Come Visit Texas+ $100 Gift Card Giveaway!

I’ve lived in the great state of Texas for almost five years now. My husband is from Fort Worth. We met and married in Arkansas, then he moved me here to the “big city.” Everyone back home likes to come to Texas to shop and check out all the attractions. I had always loved to visit, so I knew I would love living here too!

Texas has a wide variety of museums, shopping and restaurants to choose from. There is so much to do here it’s almost impossible to get bored. In our area of DFW (Fort Worth) we like to go hiking and be outdoors. We also enjoy visiting Cedar Hill State Park & Dinosaur Valley State Park. It’s so nice to get out in nature and clear our heads. Connor LOVES being outside and the lakes are just gorgeous!

It doesn’t take long to feel that Texas pride!

On one of our many hiking adventures

Fort Worth also has one of the best zoos I’ve ever been to. There is a choo- choo train that goes all around the zoo and it’s perfect for kids. A must-see in the city is the Fort Worth Water Gardens. It’s a manmade waterfall paradise. It’s also where Terence proposed to me almost 12 years ago!

The Botanical Gardens is one of our favorite places to picnic and take pictures. The Japanese garden is so beautiful — the plants and flowers are breathtaking. If you’re looking for the Old West, you’ve come to the right place, partner! The Fort Worth Stock Yards feature a winery, the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame and lots of Mexican food! You can take in a rodeo and spot more cowboys than you’ve ever seen in your entire life.

Downtown Fort Worth is a hopping place to be as well. At Sundance Square you’ll find live music and lots of great BBQ & Mexican restaurants. Fort Worth is a fantastic place to live and it has a wonderful down-home feel.

When we want to escape our city for a bit we always head to our neighboring city Dallas.

Dallas has some of the best shopping you’ll find and a wide variety of restaurants. The Galleria and North Park Mall are two great places to shop. One of my favorite places is Sprinkles Cupcakes. I’d drive 100 miles to get one of those!
We’ve also been to the Dallas Aquarium and it was a blast! You’ll see all sorts of sea life and other animals up close and personal.

I guess this is the way they do burgers in Texas:

Dallas hosts so many great concerts and sporting events. It’s the home of the Texas Rangers and the Dallas Cowboys. Texans are some of the proudest people I’ve ever met and I’m starting to understand why. They have so much to be proud of! Texas is such a huge state that some say it’s almost like its own country. There is so much to do here and so much variety. And you know what? I am starting to believe everything is bigger and better in Texas! Texas has been good to me and I’m proud to call it my home. For more information about Texas you can visit:

$100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway

Travel Texas and BlogHer are sponsoring a great giveaway to one lucky reader. Please leave a comment telling me where you’d like to visit in Texas. You can request a free Texas Travel Guide from the website where you can get lots of great ideas!

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About thejavamama

Becky Branch is a “30-ish” wife, mom, photographer, coffee junkie, and DFW blogger. Originally from Arkansas, she now calls Grapevine, TX home. @thejavamama

115 Responses to Come Visit Texas+ $100 Gift Card Giveaway!

  1. elizabeth says:

    I would visit Austin, I’ve heard great things about it!

  2. Great pictures. I love hiking!

    I would like to visit San Antonio & go to the river walk. I would also like to visit Dallas to see my friend Britanni that just moved there with her new hubby 🙂


  3. Lauren says:

    You totally just made me want to hop on a plan to Texas!!! 🙂 You should be a spokesperson for the Lonestar State!!!! 🙂

  4. I would love to visit you in Texas! 🙂 Also Houston and Dallas!

  5. Amber Maddux says:

    i live in Texas and would love to win this and go shopping with you 🙂

  6. Molli says:

    I would love to go to San Antonio!

  7. As a transplanted Texan, too, I love this post! Fort Worth is wonderful. 🙂
    We really enjoyed visiting Austin, but San Antonio is next on our Texas list!

  8. I would go back to where I used to live, San Antonio. We love San Antonio and Austin but there’s something special about good ole’ San Anton.

  9. Alison says:

    I saw the title for this post and knew I needed to immediately enter: I have a dear friend who is pregnant with twins (after much trial and sad times to get there) in DALLAS. I would visit her in a hot second if I could only afford to (on my new stay-at-home-mom budget).

