Everything's 'funner' in TexasEverything's 'funner' in TexasHayley RiederRieder

​​​​A view of the crown at Free Press Summer Fest with the Houston Skyline in the background

Texans already know how fun it is to live in the Lone Star State, but a WalletHub study backs us up, ranking Texas as the seventh most fun state in the nation. 

Texas tied for first with California, Florida, and New York for number of restaurants per capita. The state also ranked high in number of movie theaters per capita, tying for first with California and New York. Texas ranked fifth in number of fitness centers per capita.

But what else does Texas have to offer?

Texas doesn't disappoint when it comes to football. According to the NFL's 2017 rankings, the Dallas Cowboys are the most popular team in the U.S. (sorry, Texans fans). AT&T Stadium in Arlington is also the fifth largest in the NFL by capacity.

If college football is more your speed, Texas A&M's Kyle Field in College Station and the University of Texas' Darrell K. Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin are the third and eighth largest in the NCAA, respectively. 

Do you prefer music? Austin is known as the "Live Music Capital of the World." The city's music scene has produced legends like Janis Joplin, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Willie Nelson. According to Forbes​, Texas has the fourth most music festivals per year (13). 

Popular amusement park chain Six Flags got its start with Six Flags over Texas in Arlington. Other properties owned by the chain are Six Flags Fiesta Texas and White Water Bay in San Antonio and Hurricane Harbor in Arlington. 

Everything is bigger in Texas, including our fairs. The State Fair of Texas welcomed over 2.4 million visitors in 2016, making it the largest by attendance in the U.S.

Big Bend National Park in West Texas has national significance as the largest protected area ​of Chihuahuan Desert topography and ecology in the country. It contains over 1,200 species of plants, 450 species of birds, 56 species of reptiles, and 75 species of mammals.​

Of course, Texas has many other amazing attractions, state parks, and more, but we'd be here all summer if we went through them all.


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