Agritourism – Getaways
Agritourism combines elements of agriculture and rural settings to provide a unique and often educational experience. From visiting a working farm or a Texas winery to photographing nature or paddling trails, agritourism trips are a fun alternative to the typical vacation. Here is a sample of fun resources and destinations for your agritourism getaway.
Nature Tourism Inventory - AgriLIFE Extension, Texas A&M System
Are you looking for adventure that takes you to the great outdoors? The AgriLIFE Extension office at Texas A&M University has compiled a vast list in its Nature Tourism Inventory
. Each operation has been categorized into one of four main nature tourism categories: Adventure, Agritourism, Fishing & Hunting. Whatever your interests, you will find wonderful destinations across the state.
Texas Paddling Trails - Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
With more than 3,700 named streams, 15 major rivers and some 3,300 miles of tidal shoreline along the Gulf Coast, Texas offers a myriad of opportunities for paddling adventures of all types. The Texas Paddling Trails is a program to develop public inland and coastal paddling trails throughout the state. These trails provide well-mapped accessible day trips in a variety of settings and for all levels of paddling experience. There are currently seven coastal paddling trails and eight inland paddling trails, with several communities in the process of applying for participation in this program.
For more information about the Texas Paddling Trails, state parks, Life is Better Outside® and more outdoor fun, visit www.tpwd.state.tx.us/.
Texas Wineries - Toast a Rising Star
Texas is the fifth-largest wine-producing state in the nation, and its wineries have a special allure. Each is unique in its setting and personality. Wineries throughout the state offer public tours of their facilities and tastings for individuals and groups. It's an enjoyable day trip, weekend getaway or vacation destination. In ever-increasing numbers, consumers are visiting Texas wineries, attending community wine festivals and enjoying the delicious difference of a fine, Texas vintage.
For more information and to find a winery near you, visit www.gotexanwine.org/.
Culinary Tourism - GO TEXAN Restaurants
The GO TEXAN Restaurant Program, established in January 2008 as a part of the Texas Department of Agriculture's GO TEXAN campaign, links participating Texas restaurants to local producers and other Texas-grown or processed food products to bring the quality of Texas to the table. On your next trip, visit a GO TEXAN Restaurant to experience the distinctive flavor of Texas.