Things to Do on the San Antonio River Walk

Take a boat ride along the River Walk, and keep the fun going: Catch a show at an historic open-air theatre, relive the Alamo’s story in 3-D and enjoy a cold one at the area’s oldest bar.

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Rio Grande
Rio Grande

Rio Grande

In Texas, the majestic, 1,250-mile-long Rio Grande River makes a curve to the northeast to form a “big bend.” The river also marks the boundary between the US and Mexico. 960 1280

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McDonald Observatory

McDonald Observatory

Every year, approximately 60,000 visitors visit the McDonald Observatory, located 140 miles northwest of Big Bend National Park. Attend a fun “star party” at night or take a guided tour during the day for a solar viewing, plus explore the exhibits and see the 362-inch Hobby-Eberly Telescope, the observatory’s largest telescope. 960 1280

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Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park holds national significance as the largest protected area of desert, known as the Chihuahuan, in North America. This massive area, larger than Rhode Island, is home to more than 1,200 plant species, more than 450 bird species, 56 species of reptiles and 75 species of mammals. The area is also a hot spot for archeologists, who have discovered Native American artifacts estimated to be 9,000 years old. 960 1280

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Petroleum Museum

Petroleum Museum

Stop by the Petroleum Museum in Midland, TX. Through interactive exhibits, visitors learn about all aspects of the petroleum industry, from geology, the formation of oil, oil exploration, pipelining, marketing and refining to the economic and political impact of the industry. 960 1280

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Lajitas Golf Resort

Lajitas Golf Resort

Enjoy first-class accommodations at Lajitas Golf Resort. Located in Lajitas, TX, this resort has several topnotch amenities, including the Maverick Ranch RV Park and Agave Spa. And there’s not a shortage of fun activities to keep you busy. In addition to golfing, the resort provides visitors the opportunity to go rafting, horseback riding, mountain biking, hunting, hiking and much more! 960 1280

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Annual Mariachi Band Concert

Annual Mariachi Band Concert

Mariachi bands are big in Texas thanks to the state’s large Mexican population. Midland’s Annual Mariachi Band Concert and Workshop attracts locals and tourists alike eager to learn techniques, style and music from mariachi band members who play the guitar, vihuela, guitarron and trumpet. 960 1280

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Airpower Museum

Airpower Museum

Take a trip back in time to see historic aircrafts from World War II, on display at the Airpower Museum in Midland, TX. The museum’s exhibits include the Aircraft and Vehicle Display, American Combat Hall of Fame, the Nose Art Gallery and the George Bush Exhibit, chronicling the 41st president’s aviator experiences in World War II. 960 1280

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Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

Commune with nature. Take a 2-hour Sunset Horseback trail ride to explore the awe-inspiring natural beauty of Big Bend. 960 1280

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George W. Bush Childhood Home

George W. Bush Childhood Home

Visit the childhood home of former President George W. Bush, located in Midland, TX, at 1412 W. Ohio Avenue. The house, unchanged since 1956, celebrates the lives of 2 presidents, 2 governors and 2 first ladies. 960 1280

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Sweet Confections

Sweet Confections

Get your sweet-tooth fix at Susie’s South Forty Confections in Midland, TX. Every creamy confection is homemade, including the toffee, pralines, caramels and fudge. 960 1280

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Gourmet River Trip

Gourmet River Trip

Go adventuring! Take a gourmet river trip through Big Bend National Park. Experience the park’s beauty while you travel along the Rio Grande, enjoying tasty meals that may include marinated shrimp, rack of lamb, quail and beef Wellington -- and that’s just for breakfast! 960 1280

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The Salt Vampire
The Salt Vampire

The Salt Vampire

"Taking time to check out a rare Don Post mask for ‘The Salt Vampire’ from the original Star Trek series. These masks are incredibly rare these days, especially with their original hair and paint." - Jordan 960 1280

  

