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TEXAS Points of Interest 2013

TEXAS Points of Interest 2013

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Information sources:
 A=AAA Travel Guidebook, AC=AAA Camping Book, H= Highways magazine (Good Sam Club), L=loop tours book (Readers’ Digest, hardbound), X=Xerox copy, T=©1992 “Texas” travel soft-cover book,
NOTE: Key to map-location numbering system:A=2005 trip B=2006 trip C=2007 trip No letter = 2008 trip & later tripsNOTE: Info may NOT contain CURRENT phone numbers, prices, times of operation, etc. due to publication dates for info sources. ALWAYS check with the attraction / location / venue for updated info rather than drive to the location and be very disappointed !
(updated 3/2013)
(All the following information and descriptions are from the ”Texas” magazine-style, soft-cover travel book. The “T” designation indicates the page in the booklet, e.g. T56 = page 56 on the Texas book.)
TX 001 D – Austin
 A)Nation’s largest urban
bat colony
 under the Congress Ave. bridge during the summer. A kiosk on north shore of Towns Lake’s hike & bike trail near Four Seasons Hotel informs visitors when and where to watch for the nocturnal mammals.B)
McKinney Falls State Park
 (T8) Excellent visitor center, hiking & interpretive trails, campsites, playground, ruins of homestead of Thomas F. McKinney.C)
Two (other) popular facilities of Austin parks are hike & bike trails in scenic areas along Shoal Creek and Blunn Creek.D)
State Capitol Complex
 (T8) 46 acres of immaculate landscaped grounds, stately shade trees and flowering gardens. Free guided tours of the Capitol daily 8:30AM thru 4:30PM at Travel Information Center.E)
Town Lake Riverboat Tour 
 (T8) 1.5 hour cruise under city bridges, past mouth of Barton Creek and Zilker Park. Tour is FREE.F)
Umlauf Sculpture Garden
(T9) museum displays 150 works by sculptor, Charles Umlauf, both inside and outdoors. Open Thurs-Sun 1-4:30PM at 605 Robert E. Lee Rd. (near Zilker Park). Admission charge.G)
Wild Basin Preserve
 (T9) Four miles of hiking trails. Open daily sunrise to sunset. On Loop 360, 1.25 miles north of Bee Cave Rd (RR2244).H)
 – (p240)
Barton Springs
 is considered by many Texans as the best swimmin’ hole in the world.
Check to see if there’s camping nearby.
TX002 D –
 (T9) A)
Bastrop State Park
 (T9) 3,550 acres of rolling parkland shaded by the strange “Lost Pines”. Camping, nature study, hiking. One mile east of intersection of TX21/71. Admission charged. Scenic Park Road 1 connects with Buescher State Park 15 miles to east. (see Smithville)
B)Central Texas Museum of Automotive History
 (T9) Nearly 8 decades of auto history with some 85 vintage cars. Open
, open Wed-Sat 9-5, Sun 2-5;
, open Fri & Sat 9-5, Sun 2-5.
TX003 D – Georgetown A)Factory tour
available of company that produces colorful, decorative candles. (Does not list company, so may not still be in business.)
B)Inner Space
 (T10) Texas’ newest and most accessible cavern. On I-35, one mile south. Admission charged.
TX004 D – Wimberly
 (T11) 12 miles north on RM12 is Billie Bob’s Knob, an unusual shop with 12 display rooms featuring arts, country crafts and out-of-the-ordinary merchandise.
TX005 D – Corpus Christi
Texas – Points-of-Interest 
Texas State Aquarium
 open Mon-Sat 10-6, Sun noon – 6 at 2710 N. Shoreline Blvd. (Surfside Exit from US181). Water taxi available from Bayfront Arts Complex. Admission.B)
Corpus Christi Museum of Science & History
 (T14) Natural history, shipwreck exhibit, wildlife diorama, full-size replica of Spanish treasure ship. Open Tues-Sat 10-5, Sun noon-5. CLOSED MONDAYS. 1900 N. Chaparral. Admission.C)
Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens.
