Guests who visit the Texas Sports Hall of Fame enjoy more than 35,000 square feet of legendary sports artifacts and famous memorabilia from more than 300 Lone Star State athletes. Nominated by fans and confirmed by a board of professional sportswriters, the inductees of the Hall of Fame span across a variety of sports and accomplishments, from heavyweight boxing champ George Foreman, legendary pitcher Nolan Ryan, and track and field gold medalist Mildred Didrikson Zaharias. Groups learn how to calculate sports statistics and about the importance of fitness during interactive tours, while events such as the Lone Star Tailgate invite adults to further the community over a shared sense of state pride and common obsessive-compulsive superstitions.
In 1906 the Artesian Manufacturing and Bottling Company was created to distribute the smooth, bubbly taste known as Dr Pepper. Today, that building still stands and is dedicated to a similar mission: to teach the world about the history of the iconic soda, a vision realized by a few devoted enthusiasts. The building became the Dr Pepper Museum in 1989, then the Dr Pepper Museum and Free Enterprise Institute in 1997. Today, it is a tribute to the imagination and talent that fueled the soft drink's success throughout the years.
The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History welcomes visitors to its 9,400-square-foot naturalistic nostalgia emporium stocked with exhibits and collections ranging from archeological anthologies to local historical tidbits. The popular Ice Age Mammals exhibit poses large fossils and casts for tangible perusal, and the Carter Creek Nature Trail takes trekkers through the museum's front yard for an earth-friendly jaunt narrated by botanist squirrels. Hit up the Discovery Room for up-close glimpses of both live and preserved reptiles and arachnids, or swing by The Republic of Texas exhibit, a celebration of Texas history filled with Lone Star State memorabilia such as Santa Anna's silverware and the cowboy hats of tumbleweeds who fought in the Battle of San Jacinto in 1836.
With a number of hands-on activities tailored to kids up to 12 years old, The Children's Museum of the Brazos Valley excites the brains of younglings with educational excursions into science, art, and more. Wee explorers embark on a mission of epic proportions by blasting off into exciting exhibits, such as the Spaceship and Control Center, where gravity-defying kids will feel at home exploring the black abyss. Future Mozarts get a taste for music in Sounds Around Town, where tiny head-bangers can learn how sounds are made and how sound waves travel. Precocious foodies and shopping fanatics can visit HEB Groceries and learn how to apply math and budgeting skills, ensuring there's always enough cash for a three-course meal of pixy stix, marshmallows, and chocolate-syrup-covered sugar packets .
Located on a 90-acre site on the campus of Texas A&M University, the Bush Presidential Library and Museum entertains and educates with interactive exhibits and an exhaustive collection of artifacts. Opening September 1, the new Headed to the White House exhibit charts the presidential-election process from primaries to inauguration with hands-on activities, role-playing opportunities, and animatronic babies to kiss. Visitors can try running their own campaign, create their own election news story, or tour exhibits and sculptures including Life and Times of George Bush, and The Day the Wall Came Down.
In 1885, behind the counter of Wade Morrison's Old Corner Drug Store on the corner of Six Shooter Junction in Waco, Texas, pharmacist Charles Adlerton was struck by an idea. After observing how much patrons loved the combined scent of the many ingredients hidden within the soda fountain, he decided to create a drink that captured all their properties. He wound up inventing Dr. Pepper, and after one sip, Dublin Bottling Works owner Sam Houston Prim knew he wanted to sell it. Though the famous drink and plant have since parted ways, Dublin Bottling Works continues to celebrate that original legacy by crafting pure-cane-sugar sodas in chilled glass bottles, the way their employees have for more than 100 years.
Today, the bottlers' products find their way onto shelves all around the nation, and they invite visitors to come watch them while they work. They lead tours through their historic plant and the memorabilia-laden museum that now occupies their original offices. At the end of the tour, they make a stop in Old Doc's Soda Shop, where visitors can sample their products from an old fashioned soda fountain and buy bottled goods to drink at home or shake vigorously and then offer to neighbors who keep eating your newspapers.