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Port Aransas to Beachgoers: Come on Back

Anticipation grows as you roll down the window and drive onto the Port Aransas ferry to cross the narrow channel to Mustang Island. Salty air…
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Trails in Guadalupe Mountains and San Antonio Get Federal Recognition

  The Department of the Interior has named 19 new national recreation trails, and Texas is home to two of them: the Guadalupe Ridge Trail that runs…
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10 Things Dad Would Actually Want to Do on Father’s Day

Treat dad to a weekend of family fun and adventure with these Father's Day events across the state.
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Irish Storybook Creator Oliver Jeffers Talks Children's Books in Abilene

Oliver Jeffers has sold millions of children’s picture books, traveled the globe as a renowned artist, and even collaborated on art projects with Irish rock…
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After Harvey, Houston's Dining Scene Is Stronger Than Ever

Ask Houstonians what they love about their city, and they’re bound to bring up its first-rate dining scene. Houston’s culinary offerings have been strong for…
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After Months of Rebuilding, Rockport Is Ready for Summer Visitors

Checking into The Inn at Fulton Harbor near Rockport, a cheerful blond woman has brought a basket of cookies to share with the other guests.…
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Gallery: Houston's World-Class Art Scene

Harvey struck when Houston’s world-class arts scene was gearing up for a new season, devastating venues and upending plans. But creativity and courage go hand…
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New Photography Book Captures the Sweeping Natural Beauty of Texas

Austin photographer Kenny Braun’s first book was a sumptuous portrait of surfer culture on the Texas coast. Published in 2014, it was aptly titled Surf…
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5 Texas Cities Where You Can Discover Your Inner Science Geek

The Texas Gulf Coast, where the North American continent descends into the Gulf of Mexico’s salty waters, harbors a steamy mix of marshes, bays, beaches,…
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This Houston Brewery Made Headlines with Its Heroic Harvey Rescues

On a mercifully cool Friday evening in the acre-size backyard of Houston’s 8th Wonder Brewery, the post-workweek crowd streams in, ready to cut loose.
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You’ll Find Great Comfort Food and a Few Friends at Rockport Seafood Standout GLOW

When evacuees Karey and David Swartwout returned to Rockport in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, they assumed their old boathouse-turned-restaurant would be part of the…
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3 Places to Eat Barbecued Crab in Texas This Summer

Barbecued crab, a coastal delicacy born in a tiny corner of Southeast Texas, is tender, juicy, and laced with spice. This misnamed meal isn’t barbecue,…
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Galveston’s Star Drug Store Cures What Ails You with Mardi Gras Masks and Milkshakes

Customers once came to the Star Drug Store for their medicinal needs, but today they come for a different kind of pick-me-up: meals and merchandise. For…
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Paddling the Devils River in Southwest Texas Offers High Risks and High Rewards

You find two kinds of paddlers on the Devils River: those who come out here whenever possible and those who will never do it again.…
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Dive Deep into the Water Cycle at the Laredo Water Museum

What do I look like?” my 5-year-old daughter, Ana, asked when she emerged from her bedroom dressed in blue stretch pants and a sparkly violet…
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Explore South Padre Island with a Drive up State Park Road 100

I get my first clear view of South Padre Island from the summit of the Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway. At 85 feet above Laguna Madre, the…
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You’ll Feel Right at Home in This Small-Town Beach Community

Our annual Coastal Issue is different than the one we had in mind when we began planning it last summer. The impact of Hurricane Harvey…
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A Hill Country Distillery Is Organizing a Series of Pool Parties to Fund Repairs to Balmorhea State Park

Balmorhea State Park in West Texas is celebrated for having the world’s largest spring-fed pool. Unfortunately, on May 14, the park announced that the pool will…
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The Port Aransas Festival Season

Port Aransas likes a party, and residents won’t let the effects of Harvey interfere with that tradition. April brought the annual SandFest, one of the…
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Crafting for Recovery at Farley Boat Works

Hurricane Harvey’s Category 4 winds, along with a 6-foot storm surge, met their match in the backyard of Farley Boat Works. While countless boats across…
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Tacos and Happiness at La Playa Mexican Grille

“Tacos + Margaritas = Happiness” So says the handwritten sign that greet post-Harvey diners at La Playa Mexican, a testament to owner Greg Villasana’s optimism. 
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The Ultimate Texas Summer Bucket List

Some Texans aren’t content with a life well lived, they want hard evidence: the family vacation photos, a souvenir to stick on the shelf, their…
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There’s Nothing but a Beach on St. Jo Island, but What More Do You Need?

When Hurricane Harvey struck last summer, it made landfall on San José Island, a coastal retreat where U.S. presidents have come to fish and fundraise,…
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Why Mattress Mack Means so Much to Houston

  Jim McIngvale moved to Houston in 1981 with $5,000 and a dream to build a furniture empire. Within a few years, the founder of…
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The Daytripper Ventures to the Wilder and Quieter North Padre Island

Few know that the longest stretch of undeveloped barrier island in the world is just beyond Corpus Christi. And while its southern counterpart may get…
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18 Places to Go in Texas in 2018

From El Paso to Galveston, uncover our top 18 travel must-dos for 2018.
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Order Your Free Copy of the 2018 Texas State Travel Guide

Whether you enjoy communing with nature in a state park or perusing cultural artifacts in a museum, the 2018 State Travel Guide can help you…
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