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5 Things You Wouldn’t Believe are True in Texas

Toni Koraza

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When the Great State of Texas froze over and Senator Ted Cruz decided to catch a few poolside margaritas down in Cancún, many people learned that Texas is not all horseback rides, high sun, and cowboy rodeos.

Texas comes under many scrutinies because it’s associated with Republican fiascos, country music, and open-table Poker. 

Here are the first things that come to mind when most people think of Texas:

  • Californians think it’s the next big thing.
  • Europeans think it’s an automatic weapon orgy.
  • Canadians think that everything is bigger in Texas.
  • Yankees find it a lot like Florida, only less crazy and with more cowboy boots.

Ok, we’re grossly generalizing here, but hear us out. Texas is not everything that comes to mind if you’ve never actually visited the Lone Star. You may find that even the most liberal bunch would love a cocktail of liberty, affordable prices, great outdoors. Hey, you may even fall in love with country music.

1. Austin, the state’s capital, is the hottest hub for young tech workers.

Silicon Hills on the western slopes of Austin is not exactly the Silicon Valley of California, but it's attracting new business at an impressive rate. Many Californians see Texas as the next big state to flourish in the country.

Recently, Elon Musk, Tim Ferriss, and many other Silicon Valley sweethearts have pushed the pedal to the metal and bolted to Austin. 

Texans are not amused, and a common saying goes around, “don’t California My Texas.”

2. Texans are friendly people you’d love to have around

Thinking that the second-biggest state in the US is just filled with redneck racists in pickup trucks who despise human rights is equally bigoted as saying that all Californians are a bunch of commies. 

First, neither is true.

Second, Texans are super friendly, y’all. Visit San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, Corpus Cristi, or Austin, and you’ll encounter a broad smile, firm handshake, and tap on the back.

3. Free advice at White Rock Lake in Dallas will help you out

White Rock Lake is a free consultancy in a nutshell. 

If you have an issue, question, or want to clear something out, then stroll around Jackson Point at White Rock Lake on Sunday. Find a sign that says, “Free Advice.” Neal Caldwell and Roderick McElwain will sit there and give you access to the world of knowledge. Career goals? Marital problems? Cryptocurrency tips? Pull up a seat and pour down your woes.

4. Barton Springs Pool in Zilker Park, Austin, is the best-kept public secret

Austin is one of the best summer destinations in America, and Barton Springs Pool may be mostly to blame for it. The city offers many summer activities on the Colorado River (The US has two Colorado Rivers).

Located in Austin’s Zilker Park, Barton Springs Pool is an Oasis for tourists and locals wanting to escape the summer heat. The pool sits on Barton Creek's channel, drawing water from Main Barton Spring, the fourth largest spring in Texas. Favorite activities include paddleboarding, kayaking, and swimming.

Summer in Texas, anyone?

5. Texas has an ocean coast, and it’s beautiful

When people think of Texas, sand beaches are not among the first 1,000 things that would come to mind. 

Most people outside of the United States have no idea Texas even has an ocean coastline, let alone a beautiful one. The Lone Star State sits on the Gulf of Mexico and has a similar vibe to places around Miami, Florida.

Drive down to Galveston, Port Aransas, or South Padre Island to discover some of the best sand beaches in the United States. Other stunning beach towns include:

  • Corpus Christi
  • Seabrook
  • Rockport
  • Surfside Beach
  • Crystal Beach/Port Bolivar
  • Matagorda

Texas is not all guns, rodeos, and cowboys

Everything is bigger in Texas, and the Lone Star state can offer great fun for tourists and newcomers. However, Texas is not just country music songs, guns, and pickup trucks, although the state doesn’t miss its stereotypes.

Visit Austin, South Padre Island, Dallas, and other great places in Texas and discover great food and warm people.

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