5 Places to visit to see why everything is bigger in Texas

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Texas got its “everything is bigger” reputation from the enormous size of the state's geographical area. It is the largest of the contiguous 48 states, is second only to Alaska in its square miles which are over twice as many as 15 of America’s smallest states combined. Texas is approximately 790 miles long and 750 miles wide; and with a total area of 261,797 square miles, it comprises about seven percent of the total area in the United States.

If Texas was a country, it would be the 40th largest of the approximately 200 world countries. It also has a large population of about 23 million people as of 2014, with only California having more residents than Texas.

Here are examples of destinations that carry out the “bigger in Texas” theme:

1. Champion Lake

Located in the Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge, it was the scene on the recent Wednesday, October 12, 2016 of the capture of the largest alligator that was ever caught in Texas because it was scaring the park visitors. At a massive 13.5 foot 8 inches and weighing 900 pounds, it took Gary Saurage and the Gator Country team of the alligator and reptile educational facility in Beaumont to rope the reptile with lassos and then tie everything to a truck that could pull the gator out. The reptile was relocated to a 20-acre facility to live with 450 other large gators.

2. Texas A&M Ring

A gigantic statue of the famous Aggie Ring is in front of the former Student’s Building to proudly display the rite of passage. The ring was adopted in 1889 but not actually created until 1963 after The Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas became the Texas A&M University. A ritual and tradition, although discouraged by the University, involves dropping a new Aggie Ring into a pitcher of beer. The student has to chug the whole pitcher and catch the Ring in his or her teeth.

3. AT&T Stadium

This city-owned stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL), has a seating capacity of 80,000, which makes it the fifth largest stadium in the NFL. The standing room capacity is 105,000. It is the largest dome ever built for a sports stadium, and it is also the most expensive sports venue ever constructed, with its construction cost of $1.3 billion, which would be $1.44 billion in 2015 dollars.

Inside, its large high definition video screen hangs from one 20-yard line to the other 20-yard line, and there is a retractable hole in the roof. The large entertainment facility is also used for a variety of activities such as concerts, basketball games, soccer matches, high school and college football contests, as well as Spartan and motocross races.

4. Gruene Hall

Built back in 1878, not only is this the oldest continually operating dance hall, but it has become famous internationally as an attraction for tourists and a popular music venue for thousands of established and hopeful Texas artists through the years. Not much has been allowed to be physically changed since the Hall was built. The structure is 6,000 square feet, has a tin roof, side flaps to allow for open air dancing, a bar, a beer garden, a small lighted stage, a huge outdoor garden, advertisement signs and pictures from the 1930s and 1940s, and often those filming a movie or commercial or getting ready to hold an event.

5. Space Center Houston

Experience the wonder of outer space with shuttles and rockets on display, movies and simulators, the mission control room, and so much more in the Johnson Space Center‘s Building 30. This is where NASA did the monitoring of the nine Gemini and all the Apollo missions, which included the Apollo 11 voyage to the moon

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