Anzalduas Park

Anzalduas Park

Web: www.exploremcallen.com

Kayak on the border at Anzalduas Park. If you're not so skilled in kayaking, enjoy outdoor activities and go fishing in the river, or take a hike through the Ash and Live Oak trees. While you're enjoying the environment around you, check out the park's wild inhabitants like birds and butterflies. The park is in close proximity to the La Lomita Mission.

Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park

Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park

Address: 2800 S Bentsen Palm Dr, Mission, TX 78572 - MAP
Phone: (956) 584-9156
Web: www.theworldbirdingcenter.com

If birdwatching is your favorite outdoor activity, head to the Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park and see why it has been named one of the top birding destinations in the country. The 760-acre park is the headquarters of the World Birding Center and is home to "Valley specialties" - birds you won't find anywhere else.

Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge

Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge

Address: 22688 Buena Vista Blvd, Los Fresnos, TX 78566 - MAP
Phone: (956) 748-3607
Web: www.fws.gov

Take a journey through what has been called "the last great habitat in south Texas" at the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge. No where in the Lone Star State can boast the diversity in wildlife that this refuge has, from ocelot to white-tailed deer and falcons. This outdoor refuge is a vital nesting area for sea turtles and blue crab. Bird watchers can also revel in this wildlife habitat and enjoy their hobby to the fullest.

Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Address: 33174 State Park Rd 100, South Padre Island, TX 78597 - MAP
Phone: (956) 761-5494
Web: www.fws.gov

See the "wildlife corridor" that is the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge. This refuge lies along the last 275 miles of the Rio Grande River and represents 11 distinct ecosystems in the region. On your outdoor exploration, you'll see birds, butterflies and plenty of wild animals along the way.

National Butterfly Center

National Butterfly Center

Address: 3333 Butterfly Park Dr, Mission, TX 78572 - MAP
Phone: (956) 583-5400
Web: nationalbutterflycenter.org

Lose yourself in the 100-acre National Butterfly Center. This place is the country's premier destination to get a closer look at the beautiful insects. Not only will you spy over 300 species of gorgeous butterflies, you'll see them thrive among some of the most lush plant life in the Rio Grande Valley.

Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge

Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge

Address: 3325 Green Jay, Alamo, TX 78516 - MAP
Phone: (956) 784-7500
Web: www.fws.gov

Explore the outdoor beauty of the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge. The 2,088-acre expanse sits at the banks of the lower Rio Grande river and is home to wild snakes, butterflies and nearly 400 types of birds. Stop by the Visitor Center for information about the flora and fauna that occupies the refuge.

Sea Turtle Inc

Sea Turtle Inc

Address: 6617 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597 - MAP
Phone: (956) 761-4511
Web: www.seaturtleinc.org

Get a closer look at the efforts to save the sea turtles of the Gulf Coast at Sea Turtle Inc. This non-profit organization has played a large role in rescuing and rehabilitating turtles and educating the public of their plight. If the ocean is your passion, be part of "turtle talks" and educational programs. For an extra special experience, be present for a hatchling release.

South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center

South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center

Address: 6801 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597 - MAP
Phone: (956) 761-6801
Web: www.southpadreislandbirding.com

Birdwatchers, make your next destination the South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center. At this center you have plenty of resources to make your outdoor experience the best, including over 4,800 feet of boardwalk, seven bird blinds, and a five-story tower to observe from. Before you leave, head to the nature gift shop to grab a memento to remember the trip by.

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Fins to Feathers

Phone: (956) 299-0629
Web: www.fin2feather.com

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