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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

Los Ebanos Ferry

Only existing hand-operated ferry of its kind. Carries three cars and limited number of passengers at a time, and you can help pull. In 1975 ferry was recognized with state historical marker. Crosses Rio Grande from area of ebony trees (los ebanos). Fourteen miles west on U.S. 83; 3

Mission, TX Boating

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

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

Shary-Shivers Estate

Was home of John H. Shary, known as father of Texas citrus industry, first to grow fruit commercially. Later the home became the valley residence for Governor and Mrs. Allan Shivers. Across from house is Shary Memorial Chapel and park, maintained as memorial to Shary;

Mission, TX Historic Homes

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

Things to do near Mission, TX

Vietnam and Korean Veterans Memorial

Vietnam memorial depicts a scene from the Battle for Hill 881 South-a radio man calling for help for a wounded comrade. Korea...

Lucky Eagle Casino

Operated by the Kickapoo Indians, this handsome facility features bingo hall, and Las Vegas-type games with state-of-the-art ...

Riverside Municipal Golf Course -Eighteen

Course Access: PublicHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 7 days...

Hidalgo Pumphouse Heritage & Discovery Center

Restored historic structure offers a hands-on experience and includes exhibits on the effects of irrigation on the Lower Rio ...

Mission San Francisco de la Espada

Established 1731, favorite of many students of Spanish period in Texas, and popular with photographers. The little church bui...