Kerrville

The seat of Kerr County, this city is one of the state's most popular recreation centers. It is thought by many to have the most ideal climate in the nation. Several camps and hotels attract thousands annually. White-tailed deer are so numerous that motorists should be on alert, especially at night.

Outdoor activities at city parks, such as downtown's Louise Hays Park, feature fishing, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, picnicking and playgrounds. Many "Winter Texans" make Kerrville their home half of the year. Industries include Mooney Aircraft and James Avery Craftsman.

The Texas Hill Country is known for the number of species and the rarity of birds sighted, including the golden-cheeked warbler and black-capped vireo. 830/792-3535 or 800/221-7958.

Hunters find exotic game year-round, as well as seasonal hunting of white-tailed deer, turkey, quail and dove. Lease information: 830/792-3535.

Events include the Texas State Arts and Crafts Fair and the Kerrville Folk Festival on Memorial Day weekend; the Wine and Music Festival on Labor Day weekend; the Kerr County Fair in October; the Hill Country Easter Bike Tour; and the Easter Festival held Easter weekend.

Visitors find antique shops and restaurants, as well as contemporary galleries and boutiques.

Art groups include Playhouse 2000, Symphony of the Hills, Kerrville Performing Arts Society and Smith-Ritch Point Indoor and Outdoor Theater.

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