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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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