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.
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
Prehistoric people needed good raw material for tools and weapons, and Alibates Flint was some of the finest. This is the only National Monument in Texas. It can only be viewed by ranger-led guided tours. Tours are by reservation only and scheduled ahead a few days in advance is best. Thirty mil...
This multipurpose facility hosts concerts, rodeos and sports events. It's home to the Allen Americans (Central Hockey League), Texas Revolution (Professional Indoor Football League) and Dallas Sidekicks (Professional Arena Soccer League). 200 E. Stacy Road. www.alleneventcenter.com
Features outdoor and indoor exhibitions, plus demonstration gardens. The Mary Bivins Tropical Conservatory glass pyramid houses tropical flora and fauna. Concerts on Thursday nights from June-August. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. Closed on holidays and Saturdays in the winter. Admission charge. 14...
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...
More than 40 species of birds nest in this 24,356-acre marshland on East Galveston Bay. Activities include wildlife observation, birding, photography, waterfowl hunting, fishing and crabbing. Overnight camping is limited. The headquarters also supervises McFaddin and Texas Point National wildlif...
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