Wondering What to Do in Texas? Irving has this neat statue ... photo by CC user texasbackroads on Flickr

Being the largest chunk of land in all of the United States, you’d expect Texas to be filled with fun things to do for everyone. And you’d be right. When you visit Texas this December, you’ll be sure to stay entertained. And the best part? Texas stays warm all year round, so you won’t need to worry about bundling up or staying out of the cold during your visit. Each of these five cities have sites and attractions that appeal to everyone, so start packing now!

Irving

Some of the top spots in Irving, Texas are the National Scouting Museum, Mustangs at Las Colinas, Founder’s Plaza Observation Area, Irving Arts Center, and Mandalay Canal. Add all of these to your list, and be sure to check out some of the town’s top-rated restaurants and bars. You won’t have any trouble finding affordable hotels in Irving. This will give you a chance to save money on accommodations and spend a little extra on the sightseeing you are bound to do.

Galveston

Visiting Texas doesn’t typically mean having the chance to be right on the water, but Galveston is an exception to this rule. The town is actually situated on Galveston Island on the coast of Texas, so if you’re a fan of anything nautical, this is the place for you. Be sure to check out Port Bolivar Ferry, Bishop’s Palace, Ocean Star Offshore Museum, the 1877 ship ELISSA, Lone Star Flight Museum, East End Historic District, and 61st Street Fishing Pier. There are plenty of options for hotels in Galveston, so choose one near the attractions that appeal to you most.

Midland

Not a huge tourist city, Midland is a great option for anyone looking for a quiet, yet fun, getaway. The top things worth seeing while in Midland are the Petroleum Museum, I-20 Wildlife Preserve, Museum of the Southwest, Permian Basin Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and Sibley Nature Center. There are plenty of options for good food and drinks in Midland, as well as quality hotels that won’t break the bank.

New Braunfels

Another great destination for nature lovers, a trip to New Braunfels will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. While here, you should check out Landa Lake, Comal River, Canyon Lake, and Animal World and Snake Farm Zoo. If you are an adventure lover, head over to Bezdeks Rentals where you’ll be able to rent a kayak, canoe, snorkel gear, or other equipment for a fun day on the river. Even if you are not willing to brave the chilly December water, it is a great place to spend the day hiking and taking in the natural sights. Check out these hotels in New Braunfels to start planning.

Plano

Just like much of Texas, Plano is great for some natural sightseeing and an escape from city life. The top things to see in Plano this December are Arbor Hills Nature Preserve, Heritage Farmstead Museum, Historic Downtown Plano, and Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve. For some quality shopping, check out the Shops at Legacy, which would be a great option on a rainy day. Be sure to book a room in one of these hotels in Plano for a great deal.