Trip Planner

Come to Huntsville where a warm welcome awaits! You can view more trip planning resources on TripAdvisor.

Pack Your Bags and Stay the Night

It is often said, "I didn't know Huntsville had all of this sites to offer." In fact you can fill several days with activities fit for groups, family or maybe solitude; you pick from the hustle and bustle of life. Conveniently located between Houston and Dallas on I-45 South, it's a great getaway. Here are a few ideas for your stay in Huntsville.

Day 1 - All Things History
We are proud that Sam Houston chose Huntsville as his home. Spend the day tracing the steps of General Sam Houston.

Sam Houston Statue
The Sam Houston Statue is number 1 on our list partly because it is a great start for a Huntsville tour. You can pick up area maps, tour guides and brochures in the visitor center. The statue is one of a kind, standing 67 feet tall on a 10-foot Texas sunset granite base constructed by artist David Adickes with 60 tons of concrete and steel. It is visible 6 miles south of Huntsville on I-45. The Sam Houston statue is the most photographed statue in Texas.

The statue gift shop houses many unique Texas and Huntsville souvenirs and one of a kind gift items.

7600 Highway 75 South 
800-289-0389
Monday - Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 11am-5pm 

Sam Houston Memorial Museum
The main building of the museum houses the largest collection of General Sam Houston artifacts. In celebration of Sam Houston's 216th birthday, the museum added a display depicting Margaret Lea Houston, the wife of Sam Houston. The museum is located on 15 acres of Houston's original homestead where you can tour several buildings in a beautiful park and pond setting and enjoy a picnic lunch.

1836 Sam Houston Ave
936-295 -1832
Tuesday - Saturday 9am-4:30pm
Sunday Noon-4:30pm

Austin College
Directly across the street is the Historic Austin College building, on top of Capitol Hill on the beautiful Sam Houston State University campus. Austin College is the oldest educational building in use west of the Mississippi River. Chartered in 1849 by the Presbyterian Church, it housed the state's first law school. Today it is a part of a thriving dynamic university!

1741 University Ave.

Oakwood Cemetery
To end the day, the Oakwood Cemetery, near downtown, is the final resting place of General Sam Houston, as well as many other people of historical prominence, including 123 confederate soldiers.

Houston's grave site marker is featured on the Huntsville Arts driving tour and the entire cemetery has a walking tour of its own. Renowned Italian sculptor Pompeo Coppini carved Houston on his horse in gleaming white marble. It has an inscription by Andrew Jackson that reads "The world will take care of Houston's fame."

Ave I & 9th Street
936-291-5931

Day 2 - Arts & Tours
Wynne Home Arts Center
Start your day at the Wynne Home Arts Center located near downtown on a picturesque 1.5-acre site along the banks of Town Creek. The Wynne Home consists of 4 areas: Main gallery for permanent and rotating exhibits, classroom instruction space, ceramics studio and kiln, and a gift and souvenir shop. Take in the newest exhibit or participate in an art class. The Wynne Home also includes a visitor center to gather information for your stay in Huntsville.

1428 11th Street
936-291-5424
Tuesday - Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-2pm

Farm House Sweets & Eats
Dine at the Farm House Sweets and Eats where the nostalgia takes you back to the early 60's with homemade candies and old fashion milk shakes that accompany good food; Then walk it off by touring or shopping our Historic Downtown Square offering specialty retail, gift and antique shops.

Tromp L'oeil Murals

The Downtown Square paints a picture of rich history; one that visitors can experience in a walking tour of the area. Trompe l'oeil Murals on the Downtown Square are unique and extraordinary. They were created by world-renowned artist Richard Haas of New York. The Trompe L'oeil (trick the eye) paintings were executed by local and national artist. While there is a mural with Sam Houston on the northeast side of the square, one of the most notable images is that of Huddie " Lead Belly" Ledbetter on the west front of a commercial building on Sam Houston Avenue. Ledbetter was the composer of such blues classics as "Midnight Special","Rock Island Line" and "Good Night Irene." He served time in the Texas Prison System.

