This tiny, unassuming white stone chapel in south central Texas was once the site of a great battle. The Battle of the Alamo has been immortalized in legend, film and song, as the site of struggle for independence from Mexico. Today, it welcomes millions of visitors every year. The famous chapel marks the entrance into the site, and visitors can see the Long Barracks and countless artifacts from the compound's storied history. It's an attraction that guests will truly never forget.
The history of this river walk goes all the way back to the 16th century, when the river was first discovered and renamed for St. Anthony. This area has seen a lot of change since then, culminating in a vibrant social and cultural scene that draws locals and visitors in droves. River boats are available for hire, allowing you to take in the history and scenery from a most unique vantage point. Museums, parks, and restaurants are just a handful of the options awaiting a trip to this gorgeous esplanade.
Once upon a time, when it was first constructed, the Texas State Capitol was billed as the seventh largest building in the world. Located in the hip urban locale of Austin, the Capitol building and its grounds are open to the public. The rotunda is a "whispering gallery," meaning that its acoustics allow even whispers to carry clear across the room. On the grounds, monuments like Heroes of the Alamo and Terry's Texas Rangers commemorate moments of significance in Texas's history.
Located in Dallas, this aquarium features many species of endangered animals and educates visitors about the importance of conservation. Although it's known as an aquarium, it also features a replica of the Orinoco Rainforest. Here, toucans and ibises fly around the aviary, and three-toed sloths hang out in the trees. Together with the aquarium simulating the river and its various types of wildlife, including electric eels and crocodiles, visitors get an awe-inspiring sense of the rainforest and its wonders.
This primitive national preserve is a 70-mile stretch of undeveloped coastline on the north side of Padre Island. Windsurfing enthusiasts come to Laguna Madre on the island's west side, and bird watchers thrill at the sight of cormorants, egrets, herons, pelicans, and more. The park contains dunes, beach scenes, prairies, and tide pools teeming with marine life. You might even catch a glimpse of a sea turtle or two. Because of its undeveloped nature, a visit to this park is a lot like stepping into the past.