Underrated Attractions in the Texas Prairies and Lakes Region

The Texas Prairies & Lakes Region is a huge swath of land that encompasses a wide variety of both natural and manmade attractions. While some of these sites are well known to visitors, others frequently go unnoticed or overlooked. Here are just a few underrated attractions in the Texas Prairies and Lakes Region that are well worth visiting.

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    You can combine learning and hands-on entertainment at the Texas Dinosaurs Fossil Dig. Realistic imitations of actual fossils found in the Big Bend region are buried in sand, waiting for little hands to dig them up. Paleontologists and other fossil experts are available to explain how the fossil discovery process works in the field. The Little Urban Farm gives kids a fun way to learn about where their food comes from. They can explore a pretend orchard, a chicken coop and dairy barn (where they can milk a fake cow). The exhibit also covers the critical role of water in the food production system.

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    The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History in Bryan, Texas, United States.
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    Located in Bryan, the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History is dedicated to preserving and educating the public about the history and culture of the Brazos Valley region of Texas. In addition to its many permanent and temporary displays and exhibits, the Brazos Valley Museum hosts tours, lectures, classes, and educational programs, including Nature Camps for children.

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    The perch pond in Cedar Hill State Park, Texas, United States.
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    Located right in the center of the Dallas-Ft Worth metro area, Cedar Hills State Park allows visitors to escape to the outdoors without leaving the city. Situated on the shores of Lake Joe Pool, Cedar Hills State Park features 355 campsites, 2 lighted fishing piers, 15 miles of mountain biking trails, 200 picnic tables, three playgrounds and two four-lane boat ramps. Fishing, swimming, hiking, boating, mountain biking, camping, picnicking and bird watching are among the most popular activities at Cedar Hills State Park.

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    White Rock Lake

    White Rock Lake during the fall
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    A green oasis within Dallas' concrete jungle, White Rock Lake offers a nine-mile hike and bike trail, fishing piers, baseball fields, bird watching areas and the White Rock Bath House Cultural Center. Winfrey Point has an excellent view of the lake and downtown Dallas; it's a popular picnic spot where you can kick back and watch the sailboats on the lake. Sunset Bay is the place to be for the best view of the sunset. Ducks and other waterfowl often congregate in the sheltered inlet where Dixon Branch Creek flows into the lake. There's also a picnic spot near the inlet that's shaded by tall pecan and cottonwood trees.

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    Take a peek into the lives of Texans in the mid-1800s. The residents of the historical village work in the blacksmith shop, make candles, take care of the herb garden, and demonstrate early meat preservation techniques. Enjoy a stroll amid the wooded grounds as you view seven restored cabins that contain historical artifacts and informative signs. Kids will enjoy the Marine School, a one-room schoolhouse that makes modern schools look luxurious by comparison.

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    Located in Ft. Worth, the West Texas Music Hall of Fame preserves the history of Texas music and tells the story of Texas' influence on music.

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    Dallas' Old City Park is a living history museum portraying life in North Texas from 1840-1910.

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    The Brenham Heritage Museum houses permanent and temporary displays commemorating the history, art, and culture of the Brenham area.