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Tucked between Houston and the sandy beaches of the Texas Gulf Coast is Alvin—a charming community with humble beginnings dating back to 1845. There, visitors will find historic sites, linger-worthy shopping and family-friendly adventures.

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Spend the whole day antiquing at the Alvin Antique Center, a 55,000-square-foot antique mall with hundreds of uniquely filled shops. The center offers an ever-changing array of gifts and antiques collected locally and from around the world.

Minutes away, guests can get up close and personal with more than 500 different animals from 19 different countries at the Bayou Wildlife Zoo. There, visitors go on a safari-like adventure across 80 acres, feeding everything from ostriches and deer to bison and camels.

Love the country? Enjoy family owned and operated Froberg’s Farm! Come pick-your-own strawberries! The picking season typically starts in mid-January and runs thru May. In the fall, the Froberg's offers a corn maze and pumpkin patch for the kids.  Froberg’s Country Store offers fresh homegrown fruits and vegetables year round along with homemade pies and cake balls from their bakery,  jams, peanut brittle and other home made foods.