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The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth Presents FOCUS: Leidy Churchman January 22-March 21, 2021

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth Announces Mark Bradford,, Tina Knowles-Lawson, and Cleo Hill-Jackson in Conversation with Michael Auping

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The Senna Hall of Fame Collection Debuts in Austin

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AUSTIN

Where to Stay

Hotel Granduca Austin

At the doorstep of the Texas Hill Country, Hotel Granduca Austin offers a unique getaway just a short distance from downtown. Breathtaking views and authentic Italian design curate a one-of-a-kind experience. This summer, take advantage of a limited-time offer. Deluxe room rates start at $169 and include a $25 Granduca Gift Card. This is said to be an experience beyond your expectations.

Lake Austin Spa Resort

Lake Austin Spa Resort is pleased to introduce a multi-million dollar refinement on all 40 award-winning lakeside guest rooms, keeping them casually elegant and comfortable while incorporating new aesthetic touches and modern high tech conveniences.

The guest rooms were visualized by co-owner, Mike McAdams who, along with a team of interior designers, artists and staff members, worked for the past year to create the new décor, which is bright and fresh with splashes of color and similar to the residential feel of the LakeHouse Spa which opened in 2004 to great acclaim. Each room is finished to perfection with meticulous attention to detail, ensuring the ultimate comfort for guests.

Below is a sample of some of the newest additions to the rooms:

High Comfort:
• Artesian, handmade, crocheted afghan throws
• Beautiful hand-made quilts artfully displayed in each room
• Original photography by the resort’s own Director of Flora and Fauna, Trisha Shirey
• Commissioned art inspired by our guests and their experiences
• Eco-friendly “Aura®” Benjamin Moore paint
• Spacious writing desk
• Linen draperies
• Over-stuffed chairs and ottomans
• Custom-designed and custom-made furniture
• Egyptian cotton sheets
• Colorful rugs on Saltillo tile floors
• Down pillows & comforters in linen duvets (alternative available)

High Technology:
• Digital, high-definition, large flat panel LCD Samsung televisions with DVD
• AM/FM clock radio and an iPod docking station with remote control
• Complimentary high-speed Internet access, including Wi-Fi in each room
• Ceiling fan with remote control
• In-room safe and refrigerators in each room

Lady Bird Suite:
The beautiful Lady Bird Suite, named in honor of the former First Lady and one of Texas’ most beloved citizens, is the resort’s most spacious and versatile accommodation. It includes a living room, fireplace, private wildflower garden and outdoor whirlpool.

This breath-taking suite has been meticulously appointed with:
• Two custom designed, canopy queen-sized beds
• Hand-chosen, fine antiques
• Artwork crafted by local artists including a black and white drawing of Lady Bird’s childhood home, The Brick House in Karnack, Texas
• Comfortable, slip-covered, over-stuffed chairs
• Velvet, classic sofa
• Dining table
• Elegant wall paper on walls and ceiling of living room
• Most of the above High Technology and High Comfort Features

For reservations, call 1-800-847-5637 or visit www.lakeaustin.com.

What to See & Do

Explore Austin's arts and culture

UNESCO City of Media Arts

In 2015, Austin became the first (and only) city in the United States to receive a City of Media Arts designation from UNESCO. The honor underscores Austin’s reputation as an innovative global city at the intersection of art, music, film and digital technology. Through the designation, Austin artists are given opportunities to exhibit locally and participate in international cultural exchange programs with other UNESCO Creative Cities. If you’re visiting in March, be sure to check out the annual UNESCO Media Arts Exhibition at SXSW!

Seek out the City’s impressive Art in Public Places collection, a cornerstone of Austin’s unique cultural identity. The interactive Kempelen’s Owls are a pair of quirky 10-foot sculptures stationed one block east of the Austin Central Library. Insider tip: find the hidden switch beneath each owl to activate their rotating heads.

The Wander app leads visitors on a literary adventure through the City, based on a selection of four stories written by local authors. The self-guided Art in Public Places Downtown Walking Tour, points visitors to artworks throughout downtown Austin. The Waterloo Greenway is the site of the annual Creek Show, an outdoor event along Waller Creek that features illuminated art installations, live music and family activities.

People's Gallery

Since 2005, Austin City Hall has hosted The People’s Gallery, a showcase of works by Austin artists and arts organizations. The People's Gallery reflects the artistic diversity of Austin, with more than 140 artworks displayed throughout City Hall.

City of Austin Cultural Arts Division.
Iconic Austin Film

The Austin Film Society (AFS) was founded in 1985 by esteemed filmmaker Richard Linklater, known for the hit film Dazed and Confused (starring Austin’s own Matthew McConaughey), as well as School of Rock and Boyhood. See an art flick or cult classic at the AFS Cinema. Austin has a wide range of film festivals to check out throughout the year, from the Austin Film Festival that showcases international talent to Faces of Austin, an annual program showcasing short films by local filmmakers.

Always On: Art, Theater, Shows & Festivals

You can find cultural arts happenings in Austin any time of year. Austin Shakespeare presents its free Shakespeare in the Park productions every spring at Zilker Hillside Theater in scenic Zilker Park. Catch an experimental performance by Salvage Vanguard Theater. This boundary-pushing group has presented award-winning works in Austin for the past 25 years. Or drop by The VORTEX, an artist-owned repertory theater in East Austin that’s internationally recognized for its alternative take on everything from plays to operas. The Long Center hosts the Black Fret Summer Sessions on select Fridays. The free series features four local musical acts per show on the outdoor H-E-B Terrace and lawn.

Austin also has a wide array of unique cultural festivals to experience, including the Rancho Alegre Conjunto Music Festival, Austin Dragon Boat/Paddle Festival, German-Texan Oktoberfest, Dance Africa Fest and OUTsider Festival. In truth, it’s festival season year round in Austin!

Get A Free Visitors Guide
Contact the Austin Visitor Center: 602 E. Fourth St, Austin, 78701

Take a Hill Country Road Trip

Explore 15 Texas Hill Country towns and discover award-winning wineries, must-see historic sites, outdoor adventures and more.