Impromptu Jam Session

Impromptu Jam Session

"Uber-collector Jim and I take a moment for an impromptu jam session." - Jordan 960 1280

  

Star Wars Holy Grail

Star Wars Holy Grail

"One of my Star Wars holy grails turns up in season 2! The rare Darth Vader Collector Case, with action figure insert." - Jordan 960 1280

  

Vintage Lunchboxes

Vintage Lunchboxes

"Getting hungry hunting through hundreds of vintage lunchboxes! Now this is a collection I can sink my teeth into!" 960 1280

  

Vintage Star Wars

Vintage Star Wars

"Vintage Star Wars goodness sits high atop a shelf, awaiting my eager hands!" 960 1280

  

The Flintstones

The Flintstones

"Sealing the sale of a rare Flinstones toy with a handshake and smile." 960 1280

  

Six Million Dollar Man

Six Million Dollar Man

"Steve and I check out a rare Six Million Dollar Man toy, while Mister Spock looks on approvingly." 960 1280

  

Found in the Crawlspace

Found in the Crawlspace

"Checking out a hidden toy found in a crawlspace with Rick, a former football player and current toy collector!" 960 1280

  

Evel Knevel

Evel Knevel

"Get ready, get set ... RACE! I get "down and dirty" with the one and only Evel Knevel!" 960 1280

  

Buck Rodgers

Buck Rodgers

"Haggling with one of my favorite TV icons: Felix Silva ... Twiki from Buck Rogers and Cousin IT from The Addams Family." 960 1280

  

Julia on the Road

Julia on the Road

"Teaching the trade to Julia on the road. Her first road trip and very first chance to prove herself in the field!" 960 1280

  

That's a Big Comic Book

That's a Big Comic Book

"WOW ... look at the size of that comic book. I hate to see the coffee table it sits on. LOL!" 960 1280

  

Local Comic Show

Local Comic Show

"Steve talks toys at a local comic show." 960 1280

  

Still Playing With Toys

Still Playing With Toys

"Still Playing With Toys" and Star Wars! I never resist a chance to check out Kenner's vintage Star Wars line." 960 1280

  

A KISS Collector

A KISS Collector

"Trying to make a deal with Vicky, an original rocker mom and KISS collector!" 960 1280

  

Comprehensive Toy Collection

Comprehensive Toy Collection

"Trying to catch my breath, in what may be one of the most comprehensive toy collections I have ever seen!" 960 1280

  

One of the Largest Collections

One of the Largest Collections

"One of the largest toy collections I’ve seen in my career. I'm going to need a bigger truck … and some help!" 960 1280

  

One of the Biggest Toys Ever Produced

One of the Biggest Toys Ever Produced

"The Defiant still ranks as one of the biggest toys ever produced on the open market ... and now you can see why." 960 1280

  

Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park

"Victor and I check out some incredible dinos from Jurassic Park." 960 1280

  

Doing the Paperwork

Doing the Paperwork

"After the haggling is done, it's time to sit down and do the paperwork! Here, I add up and take inventory of the day's haul." 960 1280

  

Can You See Me Drooling?

Can You See Me Drooling?

"The elusive and rare Magnum PI car and figure set ... Can you see me drooling?" 960 1280

  

Beau Rivage - Biloxi, MS
Beau Rivage

Beau Rivage

True story: In July 2011, a Baton Rouge accountant named Deborah Boies walked into this waterfront casino on the Gulf Coast of Biloxi, MS, and sat down at the casino’s $1 Wheel of Fortune machine. After investing $15 in less than a minute, jackpot! She won the $1,191,744.89 on the machine. 960 1280

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Lumiere Place Casino

Lumiere Place Casino

Just down the road from the famed St. Louis Arch is this huge 75,000-square-foot casino. It’s sure to keep you occupied with 2,000 slots, 55 tables and a 13-table poker room. When hunger strikes, head to one of the property’s 5 restaurants. 960 1280

