Attractions

Rockdale, TX is filled with history, visitors will enjoy the many museums in and around Rockdale. Visit the Rockdale I&GN Depot Museum or the Maritime Musuem and find yourself back in time of early exploration and settlement by Spanish and French and their search for oil. Also experience the family friendly attractions, you won't be disappointed!

Rockdale Fair and Rodeo

200 Walnut St Rockdale, TX 76567
Phone: 512.446.5502

CADILLAC RODEO IS HEADING TO TOWN

The Rockdale Fair Association will be hosting a CPRA Rodeo on October 18th and 19th. We are proud to welcome back stock contractor Cadillac Rodeo for a fifth year. This is definitely not their first rodeo! Johnny Hoyle has won Stock Contractor of the Year 6 times, and has had stock qualify for the CPRA and UPRA Finals in Angleton for numerous years.

Cadillac Rodeo features the latest innovations while maintaining the "Spirit of the Old West". Their goal is to produce a high energy family event that will entertain all ages. Professional Cowboys and Cowgirls will be competing in seven breath-taking events --- Bull Riding, Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Steer Wrestling, Calf Roping, Team Roping and Barrel Racing .

As an added attraction, we welcome back the legendary rodeo entertainer Leon Coffee as barrel man and rodeo funny man!! Location: Rodeo Fair Park Arena

Rockdale I&GN Depot Museum

PO Box 778, Rockdale, Texas 76567 -USA
PHONE: 512-446-2020

PHYSICAL ADDRESS: 11 N. Main Street, Rockdale, Texas

MUSEUM HOURS: OPEN Saturdays 10-4, Sundays 1-4 or by appointment.

Welcome to the Rockdale International & Great Northern Railroad Depot & Museum, an award-winning restoration project undertaken by the Rockdale Historical Society in 2000.

Texas Maritime Museum

  • 1202 Navigation Cir
    Rockport , TX 78382
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  • Phone number (361) 729-1271

The history of Texas is a long and varied story told not only by the cowboys but by the sailors along its more than 300 miles of coast. Come learn about Texas' rich maritime history from the early days of exploration and settlement by the Spanish and French to the modern search for oil. Discover a new side of Texas History at the Texas Maritime Museum, the official maritime museum of the state of Texas.

Temple Railroad And Heritage Museum

Location:
315 W. Avenue B
Temple, TX 76501

Museum Hours:
Tuesday - Saturday: 10am - 4pm

Admission:
$4.00 (ages 13-59)
$3.00 (ages 60+)
$2.00 (ages 5-12)
Free admission for Active Military with current I.D.

Completed in 1911, the historic Santa Fe Depot houses the Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum and a working Amtrak Station. The Temple, Texas museum explores the history of the railroad and topics relating to local and regional history. The museum also regularly hosts changing temporary exhibits and educational programming. The museum's collection of railroad equipment is displayed on the grounds, including three locomotives, railroad passenger cars, and cabooses on static display. Restoration work on this rolling stock collection is ongoing. The Santa Fe Depot is located next to an active railroad yard, where railfans can observe daily operations and traffic of the BNSF and Amtrak.

Our Beginnings

The Railroad and Heritage Museum was founded in 1973 to collect, preserve and exhibit the history of the railroads and local history of Central Texas. The original collection was housed in the 1907 Moody Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe depot. In 1996, an ISTEA grant for renovating the Temple Santa Fe depot, which had been vacated by the railroad and was destined for demolition, was applied for and received. Three years later, in 1999, work on the restoration began. Dedication of the restored depot took place on July 8, 2000. The current home of the Museum is this beautifully restored depot.

Mission

The Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum inspires visitors to discover our rich railroad heritage and the technological history that shaped our community in the past and today.

Vision

The vision of the Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum is to be the educational destination for our community to explore its past and present and to serve as a national research resource for the history of the Santa Fe Railroad and the railroads of Texas.

