McKelvey Park is one of the most popular places in Harlingen. This triangular stretch of greenery occupies 11 acres of land, and is much more than just a public park. Besides acting as a perfect spot for picnics, trails, day trips and other recreational activities, McKelvey Park holds widely attended concerts and live gigs. Access to the Arroyo Hike & Bike Trail is also available at McKelvey Park. Call for more information.
The Harlingen Performing Arts Theatre (HPTA) is a paradise for live events and performances. This buzzing cultural space in the center of the city, is one of the best community theaters around, and endeavors to bring about a cultural awareness in the area. It stages various forms of drama, multiple concert series, music and theater festivals and so on. Besides hosting reputed names, amateur performers are also encouraged greatly by the HPTA. The theater has comfortable seating and facilities for the less mobile. Check website for upcoming shows or call box office for more information.
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In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, the little objects of our immediate surroundings are often neglected. The Harlingen Arts & Heritage Museum, located in the heart of the city, preserves such remnants of local history, bits and pieces that constitute the Harlingen of today. The museum houses photographs and objects chronicling the eventful history and rich heritage of Harlingen. Beautiful permanent collections adorn the museum walls, while interesting rotating art exhibits attract attention in the main building. The home of Lon C. Hill, founder of Harlingen, and the Paso Real Stagecoach Inn are also located in the museum premises. A visit to the Harlingen Arts & Heritage Museum is a day well spent!
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If you ever find yourself in the petite city of Harlingen, Texas, then be sure to explore the Downtown area, because it is here that the real cultural and entertainment pulse of the city can be felt. For avid shoppers, there is no better place in the city, as the area, starting from Jackson Avenue to Harrison Avenue, is filled with a range of shops, from jewelry stores to home furnishing and antiques. Of course, so much shopping means you will need to refuel and recharge. Do not fret, as Downtown Harlingen is stocked with restaurants serving various cuisines, from Mexican to Southern American delicacies. Downtown Harlingen is also the place to experience the city's cultural life, as it is the venue for several prominent events, including parades and fairs, in the area. Check the website for more information.
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Lt. George Gutierrez Jr. Park/La Placita is one of the many public recreation parks of Harlingen. Named after Lt. George Gutierrez Jr., martyr of the Vietnam war, the park occupies 2 acres of green land with picnic areas, benches, a bandstand and a children's playground. For some evening relaxation or a casual hangout, Lt. George Gutierrez Jr. Park/La Placita is the ideal place. Call for more information.
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Jackson Street is a historic location in Downtown Harlingen. It throbs with life day in and day out. Lined by myriad shops, eateries, clubs and other fun spots, this street is a must-visit when in Harlingen! Reputed for its world class antique and jewelery shops, Jackson Street is often dubbed as the 'Antiques Capital of the Valley'. Other attractions here are the 'Jackson Street Market Days' held on the first Saturday of every month, where the old-world charm of open-air street-shopping can be felt. The annual Christmas parade and diverse street events and festivals are also held here. Jackson Street is more than a street; it's an experience. Go live it!
If a big event is happening on South Padre Island, chances are it is either on the beach, or at the South Padre Island Convention Center. For large events, the Center will help you plan for housing, transportation, and other necessary amenities. The Center has 45,000 square feet (4180 square meters) of meeting space and the parking lot has room for 500 cars.
Nature is all around, but nowhere is it easier to view than the Laguna Madre Nature Trail. Starting at the Whaling Wall and Convention Center, the trail leads hikers through 4 acres of wetlands. Signs provide interesting and important facts about the local habitat as well as the species that reside in them. A variety of wildlife, particularly birds congregate in the area and chances are good that you will see some fascinating waterfowl.
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Choose from a variety of cruises, all run by Pelican Services. Fishing enthusiasts can fish in the bay and lower Laguna Madre, and can choose from fly fishing, wade fishing, or deep-sea fishing. Those merely wishing to observe, rather than interact with nature can take a dolphin cruise or an Eco-tour cruise, which caters to private parties only. During the summer, take a trip to relax it out on the boat and on Friday nights watch the weekly fireworks, the reflection on the water and your choice of food (for private parties only). Pelican Services will surely make for an unforgettable experience. Call for booking details.
If you have ever seen a large mural on the side of a building, chances are it was done by Wyland, a man who has devoted himself to painted 100 walls featuring whales over the course of his lifetime. Aimed at highlighting the importance of marine life, the Whaling Wall on South Padre Island is the only one in Texas. This is his 53rd mural on the subject, specifically depicts orcas and is beloved by the locals.