The Alamo

Built as Mission San Antonio de Valero, the landmark now known as The Alamo in downtown San Antonio was the first of five Spanish colonial missions that were established in San Antonio in the early 1700s. The goal was to Christianize and educate Native Americans. As was customary, a fort was built to protect mission activities, and the accompanying fort was named San Antonio de Bexar. In 1718, the Spanish Viceroy of Mexico authorized...

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Texas Travel Books and Guides

Texas has something for everyone and these travel books will help you do Texas your way! Whether you are a history buff, love to get off the beaten path or are just looking for new and fun attractions – these Texas Travel Books will help you plan your next vacation, day trip or weekend getaway.   Texas Off the Beaten Path: A Guide to Unique Places If you’re planning to travel at all throughout the Lone Star State,...

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Port Mansfield Manatee

Port Mansfield, just north of Padre Island, has received a rare treat the past few years – a visit from a Florida Manatee! These gentle creatures normally live in the warm waters of Florida and seldom venture to the Texas Gulf Coast. This Manatee is about 8 feet long and has been in Port Mansfield for about a month, playing and eating sea grasses. Manatees live to be about 50 yrs and can get as large as 12 feet in length. Boats...

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Mercer Arboretum and Botanic Gardens

Just north of Houston is the Mercer Arboretum and Botanic Gardens. Set along the banks of Cypress Creek, the park offers 250 acres of native woodland trails, color gardens, koi ponds and more. Thelma and Charles Mercer purchased the original 14 acres with dreams of establishing a public garden. They later sold the property to Harris County and more acreage was added to the park. Upon entering the park you will be greeted by a koi pond...

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Texas Gulf Coast

The Texas Gulf Coast has miles of beaches, state parks, historic sites, Wildlife Refuges, NASA’s Space Center and even tales of pirate treasure. There something for everyone from water sports and fishing, shopping to bird watching and cultural events. Warm tropical waters, delightful seaside communities and numerous venues make the Texas Gulf Coast a perfect place for a fun vacation. From the Sabine river to the Rio Grande river...

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The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame

The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, the only one of it’s kind, can be found in Fort Worth, Texas.  There, recognition and respect is given to the women who “helped settle the frontier to those who continue to live their lives with the grit and determination of the American cowgirl.” The list of honorees at the National Cowgirl Museum is long with names you would recognize such as Dale Evans and Annie...

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