Hidalgo County park at Anzalduas Dam on the Rio Grande offers a covered bird-observation pier, pavilion, and boat dock. Enjoy picnicking in a shady wooded area. It is an excellent spot for butterfly and bird watching. About three miles south, near La Lomita Chapel. 956/585-5311.
This park features more than 325 species of birds and more than 200 species of butterflies. The park offers bird walks, natural history tours, nature trails, a hawk tower, birding and wildlife viewing blinds, primitive campsites, tram tours and photo opportunities. Access into the park is on foot...
Built in 1865, the tiny (12-by-25 foot) structure, rebuilt of sandstone in 1889, still exhibits the original brick floors, heavy-beamed ceilings, outdoor oven and original water well. Surrounding park provides picnic facilities, brick walkways and historical site signs. Open 7 a.m.–6:30 p.m. Mon....
Only existing hand-operated ferry of its kind. Carries three cars and a limited number of passengers at a time, and riders can help pull. The ferry is recognized with a state historical marker. It crosses the Rio Grande from an area of ebony trees (los ebanos). Call the Rio Grande Port of Entry b...
This museum focuses on the history of Mission, and includes several rotating exhibits. The newest addition is the Hands on History area for children and the gift store. Open 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tue.–Fri. and 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Sat. 900 Doherty Ave. Annex: 200 E. Tom Landry. 956/580-8646. www.missiontexas....
This 100-acre site is the premier U.S. location to experience butterflies. It features thousands of host plants that the butterflies need for nectar and caterpillar growth, as well as to sustain large populations and diverse species. Open 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon.–Sun.; closed some holidays. Summer hour...
Created to honor Landry—born and raised in Mission—who led the Dallas Cowboys from rag-tag team in its inaugural 1960 season to two Super Bowl titles and "America's Team" status. The mural depicts his life, career and legend. Landry's handprints and footprints are below the mural. 101 E. Tom Land...
Within Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park , this site is designed to educate the public about the unique wildlife within the region and promote environmental conservation. It's headquarters to the nine World Birding Center stations in the Rio Grande Valley. 956/584-9156. www.worldbirdingcenter....
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