Best Outdoor Adventures in Austin

HIKING

Hike along the leafy 10-mile Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake, which skirts along shimmering waters and has picturesque views of Austin’s skyline. Snap a selfie with the memorial statue of Austin music legend Stevie Ray Vaughan, stationed along the route at Auditorium Shores.

Just 30 miles west of Austin, hike through a Texas Hill Country landscape of limestone cliffs and stone river beds along the Pedernales River at Pedernales Falls State Park. Follow Juniper Ridge Trail, which wends through a shaded mesquite forest and leads to the park’s rushing Pedernales Falls.

BIKING & CYCLING

The Violet Crown Trail offers great in-town mountain biking, with rocky surfaces and steep slopes. The Barton Creek Greenbelt is also a great destination for mountain bikers (enter at the Loop 360 access point), offering varied terrain within a beautiful landscape of cliffs and shaded groves alongside scenic Barton Creek.

Road riders will want to bicycle from downtown to Mount Bonnell, peddling Scenic Drive along the waters of Lake Austin and catching an awesome sunset view from Pennybacker Bridge. The paved Southern Walnut Creek Trail, part of the city’s Walnut Creek Trail System, is an urban trail designed for both bikers and pedestrians.

SWIMMING

Combine great swimming with people watching at the historic Barton Springs Pool, just minutes from downtown Austin. Located in the heart of the 360-acre Zilker Park, this swimmer’s paradise features clear water fed from underground springs that stays a refreshing 68 degrees year round, along with grassy hills for sunbathing.

Located a 40-minute drive from Austin in Texas Hill Country, Hamilton Pool Preserve is a geological wonder. This historic swimming hole was formed by the Hamilton Creek spilling out over limestone outcroppings, creating a dramatic 50-foot waterfall that plunges into a canyon.

CAMPING

Emma Long Metropolitan Park, situated along the shores of Lake Austin, is one of the few places where visitors can camp inside the city limits. Located just 25 minutes from downtown Austin, the park features waterside campsites, giant cypress trees, hiking and biking trails, swimming and boating, and spots for picnics and grilling.

Located just southeast of downtown, McKinney Falls State Park offers 726 acres with nearly nine miles of hiking and cycling trails, playgrounds, picnic areas and a campground with 81 sites (featuring electricity and water hook-ups) and six cabins.

CLIMBING & BOULDERING

Hike or bike along the Barton Creek Greenbelt to reach Gus Fruh, a swimming hole known for its famed Urban Assault limestone rock wall that’s a favorite of climbers. Explore further to discover the hidden Twin Falls and Sculpture Falls areas, where you’ll find relaxing shallow stream waters and plenty of rocky areas for adventurous climbing and exploring the falls.

Reimers Ranch Park offers more than 300 different sport climbing routes on highly technical limestone cliff walls that skilled climbers love to scale. Many of the routes have bolts, anchors and fixed cable draws in place, so climbers can access popular routes with protection.

KAYAKING & WATER RENTALS

Lady Bird Lake is a reservoir created by two dams on the Lower Colorado River which flows through downtown Austin. Motorized boats aren’t permitted, so Lady Bird Lake is a perfect destination for kayakers, canoers and stand-up paddleboarders.

It’s easy to get out on the water at Lady Bird Lake, where you can rent stand-up paddleboards, kayaks and canoes from the Rowing Dock, Congress Avenue Kayaks, SUP ATX and more. For an insider’s perspective, take a guided kayak or stand-up paddleboard tour of downtown Austin with Austin City Kayak Tours. Both beginners and experienced paddlers are welcome.

BOATING

Lake Travis is Austin’s largest lake, with countless coves and immense water depths (up to 210 feet), making it a favorite boating destination. There are several parks surrounding Lake Travis, including Pace Bend Park, known for its dramatic backdrop of limestone cliffs and abundant wildlife.

An hour northwest of Austin, Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area in Spicewood is tucked into a picturesque bend of the Colorado River. The recreation area boasts wide-open riverfront views, boating, 34 secluded campsites, mountain biking, hiking trails and horseback riding.

For more information contact the Austin Visitor Center: 602 E. Fourth Street, Austin, TX 78701

Where to See Wildflowers Near Austin

Every spring, the Texas Hill Country blooms into a colorful cascade of delicate Bluebonnets, Indian Paintbrushes and Indian Blankets, as wildflowers blanket the meadows, fields and valleys near Austin. Bring your camera, and your sense of wonder, as you scout out these top 10 spots for spectacular wildflowers in and around Austin.

1. There’s no time like springtime to visit the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in southwest Austin. The Center displays 800 native Texas plant species (including bluebonnets and other wildflowers) in gardens, meadows and nature trails. Visitors can also explore the family garden, dine in the cafe, buy souvenirs at the gift shop and more.

2. Just south of downtown, on South Congress Avenue, is the beautiful St. Edward's University. Head to the campus grounds for lovely fields of bluebonnets. One of the best fields is located on the corner of St. Edwards and University Loop Drive.

3. Located just 13 miles southeast of downtown, McKinney Falls State Park offers 726 acres of hiking and cycling trails, playgrounds, picnic areas, a campground and beautiful swathes of bluebonnets.

4. About 20 miles north of downtown, Brushy Creek Lake Park in Cedar Park is a 90-acre oasis with nature trails, a 38-acre lake and scenic picnic areas. Bring a lunch to enjoy alfresco, and then stroll around the park to see the wildflowers on display.

5. An hour northwest of Austin, Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area is tucked into a bend of the Colorado River, boasting wide-open riverfront views, boating, camping, picnicking and fields of lush, green grass speckled with fists of bluebonnets.

6. In Round Rock’s Old Settlers Park, take your pick from more than 40 picnic areas, and then stroll the grounds to see violet bluebonnets and red Indian paintbrushes.

7. For an easy day trip, drive an hour and 40 minutes from Austin to historic Fredericksburg in the Texas Hill Country, where you’ll find Wildseed Farms, a family-owned wildflower farm with seemingly endless fields of blooms.

8. From Fredericksburg, drive north up Highway 16 to Llano, just 40 minutes away. The wildflowers along Highway 16 are plentiful, so the drive is picturesque.

