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There’s nothing better than breathing fresh air and getting in touch with nature. State parks, botanical gardens, trails, lakes, and farms are exactly the place to do it – and this area is full of them.

Take a look at all the options within driving distance – you’ll be surprised at how close your next adventure is. We provide the driving directions, but the sunscreen’s on you!
Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park
Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park

2800 S Bentsen Palm Dr
Mission, TX 78572   Directions

(956) 584-9156

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Whether you're a fan of bird watching or just a fan of nature, the Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park is the perfect place to revel in both. As the World Birding Center's headquarters, the 760-acre attraction offers a look into the habitats of rare birds that can only be seen in deep South Texas.

Isla Blanca Park
Isla Blanca Park

33174 State Park Rd
South Padre Island, TX 78597   Directions

(956) 761-5493

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For some fun in the sun, head to Isla Blanca Park. Put your toes in the sand and feel free to explore over a mile of beautiful beachfront, try fishing off the jetties, splash around in the surf, and soak up the sun. The park is located on South Padre Island, so after the beach you can explore local attractions or head out for some tasty seafood and a night on the town - island style.

Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge
Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge

22688 Buena Vista Blvd
Los Fresnos, TX 78566   Directions

(956) 748-3607

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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

3325 Green Jay Rd
Alamo, TX 78516   Directions

(956) 784-7500

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Take in the beauty of the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge rests on the international border between our nation and Mexico, and is home to over 1,200 types of plants, 700 kinds of animals and birds, and 300 kinds of butterflies - it doesn't get more beautiful than this. Wear your comfy shoes for walking the trails and bring the sunscreen, the Texas sun is a hot one.

National Butterfly Center
National Butterfly Center

3333 Butterfly Park Dr
Mission, TX 78572   Directions

(956) 583-5400

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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

3325 Green Jay Rd
Alamo, TX 78516   Directions

(956) 784-7500

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Spend a day at the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, and learn about the abundant South Texas wildlife. Before you hit the trails, hang out in the visitor center where you'll become familiar with the area's inhabitants and vegetation through interesting exhibits and attractions. When you are venturing along your trek, you will see animals like squirrels, armadillos, bobcats, coyotes, a wide variety of birds, and hundreds of butterflies.

Sea Turtle Inc
Sea Turtle Inc

6617 Padre Blvd
South Padre Island, TX 78597   Directions

(956) 761-4511

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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

6801 Padre Blvd
South Padre Island, TX 78597   Directions

(956) 761-6801

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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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