Andrew, a Houston native, shares some classic favorites along with some of the Lone Star State’s best kept secrets.
What are some of your favorite things to do in your hometown of Houston?
I absolutely love the MFAH (Museum of Fine Arts Houston), as well as the Rothko Chapel. I try to go every time I’m back in Houston. The MFAH has one of the premier art collections in the country, and yet it seems to play second fiddle to museums in New York and Washington, DC. Definitely go if you have a chance.
Where should people go to chow down like the locals?
The German settlements in East Texas have the best barbecue, by far. My favorite is Kreuz’s Market in Lockhart. For Tex Mex, you can’t go wrong in San Antonio, but I also love the towns along the border. I think my favorite tacos were in Del Rio. Also, you just can’t miss Blue Bell Ice Cream in Brenham.
What do tourists need to order to get the “true” Texan experience?
A pair of cowboy boots! Seriously. Don’t leave Texas without buying a pair. These are the most authentic cowboy boots in the world, and there are so many shops that sell such a huge variety, so don’t miss the chance to pick out a pair that makes you look Texan.
What’s the state’s best kept secret?
Goliad. It’s such an important site in Texas (and American) history, but so few visit, even though it’s only 2 hours from Houston. I found it incredibly moving to visit there—a true memorial to the men and women who made Texas what it is today. I highly recommend a visit, especially for Texans.
Many consider Schlitterbahn New Braunfels, TX (Located between Austin and San Antonio, for those who don’t know) to be the best water park in the country. Is it really all that it is cracked up to be?
Honestly, I’ve never been, but I’ve always wanted to go.
What do you like least about Texas?
The stereotypes about Texas—Texas is so much more than the loud-mouthed politicians and the perceived prejudice. Anyone who’s ever spent any time in Texas knows that Texans are some of the nicest people in America, and that they will bend over backwards to make you feel welcome and comfortable.
Well yehaw, I reckon y’all better get your cowboy boots on and get to packing!
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