 (T14) Open Tues-Sun 9-5. CLOSED MONDAYS. South of city on S. Staples St. Admission.D)
Paddlewheeler “Flagship”
 (T14) Hour-long narrated cruises of Corpus Christi Bay and Harbor, morning, afternoon & evening. Weekend cruises may feature jazz band. Schedule varies. 512-643-7128. Departs from Peoples St. “T”-Head. Fee charged.E)
Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History
 (A74) – Visitors explore a 1554 Spanish shipwreck, a 1686 French shipwreck, with replicas of Columbus’ 3 ships moored outside. $10.F)
USS Lexington Museum On The Bay
 (A75) – Self-guiding tours of aircraft carrier, a 910-foot floating naval museum, involves climbing many stairs. Three-story screen shows 2 movies. Carrier was reportedly sunk no less than 4 times by the Japanese during WWII. $11.95.
TX006 D – Dallas
 (T20) A)
Biblical Arts Center 
 (T20) Splendid nondenominational showcase of Biblical arts: sculptures, icons, paintings, clerical artifacts, replicas of tomb of Christ, and St. Paul’s “Gate of Damascus”, and other items.  Also, 124’ x 20’ painting depicting the Miracle of Pentecost, with sound-and-light program. Open Tues-Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5 CLOSED MONDAY. Free access to the center and its galleries; fee for “Miracle of Pentecost” presentation. Closed New Year’s, Thanksgiving & Christmas. 7500 Park Lane at Boedeker.B)
Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden
 (T21) is 66-acre haven of natural beauty only minutes from downtown Dallas. Located on an estate with house / mansion. Gardens open Tues-Sun 10-6 (Nov-Feb 10-5), CLOSED MONDAYS. 8525 Garland Rd. (TX78) overlooking White Rock Lake. Admission.C)
Dallas Zoo
 (T21) Thousands of animals, reptile house, tropical rain forest, apes, and many more; miniature train, picnic areas.D)
Frontiers of Flight
 (T22) History of aviation from balloon launches of 1800s through to Stealth Bomber and Space Shuttle. Open Tues-Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5, CLOSED MONDAY. Love Field, 2
 Floor, on Cedar Springs at Mockingbird Lane. Admission.E)
The Sixth Floor 
 (T22) Permanent exhibition on the life, death and legacy of Pres. John F. Kennedy. This is location from which JFK was shot. Open Sun-Fri 10-6, Sat 10-7. Ticket sales stop one hour before closing. Houston & Elm Streets. Admission.F)
State Fair Park
 (T22, T24) Noted for its Art Deco architecture. Contains: Age of Stream Museum, Aquarium, Cotton Bowl Stadium, Civic Garden Center, Hall of State, Big Tex statue, Museum of Natural History, Science Place 1, Science Place II, Starplex Amphitheater, State Fair Coliseum.G)
Visitor Centers
 (T24) The Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau operates visitor centers offering abundant details about local events, accommodations, dining & points of interest. Located in Renaissance Tower, 1201 Elm Street, Ste 200, 8-5 M-F; Union Station, 400 S. Houston St. 9-5 daily. Brochures available here 24 hrs/day; also at West End MarketPlace Mon-Sat 11-8, Sun noon-8.
 – (A76-84)
Gem site…
Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden
 is 66 acres of trees, flowers, etc. Tours of the 1930s DeGolyer House and Gardens are available.
The Age of Steam Railroad Museum
 – housed in a 1905 depot, contains impressive collection of steam and early diesel-era trains. Visitors may board a complete passenger train w/ 1926 Pullman first-class sleeper car, 1937 dining car, and 1914 parlor-club car. $5.
Sightseeing boat tour 
 on the ‘Texas Queen’, an old time stern-wheeler. Phone 972-771-0039 for fares and schedule.
 – (A-85, Dallas vicinity)
Cavanaugh Flight Museum
 has exhibits in several hangars, and chronicles the history of American military aircraft from WWI to the present. $6.
