The vibrant city of Huntsville TX has been on our list for a few reasons. It’s unlike any of the other East TX towns. There’s a funny cowboy boot house, Caribbean blue waters, and plenty of nature all around!
We finally made it out to Huntsville when we discovered a treehouse close by. We packed our bags and headed out to discover all of the best things to do in Huntsville Texas, and we were surprised at what we found.
My Thoughts About Huntsville Texas
I write about this town with a disclaimer. It’s hard to write about it. I had a lot of issues with it. Learning about the Huntsville Wall Unit that’s a tourist stop for people and still is a site of executions concerned me, and there didn’t seem to be much information on how disturbing this was, especially knowing how many wrong convictions there are.
Maybe they go on in detail about it in the exhibit, but I couldn’t stomach myself to go. On top of that, Huntsville boasts another tourist stop – the Oakwood Cemetery, that houses “123 Confederate Veterans”.
On our visit to the Sam Houston Statue, a poster referenced a confederate statue that was once in Dallas and held it up to other historic monuments like the Statue of Liberty. While I love Texas, I can’t find any pride in our slave-holding history or the people who fought to divide our nation to keep it alive.
Based on all of the historical museums around Texas, we do a lot to barely acknowledge this dark past that continues to affect us today. I also delved more into the problems I had with the prison museum below.
All of this to say, Huntsville has a lot to offer, but it has a lot to improve on as well. I know people will want to visit because they have plenty of things, but I don’t think we can always just focus on the good without acknowledging, and working on improving, the bad.
Swim in the Blue Lagoon
As beautiful as all of East Texas is, you don’t tend to see such blue waters. Definitely not waters that resemble what you would see in the Caribbean! The Blue Lagoon is a diving spot and great for learning scuba in Huntsville, but they also have day use available for swimmers.
It’s all based on a first come, first serve basis, and first priority goes to divers. Try to go on an off day or early in the morning for your best chances of getting in.
Visit a Giant Boot and Hat House
Phoenix Commotion is an organization that shows how you can make an amazing house out of recycled materials. As part of a display of their amazing abilities, they created a cowboy hat and boot house that are quite a sight to see when visiting Huntsville.
Stay in a Tree House
While technically not in Huntsville, this cool treehouse is just a little outside of town and is perfect for people who love glamping. Located right on the lake, you are surrounded by beautiful views and natural light that flows through.
Lake Conroe is not too far off and provides miles of paddling trails. North Lake Conroe Paddling Trail lets you rent out kayaks and even has different tours for those who are interested.
If you get the chance, I recommend visiting this area in the Fall when the cool nights and warm days cause the fog to rise above the waters, and you get a view that will remain in your mind for a lifetime.
Go for a Hike
Sam Houston National Forest is all around, and you can find different trails to go on while taking in nature and seeing the greenery. Who knows what cool plants and wildlife you might come across.
Eat Texas BBQ
Bennie Js is a local favorite spot for BBQ. They’ve got all of your favorites, including brisket, ribs, and chicken. And they have their own special sauce for you to try.
See the Sam Houston Statue
At the Sam Houston Statue Visitor Center, you can get travel ideas for your trip and also visit the 67-foot-tall statue of Sam Houston. You’ve likely driven past it all the time, but visiting up close is something different.
It’s also a great time to learn about Sam Houston. Brush up on some history about Sam Houston, including how he was an honorary Cherokee. There’s a lot of history, good and bad, and it’s important to acknowledge both, including that he was part of owning enslaved Africans.
Visit the Sam Houston Memorial Museum
Discover different parts of the American hero, Sam Houston’s life and different parts of history through the grounds that house different homes, offices, and other important buildings in Sam Houston’s life.
During certain times, they even have historical reenactments and different events.
Grab a Cup of Coffee
Rated the best cup of coffee, Honey’s Coffee is actually in New Waverly, but it’s worth the drive. A spicy mocha goes well with their famous orange biscuits, which people often bring home in the dozens. They also have a cute fence along the side of their walls full of pastel murals.
Visit the Veteran’s Museum
The HEARTS Veterans Museum of Texas is a great place where you can go to see different items and hear different stories about veterans throughout history. On the outside, this historical museum has different vehicles, tanks, and jets. On the inside, you’ll find images of different veterans, uniforms, and other items.
Explore Huntsville at night with Ghost Tours Texas
Join Ghost Tours Texas for a fun nighttime tour to check out Huntsville’s scary places and hear ghost stories. You’ll learn a bit about the town’s history and creep around places that are famous for being haunted.
You can ride on the Haunted Huntsville Bus Tour or walk around, they’ll let you visit the spooky spots in town, see cemeteries, and even catch a glimpse of the Huntsville “Wall Bats” as they fly around at night.
And Huntsville State Park
Huntsville State Park, one of the beautiful parks, has 21 miles of trails, a lake to go swimming in, and paddling boats. Just seeing the miles of lakeside places to relax makes it worth it. They have canoes you can rent, and some people even bring their fishing gear.
This peaceful park in Huntsville is a special spot that remembers soldiers from every part of the military. Have a laid-back lunch on the grass with your friends or family, surrounded by reminders of courage and flags waving gently in the breeze.
Get Buzzed on Cupcakes
The Buzzed Cup is a delicious little food truck for an afternoon snack where they infuse their cupcakes with different liquors and alcohol. Get there when they open for your greatest chance of getting your favorite.
I recommend the one that comes with brownie liquor and brownies.
Unleash your inner artist at Cork & Canvas!
