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Kwahadi Museum of the American Indian – Hidden Gems of Texas

The Kwahadi Museum of the American Indian is found in Amarillo and explores the life and culture of the Plains Indians. There is the museum it's self to explore but there are also interactive activities like music, dance, galleries and even a trading post. Here's a look at a few of the special activities you will find at the Kwahadi museum.

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Texas Parks and Wildlife via YouTube
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Comstock – Hidden Gems of Texas

Comstock is way down on the South Eastern border of Texas. It is about 30 miles North East of Del Rio on the Rio Grande. It holds the history of the Native Americans who lived here long before we arrived and before there were borders. If you are a nature and history buff then this is for you.

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Galveston – Hidden Gems of Texas

Galveston is one of my favorite places to go. My mom and I used to go every summer, but it can be fun as a winter trip also. There's plenty to do and lots to see. I have a few ideas of things to do like the historical tours downtown, shopping on the Strand, Schlitterbahn, Moody Gardens, museums, fishing, boating, great eating and more.

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MicBergsma via YouTube
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Jacob’s Well – Hidden Gems of Texas

Jacob's Well can be found in Wimberley, Texas just North West of San Marcos. On the surface, the Well is a beautiful and inviting natural swimming hole but below is one of the longest underwater caves in Texas. It's also one of the most dangerous in Texas.

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Mason County – Hidden Gems of Texas

Did you know that Topaz is the state gem of Texas? The only place to find topaz in the state is Mason County, located between San Angelo and San Antonio. The county offers public and private hunts where you can find your own piece of topaz. This literally is a Hidden Gem of Texas.

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Dawn Stanco via YouTube
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Inner Space Cavern – Hidden Gems of Texas

I have to admit I don't get to the Austin area very often but this is one place I will put on my list of travels. The Inner Space Cavern is located in Georgetown, just outside of Austin and it looks gorgeous!

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Canton – Hidden Gems of Texas

If you've never been to Canton, Texas and taken in the First Monday Trade Days you have no idea what you are missing out on. Canton is located in East Texas between Dallas and Tyler. The trade days are a great way to find antiques, one of kind arts and crafts, eat fun food, and spent the day with family and friends.

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Messina Hof Winery – Hidden Gems of Texas

The Messina Hof Winery is a great place for friends and couples to visit; no children. Although there are two locations, one in Fredricksberg, Texas and one in Bryan, Texas, it's the Bryan location that we will focus on here. I visited the winery when I was in college at A&M. We did a murder mystery dinner in their wine cellar and it was an absolute blast.

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Glen Rose – Hidden Gems of Texas

Glen Rose is just a couple of hours from Abilene and has some fun and exciting places for the family to visit. There are three main places you don't want to pass up Dinosaur Valley State Park, Fossil Rim Wildlife Center and Dinosaur World. All are super family friendly and can be a short day trip or an overnight stay.

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Credit: Marty Harris/McDonald Observatory.
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McDonald Observatory – Hidden Gems of Texas

This year celebrates the 75th anniversary of the McDonald Observatory. The observatory is operated by the University of Texas at Austin but is located some 450 miles west of Austin in the Davis Mountains. There are 4 research telescopes at the facility and much of it is open to the public.

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Hamilton Pool Preserve – Hidden Gems of Texas

Dripping Springs, Texas is the home of our Hidden Gem this week; The Hamilton Pool Preserve. The Reserve is a historic swimming hole which was designated a 'preserve' in 1990. A beautiful swimming hole in a surrounded by 50 ft. waterfalls, this is definitely a top spot for your 'must see' list.

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Mestizzo Cinema via YouTube
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Lajitas Golf Resort – Hidden Gems of Texas

The Lajitas Golf Resort is located in the far west Big Bend area of Texas. It's right on the border with Mexico and is an oasis in the middle of a desert. The beautiful lush green golf course can't be missed. However, it has other family friendly activities to offer as well.

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