Nonresident fishing license: 5-day $54-$64; annual $60-$70. Freshwater trout or saltwater stamp, $10.
Annual nonresident hunting license: $125 for small game; $300 for big game. Nonresident 5-day small game license $45. Nonresident spring turkey license $120. Banded bird area license $25. Stamps required for white-winged dove $7; turkey $7, and migratory waterfowl $7 (state) and $15 (federal).
All annual licenses expire August 31. Fees are subject to change.
For complete information talk to the Parks and Wildlife Department in Austin, Texas.
What could be more fun on a pleasant night than a ball game? This was one of the first activities we took in after moving here!
We purchased tickets to see the Texas Rangers play the Tampa Devil Rays. Rangers won 13-6 and it was an exciting game! Each time Texas hit a home run, fireworks lit up the skies above Ameriquest Field. The night was a comfortable 70 some degrees, the crowd was compatable, the colorful skies illuminated and the hot dogs had that unique ballpark taste--in a word, yummy!!
Ameriquest Field opened in April,1994 and is part of a 270 acre complex. It is an open-air ballpark offering over 49,000 seats on five levels. The complex contains a 12 acre lake, baseball museum, a youth baseball park, recreation area and children's learning center, as well. Retail shops are located in an office building at the site. The playing field is of sod with the outfield an asymmetrical shape reminiscent of those constructed in the early 20th century. The facility cost 191 millions dollars to build.
There are 120 suites located on the lower and upper levels. In addition, a large suite for special functions is located at each of these levels. A two-tiered seating area is located in the right field, much like oldtime construction. Overhead fans were installed to provide for more comfortable spectating.
Ticket holders can grab a bite to eat at The Bullpen Grill, located in the left field. It seats 150 on three levels with a view of the field. The Diamond Club can be reserved for special events and holds up to 500 seated guests or 1,000 buffet style. The Gold Club (mezzanine level)is for season ticket holders in the lower seating area and has a complete bar, tv monitors and food service. Concession stands number 75 and are located on all three concourses.
The Alamodome was completed in 1993 to serve as a home for the National Basketball Association's San Antonio Spurs, as an incentive to lure a National Football League team to San Antonio, and to increase the city's convention capabilities. The San Antonio Spurs only played in the Alamodome until 2002, and a football team has yet to come to San Antonio.
However, the stadium still hosts major concerts and other sporting events, such as arena football, soccer games, volleyball tournaments, rodeos, professional wrestling matches, NCAA basketball tournaments, and men's and women's Final Four basketball tournaments. The most prestigious sporting event that takes place at the Alamodome, however, is the Alamo Bowl college football game.
The five-level Alamodome has a seating capacity of 65,000 but seating can be expanded to 72,000 for major events. It has 30,000 square feet (2,800 square meters) of meeting rooms and 160,000 square feet (15,000 square meters) of exhibit space for conventions. In addition, there are two permanent Olympic-size ice rinks that can accommodate hockey matches, figure skating, and speed skating.
The over 4 mile hike ( one way) that gained about 3000 ft elevation to reach the summit of the highest mountain in Texas , Guadalope Peak was a spectacular hike, as far as views go. The weather was clear and you could see the Texas and New Mexico desert for miles in each direction. We enjoyed it despite the hot weather, but we started early and reached the top before the hottest part of the day.
Equipment: Take LOTS of water, put on lots of sunscreen, camera to take photos, good hiking shoes a must, the path is rocky at times.
Yet another entry in my tour of the professional baseball stadiums...
The Houston Astros used to play on the astroturf (named for them since they were the first to use it) under the Astro Dome. Altho the dome is still standing (last I checked), the 'Stros now play in what was called Enron Field when I attended a game but, is now called Minute Maid Park because nothing says Texas or baseball more than orange juice. Okay, so I'm not a fan of naming these stadiums for whichever company paid the highest amount of money but I will reluctantly admit that Minute Maid is much better than carrying the weight of a name like Enron, now synonymous with greed and corruption.
1)Arrival & Departure
I was lucky because I went to the game with some friends who were locals and they drove (thanks, Carri!) so I didn't have to worry about finding a parking place in downtown Houston but I have to say that it seemed as though she found a spot fairly quickly. It was much slower getting out of there after the game. So, on a scale of 1-5, 5 being best, I give this a 3.
Pretty good! I give it a 4. I had my usual hot dog and soda because I am a creature of habit.
I thought it was a very comfortable stadium. There is a partially retractable roof for inclement weather. The seats are good, the rows were a nice distance from each other and the food and bathrooms were easy to find. I give it a 4. It would be a 5 except that my friends pointed out the bats flying around the ceiling and I'm not talkin' about BASEBALL bats. This made me extremely UNCOMFORTABLE.
I had a good time. Outside, in front of the stadium they have marks in the cement on the sidewalks that look like the stitches on a baseball. Very creative. Inside, they have a train that toots and runs back and forth on a little ledge above the field whenever a Houston player hits a home run, and in the 7th inning stretch, besides singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" they also sing, "Deep in the Heart of Texas." Good times. I give it a 5.
Overall, I give the 'Stros a score of 4. It's not perfect but they've done a really good job of creating a fun and beautiful stadium.
One of the favorite pasttimes of Texans is to shoot at things. Especially when entertaining foreign travellers, one must show the proper techniques for skeet shooting.
