Katy Magazine's Big Texas Travel Bucket List

New to the Lone Star State? Here's our list of everything you have to try before you can be a true blue Texan.

KATY MAGAZINE | August 2018

Ashley Lancaster

Katy/ Houston

Katy ISD High School Football Game

Legacy Stadium 1830 Katyland Dr.

Rhodes Stadium

1733 Katy Fort Bend Rd.

High school football is a way of life in Texas, as everyone knows; but in Katy, you are guaranteed to catch the fever. The Katy Tiger football team are 8-time state champions, and National Champions in 2015.

Renaissance Festival 21778 FM 1774

Todd Misson

Far and away Houston's favorite festival of the year - and that's saying something. "Ren Fest" is a wonderland of reinactments, battle scenes, elaborate costumes, themed days like "Heroes and Villains", "Celtic Christmas", "Pirate Adventure", and more. TIP: Check out the website for the best days and times to take kids - some of the characters and costumes may be mature.

Space Center Houston

1601 E NASA Pkwy, Houston

One of the crowned jewels of "Space City." Space Center Houston is NASA's official visitor center and scientific learning center, delighting adults and children alike. Space Center Houston is home to astounding interactive exhibits, "Lunch with an Astronaut," educational films, field trips, and more.

Houston Breweries Multiple Locations

Starting with the family-owned and operated No Label Brewery right here in the heart of Katy, the Houston area is home to several renowned craft beer hot spots that offer tours, tastings and more. We like Saint Arnold, 8th Wonder, Karbach, and of course, the Anheuser-Busch Budweiser factory.

LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch

23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Katy's favorite shopping mecca blends upscale dining and retail with old-fashioned, small town charm. Take in a free movie in the courtyard, dine at one of the dozen's of well-known upscale restaurants, and shop til you drop for premier brands.

Buc-ee's 27700 Katy Fwy.

Don't knock it until you try it! You may be wondering why your Texan road-trip buddy insists on driving a few extra miles for a gas station with a Beaver in a hat. Well, aside from having the cleanest restrooms of any convenience store you've ever been to, Buc-ee's has super affordable, kitschy Beaver apparel and home decor, and rows and rows of delicious food. If you head to the one on Katy Freeway, you can clean up your ride at the World's Longest Car Wash.

Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo

NRG Park

8825 Kirby Dr., Houston

The largest livestock exhibition and rodeo in the world that showcases our proud Western heritage with a family carnival, live celebrity concerts, retail, an art show, BBQ cookoff, parade, bull and bronco riding, interactive wildlife expositions, and so much more. There truly is nothing like it.

Typhoon Texas

555 Katy Fort Bend Rd.

Big Texas fun right down the street from Katy Mills Mall with lots of fun waterslides and attractions for all ages. Live music, great food, and cabanas for purchase make it the perfect summer hang out.

Houston Astros Game

501 Crawford St, Houston

There's never been a better time to dip into the Houston sports scene, if you're new here. Still riding the euphoric high of the Astros' 2017 World Series Championship, the line up is stacked, the fans are enthusiastic, and the games are always exciting. Get yourself an Altuve, Springer, Correa, Bregman, or Verlander jersey and you'll fit right in.

Katy Rice Festival

Historic Katy

The best way for newcomers to learn about Katy's rich heritage as a rice farming community is to join in the festivities of their annual Katy Rice Festival. With a nostalgic, old-fashioned charm, residents enjoy a festival parade, live music, lots of great food, carnival rides, and vendors.

Houston's Museum District

Houston is one of the most culturally diverse cities on the planet, and it's art and museums reflect that. Comprising the most visually stunning arts and education scene in the state, there are a total of 19 museums that cover the spectrum from contemporary art to world history, there is always a new exhibit or brilliant piece of artwork to explore.

(Mirror, Rice University)

Snappy's Cafe & Grill 5803 Highway Blvd.

The Katy area is exploding with new and diverse dining options, but nothing gives you a sense of real Katy welcome like a hearty breakfast at Snappy's. Their rib-sticking plates, fresh coffee, and southern hospitality will make you feel right at home, and you'll enjoy small talk with everyone from small business owners to state politicians.

Brenham/College Station/Magnolia

Santa's Wonderland in College Station

18898 Hwy 6., College Station

A Christmas novelty with a southern twist. Take a hayride through thousands of dazzling Christmas lights and displays, and circle back around to the town square. There, you'll find horse and carriage rides, the Country Store, hot cocoa, performances and games, and Santa ready for photos in his ten-gallon cowboy hat!

Brenham Blue Bell Factory Tour

P.O. Box 1807, Brenham

The best ice cream in the world, in our humble opinion, is made right smack-dab in the middle of Texas. Tour the creamery and taste some of the famous flavors. A perfect pastime for young families.

Magnolia Market

601 Webster Ave., Magnolia

The ultimate girls shopping, dining, and socializing dream. Made famous by the resourceful and creative couple Chip and Joanna Gaines, Magnolia Market welcomes visitors to come and stay a while with acres of family fun games near the silos, a restaurant, and of course, beautiful home decor and furniture.

Austin/ Hill Country