This wooded oasis on the banks of Elm Creek, adjacent to Lake Abilene, features a historic water tower and observation deck overlooking the swimming pool. Fishing, hiking, boating and picnicking are available. Admission charge. About 16 miles southwest of Abilene, through Buffalo Gap, off of FM...
On the Laguna Madre and surrounded by the huge Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, park facilities include lighted fishing piers, picnic areas, a playground, boat ramp, nature trail and RV sites with hookups. Take F.M. 106 east 3.1 miles to F.M. 2925; north 14.8 miles to the park entrance.
Enjoy a breathtaking view while ziplining over ponds and tree tops. The location is one of the highest elevations in East Texas. Contact for reservation. 2371 Old Dialville Road. www.daretozip.com
Nestled in the Big Thicket, the reservation is home to the Alabama and Coushatta, part of the Southern forest tribes. Sam Houston was influential in having the reservation created in the 1850s. Enjoy scenic camping areas, fishing lake and swimming. www.alabama-coushatta.com
Zoo features a herd of bison and other High Plains animals, as well as a special "Texotic" exhibit. Herpetarium features lizards, frogs and salamanders. Open 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Closed major holidays. Admission charge. NE 24th Street at U.S. 287. www.amarillozoo.org
Joint project of the United States and Mexico, Amistad (friendship) Dam impounds the Rio Grande just below Devil's River. Access through Amistad National Recreation Area.
This the U.S. portion of the International Amistad Reservoir. Boating, waterskiing, fishing, birding, camping, hiking, swimming and archaeological sites are attractions. Some of the oldest pictographs in North America are in this area. Boating, camping and hunting fees apply. Other fees may apply...
Camping, fishing, hunting, hiking, four-wheeling, canoeing, backpacking, swimming and picnicking are permitted in recreation areas. Nearest entrance is 13 miles northwest on Texas 63.
The nation's fourth largest university planetarium features a 3-D view of the universe. Open when classes are in session, 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 p.m. Saturday. Admission charge. 2333 Vanderventer. In Nursing-Physical Science Building on campus.
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.
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