This park on Buffalo Bayou is where the Allen brothers arrived in 1836 to promote a new real estate venture: Houston. Several important restored 19th-century buildings are now devoted to dining and entertainment. Bounded by Travis, Milam, Congress and Preston streets.
This structure was built in 1836, just after the Runaway Scrape, by one of
the original "Old 300" settlers. The square-notch cabin is fully furnished and
an excellent example of the Texas Colonial Period. Doors open 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Mon.–Sat. 1224 Bowie St.
Rustic log cabin and gift shop features Big Bend collectibles, plus books on Mexico, Native American heritage, and the history and geology of the Big Bend. Watch an eight-minute video on the mysterious Marfa Lights. Meet Quicksilver Pete and his six camera-loving burro friends. Open 9 a.m.–6 p.m....
Arneson River Theatre presents Latin-flavored and other performances several
times weekly during much of the year. In the open air of the River Walk below La
Hill Country scenes—captured in oils, handicrafts, hobbies and souvenirs—are available in several quaint shops and studios on and around Wimberley's "town square."
Superb examples of 19th-century homes sit along streets shaded by huge live oaks. Well worth a drive or stroll ( 700–800 blocks of Belvin Street and 227 Mitchell St. ) All are private residences and only open to the public for the Tour of Homes on the first weekend in May.
World's largest honky-tonk features a 4,800-square-foot rodeo area, 600 feet of bar rails, a stage for country/western entertainment, shops, games and restaurants. Open 11 a.m.–2 a.m. Mon.–Sat. and noon–2 a.m. Sun. Admission charge. 2520 Rodeo Plaza. In the Stockyards National Historic District. ...
A trail map, available at the Brownsville Convention and Visitors Bureau, guides visitors through the original 3,000-acre town site. Historical structures have markers.
A collection of historic 1800s homes and a barn are restored to house shops, galleries, and a courtyard that hosts music and events. Open 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Wed.–Sun. At Live Oak and East Mill streets. 979/249-4042. www.bybeesquare.com.
This Eastlake-style house was built in 1886. It is part of Heritage Row, an area of elegant Victorian homes along South Crockett Street. Maps are available from the chamber of commerce. Open 1–4 p.m. Sun. and by appointment. 915 S. Crockett St. 903/893-4067. www.shermanpreservationleague.org.
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