Exploring and Visiting Texas

There’s something for everyone in Texas! From one-of-a-kind state parks and historical landmarks to some of the best music and food around, explore Texas culture, and find your niche.

Get to know the Texans of Texas

Texans of Texas is a web series that honors the people and stories that shape our state’s unique culture. Explore their profiles and see why they’re proud to be Texans.

Read Texans of Texas profiles

Find recreational services and information

Our state agencies help preserve and promote parks, historic sites, and landmarks across the entire state. Find what you need below.

Texas state parks

Texas offers a variety of state park passes for outdoor enthusiasts, senior citizens, and youth groups.

Texas national parks

Texas is home to 14 national parks operated by the National Parks Service.

Historic sites and tours

Experience our state’s heritage through historic sites, trails, and more.

Have some fun

Find things to do with official guides, maps, lists of attractions, and more.

Texas State Fair

The Texas State Fair has celebrated the state’s agriculture, education, food, and community since 1886.

Virtual history exhibits

View historical documents, photographs, and artifacts online from the Texas State Historical Commission.

Recreation for kids

Texas offers a wide arrange of events and activities for kids to explore the outdoors.

Official Texas flags

Order an official Texas flag from the Texas House of Representatives.

Texas state symbols

Learn about the official state symbols of Texas, including the state bird and flower, from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Get a fishing and hunting license this season

Texas offers fishing and hunting licenses, tags, and permits online and at retailers. Whether you’re new to the sport, or a lifelong enthusiast, there are options for you. 

Learn about fishing and hunting licenses

Learn how our agencies can help you

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD)

  • Fishing and hunting
  • State parks
  • Boating
  • Wildlife

Texas Historical Commission (THC)

  • Historic sites, trails, and landmarks
  • State preservation programs
  • State history education

Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC)

  • Library services
  • Archives and manuscripts
  • Genealogy

Texas A&M Forest Service (TFS)

  • Wildfires and disasters
  • Forests lands management
  • Urban forestry