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Horseshoe Hammond

Horseshoe Hammond

Soft, dim lights, plush carpeting -- and more than 350,000 square feet of gaming space. Oh, yeah! This megahouse of gaming, just 20 minutes from Chicago, boasts the largest poker room in the Midwest and features 34 tables at all limits. 960 1280

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Green Valley Ranch Resort and Spa

Green Valley Ranch Resort and Spa

Escape the fast-paced Vegas scene. Just 20 minutes from the Strip, this resort sits on 8 acres of land bordered by cool palm trees. In between coiffing your winning hands at the resort’s spa, check out the casino’s 55 gaming tables, 2,200 slot and video poker machines, and 22-table poker room. 960 1280

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MGM Grand Detroit

MGM Grand Detroit

There’s Vegas, and then there’s … Detroit? Yep, that’s right. The Motor City is one of the largest US cities to offer travelers a casino resort hotel. This beaut includes 100,000 square feet of gaming space with 4,000 slot and video poker machines, along with more than 90 table games. For further relaxation, grab a pint at TAP sports pub or sample the fare at 2 Wolfgang Puck eateries. 960 1280

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Gold Strike

Gold Strike

Once you’ve paid your respects to the King in nearby Memphis, hightail it to this resort and casino 20 minutes away, in Tunica Resorts, MS. You’ll find 52 table games and 1,400 slot machines, plus a nightclub, spa and steakhouse restaurant that’s snagged high marks from Wine Spectator magazine. 960 1280

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Mohegan Sun

Mohegan Sun

Welcome to the second largest casino in America (behind Foxwoods -- but the latter’s current financial woes may soon change that). The 364,000 square feet of gaming space in the scenic foothills of southeastern Connecticut features 40 poker tables, open 24/7. 960 1280

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Atlantis Casino Resort Spa

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa

In recent years, the main casino in this resort in Reno, NV, ditched its tropical theme for something more elegant -- think accent lighting and new, streamlined furnishings. Spanning 67,000,000 square feet of space, the casino also boasts 1,500 slot machines and plenty of gaming excitement, including the classic card game baccarat. 960 1280

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Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa

Hands down, this is the best casino resort in Atlantic City. The $1.1 billion property gets high marks from travelers for its sheer size (it’s the largest hotel in New Jersey) and its Las Vegas feel (it is Atlantic City’s top-grossing casino). The 161,000-square-foot casino floor boasts 4,000 slot machines and 200 table games -- as well as the largest poker room on the East Coast! 960 1280

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Harrah’s New Orleans

Harrah’s New Orleans

A stone’s throw from the mighty Mississippi is another mighty sight: this 115,000-square-foot casino -- home to 2,100 slot machines, more than 90 table games and a poker room. If that’s not sensory overload enough, swing by the French Quarter, just 1 block away. 960 1280

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Golden Nugget

Golden Nugget

You didn’t think we’d forget Vegas, did you? This Vegas landmark (open since 1946), boasts the largest casino in downtown -- we’re talking 38,000 square feet of gaming space. Near the casino’s registration desk, you won’t soon forget seeing the Hand of Faith -- a gold nugget, found in Australia in 1980, that was purchased by the resort for more than $1 million. 960 1280

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Belterra Casino Resort

Belterra Casino Resort

Located halfway between Louisville, KY, and Cincinnati, this Indiana casino resort means serious business: 47,201 square feet showcasing 45 table games, 9 poker tables and 1,474 gaming devices -- including the new Grease slot machines. 960 1280

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Eldorado Resort Casino

Eldorado Resort Casino

You’ve landed at Shreveport Regional Airport -- so, where’s the first place you go? This swanky casino, located just 7 miles away. The 30,000-square-foot space is home to more than 1,500 slots and video poker machines, as well a gourmet steakhouse and bar-and-entertainment venue where you can belt out some karaoke. Or kick back with a drink. 960 1280

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