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Hipmunk Hotels: Texas Attractions from Corpus Christi to Galveston!

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Written by Carl Hedinger

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Texas Attractions

You’ve done well to choose Texas as your next vacation spot but if you don’t already know, it’s huge and full of tons of places to see! Many people think to visit Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio but there’s so much more to the Lonestar State. With this guide, you’re going to learn about some truly fine uncovered Texas attractions from Corpus Christi to Galveston!

Corpus Christi

Head to Corpus Christi and experience the Sparkling City by the Sea, as everyone in the area knows it. There are tons of options along the water, including the USS Lexington and the Texas State Aquarium. Many people love Malaquite Beach that’s tucked away inside the massive Padre Island National Seashore. Whataburger Field hosts the Corpus Christi Hooks and if you’re lucky, a future star might be playing in the next game.

Grand Prairie

Grand Prairie is a Dallas suburb and part of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, but has plenty of fun options that’ll keep you away from the bigger cities. Lone Star Park has a Kentucky Derby vibe and has races throughout the year, with gambling and food also joining in on the fun. Stay inside with a show at historic Uptown Theater or if you want some outdoor fun, many people love Lynn Creek Park as a nice way to cool off on hot days.


Many people know Irving as the former home of the Dallas Cowboys, but they’ve moved, not too far away to Arlington. There’s still plenty to see and do in Irving and the buzz starts with Mustangs of Las Colinas, a popular and free-to-view set of sculptures that double as a great excuse for a picnic. Irving Arts Center is a popular indoor attraction and if you really want to stay outside, Mandalay Canal’s cobblestoned walkways will help you fill an afternoon with a quiet, peaceful walk.


Visit Laredo with friends, family, or solo and you can visit just about everywhere and have a great time! The most popular attraction in town is the Arena Gun Club but aside from that, everyone can enjoy places like the Imaginarium of South Texas and TAMIU Planetarium. San Augustin Plaza is a popular photo-op spot in front of the massive cathedrals and if you’re craving more outdoor time, Lake Casa Blanca International State Park is a well-known spot for camping, fishing, and swimming!


Just south of Houston, Galveston is a coastal getaway for people from all over the region. Oil is a big part of this city and many people venture to the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum to learn about how the industry works and more. The Seawall is a very popular part of Galveston and is known as a great way to spend an afternoon dressed down and relaxed. Since you’re so close to the water, a ferry tour is another way to explore and enjoy Galveston.

I bet you’re ready to get started planning your visit to these lesser known Texas destinations. Enjoy your stay wherever you choose to start and let us know which one was your favorite place.

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About the author

Carl Hedinger

I'm a writer and recovering American expat who shares my family's travels through life. Follow our adventures here and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.