800-289-0389

Cabin on the Square

Visitor information and beautiful hand-made crafts are found at the Cabin on the Square, a circa 1842 original log cabin owned by Hezekiah Farris who was one of the captors of General Santa Anna in Texas' Independence.

1105 University Ave.
936-291-5920

J. Philips Gibbs, Jr Center for the Performing arts Old Town Theatre
The historic J. Gibbs Town Theater first opened as a movie house in 1947. After a million dollar renovation, it now serves as a center for live entertainment as well as an occasional featured movie. You can also find entertainment at the SHSU theatre on campus, with an enormous new Theatre & Music complex opening late 2010. Nearby are Founders Park, the Gibbs-Powell House and Museum, Rather Park, and other historical buildings.

1023 12th Street
936-293-8681

Day 3 - More Tours & Museums
The Texas Prison Museum

The Texas Prison Museum is located just off I-45 North. Interesting artifacts such as: inmate arts and crafts, confiscated weapons, photographs, models of prison units, and the infamous electric chair, Old Sparky, can be found here. Visitors can also step inside a model of a typical prison cell. On the grounds of the museum is the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Monument and Sesquicentennial Plaza—a tribute to Texans who have made the prison system one of the world's best throughout its 150 year history.

491 Hwy 75 North
936-295-2155
Monday - Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday Noon-5pm

After visiting the prison museum, your curiosity will spark you to take a driving tour of the Texas Prison System. This tour features the seven prison units located in the county. Also on the tour is the location of the old prison rodeo arena made famous in the 1980s movie Urban Cowboy.

Huntsville Walls Unit
The Huntsville Walls Unit is probably the largest international draw in the city. The unit dates back to 1849 and housed the first Texas prisoners including such notables as Clyde Barrow, David Crosby, and John Wesley Hardin. The unit is the site of the death chamber where the State of Texas carries out every execution. It was featured in "The Life of David Gale" starring Kate Winslet and Kevin Spacey. Visitors can take a walking or driving tour of the site, learning about its modern controversies and its old time tales of criminal legends.

815 12th Street

H.E.A.R.T.S. Veterans Museum of Texas
The H.E.A.R.T.S. (Helping Every American Remember Through Serving) Veterans Museum of Texas is currently located on Highway 75 North, a great new location with 10,000 square feet with an adjacent conference center next to the Prison Museum. Today the facility houses artifacts and wartime memorabilia from each of this nation's contemporary wars. Designed as a living history museum, veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Cold War, Desert Storm, Afghanistan, and every conflict in between, volunteer to share their stories and military history with visitors of all ages. On display are actual artifacts used in wartime along with priceless photographs and mementos. On site you are always destined to meet some interesting war heroes.

436 Hwy 75 North
936-295-0277
Monday - Saturday 10am-5pm

Day 4 - The Great Outdoors
Huntsville State Park
Huntsville State Park is open year-round and allows camping and lake activities like kayaking and swimming. Hiking, biking and nature exploration are also popular activities at the park. With a lodge overlooking Lake Raven, this is the perfect location for that board retreat, wedding party or a family reunion.

565 Park Road 40
936-295-5644

Raven Nest Golf Course
Raven Nest Golf Course is a natural terrain, 18-hole course on par with the most expensive private clubs. Conveniently located on I-45 South, the course blends into the rolling wooded landscape of Huntsville.

547 IH 45 South
936-438-8588

Sam Houston National Forest
The Sam Houston National Forest in Walker County is nestled among one of the largest national forests in south Texas. Development here - residential or commercial - retains the beauty of the landscape. Hiking tours are available from the forestry office and include the 105-mile Lone Star Hiking Trail.

394 FM 1375 West
936-344-6205

Blue Lagoon

Spend the day diving at the Blue Lagoon, a beautiful oasis of artesian springs that feed into an old rock quarry creating an attractive environment for scuba diving. You must be accompanied by a certified diver.

649 Pinedale Road
936-438-8888
please see www.bluelagoonscuba.net for hours

Come to Huntsville where a warm welcome awaits!
You can view more trip planning resources on TripAdvisor.