Mission, Texas

Mission was established in 1824 by Oblate Fathers on a site three miles south of the present town. Priests were said to have planted an orange grove that was one of first experiments with citrus culture in the lower Rio Grande Valley. Mission has since become an agricultural center for all citrus and celebrates this industry with the annual Texas Citrus Fiesta in January. Birding opportunities are found around the city, where rare birds can be spotted. The area is a key destination for migratory birds as well as native species.

Mission Hike and Bike Trail is a five-mile trail located on South Conway and ends at the World Birding Center, featuring abundant native plants and wildlife, paved trails and two bridges.

Other events include the Texas Butterfly Festival in October.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park

600-acre area set aside to preserve native flora and fauna of lower Rio Grande Valley. On banks of Rio Grande, park offers picnicking, rest rooms, bird-watching and nature study. New nature trails, boardwalks and a Hawk Preservation Tower. Located off U.S. 83, exit F.M. 2062

Mission, TX State Parks

World Birding Center Headquarters

Located within Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park, site meant to educate the public about the unique wildlife within the region and promote environmental conservation. It'

Mission, TX Wildlife Areas

La Lomita Chapel

Hidden away in Texas mesquite, La Lomita (Little Hill) Chapel was first built in 1865, an adobe overnight way station for Oblate padres who regularly traveled on horseback between Brownsville and Roma. Tiny (12 by 25 feet) structure, rebuilt of sandstone in 1889

Mission, TX Historic Churches

Anzalduas Park

Hidalgo County park at Anzalduas Dam on the Rio Grande. Rest rooms, covered bird-observation pier, pavilion, boat dock, and paved roads. Picnicking in shady wooded area;

Mission, TX Parks

Tom Landry Mural

Created to honor Mission native and legendary coach of the Dallas Cowboys. Landry, born and raised in Mission, led the Cowboys from rag-tag team in inaugural 1960 season to two Super Bowl titles and "America's Team" status. Mural depicts and spans his life, career and legend. Landry'

Mission, TX Murals

Things to do near Mission, TX

La Paz County Historical Museum

In typical, 200-yr.-old Mexican home. Exhibits include photos of old Zapata, antique ranch furniture, early doctor's equipmen...

Doll Display

More than 500 dolls from 40 countries are displayed in the city's municipal building. The collection includes dolls from 11 t...

Visitor Center

Supplies information concerning local events, historic buildings and tourist sites. Pharr Chamber of Commerce Building....

Fort Ringgold

One of Texas' best preserved old military posts; named for Maj. David Ringgold, first army officer killed in Battle of Palo A...

Monarch Collectibles

Dolls of every description can be found in the quaint Queen Anne-style house. More than 3,000 dolls on display. Miniature dol...