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Summer fun before Autumn falls


Before the kids head back to school, head out for one last summer adventure in Texas state parks. There’s so much to see and do — click here for up-to-date info and more events.

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Caprock Canyons

Batmania

Every summer, 500,000 Mexican free-tailed bats make their home in the abandoned Clarity Tunnel. Take a guided vehicle tour to enjoy spectacular views of the Llano Estacado — and the sight of a half-million bats taking flight. Registration is required with a $10 fee per seat. Call (806) 455-1492 for more information.

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 Earl Nottingham | TPWD

Resca de la Palma

Birding Along the Border

Bring your binoculars (and some water!) and enjoy a morning adventure in search of South Texas birds you won’t find anywhere else in the United States.

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 Chase Fountain | TPWD

Enchanted Rock

Pink Moon

When the sun goes down, the pink granite dome of Enchanted Rock becomes even more magical. Make your required reservation early and join Ranger Jessica for a Full Moon Hike up the Summit Trail to the the top of the dome. No pets (especially werewolves) are allowed on this hike.

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 Sonja Sommerfeld | TPWD

Guadalupe River

A Light Morning Hike

Beating the summer heat at Guadalupe River State Park typically involves playing in the water, but the park offers more than just aquatic fun. Join park staff for an easy 3/4-mile nature walk to a beautiful scenic overlook with a great view of the river. Bring the entire family — friendly dogs on leash are also welcome!

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 Chase Fountain | TPWD

Dinosaur Valley

Track Talk

Join a ranger and travel back in time
113 million years to learn the story of when dinosaurs roamed Texas (and check out the footprints they left behind).

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 Earl Nottingham | TPWD

Brazos Bend

Wings Over Houston

Brazos Bend State Park is home to more than 300 species of birds, making it perfect for birding year-round. Enjoy a 1.2-mile flat, accessible, gravel trail walk (or roll) as park volunteer Jerry Carpenter points out new additions to your birding life list. Don’t forget your field guides and binoculars — and bring water! Birding in Houston can be sweaty fun.

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 Chase Fountain | TPWD

Sea Center Texas

Kid Fishing

Grab your gear and join Sea Center Texas for a morning of youth-centered catch-and-release fishing. Participants must bring their own rods, reels, rigging, bait and food. Barbed hooks and artifical bait aren’t allowed, so bring dead bait such as shrimp, squid, mullet or cubed beef liver and get ready to reel in the memories. Admission is free; no license is required; and kids must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

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 Sonja Sommerfeld | TPWD

Martin Dies Jr.

Tots on Trails

This free, toddler-friendly program will teach kids about lakes and dams. They’ll get to build a lake and a dam, too. Experiments will show what items float or sink. Registration required — contact Ranger Amy at (409) 698-6636 or Amy.Kocurek@tpwd.texas.gov for information.

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