at Space Center Houston

21. Go wine-tasting through the Hill Country

22. Figure out the best way to eat a Pittsburg Hot Link

23. Attempt the Lockhart Barbecue Challenge

24. Tour the Painted Churches

25. In the spring, take the Willow City Loop to see fields and fields of bluebonnets

26. Eat pie at Pie Happy Hour at Blue Bonnet Cafe

27. Eat Watermelons from Luling, Tomatoes from Jacksonville and Cantalopes from Pecos

28. Go on a fall hike through Lost Maples State Natural Area to see the beautiful fall foliage

29. Say hi to the “Fixer Uppers” at Magnolia Market in Waco

30. Drive past Luck, TX, and see if you have any luck finding the Red Headed Stranger, himself

31. Eat a Texas-sized Round Rock Donut

32. Get your antique on in Round Top during Antiques Week

33. Hike to the iconic Lighthouse in Palo Duro Canyon

34. Travel to the Geographic Center of Texas

35. Drive the entire length of North Padre Island

36. Attend the FIESTA San Antonio celebration

37. Get a glimpse of the galaxies at one of Texas’s many observatories

38. Climb to the top of Texas at Guadalupe Mountains National Park

39. See the “TEXAS” Outdoor Musical in Palo Duro Canyon State Park

40. Wander through the Davy Crockett National Forest

41. Paddle down the El Camino Real Paddling Trail in Bastrop

42. Toast a mug of mead at the Texas Renaissance Festival

43. Have a Holly Jolly afternoon in Grapevine, “The Christmas Capital of Texas”

44. Boat your way through the eerie tangled trees at Caddo Lake (just don’t get lost!)

45. Take a boat ride down the San Antonio Riverwalk

46. Experience the mystifying Marfa Lights

47. Rock out at a Texas music festival

48. Tour the Texas State Capitol

49. Attempt to drive or motorcycle ride the Twisted Sisters (Ranch Roads 335, 336, 337)

50. Learn about Texas’s favorite drink at the Dr Pepper Museum

51. Watch a race at the Texas Motor Speedway

52. Stop for Kolaches in West, TX

53. Make a pit-stop at every Buc-ee’s you pass on road trips

54. Attempt a Food Challenge like The Mega Mel at Mel’s Country Cafe and the 72 oz. Steak at Big Texan Steak Ranch

55. Go CrAzY for Crazy Water from Mineral Wells

56. See what’s underground at one of Texas’s many Caves

57. Peer into Jacob’s Well in Wimberley

58. Spend the day at Six Flags and eat a Pink Thing

59. Cheer loudly at a Rangers, Astros, Cowboys, Mavericks or Spurs Game

60. Stand in dinosaur tracks at Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose

61. Admire the beauty of the San Jacinto Monument

62. Climb to the top of Enchanted Rock

63. Hear live music at Gruene Hall

64. Eat at the OST in Bandera

65. Win a stuffed animal on the Kemah Boardwalk

66. Dance to Texas Country at the Broken Spoke

67. Giddy on up to The Houston Rodeo

68. Gather on the Congress Bridge to watch the Austin Bridge Bats fly out

69. Get fresh scoops of Homemade Vanilla at the Blue Bell Creamery in Brenham

70. Catch a “Friday Night Lights” game at Permian Basin high school in Odessa

71. Eat at the double-decker Whataburger flagship location on Shoreline Dr. in Corpus Christi

72. Tailgate before a college football game

73. Get stuck in traffic on I-35

74. Eat proper Texas chili (aka beanless chili) at the spot where Chili Powder was invented: the Phoenix Saloon in New Braunfels

75. Get lost behind the Pine Curtain of East Texas

76. Catch a wave on a Texas beach

77. Begin a day with breakfast tacos in Austin or end your day with any kind of tacos in San Antonio

78. Learn the proper conjugations of “y’all”

79. Explore a Texas waterfall like Gorman Falls

80. Dive into a Texas swimming hole on a scorching summer day

81. Get late night tacos at Chico’s Tacos

82. Say hi to the stuffed goat who was once the mayor of Terlingua at the Starlight Theater

83. Shop underground at Houston’s Lamar Tunnel

84. Honor our state heroes at the Texas State Cemetery

85. Drive across the Regency Bridge, the last drive-able wooden suspension bridge in Texas

86. Lounge on the lawn of the “Texas White House” in Johnson City

87. See where Texas began at Washington-on-the-Brazos, aka “The Birthplace of Texas”

88. See why “Everybody’s Somebody” in Luckenbach

89. Eat German food and shop for antiques in Fredericksburg

90. Smell the roses at Tyler’s Municipal Rose Garden

91. Find the desk on top of Hancock Hill in Alpine

92. So “sand sledding” at Monahans Sandhills State Park

93. Visit Shiner, TX for a beer and a tour of the brewery

94. See the “Come and Take it” Cannon at the Gonazles Memorial Museum

95. Toast a frozen margarita at the place that invented the frozen margarita machine, Mariano’s Hacienda in Arlington

96. Admire the only glass toilets in America in Sulphur Springs

97. Test your bravery at the Sweetwater Rattlesnake Roundup

98. Discover the rock art in Seminole Canyons State Park

99. Stop by Prairie Dog Town in Lubbock

100. Be prouder than proud that you live in the best state in the world

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