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For the Road: 5 Places for Fun in the Sun

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A shimmery sunset over Corpus Christi Bay.  By Lance Varnell

City by the Sea

One of the state’s most exciting Fourth of July celebrations takes place this year in Corpus Christi, where pyrotechnics will launch from the flight deck of the USS Lexington, the hulking World War II-era aircraft carrier now retired to calmer digs in Corpus Christi Bay. But fireworks aren’t the only things making Corpus Christi exciting these days.Here’s a rough plan for a four-day vacation…

Town and Country

If ever an event was aptly named, it's the 48th annual Moulton Town & Country Jamboree. The four-day festival, set for July 24-27 in the Lavaca County community of Moulton, is jam-packed with dozens of activities, from polka-dancing to barbecue cookoffs. (There are also chili cookoffs, a pie-baking contest, and a belt-busting feast lauded as “Moulton’s Famous Fried Chicken Dinner,” not to mention the usual festival fare like turkey legs and sausage-on-a-stick.)

Big D and Beyond

With gasoline prices so high, nationwide travel trend-spotters forecast more weekend getaways and vacations spent close to home. In most parts of Texas, thank goodness, you don’t have to journey far to immerse yourself in new adventure. Take North Texas, for example: Within a few hours’ drive of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, you can find everything from tranquil wildlife sanctuaries to earsplitting NASCAR raceways.

Hot Ticket in Frisco

The hottest ticket in Texas this summer may be a poolside ticket to a RoughRiders baseball game at Frisco’s one-of-a-kind Dr Pepper Ballpark, which boasts a three-tiered swimming pool overlooking the playing field, complete with a waterfall and an attendant to cater to guests’ every whim. If you can’t wrangle one of these sought-after poolside seats for this season, here’s a plan: Put your name on the list for next year, and settle in for an old-fashioned regular seat in the park, where you’ll enjoy such all-American baseball perks as popcorn, hotdogs, and perhaps the finest diversion of all: people-watching.

A Whole New TEXASDriving into Palo Duro Canyon State Park via Texas 217, visitors drop 800 feet in just over a mile. This overlook is near the park entrance. By Stan Williams

With the golden striations of Palo Duro Canyon as a natural backdrop, the outdoor musical drama TEXAS—written by Pulitzer-winning playwright Paul Green in the early 1960s—has thrilled audiences for four decades. The play tells thestory of the Panhandle’s settlement in the 1800s through the eyes of ranchers, farmers, and Native Americans. But it needed some modernizing. “It ran a littlelong, for one,” says director Dave Yirak. “So, last year, we took Green’s script, shortened it some, and updated it. We also added some interesting special effects, including a dramatic prairie fire, with real flames, lights, smoke, and all kinds of fun things. 

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