Brazos Valley African American Museum

500 East Pruitt Street, Bryan, Texas 77803
phone 979-775-3961 fax 979-779-6373 bvaam@verizon.net

The Brazos Valley African American Museum was built on the site of one of the original black schools in the Brazos Valley. It was the brain child of retired educator, Mrs. Mell Pruitt and became officially recognized and functioning in 1999. The museum is the first establishment of its kind to promote the history of African American citizens in the Brazos Valley. The museum opened its doors to the public on July 22, 2006.

Milam County Historical Museum

Milam County Jail of 1895
Fannin St. & Main St.
Cameron, TX 76520

When the 1875 Milam County Jailhouse grew too crowded in the 1890s, it was removed to make room for larger facilities. In March 1895, the Milam County Commissioners awarded a contract to the Pauly Jail Building and Manufacturing Company of St. Louis, Missouri, for the construction of a larger prison. The company furnished all supplies, including St. Louis pressed bricks. County Judge Sam Streetman, who later served on the Texas Supreme Court, approved the contract, although he had preferred the use of local building materials. This structure, designed with Romanesque revival features and stone detailing above the windows, had three main floors and a "hanging tower" equipped with a trap door. The tower was never used for executions because most hangings took place outdoors. The first floor had ten rooms, three for storage and the remainder serving as a residence for the sheriff and his family. The second and third stories consisted of cell blocks for prisoners. In 1975 a new county jail was constructed, and the Commissioners Court turned this facility over to the Milam County Historical Commission. After renovation, it was opened as a museum in 1978.

Apache Pass

9112 N. FM 908 / Rockdale, TX. 76567

Amphitheater

The amphitheatre was made into the natural river bank on the San Gabriel River here at Apache Pass. The stage, on the north shore, is cantilevered out over river. It is a covered multi level stage with excellent acoustics. It is approx. 60' in width and 40' in depth.

Suspension Bridge

The suspension bridge (walk bridge) is 325' in length and spans over the San Gabriel River here at Apache Pass. It is very exciting to walk from the south shore of the amphitheatre over the river to the north shore where the river stage is located. This bridge is the longest "Indiana Jones type" suspension bridge in the Continental United States.

Spanish Missions

From 1746-1749 three Spanish missions and a presidio were built in the area by Spanish missionaries, mission Indians and a Garrison of Spanish soldiers. They also were constructing a rock dam on the river and a system of acequias (canals) just east of Apache Pass to irrigate the mission fields ¼ mile southeast of here. The bulk of the stones from the dam and missions are said to have been used in the construction of the San Gabriel School in 1935.

Three granite markers, telling of the missions, were erected here in 1936 by the State of Texas. The San Xavier Mission Complex Archeological District is in the National Register of Historic Places.

In 2005 the Upper El Camino Real de Los Tejas was identified and passes here, along the mission sites and Apache Pass. It was a trade route between Mexico and Louisiana. It designates a National Historic Trail.

El Camino Real de los Tejas

The El Camino Real de los Tejas is a national historic trail that led from Mexico to Louisiana. The map depicts it passing near the mission sites and Apache Pass.

See Links

www.elcaminorealtx.com/Texas Master Naturalist/National Park Service

Bella Peregrina Ranch

Rockdale , TX 76567 / 512-269-6309

We provide horseback riding lessons, horse leases, horse rentals for guided trail rides, and hand led pony rides for special events including birthdays, holidays, weddings, school, church, charity, fairs, corporate, and parades.

Summer Fun Water Park

1401 Waco Rd, Belton, TX 76513
(254) 939-0366

This outdoor summer water park features two 300 foot body slides and a 300 foot tube slide that take you twisting and turning from a 40 foot tower!

For those who like it gentler there's standard swimming facilities, plus a lazy river with a wave machine that you can float around on.

There's also a kiddie pool with 3 slides so the little ones don't have to choose between being left out and being terrified!

There are thoughtfully placed shaded pavilions throughout the park to get the young ones out of the sun for a while, plus a volley ball court and basketball court.

