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Texas is such a large state, it deserves it’s on bucket list! 

To go with my Travel Bucket List, I have smaller lists for states or specific countries. Today, we’re taking a look my home state! Some of these items might be familiar but I’m hoping some will be new that you’ve never heard of. 

Here are the 40 things you should do and experience in Texas.

Texas Bucket List

40 Experiences to Include on Your Texas Bucket List

  1. Eat your heart out at the State Fair of Texas (September & October every year)
  2. See elephants at The Preserve Elephant Sanctuary
  3. Jacob’s Well in Wimberley (Read more about Jacob’s Well in my article here)
  4. Visit the World’s First Rodeo in Pecos
  5. Galaxy Drive-In Movie Theater in Ennis
  6. Shop First Mondays at the World’s Largest Flea Market in Canton
  7. See the bats in Austin (best during the summer)
  8. Eat authentic Texas BBQ (Some of my faves are Terry Blacks in Austin and Hutchins BBQ in McKinney)
  9. Texas State Railroad (fun for the whole family)
  10. Howl with the wolves at the Saint Francis Wolf Sanctuary
  11. Drive the Lonesome Highway near the Guadalupe Mountains
  12. Eeyore’s Birthday Party in Austin
  13. See the original antiques fair at the Round Top Antiques Fair 
  14. Poteet Strawberry Festival
  15. Take pictures in the bluebonnets (but don’t pick them – it’s against the law!)
  16. Drink wine in Grapevine or Fredericksburg
  17. Visit one of the darkest places on Earth at Big Bend National Park
  18. See the deserted monuments in Marfa
  19. Attend a high school or college football game (also on my list of things to do in Allen, Texas specifically)
  20. Eat your weight in Tex-Mex

Texas Bucket List

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  1. Attend a Dallas Cowboys game (even if you don’t like football! Just go see the massive stadium)
  2. Ever seen cars standing up? Visit Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo and you can!
  3. Pit stop at Buccee’s (grab some Beaver Nuggets and a brisket sandwich!)
  4. Little Czech Bakery in West for kolaches
  5. The Riverwalk in San Antonio
  6. Drink on a patio (I recommend The Oasis in Austin or Katy Trail Icehouse in Dallas)
  7. Palo Duro Canyon (it’s basically a very miniature version of the Grand Canyon)
  8. See the Gaines’ empire in Waco
  9. NASA Space Center in Houston
  10. Moody Gardens in Galveston
  11. Schiltterbahn Waterpark
  12. Spend a night out on 6th Street (because it’s a must) but then walk over to Rainey Street in Austin
  13. See an airshow at Alliance Airport in Fort Worth or Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls
  14. Eat breakfast tacos! (Apparently, this isn’t really a thing in other parts of the states)
  15. Pick peaches at Ham Orchards in Terrell
  16. Dance at Gruene Hall (pronounced green)
  17. Drive through the beautiful neighborhoods of Highland Park in Dallas
  18. Do a water hole tour (like the one I wrote about here)
  19. Eat at Whataburger
  20. Float the river

Texas Bucket List

Final Thoughts

Whew! That’s a lot to see and do in Texas. I hope you find in excitement in all the possibilities this great state has to offer. What items have you completed? Or, what items are you wanting to complete? Share in the comments down below or send me a message on Instagram (@journeywithbre_blog).

Here is a printable version of the Texas Bucket List! Feel free to share on social media and cross off the ones you have already completed.

Texas Bucket List

Unfortunately, travel is currently limited and discouraged in some areas. However, don’t let that stop you from planning a trip for the (hopefully) near future!


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