Looking for ideas about places to visit in Texas? Here are 12 really good ones as chosen by the Houston Press. There are no admission fees to any of these tourist attractions, you don’t have to check strollers at the door, you can bring in food purchased elsewhere and don’t have to grab your items and quickly leave before the next performance. Best of all, pictures are allowed and your shots are guaranteed to be better than the ones on postcards because there aren’t any postcards to purchase. If you do visit, be sure to send your pictures so we can post them here. Happy wanderings.
The Goose Island Oak is the most famous tree in Texas. You’d be famous too if you were over 1000 years old. The ancient tree even has its own park, nine miles north of Rockport.
The Half-Way Oak is half-way between Breckenridge and Eastland–get it? It was a stagecoach stop for 200 years and locals saved the tree from being chopped down when they wanted to widen HWY 183. It’s a beautiful spot west of Fort Worth.
The Panna Maria Oaks are southeast of San Antonio in the oldest Polish community in the United States. Here in the 1850’s, Polish settlers observed their first Midnight Mass in the New World. Today, you can enjoy Mass here in somewhat more comfortable surroundings.
The American army first arrived in Texas in a coastal area that later became Rockport. The soldiers spent their first night camped under a tree named for their general. Today, the Zachary Taylor Oak commands a spot in a nice little park.
The first Baptist church in East Texas was formed under a heavenly tree. The Baptist Oak can be found one block off main street in Goliad.
Looking for a place to hang? The Cart War Oak in Goliad provided the perfect spot when lawmen needed a tree to hang Americans convicted of killing Mexican cart drivers in the 19th century, thus ending the “Cart War.”
Not, General Washington did not sleep here–General Urrea did. He and his Mexican force camped here under the Urrea Oaks on their way to punish the Texican rebels at Goliad. You can see the trees on the highway south of tiny Refugio.
Old Ben Milam bravely led the Texican attack into San Antonio. For his troubles, he was rewarded with a bullet in his head and a tree- The Ben Milam Cypress, peacefully located on the Riverwalk.
Aggies love to propose and hold marriages under the Century Tree on the Texas A&M University campus. If you are a student, only walk under the famous tree with someone you really, like, as legend holds you’ll be spending your life with them.
The East Texas town of Evergreen is long gone, but the Old Evergreen Tree lives on. The tree is believed to be a resting site of one of the earliest European explorers in Texas. The tree is north of Giddings and south of Lexington, home of Snow’s Barbeque, the best brisket in the state and probably the world.
Another site of weddings, the Matrimonial Oak in the Hill Country town of San Saba was a place of union for Native Americans and early settlers. Lovely town and tree.
Another tree that has its own park, the Treaty Oak of Austin was a place where the Indian Nations formed treaties with each other. The tree survived a poisoning in 1989 and continues to attract visitors, both weird and otherwise.