Looking for a unique and creative experience in Huntsville? Visit Cork & Canvas, this downtown studio offers more than just canvas painting classes – it’s a haven for unleashing your inner artist in a relaxed and social atmosphere.
Choose from a variety of classes, including themed canvas painting nights, custom wood sign workshops, and even ceramic painting sessions. No need to worry about bringing supplies – they provide everything you need to create a masterpiece. Cork & Canvas is perfect for date nights, girls’ nights out, team-building events, or simply a fun activity to unwind.
Drive along the Texas Independence Trail
Take a nice scenic drive on the Texas Independence Trail and see places from Texas history. You’ll pass by landmarks such as the San Jacinto Battlefield and Washington-on-the-Brazos, where Texas fought to become its own state.
The Downtown Huntsville square is so cute and filled with antique shops and other beautiful boutiques. You can definitely do some great treasure hunting in Huntsville! Be sure to stop by their four-story antique mall. You could be there all day!
Learn About the Happenings of the Prison
The Texas Prison Museum gives a little glimpse into different happenings in the prison system. You can see uniforms, handmade weapons, incredible engravings imprisoned people have made during their time in prison, and a variety of artifacts.
You can even learn about the more legendary criminals. In addition to what I talked about in my disclaimer, I was surprised with something that was lacking (perhaps I missed it). As a museum that is there to teach, I think only showing the “interesting facts” of a heavily flawed system is not enough.
There were opportunities to share about the issues of the prison system, the racist past, and other things that people need to learn about when it comes to prisons in Texas.
Visit Eastham-Thomason Park
Eastham-Thomason Park in Huntsville, TX, is a popular spot for outdoor enthusiasts and families alike. Situated along the scenic banks of the East Fork of the San Jacinto River, this park offers a beautiful view of nature.
You’ll find a little bit of everything here: sprawling green spaces with the perfect spot for picnic areas and games, tranquil walking trails where you can take a leisurely stroll and soak in the natural beauty, even fishing piers for casting a line and trying your luck at catching some fish, and more fun activities.
One of the highlights of Eastham-Thomason Park is its disc golf course. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just looking to try something new, it’s a fun and challenging way to enjoy the great outdoors with friends and family. And if you’re a history buff, you’ll appreciate the park’s ties to the area’s past.
It’s named after two prominent figures in Huntsville’s history: Luther Thornell Eastham, a pioneer settler, and H. O. “Boss” Thomason, a former mayor who played a key role in the park’s development. With its scenic beauty, recreational opportunities, and historical significance, Eastham-Thomason Park is truly a hidden gem in Huntsville, TX.
Whether you’re looking for a peaceful retreat or an active day out in nature, this park has something for everyone to enjoy.
Go to the Wynne Home Arts Center
First off, let’s talk about the building itself. The Wynne Home is a stately mansion that dates back to the early 20th century, with elegant architecture and charming Southern charm. It’s the kind of place that instantly transports you back in time as soon as you step through the doors. But it’s not just about the architecture; The Wynne Home is also home to a vibrant arts community.
Inside, you’ll find gallery spaces showcasing works by local artists, as well as rotating exhibitions that highlight different aspects of the region’s culture and history. It’s a feast for the eyes and a celebration of creativity in all its forms. In addition to its role as an arts center, The Wynne Home also serves as a visitor center, welcoming guests from near and far to learn more about Huntsville and all it has to offer.
Whether you’re looking for information on Huntsville TX attractions, events, or dining options, the friendly staff is always on hand to help. Overall, the Wynne Home Arts Center is a true gem in the heart of Huntsville.
It’s a place where art and history come together, and where visitors can experience the rich cultural tapestry of this vibrant Texas town. So be sure to add this to your Huntsville TX activities list.
Experience Raven Nest Golf Club
Raven Nest Golf Course in Huntsville, TX, is a golfer’s paradise nestled among the picturesque landscapes of East Texas. It’s known for its lush fairways, challenging holes, one of the best gold courses, and scenic views that make every round of golf an unforgettable experience. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., this 18-hole championship course offers something for golfers of all skill levels.
Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting out. You’ll find plenty of opportunities to test your skills and improve your game. But it’s not just about the golfing here; Raven Nest also boasts top-notch facilities, including a clubhouse with a pro shop, restaurant, and event space. It’s the perfect place to unwind after a round of golf or to host a special occasion with friends and family.
Enjoy Salvadorian Food
Costa del Sol is a must-stop when you’re craving some pupusas, plantains, cassava, and other amazing dishes. Plus if you get the chance, grab some warm atol de elote, a sweet corn drink unlike anything you’ve ever tasted.
Go see a show at the Old Town Theatre
Check out a concert or play at Huntsville’s Old Town Theatre. It’s an old place with lots of history, where you can watch live shows and enjoy the pretty building and its classic decorations.
Shop at the Huntsville Farmers Market
Head over to the Huntsville Farmers Market to find fresh fruits and veggies, handmade items, and tasty food. It’s a great way to help local growers and crafters and have a good day with your folks or pals.
Top 20+ Things to Do in Huntsville Texas This Weekend: Final Thoughts
There are lots of fun things to do in Huntsville TX, but why stop there? East Texas is a treasure trove of gems. Why not check out some of these other great towns.
- Livingston – Sleep in a castle, visit the state park, and enjoy some incredible hikes!
- Paris – With its own Eiffel Tower with a cowboy hat, who wouldn’t want to visit?!
- Palestine – Ride in a historic train, visit the fairy tale gardens, and discover a waterfall!