9. A 30-minute drive east of Llano on Highway 29 is Burnet, known as the “Bluebonnet Capital of Texas.” Stop to see the giant bluebonnet statue, or visit in April during the annual Bluebonnet Festival, featuring live music, parades, kid-friendly rides and a wildflower show.

10. On scenic Highway 281 between Burnet and Marble Falls, you’ll come across what’s often been referred to as “The Bluebonnet House,” an abandoned two-story stone home surrounded by a field of bluebonnets, Indian paintbrush and old oaks. Stop and snap a picture—after all, it’s believed to be the most photographed house in Texas.

Looking for more wildflower information? Explore the new Texas Wildflower Central website, to find additional resources and information on Texas wildflowers, from drive routes to plant IDs.

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For more information call 866-GO-AUSTIN or 512-474-5171 or contact the
Austin Visitor Center: 602 E. Fourth Street, Austin, TX 78701
Visit Austin Admin: 111 Congress Ave, Suite 700 Austin, TX 78701

Austin on a Budget: 50 Free & Cheap Things To Do

Stretch your travel dollars with these 50 free and cheap things to do while you’re in Austin. From affordable food truck eats and outdoor adventures to free museums and tours, you can experience the best of the city without putting a serious dent in your wallet.

1. Stop in for a free guided tour of the granite Texas State Capitol, built in the late 1800s.

2. Tacos are a cheap and delicious dining option for breakfast, lunch or dinner! There are loads of amazing ones to try, but Veracruz All Natural has the distinction of being named one of the Top 5 Tacos in America by Food Network.

3. Bike or jog along the 10-mile Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake, which winds along the shoreline and has picturesque views of Austin’s skyline.

4. View a stunning collection of modern art at The Contemporary Austin at the Jones Center and get free same-day entry to The Contemporary Austin-Laguna Gloria, a Mediterranean-style villa with an outdoor sculpture park.

5. Zip around town on your own with an electric bike rental from Rocket Electrics or join the guided four-hour Foodie Tour and visit hip gastro-pubs and food trailers.

6. Do some two-stepping at Broken Spoke, an old-fashioned honky-tonk known for its chicken-fried steak and free dinner show with live bands Tues.-Sat. from 6-8 p.m.

7. Explore the multilevel part-tree fort, part-modern sculpture Cathedral of Junk, a dense tangle of jungle-like foliage intertwined with an estimated 60 tons of unusual items and tchotchkes (call ahead for availability).

8. Make tracks to the free Austin Nature & Science Center to explore nature trails, see small wildlife creatures and dig for “dinosaur fossils” in the Dino Pit.

9. For the ultimate Austin music tour, visit Austin City Limits (ACL) Live at The Moody Theater and get a behind-the-scenes look at the place where America’s longest-running television series is taped.

10. Pack a picnic and amble over to Zilker Park, a 360-acre oasis in the heart of downtown that’s home to Zilker Hillside Theater, Zilker Botanical Garden, Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum and Barton Springs Pool, a spring-fed swimming spot that’s also great for people watching.

11. A food truck stop is a must. Post up at The Picnic, offering plenty of picnic tables and a variety of food trucks, including Hey Cupcake! and The Mighty Cone.

12. Take a hike up the stone steps to Mount Bonnell and get a panoramic view of the Austin area. This Lake Austin landmark has been a popular tourist destination since the 1850s.

13. Hike or bike along the Barton Creek Greenbelt to reach Gus Fruh, a swimming hole known for its famed Urban Assault limestone rock wall that’s a favorite of climbers. Explore further to discover the hidden Twin Falls and Sculpture Falls areas.

14. Take off on the Tejano Walking Trail, a self-guided tour of more than 20 culturally significant Hispanic sites in the East Cesar Chavez and Holly neighborhoods.

15. Visit the free Brush Square Museums that include the Susanna Dickinson Museum (the only Anglo adult survivor of the Battle of the Alamo) and the O. Henry Museum, former residence of the famed short story writer.

16. Line up on the Congress Avenue Bridge to witness a staggering 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats fly into the sky from beneath the bridge nightly from spring through fall.

17. Double your fun with a yoga-and-hike session at the Barton Creek Greenbelt with Sanctuary Yoga.

18. Pack your cooler, grab a picnic blanket and stake out your spot on the grass at Zilker Park to enjoy Blues on the Green, the longest-running free concert series in Austin.

19. Join in the Austin Live Music Crawl with Austin Detours, led by a local musician who will take you to hidden gem music venues tucked into neighborhoods.

20. Hang out with the hipsters at Hotel San José and sip a refreshing Frosé or Michelada in the leafy courtyard.

21. Try the tacos with handmade tortillas and hand-shaken margaritas at Güero’s Taco Bar on South Congress, where its Oak Garden hosts free live music Wed.-Sun. nights.

22. Take a shopping stroll along South Congress, known for its funky stores and chic boutiques. Check out the kicks at Allens Boots, affordable jewelry by local artists at Parts & Labour, and beautiful gifts from around the world at Tesoros Trading Company.

23. The huge Deep Eddy Pool is the state’s oldest pool. Catch Splash Party Movie Nights, when family-friendly films are projected on an inflatable screen.

24. Be sure to stop at the original flagship Whole Foods Market, where you’ll find four restaurants, a beer and wine bar, a food truck, and live rooftop tunes and events.

25. The Little Longhorn Saloon is the center of Austin’s honky-tonk country music scene, and there’s never a cover charge. It’s also known for its six-days-a-week happy hour, with $1 Lone Star beers.

26. Take a self-guided tour of Austin’s iconic murals, including Greetings from Austin at South First and Annie Streets; Hi, How Are You at Guadalupe and 21st Streets; and the “I love you so much” mural painted on the wall of Jo's Coffee on South Congress.

27. You can catch six acts in a single night at The Saxon Pub, a haven for singer-songwriters since 1990. See a free weekday happy hour show, a weekend matinee or a late-night performance.

28. This Zilker Summer Musical has been a fan favorite for almost 60 years. The selected musical of the year runs at the Zilker Hillside Theatre from July into early August, and is free to the public.

29. Go on a shopping spree in the trendy West Sixth District, where you can wander the bookshelves or listen to a free author reading at BookPeople.

