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5 Brainy Things to do in Texas

by Silke Elzner

The saying goes that everything is bigger in Texas, and when it comes to attractions that are both fun and educational, Texas certainly lives up to its reputation. Looking for the brainiest things to do Texas? The following five experiences may just bend your mind.

Johnson Space Center

The Johnson Space Center has earned its place as an iconic NASA space complex with its well-known “Mission Control” rooms that have managed every American space flight since 1965 and its astronaut training program. Travel to Houston to visit Space Center Houston, the official visitor center of the Johnson Space Center. See more than 400 space artifacts, tour the Mission Mars exhibit, ride a tram through the working space center, and explore a space shuttle replica mounted on a shuttle carrier aircraft.

Bullock Texas State History Museum

Texans are proud of their history and culture, and nowhere are both more on display than the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin. The museum’s mission is to “tell the story of Texas,” and it does that through exhibitions, presentations, and visual experiences in the 400-seat IMAX theater. Four thousand years of Texas history are represented at the Bullock Museum, making it a must-see attraction for native Texans and visitors alike. While in Austin, be sure to visit the Texas Capitol.

Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Adults and children alike will find endless enjoyment at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas. You’ll be wowed by the enormous dinosaur skeletons, get out of breath trying to race a cheetah, and see the power of the natural world with the earthquake simulator. With so much to do in the 180,000-square-foot facility, one day at the Perot Museum may not be enough to see everything. Book a comfortable hotel near Dallas to dive into the Perot Museum for a weekend of learning and fun.

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The Painted Churches

Looking for something a little out of the ordinary? Halfway between San Antonio and Houston on Interstate 10 lies Schulenburg, a small town settled by Czech and German immigrants in the 1800s. The settlers built churches to worship in, but they craved the Gothic cathedrals of their homeland. To bring a touch of Gothic influences to their new lands, the settlers painted the interiors of their churches with vibrant colors and natural patterns. Four of these “Painted Churches of Texas” can be visited around the Schulenburg area, and they are worth the experience.

Sea Rim State Park

Nature lovers will find paradise at Sea Rim State Park, located south of Beaumont. Sea Rim State Park is “where gulf meets marsh,” a place that has more than 4,000 acres of marshland and beach and is ideal for bird watching and beachcombing. Dedicated birders will want to bring or rent a canoe or kayak to gain access to the expansive marshes. Peer through your binoculars to spot seaside sparrows, white ibis, roseate spoonbills, and northern harriers.

Whether you are interested in the natural world, human history, or the galaxies that surround us, Texas has an experience waiting for you.

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