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Each year the Texas Travel Awards elect the ultimate destination people must visit in the state, along with other accolades for top eat and drink, tourist attractions and best things to do.

This year, South Padre Island took the title as the top destination of 2022 for its year-round access to sunshine, white sandy beaches and any sort of fun you'd wish to have during a coastal getaway.

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Star Wars fans and space nerds have been obsessing over the new Disney+ series Obi-Wan Kenobi, especially the actor who reprises the Jedi master we all love, Ewan McGregor.

This summer, the star will be making a two-day appearance in Texas, and you'll even have the opportunity to meet him.

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In a state where "everything is bigger," it only makes sense that Texas would welcome the steepest dive coaster in the world to one of its theme parks.

This summer, Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio will open Dr. Diabolical's Cliffhanger. The 150-foot-tall coaster is a thrill seeker's dream.

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A hotel in Texas was recognized as one of the best places to book a stay in the United States this year.

Tripadvisor released their yearly "best of the best" list that is decided by top reviews made on the travel website, and the historical Hotel Emma in San Antonio, Texas, made the seventh spot.

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Election day led to four more states legalizing marijuana, and now Texas could be the next. 

Democratic State Senator-elect from San Antonio Roland Guitierrez proposed a bill shortly after winning his seat that would legalize cannabis in the state.

Texas, which has seen THC laws get a little less strict in recent years, could even see up to $3.2 billion in revenue and 30,000 new jobs according to Guitierrez.

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Texas has a variety of theme parks to choose from, and after many had to close temporarily or delay reopening, a handful has begun opening back up just in time for the summer. After months of being closed, Texas' Six Flags parks announced that they are reopening later this month, though the experience being offered is different from years past. The parks have put safety measures in place for when they reopen this June, to ensure a safe and fun experience for their visitors.

Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio and Six Flags Over Dallas are reopening to the public on Friday, June 19.

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It has been quite a few weeks since Texas went under stay-at-home orders that required most businesses to shut down for not being essential. Gyms and fitness clubs were a part of this group, and they have been closed for quite some time. As Texas reopens this May, gyms are allowed to reopen once again to their members. However, things will be quite different going forward.

Two popular chain gyms that will be reopening soon are Gold's Gym and Life Time Fitness. Other big gyms such as Joe's Gym and Body Gym will be reopening as well. These fitness centers are eager to start running again, as are many of their members.

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Now that restaurants in Texas are allowed to reopen so long as they remain at 25% capacity, bars are wondering when it'll be their turn. This Friday, bars in San Antonio will be opening up and turning their lights on to show the community, as well as city officials, that they miss being open to the public. Bar owners are hopeful that this act of unity will catch the right person's attention and allow them to reopen sooner rather than later.

According to KENS5, "Turn Up The Lights In Unity" is taking place tomorrow in San Antonio to show Texas Governor Greg Abbott that bars are ready to reopen.

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Schools and universities were hit hard by the arrival of the coronavirus, with every major school district and Texas university being closed down throughout spring and summer 2020. Students from all over the state realized that they had paid the tuition and fees for amenities that they couldn't even use anymore, such as the recreation centers, dorms, and meal plans. UTSA is refunding their students $10 million to make sure they only paid for what they used during their cut-short semester.

The University of Texas at San Antonio just announced that they will be relieving some of their students from their financial pressure by refunding $10 million. 

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Spotting a rare creature from the sea isn't common in Texas, especially with the lack of tropical fish-filled near-shore beaches compared to states like Florida or Georgia. However, last week, a Texas beach welcomed a rare creature after a family saw it wash up onshore and it's unlike anything Texans have ever seen before. While it resembles a sea slug, its name and characteristics are not what you'd expect them to be.

A "blue dragon" was found at Padre Island National Seashore last week after a family saw it while they were walking along the beach.

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On Friday, April 17, 2020, the plan to start reopening Texas by Governor Greg Abbott was revealed. Abbott explained his plan would happen in a variety of stages to make sure things didn't get rushed too quickly and cause negative results. However, some business owners and restauranteurs are eager to get Texas restaurants back open as soon as possible to save their businesses.

Bill Miller's owner Balous Miller has been appointed to Abbott's new Strike Force to Open Texas. This Strike Force will serve to get the state back up and running in a safe and strategic manner.

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Back in November of 2019, the iconic and beloved Wurstfest grounds in New Braunfels, Texas, were set aflame. After firefighters worked hard to get the fire put out, the area was a mess and the main Marktplatz was a total loss. The owners were quick to bounce back from their tragedy and start planning a new and improved space for guests to enjoy this upcoming November.

Wurstfest's Facebook page recently released new image renderings of their new Marktplatz and they look truly incredible.

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