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  • Writer's pictureMitch Siemens

Rio RV Park at Turtle Bayou: A Hidden Texas Gem

Passport America currently has 211 Texas RV parks in our network. That can put in to perspective the reason why we want to highlight this park for your travels. Rio RV Park is situated on I-10 just east of

Houston and 40 minutes southwest of history-rich Beaumont. Rio boasts several spots right on turtle bayou, a friendly community, and a five-star bath house. Sometimes you’ll find that the bathrooms at some parks are not what they claim to be, but believe me, I’d give it six stars if I could. This gated community offers several amenities, a few of which are free wifi, fire rings, free ice, concrete and grass sites, and five sites right on the bayou. You can see the full list and other information in the link above, but I want tell you more about the fun activities outside the park.

From late-February through March 20th the NRG Center in nearby Houston hosts the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. If you haven’t had the pleasure of going to one of these, think of it as a state fair but with incredible barbecue, bull riding, pig racing, and horses, cattle, and other livestock. I have been to a few rodeos in my home state of Kentucky and had a great time, but I’ve heard from countless people that Texas rodeos are something you don’t want to pass up on.

Barrel Racing at NRG Center, Houston, TX

Nearby Beaumont is a city rich with history. It began as a rice milling town in the early 1800’s, then a massive oil deposit blew through the surface of the earth in early 1901, ushering in the Texas oil boom along with several other oil gushers around the region. There are several things to do and fascinating museums in Beaumont, but every day trip needs a lunch or dinner plan, and I have all of that for you in one spot (check out the link below). Being so close to Louisiana, the Cajun influence on the food culture here is heavy. On this list you’ll find the best places for alligator, etouffee, gumbo, jambalaya, po’ boy, crab, muffuletta, crawfish, catfish, shrimp n’ grits, fried green tomatoes – I’ll just stop there and let you go to the link.

Fried shrimp po’boy – Floyd’s Cajun Seafood & Steakhouse, Beaumont, TX

You won’t get bored in or around Rio RV Park. If you find yourself in South Texas, you will be glad you spent a weekend here. Please check out the link at the top of the page for more info and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call us at 800-681-6810.

Safe travels and happy camping!

-Mitch Siemens

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