30. The free Elisabet Ney Museum is housed in what was once the German-born sculptress’ home and studio. The museum displays the largest collection of Ney’s work in the world, including portrait sculptures of notable 19th century Texans.

31. Get on the water at Lady Bird Lake, where you can rent stand-up paddleboards, kayaks and canoes from Rowing Dock, Congress Avenue Kayaks, SUP ATX, Austin City Kayak Tours, Zilker Park Boat Rentals and more.

32. Experience a lush hidden escape within the city limits at the quiet, 80-acre St. Edward's Park, with lots of easy trails and a swimming hole with an old-fashioned rope swing.

33. Taste an Austin tradition at the roadside Sandy’s Hamburgers, open since 1946. Must-orders include the double cheeseburger with fries, frozen custard and frosty root beer.

34. With a soft spot for Texas musicians, Austin’s iconic Waterloo Records frequently presents free in-store performances by emerging local musicians. Afterwards, spend some time flipping through the shop’s extensive selection of vinyl.

35. Make like an Austinite and stop in at Quickie Pickie, a neighborhood market and eatery featuring locally roasted coffee, 24 taps and house-smoked specialties like pulled pork sandwiches from the acclaimed la Barbecue (East Cesar Chavez location only).

36. Sit beneath the strung lights and the sprawling pecan tree stretched over Shady Grove’s patio and catch a live concert at the free Unplugged at The Grove music series.

37. Originally an early 1900s summer retreat for the family of prominent Austin politician Allison Mayfield, today Mayfield Park is a beautiful public green space known for its vibrant strutting peacocks.

38. The elegant Texas Governor’s Mansion was built in 1927 by the state’s first female governess, Miriam “Ma” Ferguson, and offers free guided tours.

39. Volcom Garden is a combination boutique, art gallery and live music venue. This free creative hub welcomes local musicians, artists and creators. Catch a gallery exhibit or live music show.

40. If classical music is your jam, you won’t want to miss Austin Symphony Concerts in the Park, held on the lawn of Hartman Concert Park at the Long Center. On summer Sunday evenings, bring a lawn chair or blanket and kick back under the stars.

41. You won’t be able to resist the homemade treats and gourmet snacks at the SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown, held Saturdays in the historic Republic Square Park.

42. Get out there and be a part of Austin's history. Take a guided historic walking tour from the Austin Visitor Center and explore the stately Victorian homes of the Bremond Block Historic District, downtown sites from the Capital to Sixth Street and more.

43. After a day of exploration at Austin's Bullock Texas State History Museum, stick around for the Music Under the Star free concert series in Lone Star Plaza. Every Friday night in July the museum hosts a different live musical act.

44. Kids can paint, climb and make a splash at Thinkery, Austin's interactive children's museum. During Wednesday Community Nights, admission is by donation ($1 is suggested).

45. Austin is packed with top notch dining happy hour deals. Find them at the critically acclaimed Barley Swine (half-off select plates), Peché (half-off food and $5 drinks) and La Condesa ($2 tacos, half-off drinks).

46. Happy hour is a great way to drink on the cheap. Cool off with a margarita at El Arroyo, which offers $2.75 house margaritas, $3.50 skinny ritas, $2.75 queso and $2.75 Dos Equis for happy hour. Or toast the man in black at the divey Mean Eyed Cat, a Johnny Cash-themed bar that has a happy hour Mon.-Fri.

47. The Wine Down at 3TEN ACL Live (located below ACL Live at The Moody Theater) features a free concert every last Wed. from 5-8 p.m., April through September. Also indulge in free food samples, happy hour-priced wine and local pop-up shops.

48. The Paramount Theatre is a century-old performance venue and movie theater located in the heart of downtown Austin. Originally opened as a vaudeville house, today the eclectic entertainment ranges from music to a summer classic film series.

49. The University of Texas at Austin is home to an impressive collection of museums, including the Blanton Museum of Art and the LBJ Presidential Library (featuring inspiring exhibits on President Lyndon Baines Johnson and his beloved wife, Lady Bird Johnson).

50. Make reservations for Sunday Gospel Brunch at Stubb’s Bar-B-Q, an Austin music institution that serves up lip-smacking barbecue along with some of the best live bands around, all for one reasonable price.

Stop by the Austin Visitor Center for local tips, gifts, tours and more!
Austin Visitor Center: 602 E. Fourth Street, Austin, TX 78701
Visit Austin Admin: 111 Congress Ave, Suite 700 Austin, TX 78701

The Senna Hall of Fame Collection

Circuit of The Americas (COTA) is delighted to announce the arrival of the Senna Hall of Fame (HOF) Collection - a unique compilation of race worn items used by Ayrton Senna himself and the cars he competed in. This never-before-seen collection will be on exhibit at COTA’s Downtown Paddock located at 304 E. Cesar Chavez Street.

Forming part of one of the largest private collections in the world, known as the Hall of Fame Collection, the one-of-a-kind exhibit of Ayrton Senna memorabilia will showcase items from each era of the legendary driver’s celebrated, almost mythical, career including his first Formula 1 test at Williams in 1983 and F1 drive with Toleman in 1984. The collection will also include items from his years at Lotus (1985-1987), his most successful period at McLaren (1988–1993) as well as his final few races with Williams in 1994.

The collection has been meticulously gathered over a period of 20 years by private collectors Howard Jacobs and Darren Jack who partnered to form “The Hall of Fame Collection.” Today, it stands as one of the world’s largest collections of helmets, driving suits, gloves, steering wheels, and various Formula 1 car parts. It also celebrates the careers of other motorsport greats but the Senna HOF Collection sits right at the top.

Speaking ahead of the Austin unveiling of the collection, Jack said: “Like so many people, I have had a huge appreciation for Ayrton Senna for most of my life. As one of the few sportsmen to truly transcend his sport, his enduring impact on the popular imagination remains as strong as ever and in some way I hope to contribute to his legacy via this collection. I am truly grateful to Circuit of The Americas for helping to make this possible during such an important week for them. By opening up this display to the public for the very first time, we will hopefully introduce a new audience to this true icon of motorsport and continue to shine a light on his timeless achievements.”

