Top 10 Off The Beaten Path Things To Do In Texas

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Texas is a beautiful state in the lower half of the United States. Home to cities such as Austin and San Antonio, this beautiful state is brimming with endless things to do! If you’re looking to plan a visit, here are 10 ideas for going off the beaten path during your trip.

Top 10 Off The Beaten Path Things To Do In Texas In 2022

1. Marfa, Texas

Marfa is a small town in Texas with a unique and quirky vibe. It has become known for some purported mysterious lights that hover over the city at night, his fake Prada window in the desert, and is home to a variety of artistic shops. It’s far enough away from some of Texas’ biggest cities, making it a great option for those looking for a weekend getaway or who don’t mind traveling by car.

Marfa, Texas

2. Tiger Creek Wildlife Sanctuary

When you think of the animals you might see in Texas, lions and tigers are probably not at the top of the list. A visit to Tiger Creek Animal Sanctuary will challenge that assumption! The sanctuary aims to provide rescued big cats with a place to live out their lives.

Tiger Creek Wildlife Sanctuary

3. Palmetto State Park

If you’re looking for something to do outdoors, head to Palmetto State Park! This beautiful jungle-like park offers hiking trails, swimming, camping, and more. Located about an hour from San Antonio, it’s a great option for a fun day trip.

    Palmetto State Park

4. Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center

Here’s another option for something to do outdoors – or more, underground. Westcave is a 76 acre reserve which includes a limestone cave. To visit the reserve, you can make reservations online – the “Walk Through The Grotto” tour includes the nearby cave and waterfall, as well as the beautiful vegetation that surrounds the area.

Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center

5. Museum of the strange

If you find yourself near Austin, TX, consider stopping by the Museum Of the Weird. Both a museum and a curio shop, this stop is quite original. Exhibits include bigfoot statues and taxidermied “jackalopes.”

Museum of the strange

6. Hamilton Pool Preserve

This majestic, almost supernatural cave is a 40-minute drive from Austin, and it’s more than worth it. While the segment of the trail that runs behind the pool is currently closed for safety reasons related to the overhanging cliff geology, the front walkway, as well as the pool itself, is open. Due to the popularity of the area, reservations are currently required for your visit, and can be done online.

Hamilton Pool Preserve

7. Wonderful Spaces

If you plan on being in the Austin area, consider stopping at Wonderspaces. Wonderspaces is an immersive and interactive art exhibition that includes 14 exhibits. In addition to the stunning pieces that make up the art exhibit, you can also expect to enjoy cocktails during your experience – Wonderspaces offers a full bar. Tickets are available for purchase online.

8. The Hobbit Cafe

If you loved Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit growing up, here’s a fun option for you. If you find yourself in Houston, consider going to the hobbit cafe. This Middle-earth themed cafe offers sandwiches, burgers and other American dishes, and is a great place to grab a memorable bite.

The Buckhorn Saloon and Museum

Have a drink with a slice of history at the Buckhorn Saloon. This historic site opened in 1881 and continues to welcome visitors to this day. The museum portion of the experience details the history of the Texas Rangers and also includes a variety of taxidermied animals. The lounge, meanwhile, offers drinks as well as casual dining options. like burgers and waffle fries. If you’re passing by, also consider visiting the gift shop to pick up a souvenir as a memento of your visit.

The Buckhorn Lounge


Hopscotch is another amazing immersive art installation. Located in San Antonio, Hopscotch offers numerous exhibits spread across its 20,000 square foot gallery. Tickets are available online.


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