For Winter Texans, these Lone Star State stops are must see sights.
A popular destination for winter travel, a snowbird (or Winter Texan as many prefer to be called) winter in Texas offers many opportunities for fun in the sun. If you’re planning your first trip south,or you’re planning your tenth return, you’ll want to be sure to make your way to these Texas attractions. No matter which Texas KOA you choose, these sites are ones you won’t want to miss.
San Antonio’s River Walk
Located in the heart of the city, the River Walk features a winding pedestrian walkway along the banks of the 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 really make the most of a visit to the River Walk we suggest taking a leisurely river cruise upstream followed by a walk, stopping to take advantage of excellent shopping and eateries, back to your starting point. To get the most out of your time in San Antonio – which features a number of great attractions in addition to the River Walk – consider a stay at the San Antonio KOA conveniently located nearby.
Texas Seaport Museum
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 1st and 2nd Texas Navies is definitely a draw, the crowning jewel or the museum is the Elissa. A National Historic Landmark, the Elissa is one of the most accurately restored historical vessels in the US. Climb aboard and walk Elissa’s decks just as sailors did in 1877.
Padre Island National Seashore
Did you know the world’s longest undeveloped barrier island is located in Texas? Stretching 70 miles from end-to-end, Padre Island National Seashore is one of the most important conservation areas in Texas encompassing more than 130,000 acres of beaches, dunes and grassland habitats. Begin your visit at the Malaquite Visitor Center before exploring this haven for rare sea turtles and over 380 distinct bird species (birders this deist nation is for you!). The barrier island also features a wide variety of outdoor recreation including canoeing and kayaking, fishing and hunting.
Natural Bridge Caverns
Just a short drive from San Antonio, this stunning natural wonder is part of a vast underground network of more than 10,000 different stalactite formations. Natural Bridge Caverns is the largest cave network in the country accessible to the public and features many notable highlights including the massive King’s Throne, a 40-foot-high wall of stalactites. Enter the caverns via a 60-foot limestone bridge (from which the caves take their name) and enjoy a number of themed tours included a hand-held lantern tour, the original discovery tour or a more extreme spelunking tour.
The Texas State Capitol
Built in 1888, the capitol building in downtown Austin is considered one of the finest state legislatures in the U.S. Visit this National Historic Landmark to explore a number of historic monuments, take a guided tour of the building’s exquisite interior and learn about the rich history of the state. At dusk you won’t want to miss another Texas must-see, the spectacle of nearly 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats emerging from the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge. If you’re looking to stay nearby after a date with the bats, the Batstrop / SE Austin / Colorado River KOA and the Leander / NW Austin KOA are just a quick drive away.
Space Center Houston
Home of NASA Johnson Space Center, Space Center Houston is a top destination for over one million annual visitors interested in learn 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. You’ll also get the chance to go behind the sense at NASA Johnson Space Center – home of NASA Mission Control, International Space Station Mission Control and astronaut training. You’ll sure to have an out-of-this-world experience during a day trip to the Space Center from the Lake Conroe / Houston North KOA Holiday.
Big Bend National Park
If your travels take you to far west Texas don’t miss a stop at Big Bend National Park. One of the most popular vacation destination in the state, this national park offers scenic vistas, diverse wildlife, historic sites and unique border culture. Popular sites at the park include Chisos Basin, Rio Grande Village and the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive which highlights the geological splendor Big Bend National Park is famous for. Consider taking a popular day hike, bird watching or witnessing the striking night skies. With five visitors’ centers located within the park you’ll also be close to interactive exhibits, park information and travel amenities.
Black Dragon Pirate Ship Cruise
Have you ever wanted to sail the high seas in true pirate style? Than a voyage on the Black Dragon should be added to your list. Join Captain Black-Hearted Any and his crew on this interactive adventure cruze of the Laguna Madre. Learn about Texas pirate history, enjoy a pirate-inspired cocktail and even catch a glimpse of dolphins aboard this replica 17th century galleon. Tours last about two and half hours and include sunset trips and fireworks cruises. After your pirate adventure a stay at the South Padre Island KOA Holiday will be just what the captain ordered.
El Paso Wineries & Vineyards
With 302 days of sun annually, El Paso – also known as “Sun City” – is home to a number of fine vineyards. If you’re planning a stay at the El Paso West / Anthony KOA, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to visit one of the areas fine wineries. Straddling the boarder between Texas and New Mexico a trip to one or two of these spots will offer vineyard tours, tasting rooms, live music and more. You’ll also be able to purchase one-of-a-kind, Texas gifts to take home for friends and family. Cheers!
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 now open year-round for free visits. And lots of people take advantage; more than 2.5 million people vist the 4.2 acre site each year. Consider taking an informative guided tour to gain the most from your visit to this historic site.