Circuit of The Americas President and CEO, Jason Dial added: “We are thrilled to work with Darren on bringing this magnificent collection to Austin. Ayrton Senna represents all that is great about Formula 1. He was a hero to millions of people and helped inspire entire generations with his bravery on and off-track. As Formula 1’s popularity continues to grow in the United States, the arrival of the Senna HOF Collection in Austin during Grand Prix week provides another wonderful opportunity to introduce an existing and new fan base to the very soul of the sport.”

The Senna HOF Collection includes:

- Race-used steering wheels from some of Senna’s greatest F1 cars
- Rear-wing endplates from almost every F1 car driven by Senna
- Complete front and rear wings from his most famous F1 cars
- Senna’s World Championship Winning Gloves from the 1990 Season
- Senna’s 1988 World Championship Winning McLaren Suit
- Signed Williams F1 1994 helmet
- Senna’s 1994 personal Williams driving boots
- Personal F1 jackets worn by Senna
- Various signed items and much, much more!

About Circuit of The Americas
Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, is the only purpose-built Grand Prix facility in the United States designed for all classes of racing. The 3.4-mile racetrack hosts the world’s most prestigious sporting events, including Formula 1, MotoGP, Lone Star Le Mans and ESPN’s X Games. The 1,500-acre campus is also home to the Austin360 Amphitheater—PollStar’s 2013 “Best New Major Concert Venue” and a 2014 “Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue” Pollstar nominee— and boasts impressive meeting and hospitality spaces and an iconic 25-story observation tower that offers 360-degree views of the circuit, amphitheater and downtown Austin. For more information and to download videos and photos, visit www.CircuitofTheAmericas.com. For an experience as unique as Austin and a rush you’ll never forget, visit Circuit of The Americas, where exhilaration happens.

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DALLAS

Where to Stay

The Highland Dallas

Guests of The Highland Dallas can breathe extra easy and rest peacefully in the newly-available PURE guestrooms. Specially-treated to provide the highest purity in air quality, PURE rooms, with hypoallergenic elements and space-aged cleanliness, ensure ultimate comfort for health-conscious guests and their families.

PURE rooms offer the freshest air quality in the hotel industry. Characteristic include:

Air that is completely circulated at least four times per hour, removing 99 percent of impurities
Bedding and pillows that are encased in a protective, yet comfortable covering that is hypoallergenic and dust-proof
Eliminates all odor for the sensitive nose
In-room air purification system so advanced, it is recognized as a Class II medical device by the FDA.

The air an average person breathes can have anywhere from nine million to 15 million small particles per cubic meter. A significant reduction, PURE rooms are as low as 150,000 particulates per cubic meter. Each PURE room is re-certified every six months to ensure the utmost in quality.

A leader in luxury boutique hotel accommodations, The Highland Dallas features 198 well-appointed guestrooms and suites, offering a sophisticated and contemporary guest experience in a dynamic Dallas location. Each guestroom features a plush king or two plush double-sized beds with all cotton high thread count linens, designer headboards and spacious desks with ergonomic chairs. Guests are also offered luxurious bath amenities and a comfortable seating area for enjoying the state-of-the-art flat-screen plasma TV, iHome docking station and DVD player.

Guests can rejuvenate and reenergize in other wellness amenities offered at The Highland Dallas including exhale Spa, Dallas’ premiere destination for health and wellbeing. exhale offers daily superior fitness classes including Core Fusion Barre, Bootcamp, Cardio and Yoga. An expansive suite of spa therapy rooms accommodates a full menu of face and body treatment offerings and a eucalyptus steam room is also available.

The Highland Dallas is also home to the nationally-acclaimed, award-winning restaurant, Knife, a reinvention of the modern steakhouse created by James Beard-nominated and Bravo’s “Top Chef” contestant Chef John Tesar. Salon Pompeo specializing in the very latest in hair, skin and nail care is also adjacent to the hotel.

About The Highland Dallas
The Highland Dallas was unveiled in August 2014 as the first hotel in Hilton’s Curio Collection. A modern, 198-room luxury boutique hotel, The Highland Dallas is located at North Central and Mockingbird Lane and defines an intersection of style, culture, sophistication and comfort. Featuring world-class amenities, The Highland Dallas showcases Dallas’ popular exhale Spa, Salon Pompeo and the award-winning cuisine of James Beard-nominated and Bravo’s “Top Chef” contestant Chef John Tesar at its acclaimed restaurant, Knife. With over 9,000 square-feet of flexible event space, The Highland Dallas offers premier, customized service to host everything from intimate meetings to the ultimate wedding celebration. For more information about The Highland Dallas, please visit www.thehighlanddallas.com.

About Curio – A Collection by Hilton
Curio – A Collection by Hilton (curiocollection.com) is a global collection of distinctive hotels that are woven into the fabric of their destinations. While each one is unique, they are united in their individuality. Curio guests are passionate travelers seeking local discovery and authentic experiences, while resting easier knowing the Hilton name is behind every stay.

Warwick Melrose Hotel

Warwick Melrose Hotel offers 184 distinctive spacious guest rooms, including 20 suites and a Presidential Suite, all luxuriously restored while still maintaining its old world grandeur. The hotel is centrally located in Uptown (Oak Lawn and Turtle Creek area), one of Dallas’ most stylish neighborhoods and just five minutes away from Love Field Airport. Upscale bites, sips and entertainment are on offer at The Landmark Restaurant and The Library bar (named Best Hotel Bar in Dallas by D Magazine this year.)  

For more information or to book a room contact www.warwickmelrosedallas.com or by calling 214.521.5151.

ABOUT WARWICK INTERNATIONAL HOTELS

Warwick International Hotels (WIH) was launched in 1980 with the purchase of Warwick New York, a hotel originally built by William Randolph Hearst for his Hollywood friends. The WIH Group now includes more than 55 prestigious Hotels, Resorts & Spas worldwide located in city centres and resort destinations in the United States, Caribbean, Europe, Asia, Bali, the South Pacific, the Middle East and Africa. Further details can be found at www.warwickhotels.com.

FORT WORTH

What to See & Do

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

The Museum is closed Monday and holidays, including New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas.