  10. Heather says:

    I’d love to explore more of the Hill Country!

  11. Love this!! I’m so proud to be a born and raised Texan! I’ve been to most of the major cities so I’d probably visit the DFW area to see some family and maybe meet you finally! 🙂

  12. April says:

    I’ve heard that San Antonio is beautiful, and Austin sounds really fun!

  13. Erin says:

    I’d love to visit Austin! I’ve had a few friends speak very highly of Austin!! 🙂

  14. Sara says:

    Being a native Texan this is a great post! There really is SO much to do and see in the DFW area.

  15. Kristin says:

    I’ve always wanted to visit San Antonio!!

  16. Kelly says:

    I was born in Austin but moved to WA when I was a few years old. I’d love to go back and visit someday.

  17. emily says:

    i would love to visit san antonio!!!! =) thx!

  18. Krista says:

    I love Texas! My mom’s parents both grew up there, so I’ve always considered myself half-Texan! I’ve been to Dallas, Ft. Worth, Austin, San Antonio, Waco (my sister is a Baylor Bear!), Brownsville, McAllen, South Padre Island, Wetherford (where my Baba grew up), and Midland Odessa. I think if I go back, I want to go to either Tyler, where my Nana’s family lives, or find the little town of Honey Grove, where my Nana grew up!

  19. tara says:

    texas rocks! i love houston, but i think i need to head to dallas soon for some in-n-out!

  20. Debbie says:

    Texas is the best place!!! We’ve been to most places, but, I especially love visiting San Antonio! The riverwalk, the Alamo, and I’m dying to go back soon so we can take our boys to Sea World and Fiesta Texas!!!! 🙂

    I’m also partial to FW since we live 10 minutes from there. We LOVE the FW zoo. We have season passes and go a few times a month. BEST zoo ever!! 🙂

  21. The Gist Fam says:

    I’ve lived in Texas my whole life, but I’ve never been to Canton! I hear there is great shopping there, so that would be really fun!

  22. B. Wilson says:

    I’d love to visit Austin for the music scene and amazing food.


  23. Lana Wilson says:

    We love Texas! I love to visit ALL the world’s largest exhibits in the state!

  24. DeniseL says:

    I really want to visit Austin.
    dmarie824 at aol dot com

  25. LWLH says:

    I don’t know much about Texas but I think I would love to see the Dallas /Fort Worth area 🙂

  26. Amy says:

    Buc Days Rodeo, Festival and Carnival in Corpus Christi Sounds like fun. I think my kids would love it.

    Amy [at] utry [dot] it

  27. Amy says:

    tweeted about this giveaway:!/uTry_it/status/198686292370931713

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  28. cw says:

    I’d love to visit the riverwalk area/Alamo in San Antonio…..and for the great food

  29. Gypsy Heart says:

    I’m a Native Texan and also in the DFW area. Just ran across your blog and thought I’d wave hello!

    I LOVE Austin and the surrounding Hill Country. So many quaint places and fun too!

    Stop by and say hi when you can ~


  30. Tabathia says:

    I would like to visit The Grace Museum

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  31. Elena says:

    I would love to visit San Antonio

  32. TDM Wendy says:

    I want to check out Houston!
    wendy at wendyhagen dot net

  33. JC says:

    I’d like to visit Houston.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  34. wigget says:

    corpus christi to visit a friend

  35. Vance Creve says:

    I’ve always wanted to visit Dallas and San Antonio
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  36. Julie says:

    That’s one place I would LOVE to go!!!!! If I could go anywhere, I hear Austin is great so that would be my choice:)

  37. Shannon says:

    We moved to Texas last fall, and I’ve been wanting to check out the Ft. Worth zoo!

  38. I would like to visit Dallas.

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

  39. Anonymous says:

    id like to visit san antonio! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

  40. MANDY83 says:

    I would love to visit Austin. I’ve heard its really fun!

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  41. Totally have to get my butt to Austin. I have college friend that live there and have heard SO many great things about it!
    [mckinneymommas at yahoo dot com]


  43. Tina says:

    I’d like to visit San Antonio.

