Texas is an inviting year-round destination, featuring sunny days and moderate temperatures during long spring and autumn seasons. During the summer months, the sun is out, the lakes and rivers are cool and inviting, and the golf courses are green.
And in the winter season, visitors fondly called “Winter Texans” flock from the north to seek relief from the winter chill. From beaches, birding and scenic drives to outdoor adventures and golf, the state offers something for everyone.
For water sports enthusiasts, kayaking, boating, and tubing adventures are available on many of the state’s coastal and inland waterways. Texas’ top ranked water parks thrill kids of all ages, and beach visitors can play in the surf, bask in the sun, or build a sand castle along the Texas Gulf Coast, from Galveston to South Padre Island. Texas boasts more than 600 miles of sparkling coastline fronting the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Beaches and coastal habitats in Texas also offer exceptional fishing, camping, birding and more.
The coastal region averages more than 250 days of sunshine each year and offers a variety of seaside destinations, restaurants and experiences for travelers.
For golf lovers, Texas’ more than 800 golf courses cater to players of all levels among rolling green hills, piney woods, or on seaside links, enjoyable both in the summer season and mild winter months. New golf resorts are joining an acclaimed list of existing courses in Texas
Campers and hikers will find an abundance of outdoor options at Texas’ state and national parks. If big adventure is on the agenda, Texas travelers have their choice of scenic hiking trails, primitive campsites and abundant wildlife viewing.
The Palo Duro Canyon State Park in the Texas Panhandle offers majestic sites for camping and hiking, and Big Bend National Park in West Texas encompasses more than 800,000 acres of mountains and desert scenery. For a more rugged adventure, take a three day rafting trip through the spectacular canyons of the Rio Grande River in Big Bend National Park.
Visitors enjoy gourmet cuisine while being serenaded fireside by local and regional musicians. With more than 600 species of birds to see and catalogue in the state, Texas is often touted as the birding capital of America.
The Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail runs along the Texas coastline from Beaumont to the Rio Grande Valley, and the World Birding Center encompasses nine sites along 120 miles of river road from South Padre Island west to Roma in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. In addition to Galveston’s 32 miles of beaches, visitors can explore Galveston Island’s Texas State Aquarium and the sunny beaches of Mustang Island.
Nearby, the fishing villages of Port Aransas and Rockport-Fulton offer tranquil seaside relaxation, and down the coast, the Padre Island National Seashore offers 80 miles of unblemished seashores. On the southern tip of the Texas coast are the white sand dunes of South Padre Island, the beach resort town where fishing, nature tours and beachcombing abound.