Texas – Points-of-Interest 
TX007 D – Fort Worth
 (T27) A)
Botanical Gardens
: Garden Center open daily 8am-11pm. Conservatory open Apr-Oct, Mon-Fri 10am-9pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 1-6pm; Nov-Mar same hours but close at 4pm on Sat & Sun. Locate din wooded southwestern section of Trinity Park. Conservatory at 3220 Botanic Drive, open daily. Entrance to botanic gardens is FREE; admission to conservatory.B)
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
 / Omni Theater (T28) 100,000 artifacts & specimens. Special exhibits and sections on Man & His Possessions, Human Physiology, History of Medicine, Calculators & Computers, Geology & Paleontology, and Texas History. Curved Omni screen shows 50 varying shows a week. Museum open Mon 9-5, Tues-Thurs 9-5, Sat 9-9, Sun noon-8pm. 1501 Montgomery St., Amon Carter Square. Admission.C)
Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge
 (T28) 3500-acre refuge offers interpretive center, hiking & self-guided nature trails, prairie dog town, bison intermingled with deer. Open Tues-Sat 9-5, Sun noon-5. 10 miles northwest of downtown (2 miles past Lake Worth bridge) on TX199.D)
Pate Museum of Transportation
 (T29) (also see Cresson, T180) Antique luxury railroad car, elegant vintage & classic autos, military aircraft, navy minesweeper, 1500 volume transportation library. Open Tues-Sun 9-5. On US377 northeast. [Annual Pate Swap Meet brings 200,00 viewers and collectors beginning last Thurs thru Sunday each April.E)
Water Garden
 (T29) Spectacular park features water in all its aspects – sparkling, gurgling, bubbling, flowing, sprinkling, pouring – fountains, channels, cascades and pools amid geometric architectural features. Adjacent to convention center downtown.
 Fort Worth
 – (A39, 96)
Gem site…
National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame
 highlights the achievements and contributions of cowgirls.
Gem site…
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
 has such themes as medicine, human body, geology, technology.
Gem site…
Stockyards National Historic District
 was once the largest marketing center in the Southwest, now contains 125 acres of galleries, restaurants and shops.
Fort Worth Botanic Garden
 (A98) – 109 acres, with 22 specialty gardens, and rose garden dating to 1933. 10,00 sq.ft. conservatory. Grounds are free; conservatory is $1.
Fort Worth Zoo
 (A98) – 64 acres and over 2,000 animals ‘Texas Wild’ simulates 1890s town and 6 geographic regions of the Lone Star state. $9.75.
TX008 D –
Texas Queen
 – on Lake Ray Hubbard this 105-foot double-deck, paddlewheeler offers dinner cruises Wed-Fri & Sun. Reservations required. Departs from Elgin B. Robertson Park, Dalrock exit south off I-30 East. 214-771-0039.
TX009 D – Grand Prairie
Palace of Wax & Ripley’s Believe It or Not
 – (T31)
See article for extensive details of this attraction.
 Open 10am daily. 601 E. Safari Pkwy (Belt Line Road, exit from I-30 between Dallas and Fort Worth).B)
Traders Village
 (T31) Huge flea market and shoppers’ bazaar with hundreds of dealers in novelties, handmade goods, plants, arts, crafts, & antiques of every sort. RV park said to be here. Open Sat-Sun, 2602 Mayfield Road off TX360. Parking fee; free admission.
TX010 D – El Paso
Hueco Tanks State Park
 (T38) Precious water from infrequent rains “stored” in natural rock basins; for centuries a strategic travel spot in this arid region. Ancient Indian pictographs, plus names of 49ers on way to California. Picnicking, hiking, climbing, and camping. Off US62/180 26 miles east of El Paso. Admission.
Hueco Tanks
 – (p248) site of
Hueco Tanks State Historical Park
 where more than 3,000 ancient pictographs are found in caves and overhangs.B)
Insights – El Paso Science Center 
 (T38) features hands-on displays about science & technology: solar power, motion, light illumination, electricity, space science, computers, energy, and the human body. Housed in historic Mills Building, the world’s largest monolithic concrete structure when completed in 1915. Open
Texas – Points-of-Interest 

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