LOCATION

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
3200 Darnell Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
Telephone 817.738.9215
Toll-Free 1.866.824.5566
www.themodern.org

Museum Gallery Hours
Tue 10 am-7 pm (Feb-Apr, Jun-Jul, Sep-Nov)
Tue-Sun 10 am-5 pm
Fri 10 am-8 pm

General Admission Prices (includes special exhibition)
$16: General (age 18 and above)
$12: Seniors (age 60+), Active/Retired Military Personnel and First Responders with ID
$10: Students with ID
Free: Under 18 years old
The Museum offers half-price tickets on Sundays and free admission on Fridays.

CAFÉ MODERN
Lunch
Tue-Fri 11 am-2:30 pm
Brunch
Sat-Sun 10 am-3 pm
Dinner
Fri 5-8:30 pm
Coffee, snacks, and dessert
10 am-4:30 pm

EVENTS

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth Presents FOCUS: Leidy Churchman January 22-March 21, 2021

The FOCUS series is presented by the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and features three solo exhibitions each year. Started in 2005, this series is committed to introducing visitors to emerging artists gaining worldwide acclaim and showing the work of esteemed mid-career artists previously under-recognized in the region. The FOCUS series is organized by Associate Curator Alison Hearst. FOCUS exhibitions are open to the public and are included in general Museum admission.

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth presents FOCUS: Leidy Churchman, on view January 22 through March 21, featuring several recent paintings by the American artist Leidy Churchman. Drawing on the postmodern idea that no subject is forbidden, Churchman’s imagery is wide-ranging, mirroring the sheer abundance and circulation of visual information today. The paintings treat equally such subjects as animals, landscapes, themes from Tibetan Buddhism, real estate advertisements, and remakes of works by other artists, from Henri Rousseau to Barbara Kruger.

Churchman begins a painting with an interest in knowing their chosen subjects through observation, and they often use images from the internet as source material. As they stated in a Bomb Magazine interview, “I love the surprise element that comes from giving attention to an image. There is always more to be seen. . . . The surprise comes from the thing, or idea, merging with painting. The painting ultimately takes over. It is more powerful than the information.” Churchman’s approach is an exercise in being present and taking stock of the surrounding world. FOCUS: Leidy Churchman will be the artist’s first museum exhibition in the Southwest.

Leidy Churchman was born in Villanova, Pennsylvania, in 1979 and currently lives in New York. Churchman’s work has been shown at museums including MoMA PS1 in New York, Museum Brandhorst in Munich, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. The artist has had solo exhibitions at the Kölnischer Kunstverein in Cologne, Boston University Art Gallery, and the Hessel Museum of Art at CCS Bard in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.

Acquisition

At the conclusion of the FOCUS season in the spring, one work or group of works from each exhibition is held for the annual Purchase Meeting. During this event, members of the Director’s Council vote to determine which work will be recommended for acquisition by the Modern, thus contributing to the Museum’s permanent collection and shaping its cultural footprint. To learn more about how to deepen your relationship with the Modern and the FOCUS program through membership and to be a part of the acquisition process, please contact the development department at development@themodern.org.

LOCATION
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
3200 Darnell Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
Telephone 817.738.9215
Toll-Free 1.866.824.5566

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth Announces Mark Bradford,, Tina Knowles-Lawson, and Cleo Hill-Jackson in Conversation with Michael Auping

LOCATION
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
3200 Darnell Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
Telephone 817.738.9215
Toll-Free 1.866.824.5566

Museum Gallery Hours
Tue 10 am-7 pm (Feb-Apr, Jun-Jul, Sep-Nov)
Tue-Sun 10 am-5 pm
Fri 10 am-8 pm

General Admission Prices (includes special exhibition)
$16: General (age 18 and above)
$12: Seniors (age 60+), Active/Retired Military Personnel and First Responders with ID
$10: Students with ID
Free: Under 18 years old
The Museum offers half-price tickets on Sundays and free admission on Fridays.

CAFÉ MODERN

Lunch
Tue-Fri 11 am-2:30 pm

Brunch
Sat-Sun 10 am-3 pm

Dinner
Fri 5-8:30 pm

Coffee, snacks, and dessert
10 am-4:30 pm

The Museum is closed Mondays and holidays, including New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas.

FOCUS: Dirk Braeckman

The photographs of Ghent-based Dirk Braeckman (b. 1958, Eeklo, Belgium) have a distinct stillness and quietude that counter the whirl of today's visual landscape. Images of empty, unidentifiable interiors, architectural details, oceans, and partially obscured nude figures are just some examples of the artist's subject matter. Braeckman's deeply gray photographs are often abstracted, contributing to the mystery and intrigue of what his images convey while adding a sense of distance to the intimate interiors and views he depicts. Rather than setting up scenes or shots, Braeckman travels with a camera and captures what he sees, including hotel rooms, museums, and vacant corridors; his approach is partly diaristic, yet because the locales are anonymous and the photographs' titles are unclear codes, Braeckman's work is relatable and open-ended, eschewing photography's documentary impulse. This fluidity is intentional and meant to engage, as the artist states: "I'm not a storyteller, I'm an imagemaker. The story is made in the mind of the viewer."

Since the mid-1980s, Braeckman has tested the limits of photography, especially its materials and processes. Challenging the reproducibility of a photographic image, particularly in light of today's vast dissemination of images, Braeckman creates unique prints using analogue processes and physically taxing experimental methods in the darkroom. The individuality of his images and the physical nature of his processes are evocative of painting, as is the rich tactility his unglazed photographs embody.

IRVING

Where to Stay

Located immediately adjacent to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Irving, Texas boasts more than 75 hotels, 11,000 rooms and hundreds of restaurants. With a close proximity to both Dallas and Fort Worth, it is easy to enjoy the best attractions and entertainment in all three cities while visiting the area.

The unique location next to an international airport and in between Dallas and Fort Worth, two of the United States' largest metropolitan cities, makes Irving, Texas one of the most convenient and accessible cities in the country and an ideal location for business and leisure travel.

Las Colinas --

is a 12,000-acre master-planned community within the city of Irving, Texas. This area is home to over 2,000 corporations, and is the global headquarters of 5 Fortune 500 companies. Las Colinas is currently experiencing more than $2 billion in hotel, retail, entertainment, office, residential and meeting facility development, including the addition of a 280,000 sq ft Irving, convention center.

