Category Archives: Recreation & Tourism

State Parks Work to Return to Normal Capacity

(photo tpwd.texas.gov)

Texas State Parks have begun a process of expanding capacity statewide, tracking Gov. Greg Abbott’s latest reopening order. The parks encourage masks for visitors, especially when indoors or in areas where it is difficult to socially distance. Also, restrictions affecting group sizes have been lifted. “We’re excited to welcome more visitors to our parks,” said Rodney Franklin, director of Texas State Parks. “We want Texans to know that the safety…

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Port Isabel Lighthouse Reopens

The historic Port Isabel Lighthouse is now reopen to the public, as well as the park and Keeper’s Cottage Visitors Center. Weather permitting, hours of operation for the lighthouse are 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday with the last tickets selling at 3:30 p.m. Patrons may only purchase tickets through at the Keeper’s Cottage Visitors Center with a credit or debit card. Ticket prices are $5 for adults,…

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McAllen Library Now Loaning Video Games

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The McAllen Public Library is now allowing borrowers 17 years and older to take home video game titles for PS4, PS5, X-Box One, X-Box Series X and Nintendo Switch. The new circulating games carry ratings of E–For Everyone and T–For Teens. Video game borrowers must reside in the City of McAllen and be 17 years or older. They must also have an MPL card and provide verification of a current…

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Hike & Bike Trail Connects Communities

Cyclists ride toward one of four underground tunnels of the Precinct 2 trail. (Courtesy)

Hidalgo County Commissioner Eduardo Cantu had modest expectations when he set out to bring a hike-and-bike trail to Pharr and San Juan. It was early 2015 and Cantu was well aware of the health and fitness improvements made in Brownsville, McAllen and Harlingen as those cities have constructed and opened miles of outdoor trails. The same has occurred in Mission and San Benito as hike-and-bike trails have flourished across the…

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Kick Off the Year With a First Day Hike

Mother Neff State Park, one of Texas’ earliest state parks, is one of many open for a First Day Hike. (photo TPWD)

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is encouraging Texans to “start the new year in nature” with a First Day Hike at a Texas state park. Citizens can walk, bike or paddle their way into 2021 on a First Day Hike at 89 Texas state parks. First Day Hikes at Texas’ state parks aim to help visitors commit to their New Year’s resolutions to get healthy. Last year, 5,242 visitors…

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Boat Tours Offer Eye-Opening Look At Port

Shrimp boats make up a formidable fleet in the channel leading to Port of Brownsville.

Want to learn about the history of one of the Rio Grande Valley’s best-known enterprises and the geography of the Laguna Madre? If the answer is yes, hop on one of several charter boat companies based in the South Padre Island-Port Isabel area for a tour of the Port of Brownsville and the surrounding Laguna. The deep-water facility can be seen off State Highway 48, but an up close look…

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McAllen Reopens Two Public Pools

Two City of McAllen aquatics facilities are now open for adult lap swimmers as part of the city’s Phase 2 reopening plans. The Municipal and Boys & Girls Club pools are now available Tuesdays through Saturdays. Municipal Pool at 1921 North Bicentennial Blvd. operates from 7-11 a.m. and 3-9 p.m. on days of operation. The operating hours for Boys & Girls Club Pool at 617 South 27th Street is 7-11…

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Arroyo Trail Expanding Its Reach In Harlingen

Harlingen’s network of trails seeks to link parks, retail centers and the Texas State Technical College.

Harlingen is extending its most popular hike-and-bike trail from the Arroyo Colorado to Dixieland Park as the city works to expand its trails master plan. The 1.6-mile extension along the banks of the Arroyo Colorado will be the first trail addition in five years. It will take the trail from its current end adjacent to Boggus Ford along Expressway 77/83 and wind it near the Tony Butler Golf Course. It…

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RGV Gaining New Ecotourism Center

Construction is ongoing at a site that will be the South Texas Ecotourism Center.

The Rio Grande Valley is one of the nation’s top destinations for those who enjoy watching, learning and photographing flora and fauna. The region is the home of the World Birding Center, a turtle center and a bird festival that attracts hundreds of people from all over the United States. People even come from as far as England and Australia to the festival. The Valley also has several state and…

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Beach Park Debuts Largest Sea Turtle Sculpture 

Chelsea Fedigan shows just how tall the latest member of the South Padre Sea Turtle Art Trail is.

The third – and largest – of South Padre Island’s Sea Turtle Art Trail turtles has “hatched” at Beach Park on South Padre Island. Painted by mother and daughter artists Beth and Chelsea Fedigan, the enormous turtle is near the entrance of Beach Park Water Park. The 11-foot-tall sea turtle depicts the beauty of living on the island. The Fedigans have spent months on the design depicting sea life, palm…

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