Mission has a variety of recreational facilities available to its citizens including public parks, public and private golf courses, tennis courts, and swimming pools. For the avid outdoorsman, there are plenty world-class fishing and hunting opportunities. There are many boating facilities in the area, as well. Mission also provides one of the few spots in the Valley for water skiing on the Rio Grande River. There is so much to see and do in Mission. The following are just a taste of the recreational attractions Mission offers:
Mission is the headquarters for the World Birding Center which has nine designated sites that will protect wildlife habitats throughout the Rio Grande Valley.
World Birding Center Headquarters
2800 S. Bentsen Palm Dr.
Mission, TX 78572
Unlike various butterfly zoos that have been built across the United States, the National Butterfly Center is home to wild, free-flying butterflies, attracted to our native nectar plants and caterpillar host plants. This special project of the North American Butterfly Association is the country’s premier destination for butterflies, with more than 200 species documented on the property. The grounds and extensive gardens also provide habitat to birds and insects, as well as South Texas’ reptiles and mammals, such as the endangered Texas Tortoise, the protected Texas Indigo,and Texas’ only peccary, the javelina. This 100-acre nature center is the best place to encounter specialty birds, such as the Olive Sparrow, Clay-colored Thrush, Green Jay and Altamira Oriole, which are year’round residents. Open 7 days/week. Phone: 956.583.5400 Web: www.nationalbutterflycenter.org
National Butterfly Center
3333 Butterfly Park Drive
Mission, TX 78573
Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park has over six hundred acres set aside to preserve native flora and fauna along the banks of the Rio Grande. Facilities include primitive camping sites, a boat ramp, an open group shelter, a playground, a picnicking area and a bird observation blinds.
Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park
Bentsen Palm Drive (FM 2062), Mission
2800 S. Bentsen Palm Drive
Mission, TX 78572
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Anzalduas County Park is located on the Rio Grande River in Mission. Its defining feature is the Anzalduas Dam yet it is also a beautiful spot for picnicking, barbequing and boating. This well maintained park also offers surprisingly excellent wildlife watching. Some birds to watch for are Grey Hawk, Tropical Parula, Clay-colored Robin, Rose-throated Becard, Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet. There are more than 290 species of butterflies in the Valley. Keep an eye out for the Mexican Blue Wing, Malachite, Zebra Longwing and many other skippers.