7 Things to Do in Huntsville That You Shouldn't Miss

December 6, 2017 Phylicia Berquist

Huntsville is a city in and the county seat of Walker County, Texas, United States. The population was 38,548 as of the 2010 census. It is the center of the Huntsville micropolitan area.
Restaurants in Huntsville

1. Texas Prison Museum

491 State Highway 75 N, Huntsville, TX 77320-1119 +1 936-295-2155
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4.5 based on 214 reviews

Texas Prison Museum

Learn about the Texas prison system including an exhibit of the electric chair dubbed "Old Sparky".

Reviewed By mpgallagher2007 - Bellaire, Texas

This is different museum that is devoted to the history of incarceration in Texas – the good and the bad. There are interesting exhibits of weapons commandeered from the prisoners, the Old Sparky electric chair, and a replica of an actual modern prison cell. Be sure to look at the leatherworks and other items crafted by the prisoners available for sale. All-in-all, we spent about an hour here.

2. Sam Houston Statue

1327 11th St, Huntsville, TX 77340-3811 +1 800-289-0389
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4.5 based on 246 reviews

Sam Houston Statue

Reviewed By Bailale d - Texas

This is a great place to visit but the museum is under remodeling so it's probably best to wait until the construction is done. The highway department is also changing the exit which would be an additional reason to wait till later. The statue itself is awesome and great for photos so if you don't mind all the construction it is still a wonderful place to visit.

3. Huntsville State Park

565 Park Road 40 West, Huntsville, TX 77340 +1 936-295-5644 ext. 0
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4.5 based on 218 reviews

Huntsville State Park

A popular park great for fishing, boating and horseback riding.

Reviewed By Amanda D

My husband and I like to camp mid-week in Spring and Fall to avoid a crowd. Even with some pretty gloomy weather, Huntsville State Park was slightly hectic for us. It is nice to see a well-loved park. There was a lot of fishing, a lot of jogging, and a fair amount of camping.

The camping sites were a little cramped and close together. Many of the trails were shut down due to Hurricane Harvey but there was plenty of hiking to do. We liked the Prairie Branch Loop which had a rough, rooty walking surface due to the storm but afforded pretty views of Lake Raven.

The staff was polite and helpful as we've come to expect from our Texas state parks. Facilities are clean and well maintained. Our only disappointment was that we couldn't rent a canoe as we'd planned. They don't specify on the phone app but you can't do that on weekdays.

4. Sam Houston Memorial Museum

1836 Sam Houston Avenue, Huntsville, TX 77340 +1 936-295-1832
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4.5 based on 89 reviews

Sam Houston Memorial Museum

Reviewed By chocaholicgirl - Bangor Co Down

I loved this place!!! Visiting from Northern Ireland with Texan relatives last week went tho this place on my last day and It was amazing. I visited the outside buildings and the museum itself which I thought was good as the had a lot of original items that belonged to him and his family also about his early family life. I think he had a very extraordinary and interesting life and I liked to read about it in the museum. Lovely pond with some turtles, ducks and beautiful flowers. If I ever got the chance to go back it would be first in my list.

5. H.E.A.R.T.S. Veterans Museum of Texas

463 State Highway 75 N, Huntsville, TX 77320-1119 +1 936-295-5959
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5 based on 40 reviews

H.E.A.R.T.S. Veterans Museum of Texas

H.E.A.R.T.S., which stands for "Helping every American remember through serving," is a museum by and about veterans.

Reviewed By Maelrarny - Taylors, South Carolina

A nice local tribute to freedom fighters starting with the Revolutionary War until today. Many of the families contributed memorabilia of the service person. We were pleasantly surprised at how comprehensive it was.

6. Oakwood Cemetery

9th Street and Ave I, Huntsville, TX 77320 +1 936-577-2020
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4.5 based on 37 reviews

Oakwood Cemetery

Reviewed By houstonphotojourney - Houston, Texas

Plenty of Texas historical figures are buried here - worth a look around. Including the first sheriff of Walker County who died at age 38. Of course the huge Sam Houston Monument with the misspelling on the back is there too.

7. Uptown Vintage in the Avenues

1900 Normal Park Dr, Huntsville, TX 77340-4933 +1 936-439-6595
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5 based on 4 reviews

Uptown Vintage in the Avenues

Reviewed By VAMPLIFIED - Los Angeles, California

Located just a few steps away from the main square of antique row in historical downtown Huntsville, this district is full of character and merchant fancies. It is next door to Leadbelly Elevator (which I thought was an elevator company and did not get the...MoreThank you for the wonderful review. We have moved to 1900 Normal Park Dr. So if you return please don't think we have closed ...just moved across town!

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