|  TPWD News Releases About State Parks and Destinations Dated 2012-02-28 |
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[ Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030 ]
[ Additional Contacts: Rob McCorkle, TPWD, (830) 866-3533 or robert.mccorkle@tpwd.texas.gov; Jessica Guidry, Texas State Parks (936) 878-2214, ext. 246 or Jessica.guidry@tpwd.texas.gov ]
Feb. 28, 2012
Fanthorp Inn Stagecoach Rolling Again
ANDERSON - Find out what travel was like for early Texas travelers by riding a replica of an 1850 Concord stagecoach at Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site the second Saturday in March and April during "Days To Remember."
The first springtime event - "Traveling Texas, a Ticket to Adventure" -- kicks off at 9 a.m., Saturday, March 10 at one of the South's best-preserved examples of a 19th century stagecoach stop. The event will focus on travel in Texas during the days when horses, mules and oxen were the preferred means of transportation.
In addition to stagecoach rides from the historic site to the nearby Grimes County Courthouse, visitors to the historic site will magically taken back in time to 1850s Texas with the sweet sound of dulcimer music and cowboy poetry. Guides in period clothing will interpret 19th century life at a Texas stagecoach stop during tours of the two-story, wayside inn that was located just off the heavily traveled and historic La Bahia Road.
Future "Days to Remember" events at the inn will feature presentations on early Texas communications, poets, cowboys and musicians.
The sound of horses stamping their hooves, shaking their heads and rustling leather harnesses in anticipation of pulling a stagecoach full of excited passengers has been silenced recently by reduced days of operation brought on by state park budget shortfalls. Fanthorp Inn is now open only on weekends from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is no admission fee, but a donation of $4 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under, is appreciated.
Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site is located in Anderson off U.S. 90 about 10 miles east of State Highway 6 in Navasota. For more information, call (936) 878-2214.
On the Net:
Learn more about Fanthorp Inn by viewing a YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSyDww9_oyY&list=PL97C99D8AB6E729E5&index=1&feature=plpp_video

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[ Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030 ]
[ Additional Contacts: Kelley Morris (361) 782-5718 or Kelley.morris@tpwd.texas.gov ]
Feb. 28, 2012
Keep Fit at Lake Texana and Other Texas State Parks
EDNA - We invite you to take a look at Texas State Parks to help you achieve your New Year's fitness resolutions in an affordable "keep fit" setting.
Most Texas State Parks are available to the public seven days a week, year round and allow visitors to pursue physical fitness activities outdoors. This outdoor environment also provides a relaxing atmosphere for achieving wellness in body, mind, and spirit and an ability to soak up fresh air.
To take advantage of the many benefits of exercising outside, a Texas State Park Pass is available and allows the pass-holder and guests in the same vehicle to enjoy unlimited visits to all 94 state parks and enter without paying the daily entrance fee for an entire year. A single Texas State Park Pass costs $70. An additional pass may be issued at the time of purchase for an additional $15. Texas State Parks Passes can be purchased on site at any Texas State Park.
"The State Park Pass offers the perfect opportunity for a family or group of friends to embrace health and fitness every day in a natural environment," says Kelley Morris, park superintendent of Lake Texana State Park. "This is a great time of year to help folks get motivated to get back outdoors and embark on or improve upon that healthy lifestyle."
In addition to camping, Lake Texana State Park offers many fitness opportunities such as family-friendly trails for walking, running, biking, and hiking.
In a recent study conducted with visitors to 70 of Texas State Parks, hiking was identified as the No. 1 amenity and sought-after attraction. Lake Texana State Park will be conducting a survey of park visitors and local parties with the hope of gathering information that might spark an interest for a future fitness trail.
For more information about fitness and wellness opportunities mentioned in this release, please contact Kelley Morris, (361) 782-5718, email -kelley.morris@tpwd.texas.gov, or become a fan of Lake Texana State Park on their Facebook site: (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Texas-Parks-and-Wildlife-Lake-Texana-State-Park/341206512296)