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State and federal parks in RGV offer activities for families during spring break

With so many families on vacation during Spring Break, the Valley becomes synonymous with South Padre Island and the beach.

With so many families on vacation during spring break, the Rio Grande Valley becomes synonymous with South Padre Island and the beach.

However, there are several state and federal nature preserves filled with local wildlife in the Valley. The Farrell family is visiting the Valley from Houston, and came specifically to visit its parks.

“We'll spend a day here, we'll spend a day in McAllen, spend a day in Brownsville. We'll go over to Port Isabel," said Mike Farrell.

Javier de León is the park superintendent at Estero Llano Grande State Park and says this spring break will have mild weather, perfect for walking amongst nature.

De León says the parks are also accommodating to kids.

"Several of the parks down here have explorer packs,” de León said. “So families can go out and check out a backpack filled with guides and activities for kids."

Many parks offer daily guided bird and plant walks.

Adam Lindroth, a frequent visitor to the Valley from Sweden, ran into a surprise while hiking.

"Earlier this morning I saw a bobcat alive 20 feet away from me,” Lindroth said. “Spectacular thing."

To plan park visits and activities at any nature park in the Valley, naturevalleyrocksrgv.org lists a variety of daily activities.

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