San Antonio's Botanical Gardens offer much more than diverse and beautiful flora—they also provide you with a greater sense for the city and state's history. The photo shows one of several buildings in the gardens; this one an authentic Pineywoods oak log cabin, built in Fayette County in the 1850s. It has been painstakingly reconstructed here to give you an accurate picture of what settlers experienced on the Texas frontier.
If music is more of your thing, there's also an evening concert series in the gardens. Check their website for the event schedule.