PEARLAND

What to See & Do

Bass Pro Shops

The newly opened store offers nearly 150,000 square feet of outdoor excitement including the area’s largest selection of quality gear for fishing, hunting, camping, boating and marine. Much more than a hunting and fishing store, however, Bass Pro Shops also offers equipment for hiking, backpacking, outdoor cooking and more. Shoppers will find outdoor apparel for men, women and children, along with a fine selection of outdoor, casual and athletic footwear. A gift and nature center serves up a wide variety of outdoor-related items from lamps and dishes to bird feeders and furniture.

The 8,000+ square-foot Islamorada Fish Company restaurant (pronounced ‘eye-la-mah-rah-dah’) will feature fresh seafood entrees, smoked meats and wild game, rotisserie broiled fowl, great steaks and more all in a relaxing ‘Florida Keys’ atmosphere.

Known for bringing the outdoors indoors, a typical Bass Pro Shops retail store features over 3,500 area antiques and artifacts, up to 400 trophy fish and wildlife mounts and many grand murals depicting scenes reminiscent of the area making it a true destination experience.

About Bass Pro Shops:

A major catalog and Internet retailer, Bass Pro Shops, headquartered in Springfield, MO, currently has 45 retail locations across the United States and Canada. The stores attract some 90 million visitors a year. In addition, Bass Pro Shops also provides products and services for thousands of independent dealers world wide through its subsidiary company, American Rod & Gun.

For more information regarding Bass Pro Shops store locations, products or special events, visit www.basspro.com . Request a free catalog by calling 1-800-BASS PRO.--

ROUND ROCK

There's lots to do in Round Rock -- from sports to sightseeing to just plain rest and relaxation. If you're into sports, there are stadiums, fields, tracks, gyms, courses, courts, etc.

What to See & Do

Old Settlers Park -

Boasts 495 acres of playing fields, 2.5 miles of trails, 15 baseball fields, 22 practice softball fields, 5 softball fields, 2 football fields, 9 practice soccer fields, 5 full-size championship soccer fields, 12 tennis courts, 2 sand volleyball courts, 1 professionally designed disc gol course, picnic areas and grills, several concession stands and restroom facilities, and ample parking.

Dell Diamond -

Catch a game at the home of the Round Rock Express and the Houston Astros Triple A Franchise. Here you'll find 8688 fixed seats, 3000 lawn seats in the unique outfield berm area, 330 feet down the left field line, 325 feet down the right field line, 375 feet to both poweer alleys, 407 feet to the deepest point in center field, 8-foot outfield wall, 6 new luxury suites added this year, 3500 paved on-site parking spaces, 500 additional on-site gravel parking spaces, and several concession stands and restroom facilities.

For shopping

- there's a variety of eclectic shops as well as high-end shopping malls, including antique & boutique. Recently, Round Rock Premium Outlets opened featuring 120 designer and name-brand outlet stores offering savings of 25-65% every day. Or, visit LaFrontera, with more than 300 acres of shopping to keep you busy. IKEA is also here now.

Where to Stay

El Arroya

Want to indulge in eating and sleeping? From barbecue to gourmet cuisine, there's something here for all tastes. Unwind with a Mango Margarita at El Arroyo or have a heaping helping of slow-smoked brisket and the best peach cobbler in Texas at Round Rock Barbecue Company. Or, enjoy the filet mignon at the Main Streeet Grill.

When ready for some shut-eye, there are plenty of hotels and motels to stay in, including Marriott Austin North, Best Western Executive Suites, Candlewood Suites, County Inn & Suites, Courtyard by Marriott, Days Inn, Extended Stay America, Hampton Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, Holiday Inn & Suites, La Quinta Inn & Suites, and many more.

For more information, contact the Round Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau, 120 S. Brown Street, Round Rock, Texas 78664; 512-218-7023 or check web site www.SportsCapitalofTexas.com.

SAN ANTONIO

What to See & Do

Trinity Oaks To Host Virtual Silent Auction Friday, August 7th -12th

With the postponement of the Gala due to COVID, Trinity Oaks is excited to announce they will be hosting a virtual silent auction to support their urgent fundraising needs. The auction will take place from Friday, August 7th at 9 a.m. until Wednesday, August 12th at 9 p.m.

An amazing assortment of auction items will be offered throughout the day ranging from hunts around the world to art and jewelry. It is something you won’t want to miss. To register for the virtual fundraiser visit https://www.betterunite.com/trinityoakscovid. Your purchases and/or donations will go to making a difference in the lives of underprivileged children, terminally ill children and combat veterans.

Be sure to mark your calendar for December 5th for the re-scheduled 8th Annual Under the Oaks Gala.

About Trinity Oaks

In 2007, San Antonio native Tom Snyder founded Trinity Oaks, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded on the premise that active participation in the outdoors is a powerful, healing, and fundamentally life-changing experience. The organization’s mission is to use hunting, fishing and outdoor activities to make a meaningful difference in the lives of underprivileged kids, terminally ill children and combat veterans. Each year, Trinity Oaks offers at least 50 events at no expense to those who can benefit from once-in-a-lifetime hunting or fishing experiences. For more information on Trinity Oaks, visit www.trinityoaks.org, or call 210-447-0351. For more information on Thumbtack Ranch, visit https://trinityoaks.org/thumbtack/.

Outdoor Adventure Awaits in San Antonio

Outdoor fun, theme park thrills and adrenaline-pumping excursions await in San Antonio this Spring. It’s not your average town and not your average adventure. Around every street corner and bend of the river there’s history to be made.

Here are just a few ways to live up the great outdoors in and around San Antonio:

1. Kayak the San Antonio River Walk’s Mission Reach

Explore one of the most notable sites in the world by Mission Reach is the southern stretch of the famous River Walk. This wildflower-lined section connects four of the city’s five Spanish colonial missions which have recently been designated a World Heritage Site.