For those of you that are unfamiliar, skeet is a term used to describe a clay target, which is flung in the air by a metal launching contraption. The shooter assumes the position shown in the picture with his shotgun.... when he is ready, he will call out "PULL" to the person operating the launcher. A clay target is then hurled into the air, where the shooter is required to aim the weapon, discharge the shotgun, and pray the bullet hits the target.
On this particular occassion, I was able to hit 3 of 8, which is far below my average. I have not shot in a while though!
Equipment: One shotgun, plenty of ammo, a clear and open field, a clay launcher (or someone with a REALLY strong arm), and strong liquor. Just kidding on the liquor part.
Stone Works climbing gym! One of the BEST things I've found in this area! "North America's Tallest Indoor Climbing Gym!" These old silos are now my playground and hang out spot. The employees here are FANTASTIC! They will have you belaying in no time! They rent all the gear there or you can bring your own. They have a safety class to make sure you don't kill anyone LOL. They have runs for ALL levels of climbers! The "locals" there are happy to give you pointers if you get stuck at any spots too! The runs are changed every once in a while, so you will never Master them all! :) There are several runs outside too, which is VERY cool at night!!!! When you tire of the runs, the ENTIRE facility is set for bouldering! This is a GREAT way to learn techniques on those hard holds! Want to go upside down or hang by 1 finger?? Its all there!!
Day Pass $12
15 visit Punch Card * $150
Monthly Membership $60
* includes harness rental
Chalk Bag $2
$5 saftey course $30 Beginner/first timer must take course! They also offer Lead classes and private instruction! There are drinks to buy there, or you can stash your drink in the fridge. There is pleanty of water there, for a $1 donation...I usually put a couple bucks in...I love this place!!
If you like baseball, especially minor leauge, you will love this. They aren't the best team, but the experience is great!! The tickets are only about $7 per/person, and the seats are good, no matter where they are located.
Equipment: Baseball glove, hat, sunscreen.
Lone Star Park opened in 1997 in Grand Prairie and is thought to be one of North America's most successful new racing facilities. The Grandstand building of Lone Star Park is pretty impressive. There is a total seating capacity of around 8,000 seats which includes the paddock and apron area. The park was designed to be family oriented.
There are terraced dining facilities in the Clubhouse and Jockey Club so as not to miss the racing events will eating. The glassed walls of the grandstand certainly provides amazing viewing as well as being in a climate controlled environment. Away from personal viewing there is also more than 600 television screens plus a giant infield screen.
Texas is blessed with may professional teams so no matter what the season you can find a sport to watch.
Dallas Burn (MLS) - Dallas
Dallas Cowboys (NFL) - Dallas
Dallas Mavericks (NBA) - Dallas
Dallas Stars (NHL) - Dallas
Houston Astros (MLB) - Houston
Houston Comets (WNBA) - Houston
Houston Rockets (NBA) - Houston
Houston Texans (NFL) - Houston
Houston ThunderBears (AFL) - Houston
San Antonio Spurs (NBA) - San Antonio
Texas Rangers (MLB) - Arlington
One of the most exciting sports activities to do throughout the year is to go to a College Football Bowl Game.
If you are in Dallas for New Year's, you can expect a 10am kick off at the Texas State Fair Park, home to the SBC Cotton Bowl. This New Year's tradition has been around for 69 years, and is still going strong.
Tickets are about $75 USD, which may be worth it just to see the pageantry.
The Cotton Bowl also hosts "The Red River Shootout" between the University of Texas and University of Oklahoma every year.
Equipment: Your school colors, fun loving attitude, and cash... since the line for the ATM machine is ridiculous!!!
Being a Baylor Alumni, it is only fair that the first college football tip that I write pertains to my University.
Baylor is a small school of only 15,000 students, but we play a much tougher schedule, facing off against Texas (50K students), Texas A&M (30K), and others in the Big 12 conference.
Baylor has not had much luck lately in the Big 12, but we still win a couple shockers every year!
Floyd Casey Stadium is where the Bears play, and it has been known as a great place to watch a game, mainly because you can always get a seat, its inexpensive, and convienent.
In March of 1980, Dallas was named the site for expansion of the NBA. During a radio call in contest, citizens of Dallas chose the Mavericks as the name of their team.
From 1980 till 2000, Dallas had one of the more mediocre to downright terrible teams in the history of the NBA.
Then a "maverick" owner named Mark Cuban hit the scene, reinvesting in the team and the arena, and the results have been marvelous.
Dallas now boasts one of the nicest arenas to watch basketball, the American Airlines Center, and a very good team
It is really debatable across the country on how many people agree with the moniker "America's Team", however most people in Dallas would believe that this is the case.
The Dallas Cowboys have a long history with the City of Dallas, and have a huge following of loyal fans.
The Cowboys play in the National Football League, which is the highest level of competition in American Football.
The Cowboys humbly began in 1960 under coach Tom Landry with an 0-10-1 record, but have recovered to be one of the Leagues most storied franchises.
Equipment: Dallas plays in Irving, TX at Texas Stadium. A new bond measure in Dallas will possibly be moving them to Arlington in the near future, however for the time being, you can still find them in Irving.
When you are in San Antonio in the Fall, Winter and Spring, you will have 41 opportunities to catch the San Antonio Spurs.
The San Antonio Spurs play basketball in the National Basketball Association and have very recently won 2 World Championships.
Made famous by the combination of David Robinson and Tim Duncan, this San Antonio team is exciting to watch.
The Spurs are the only top level professional sports team in San Antonio, so they are very well liked.
They play their games at the SBC Center in San Antonio, which just opened up a couple years ago.
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