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Visiting Border Towns of Texas

You might (see: no doubt) already know the southern border of Texas separates the state from Mexico. What you may not already know, however, is along the border, there are an array of charming, fun, and interesting cities that make touring the border towns of Texas a must – from El Paso in the far west, to Laredo, and Raymondville, which is set just inland from the Gulf of Mexico.

El Paso, also near the New Mexico border, is an eclectic city, and home to the University of Texas at El Paso. Late summer and early fall means you can experience the excitement of college football in Texas. Head to Sun Bowl Stadium, home field of the UTEP Miners and join more than 50,000 on September 1, for the season opener versus the Oklahoma Sooners.

For a more subdued event in El Paso, visit the El Maida Auditorium on October 27, for the annual El Maida Shrine Arts and Crafts Fair – only three dollars for admission. If you’re traveling before then, look out for the St. Marks Arts Market – an all day event held on September 15, at the aptly named St. Marks Arts Market.

In Del Rio, just north of Eagle Pass, you’ll find small town charm, but big flavors at the Val Verde Winery. Open to the public for wine tastings and tours Mondays through Saturdays, check out some of the fine reds and whites artfully crafted on site. And on October 2, visit the winery for a celebration of new wines – the Shaman Tawny Port, and the Don Luis Tawny Port Blend no. 14.

Make your way further south along the border and find Laredo. Known as the City Under Seven Flags, Laredo is a pleasant and charming destination. Explore the quaint city with a visit to the TAMIU Planetarium, offering interactive experiences, and enlightening movies about space, science, and discovery – great for an afternoon with the kids.

Set on the campus of Laredo Community College, be sure to visit the Lamar Bruni Vergara Environmental Science Center, for live animal exhibits and easy walking trails.

Further south is McAllen, set in the middle of Hidalgo, Donna, Edinburg, and Mission. Dubbed as the “Texas Tropics,” explore this intriguing border city and check out the World Birding Center. Make plans for August 26, when you and the family can experience one of the weekly Guided Gator Walks.

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