Texas Bucket List ~ Prairies and Lakes Region

Phew! This is a super long list for the bucket list series, due in large part to the major cities of Dallas/Fort Worth being located within this region.

Addison

  • Mary Kay Museum: Come see the museum that has all the history behind this famous cosmetic company.

Arlington

  • AT & T Stadium: Home of the Dallas Cowboys.
  • International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame: Interactive museum that features the history of bowling.

Bastrop

  • Dinosaur Park: Features life-size dinosaur exhibits.

Bowie

  • Chisholm Trail Memorial Park: Park that pay tribute to the famous cattle drive trail.

Brenham

  • Blue Bell Creameries: Visitor center allows visitors to see how Blue Bell ice cream is made.

Bryan-College Station

  • George Bush Presidential Library and Museum: Museum and final resting place of the 41st president.

Burton

  • Texas Cotton Gin Museum: This is the oldest operating cotton gin in the United States.

Cleburne

  • Chisholm Trail Museum: Outdoor museum focused on the Texas cattle drive.

Dallas

  • Dallas World Aquarium: I love aquariums!
  • Dallas Zoo: Right up there with aquariums in my book!
  • Texas Discovery Gardens: Interactive gardens that include a scent garden and waterfall.
  • Hall of State: Celebrates the history of Texas
  • George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum: Museum dedicated to the 43rd president of the United States.
  • John F. Kennedy Memorial: Marks the spot where JFK was assassinated.
  • Nasher Sculpture Center: Considered to be one of the best collections of 20th century sculpture in the world.
  • Pioneer Plaza: Features the world’s largest bronze monument.
  • Reunion Tower: 50-story tower that features an observation deck.
  • The Sixth Floor Museum: Museum dedicated to the life and death of JFK.
  • Thanks-giving Square: Unique inter-faith chapel.

Denison

  • Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site: Birthplace of President Dwight Eisenhower.

Denton

  • Little Chapel in the Woods: Small chapel that blends in with nature.

Dublin

  • Dublin Bottling Works and Old Doc’s Soda Shop: Bottling works the bottle “Dublin Dr. Pepper.”

Eagle Lake

  • Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge: Home to the endangered Attwater Prairie Chicken.

Fort Worth

  • American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum: Museum dedicated to the “father of American Airlines.”
  • Fort Worth Zoo: Offers natural habitat exhibits.
  • Stockyards National Historic District: Give you the feel of the Old West.
  • Tandy Leather Museum and Gallery: Showcases leatherwork.
  • Water Gardens: Urban plaza with plenty of water features.

Frisco

  • National Videogame Museum: Learn about the evolution of video games.

Giddings

  • Stuermer Store: This store has been restored as a saloon with soda fountain.

Glen Rose

  • Dinosaur Valley State Park: Park that offers dinosaur footprints!
  • “The Promise”: Musical drama that re-enacts the life of Jesus.

Gonzales

  • Gonzales Memorial Museum: Monument honors those who fought the first battle of the Texas revolution.

Grapevine

  • Grapevine Glockenspiel: Shows the confrontation of two would be train robbers.

Groesbeck

  • Old Fort Parker: Old historical fort with quite a history!

Hearne

  • Camp Hearne: Prisoner of War camp during WWII.

Independence

  • Old Baylor Park/Ruins of Old Baylor University: Site of Old Baylor University.

Killeen

  • November 5th Memorial: Honors those who died in the Fort Hood shooting.

La Grange

  • Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center: Includes a replica Czech village.

Luling

  • Texas BBQ Trail: Gives tips on where to find great Texas BBQ.

Paris

  • Eiffel Tower Replica: If you can’t make it to Paris, France, I suppose this is the next best thing!

San Felipe

  • Stephen F. Austin State Park: Park resides in the moss draped bottoms of the Brazos River.

Seguin

  • Pape’s Pecan House and Nutcracker Museum: While I’m not a nut eater myself, I’d go just to see all the unique nutcrackers.

Sulphur Springs

  • Southwest Dairy Center: Center tells the story of the dairy industry.

Waco

  • Cameron Park Zoo: Small zoo that features an Asian Forest.
  • Dr. Pepper Museum: Museum is housed in the original bottling plant.
  • Lake Waco Wetlands: Offers many nature trails.
  • Magnolia Market: Market owned by “Fixer Upper” starts Chip and Jo.
  • Waco Mammoth National Monument: Monument that allows visitors to explore mammoth fossils.
  • Waco Suspension Bridge: Oldest suspension bridge in Texas.

Washington

  • Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site: Site where Texas declared independence from Mexico.
  • Star of the Republic Museum: Located within the above state historic site, this museum details the history of the Texas Republic.

All attractions found in the 2018 Texas Travel Guide.

 

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