Admission Pricing

Daily Admissions Monday through Saturday : “All prices now include sales tax.”

Adult Full Day $15.50

Child (ages 3-12) $12.50

Sunday: all ages 3 and up $10.50

*Daily admission Military Discounted tickets are available at the LTS on base. They are not available at the Park.

Sitters (non-swimmers) $6.50

Late Day 3-6pm (Monday through Saturday)

Adults $9.00

Child (ages 3-12) $7.50

Seniors (ages 65 & up with I.D.) FREE

Children 2 and under are always FREE , but are allowed in the Kiddie Pool Only! They are not allowed in the main pool, slides or lazy river. Also, all children under 3 years of age MUST wear swimmers diapers at all times.

Franklin Drive Thru Safari

4324 W Hwy 79, Franklin, TX 77856
(979) 828-5256

Drive thru the Safari and feed the animals right from your car. See over 35 different types of animals. We also have a petting zoo for you to play with the smaller animals. There are Monkey's, and other animals that you can feed at a distance. You can bring your coolers and have lunch at our picnic areas. There is also a smaill play area for the kids.

Cameron Park Zoo

1701 North 4th Street | Waco, Texas 76707 | (254) 750-8400

Cameron Park is best known for the zoo sited within it, but there are actually a lot of great family activities in the park itself for before or after.

There are 3 separate playgrounds with really diverse features, and the Pecan Bottoms site also offers an interactive splash pad during summer months.

A 23 hole disc golf course is also provided, being a cross between regular golf and frisbee, with a second course available nearby in Brazos Park East, just the other side of the river.

Plus the paddling trails are open to the public for canoeing, general non power boating and fishing if a licence is held.

Zoo Hours

Monday through Saturday – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission fees:

  • Adults(13+) – $9
  • Children 4-12 yrs – $6
  • Sr. Citizens (60+) – $8
  • Children 3 years old and under – free

Military discount available.
Special rates for groups of 21 or more also are available.
For tour groups (senior citizens, church, motorcoach, etc.) & school groups, call (254)750-8400.
Cameron Park Zoo is fully accessible. Phone 254-750-8400 for general information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I bring food and beverages into the park?
Outside food and beverages are not allowed into the Zoo.

Is the Zoo open year round?
The zoo is open year-round. We are closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.
If you are planning a trip to Cameron Park Zoo during the winter months, be sure to check the weather section of our website.

Does the Zoo have wagon rentals?
The Zoo has wagons for rent in the gift shop. We have a limited inventory and provide these items on a first come, first served basis. We recommend arriving early to secure one.

I am a member of another Zoo, can I use my membership to enter Cameron Park Zoo for free?
If your current membership is held with a Zoo that participates in a reciprocal program with Cameron Park Zoo, you will receive a discounted general admission ticket. You must bring your membership card with you to receive discounted admission. You can check our list of reciprocal institutions. Click here for a list of the zoos we are reciprocal with.

Does the Zoo have a Lost and Found?
Yes, our Lost and Found is located in the center ticket booth.

Do you allow pets into the Zoo?
No, for the health and safety reasons for the animals in our collection, pets are not allowed on Zoo grounds. The only exception to this policy is service dogs.

Do you charge for parking?
There is no charge for parking.

When are the best times to visit the Zoo?
The busiest days at the Zoo are generally Saturday, Sunday and days when large groups are scheduled.

Do you offer a military discount?
Yes, adults are $8 and children 4-12 are $5. You just need to show your military ID.

  • Please bring all necessary medications required for anyone in your party. Zoo personnel are not allowed to administer medication.
  • The zoo is the animals' home. Please treat the zoo and the animals with respect.
  • Glass fronts are for your protection as well as the animals'. Please look through only.
  • Flowers and trees make our zoo beautiful. Please respect nature and our staffs' efforts.
  • For their safety, please supervise children in the restroom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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