  44. Karina says:


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  45. akronugurl says:

    i have family in Texas i wanna come visit

  46. chambanachik says:

    I would love to visit Corpus Christi, where my husband spent much of his childhood. I’ve never been there!

  47. LOVE your Texas post — I did mine on Ft. Worth…it’s so fun to see the state through other people’s eyes!!

  48. Marty says:

    I’ve been here twelve years now, and I really don’t ever want to live anywhere else. I do beleive I would like to see the high plains area.

  49. I would love to visit San Antonio!
    Thanks for a chance to win and have a great day!

  50. Sandra says:

    I have lived in Texas for 22 years and I love Texas.Originally from California but would not trade my state of Texas for anything. I would love to visit Fredrickburg.

  51. Melissa O. says:

    Would love to go back to San Antonio and Austin!

    wolverina401 at gmail dot com

  52. Judy B. says:

    I’d like to tour the Hill Country. Nice review with great pics. Thanks

  53. Austin, of course. I’ve heard great things about it, and it supposedly has the most bloggers per capita of any other US city.

  54. South Padre Island, i didn’t even realize texas had any islands until i saw it online

  55. The Sunshyn says:

    I’d love to visit Houston
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  56. ms-texas says:

    i’d love to visit San Antonio again

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

  57. sy says:

    I want to visit the water gardens, aquarium, and the fort worth zoo. Thanks for sharing your experience and the giveaway.
    songyueyu at gmail

  58. I would love to visit Dallas, where a couple of my cousins live! Thanks for the chance to win!

    gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com

  59. tweet-!/CrazyItalian0/status/204957357602643969

  60. jacquelyn says:

    I’d visit Austin. I really like the vibe!

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  61. Deb says:

    My son did his State project on Texas this year and desperately wants to go to San Antonio to visit the Alamo!

  62. San Antonio, El Paso, or just about anywhere in Texas looks like an adventure.

  63. I would like to visit Austin and watch the bats fly at sunset!

  64. I would visit Terlingua.

    whotookmybucket at gmail dot com

  65. Christina says:

    I would like to visit Houston the biggest city in Texas and visit the 1940 Air Terminal Museum as well as the Bayou Bend Collection of the Fine Arts: 28-room Latin Colonial Structure.


  66. Christina says:

    I tweeted about this giveaway:


  67. Linh C. says:

    I’d like to visit the Hill country.

  68. Dee says:

    I’d love to visit Austin! 🙂

    deeg131 at gmail dot com

  69. Heather H says:

    I’d like to spend a weekend exploring Fredericksburg. I’ve driven through a few times and it just looks amazing.

  70. cindy rogers says:

    I’m heading to Austin tomorrow. Can’t wait!

  71. Betty C says:

    I’ve always wanted to visit San Antonio and the river walk then I would head out to visit all of the hill country.

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

  72. Amy says:

    I’d love to go to Austin someday. My husband has been quite a few times, and he always raves about it!

    niftyfoodie at gmail dot com

  73. The Alamo for sure. My husband is a history-buff and has said for years we have to visit. I’d love to see all the artifacts people have found.
    shel704 at aol dot com

  74. angie lilly says:

    I’ve always wanted to visit the beaches of Texas! In looking at a google map of the area, Pelican Island looks right up my alley! I be its gorgeous there!!!
    14earth at gmail dot com

  75. MCantu1019 says:

    I would like to visit Houston.
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  76. Ashley says:

    I would love to visit Dallas! I’ve watched so many DDD shows it has me craving Texas BBQ

  77. Jammie says:

    I want to goto San Antonio! I have friends there, and they are always talking about all the things there is to do there! sweepmorey at gmail dot com

  78. jwfong says:

    I would love to visit the Dallas Fort Worth area and check out a Cowboys game!

    jfong1130 at yahoo dot com

  79. ewhatley says:

    I love the beach so would love to visit Galveston.

    mybeachylife at gmail dot com

  80. Tamara says:

    If I get to visit Texas again someday, I’d really like to go to some state parks where we could do some hiking. Looks like you get to do it all the time!

  81. Mari says:

    I’d like to visit Austin, Texas to attend the SXSW festival.

    runningmatey at hotmail dot com

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