An Adventure Traveler's Guide to Texas

Biker in Palo Duro Canyon
Biker in Palo Duro Canyon | © Martin Konopacki
Sarah Karney

Don’t mess with Texas – but you can mess around in Texas if you’re in need of a quick adrenaline rush. Check out these hair-raising adventures while making your way across the Lone Star State.

North Texas

Central Texas

Wakesurf in Austin

Lake Austin and the Colorado River give visitors the opportunity to not only sunbathe and boat but also to wakesurf. There are numerous wakesurfing schools in the area, permitting the water levels are high enough to venture out.


West Texas

Raft down the Rio Grande

While you won’t find wild whitewater rafting on the Rio Grande in Texas, you can try an array of more casual escapades. Take the family along for a half-day float, or spend multiple days paddling downstream and camping along the way. There are even gourmet-oriented trips for foodies.

Santa Elena Canyon

East Texas / Gulf Coast

Go deep sea fishing in Galveston

Bring a unique souvenir home from deep sea fishing escapades in Galveston. There are a range of trips to suit different skill levels, and the price of your trip usually includes equipment and refreshments. Not feeling up to catching your own fish? Spectators are often allowed onboard for half the price.

Galveston fishing

South Texas

Culture Trip Summer Sale

Save up to $1,395 on our unique small-group trips! Limited spots.

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