To honor veterans, Texas waives park entry fees Sunday

HARLINGEN — Texas parks officials say, thank a veteran.

Daily entrance fees for all visitors to state parks will be waived Sunday to honor active and retired military veterans.

“The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas State Parks are very proud of the men and women that serve our country in the military,” said Rodney Franklin, director of Texas State Parks. “We look forward to seeing visitors enjoying state parks for free this Sunday. It is a small gesture to say thanks to those who have served in the military and their families. We invite all Texans to connect with the outdoors and make state parks a part of their Veterans Day weekend.”

Parks will be hosting guided hikes, bird walks and other programs throughout the day. Camping and special activity fees will still apply for visitors.

A full list of events can be found on the Texas State Parks calendar page at www.

When purchasing a hunting and fishing license, buyers can add a donation of $1, $5, $10 or $20 to help support the Veterans Commission’s Veterans Assistance Fund.

Donations to the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance program provide grants to veteran service organizations and nonprofit charitable institutions that assist veterans and their families at the community level throughout Texas.

Valley’s state parks

Resaca de la Palma State Park, Brownsville

Estero Llano Grande State Park, Weslaco

Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park, Mission