2. Spelunk at Natural Bridge Caverns

Explore natural beauty in the recesses of the earth at Natural Bridge Caverns. For first-timers and avid cavers alike, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience hard to forget. Choose from a cave walking tour or opt for the ultimate underground adventure tour where guests climb, hike, rappel and explore caverns that are thousands of years in the making. Towering stone monuments, glistening soda straws and waves of colorful cave ribbons await.

3. Combine views and an adrenaline rush at Skydive San Marcos

The best Texas Hill Country views just might be 12,000 feet in the air. Take in the scenery aboard a turbine-powered aircraft before diving in with experts from Skydive San Marcos, just north of San Antonio.

4. San Antonio by Trail

Explore San Antonio’s more than 50 miles of hiking and bike trails that run through neighborhoods and downtown – connecting parks, hotels and noteworthy spots including Pearl and the San Antonio museum district. Trail stewards are on site to help with questions and directions.

5. Theme Park Thrills

Playtime in San Antonio means one thing: Texas-sized adventure. Whether young or young at heart, big thrills are plentiful at the Alamo City’s world-class theme parks.

Wild Days at SeaWorld San Antonio
SeaWorld San Antonio’s Spring Break features 250-acres of family fun. For four weekends in March and the entire week of March 11-19, SeaWorld San Antonio hosts celebrity wildlife experts – including TV favorite Jack Hanna – as they explore the wonders of the animal kingdom. Additional special shows include SeaWorld Live, Flying High and all new  this year, Texas Untamed, an up-close look at the native wildlife of the Lone Star State. SeaWorld’s water park, Aquatica, will be open and travelers can add in a trip to Discovery Point to swim with the dolphins.

Mardi Gras Festival at Six Flags Fiesta Texas
It’s a Fiesta Texas-style Mardi Gras Festival, featuring Mardi Gras-themed food, merchandise, park décor and a parade with floats that have been artfully created by world-renowned New Orleans float designers, KernStudios. Six Flags Fiesta Texas is stocked full of rides, shows and attractions all themed around the cultures of Texas, from pulse-pounding roller coasters to gentler options for tots and the White Water Bay water park.

Spring Break at Morgan’s Wonderland
This 25-acre, ultra-accessible park, designed with special-needs individuals in mind and built to be enjoyed by everyone, will offer special entertainment in addition to its rides and attractions. Included will be “The Magic of Friendship,” a 20-minute interactive variety show in which guests will learn about inclusion and the art of making friends through the power of magic; musical performances; exhibitions by acrobatic dogs; feats of magic; appearances by the theme park’s butterfly mascot Joy; and members of The Wonder Squad, Morgan’s Wonderland super heroes.

While in town, stop by the Visitor Information Center across from the Alamo to grab a map, get more ideas on what to explore and have your San Antonio questions answered. Getaway packages, discounts and more information can be found at visitsanantonio.com

About Visit San Antonio:

Visit San Antonio is a 501(c)6, and serves as the sales and marketing arm of San Antonio as a leading leisure and meetings destination. San Antonio welcomes 20.9 million overnight leisure visitors annually. Hospitality is one of the top five industries in the city, contributing $13.6 billion into the local economy and employing more than 130,000. More information about Visit San Antonio can be found at VisitSanAntonio.com.

Young Minds Have a New Place to Grow in San Antonio's The DoSeum Museum

On Saturday, June 6, 2015, The DoSeum, San Antonio’s new museum for kids opened. The DoSeum offers limitless opportunities for children to discover, explore, create and learn. With world-class exhibits and sustainable, thoughtful architecture, it is poised to be one of the leading children’s museums in the nation. Nearly 60 percent of The DoSeum’s exhibits focus on concepts in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), while others emphasize literacy and the creative arts to create a diverse learning experience.

At The DoSeum, kids are able to use their inner creativity and curiosity to feed their appetite for learning as they choose from an impressive menu of exhibits. Indoors, guests can explore six main exhibit areas: Sensations Studio, Explore, Innovation Station, Imagine It, Little Town and Spy Academy.

The DoSeum is expected to attract over 400,000 visitors annually to experience its innovative approach to education, and is another influential addition to San Antonio’s cultural corridor along Broadway that includes the Pearl Brewery complex, Witte Museum, Brackenridge Park, the San Antonio Botanical Gardens, the San Antonio Zoo, the San Antonio Museum of Art and the McNay Art Museum.

The 104,000 square foot of indoor and outdoor space, The DoSeum offers children a variety of exciting and interactive exhibits:
· a state-of-the-art robot named Baxter
· a Puppet Parade controlled by children’s body movements
· a musical staircase
· a Children’s Stream and significant outdoor space with plenty of water features, shade, and an ADA-accessible treehouse

Visitors to the museum will enjoy amenities including free parking and an onsite café featuring healthy, kid-friendly meals. Summer hours at The DoSeum are Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturdays 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; and Sundays 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. For more information, visitTheDoSeum.org.

The Spire

The Historic Sunset Station announces the latest addition to it's unique collection of meeting and special event venues. The doors are officially opened to The Spire. The new venue located at 230 Center Street has preserved some of the culture and heritage of downtown San Antonio.

The Spire was originally constructed in 1884 as the original stone structure of the St. Paul Methodist Episcopal Church. The congregation relocated to a structure just three blocks away of this historic structure. The church still remains and is one of San Antonio's oldest African American congregations.

For more information on the Spire or other venues in the Historic Sunset Station call the sales office at 210-474-7640 or to learn more about what San Antonio has to office check out web sitewww.SanAntonioVisit.com

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND

Turtle Days

A reigning king and queen, a few enthusiastic ukulele strummers, world-famous sand-castle builders and many other environmentally-conscious community members, will gather Friday at the South Padre Island Visitors’ Center for a ceremony marking the significance of Turtles Days.

“Turtle Days begins when the first nest is found and ends when the last hatchling swims away,” said Nancy Marsden, Turtle Days project manager. The 10 a.m. ceremony consists of an unfurling of the Turtle Days flag. However, the flag will not be raised until the first nest is found, and it will be removed when the season ends.

Last year, the first turtle nest was found in April, and the season ended in August, according to Lucy Guillen of Sea Turtle, Inc.

 For more information contact the South padre Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, 7355 Padre Blvd.,  South Padre Island, TX  78597, (956) 761-3005 



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