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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

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

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

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

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

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

Things to do near Mission, TX

St. Joseph School Museum

Housed in the oldest Polish school in the U.S.; artifacts (many from 19th-century Poland) depicting life of Polish pioneers. ...

Falcon State Park

572.6 acres on shores of Falcon Reservoir offer cabins, camping, picnicking, fishing, swimming, trailer sites with electricit...

Los Ebanos Golf Course

Course Access: Semi-PrivateHoles: 9Reserve Advance Tee Times: Yes...

Laredo Center for the Arts

Houses galleries that present changing exhibits of work by local, national, and international artists....