Alvin, Texas is a great little town just outside Houston and is only minutes away from the sandy beaches of the Texas Gulf Coast. We are proud of our cow town heritage and love to share it with visitors. Alvin's humble beginnings started in 1845 when the first settlers arrived. In the 1860's the railroad established a flag station for the Galveston to Richmond line in Alvin. The Santa Fe Depot still stands and serves as the Historic Depot Centre and Convention and Visitor's Center. In 1872 the railroad hired Alvin Morgan to supervise the loading and shipping of the cattle in Alvin's stock pens. Years later the town was named after Mr. Morgan. Quickly learning that there was already a Morgan, Texas they changed it to Alvin. Alvin became a regular stop for cattlemen interested in purchasing prairie land and the area continued to prosper,becoming well known for cattle and oil. Incorporated in 1893, Alvin has grown and continued to flourish throughout the years, we have never lost sight of where we came from and how we got here. We embrace our past and will continue to include it in our plans for the future. .
Your adventure in Alvin will take you back in time as you visit our museums and historical homes or take you through the career of baseball legend Nolan Ryan at the Nolan Ryan Exhibit Center. Get some fresh air as you discover years of family tradition at Stanton's Generals Store or our Famous Froberg's Farm, stop and smell the flowers at award winning Shimek Garden and feed the wild exotic animals at Bayou Wildlife Park. Spend a day at our 55,000 square foot antique mall and shopping galore at some unique boutiques! Enjoy our classic Tex-appeal both past and present as you explore Alvin "Texas Unplugged".
OutdoorsBig Bend National Park Athens Scuba Park East Texas Arboretum Palo Duro Canyon State Park Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
AttractionsTerilingua Ghost Town Palo Duro Canyon Stockyards Station Wildseed Farms George Ranch Historical Park Texas State Railroad Riverwalk The Alamo
Day TripsBandera General Store Fredericksburg Ozona to Fort Stockton on I - 10 Jefferson General Store
Food TripsBobs Taco Station Food Shark Louie Mueller Barbecue Texas Pride BBQ Big Texan Steak Ranch Dairy Palace Big Top Candy Shop Dirty Martins Place Starlight Theatre Franklin Barbeque
Caves and Caverns
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Hot Air Balloons
National Wildlife Refuges
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