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Tucked between Houston and Dallas, Huntsville makes an ideal escape for nature, culture and history buffs, nestled among the tall pines of the Sam Houston National Forest.

Founded in 1835, Huntsville remains a popular destination for visitors looking to celebrate the past. Start the trip off with a visit to the Sam Houston Statue—the most photographed statue in the state. Incidentally, it’s also a great place to pick up maps, tour information and brochures, since it’s home to the city’s visitors center.

Sam Houston Statue in Huntsville, TX

From there, venture to the Sam Houston Memorial Museum, which honors the legacy of General Sam Houston. Located on 15 acres of Houston’s original homestead, guests can tour several buildings and enjoy a picnic lunch in the park. Other noteworthy Huntsville stops include visits to the HEARTS Veterans Museum, The Wynne Home Arts Center and the Texas Prison Museum. At the latter, visitors will find interesting artifacts such as inmate arts and crafts, confiscated weapons and Old Sparky, the infamous electric chair.

Still, a visit to Huntsville wouldn’t be the same without taking time to appreciate the great outdoors. Carve out time to spend the day (or night) at Huntsville State Park. Located six miles southwest of the city, the park is open year-round, allowing visitors camping, kayaking and swimming, as well as hiking and biking opportunities.

Top 10 Things to Do in Huntsville

  1. Visit Sam Houston Statue Visitor Center & Gift Shop
  2. Sam Houston Memorial Museum
  3. Huntsville State Park 
  4. Texas Prison Museum
  5. HEARTS Veterans Museum
  6. The Wynne Arts Center
  7. Historic Mainstreet (Antiquing) 
  8. The Gibbs Powell County Museum 
  9. Oakwood Cemetery (Sam Houston gravesite) 
  10. Sam Houston State University