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Bayou Wildlife Zoo in Alvin, Texas

Bayou Wildlife Zoo in Alvin, Texas

Genesis 1:25 “God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.”

I will be blogging more about fun, interesting things to do in Texas. I am a huge animal lover and luckily for me, my family is too! I wanted to take my kids out to the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch near San Antonio, Texas but being that we live in the Houston area we decided to try out the Bayou Wildlife Zoo in Alvin. This is not only for little kids. My “kids” are 11 and 14 and they enjoyed it just as much as us adults. I have not been to Natural Bridge, so cannot compare this ranch to that, but I will say it is very enjoyable and an alternative for those who live in, or are visiting, the Houston area.

As you drive into the park you have the option to purchase a bucket of food for $2.50. The animals will approach your vehicle as you make your way to the parking lot. You can feed them from your vehicle or wait until you board the tram that will take you on a tour of the ranch.

Here are some antelopes that approached us as we were leaving the park:

03IMG_5023The ostriches were the most eager to be fed:

0IMG_4772bMale Ostrich02IMG_5028The camel was so friendly! I am not sure if we had the best seats on the tram (at the very front) or if animals sense fear or simply know which people love animals, because all the animals approached us. The camel was on the complete opposite side and walked all the way around the tram and up to us ๐Ÿ™‚

04IMG_4920b05IMG_4910Watusi Cattle:

09IMG_4878The Zebra was not hungry but still came up to us:

10IMG_4953How cute is that face:

07IMG_4802There are giraffes, water buffalo, rhinos, llamas, wildebeest, deer and crocodiles too! This is a definite must-see attraction if you love animals and want a more up-close experience than what you get in a typical zoo setting.

Luke 12:6 “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God.” [God values all life]

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Frio River at Garner State Park (Concan, Texas)!

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I just returned from a weekend at Garner State Park and it is absolutely beautiful! We went a couple of weeks ago during Memorial Day weekend and weren’t able to enjoy the river due to heavy rain. We hiked the Old Baldy and Crystal Cave trails and liked the park so much we decided to go back and hopefully enjoy the river on our next visit. None of the pictures in this post are Photoshopped, filtered or altered in any way other than some minor cropping on a few and the making of two picture collages.ย  All photos were taken with a mobile phone. The river really is this beautiful! I say this because when I came during the heavy rain, the river did not look this beautiful and I thought maybe all the photos I had seen online were altered. I am so glad I decided to come back and see it in its normal state! I will post some other helpful tips on the bottom of this post.

The first four pictures below were taken off the Blinn River Trail. I highly recommend this trail. It is an easy hike with stunning views of the Frio River. Blinn River Trail View 1Blinn River Trail View 2

Blinn River Trail View 3Blinn River Trail View 4The following pictures were taken on the section of the Frio River behind the Live Oak camping area. Very clear, cold water!

Frio RiverFrio River Clear WaterIMG_0773IMG_0386IMG_0778IMG_0595Our campsite located in the Live Oak camping area is below. It was walking distance to the river, had some shade and there was a good amount of space in between campsites.

Live Oak CampingOur camp food:

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My “I feel like a kid and can’t wait to go to the river” selfie:

IMG_0151Helpful tips:

1. If you are able to drive through Utopia on your way to Garner State Park, I highly recommend it. It has stunning views and if you have kids with you this will build the excitement.

2. Garner State Park will close to guests once it reaches capacity so I recommend you get there early in the morning if you do not have a campsite and wait in line until the park opens. The line will become very long but the worst thing would be to be turned away because you arrived too late (we saw this happen to many people). The good thing about this is it keeps the park from feeling crowded! You will not feel crammed or claustrophobic here unlike some other rivers.

3. When you reserve a campsite, you are guaranteed a site but they are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. So if you want to have an option on your location it is best to arrive early. The clerk on our visit was very helpful and advised us on the differences on the available campsites (some were closer to the river, some in full shade, some with no shade, some with more space between campsites) but I have read that not all clerks offer this information.

4. Because this is a family-friendly park, alcohol consumption in public areas is not permitted. If you like to consume alcohol while floating the river, this park is not for you. I personally love that this park enforces that because it keeps the park family-friendly.

5. The bathrooms are cleaned twice a day (when I was there, that is what I saw) but they do get dirty quickly and are dated.

6. If you plan on doing tubing, wear water shoes because the river rocks hurt.

Below are some links to some of my other travel posts:

Disney World

South Dakota

San Antonio

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