33261 State Park Road 100 South Padre Island, TX 78597 +1 956 772 7873
This is a waterpark where you could truly spend a whole day - or week! Brimming with warm weather attractions, little children, young adults, and parents can all find something to keep them occupied. For the thrill seekers, try Boogie Bahn- a place to surf. The Gale Force, Blackbeard's Twister and Lafitte's Cyclone are all uphill water coasters designed to make your heart pound. For those looking for slightly tamer attractions, the Lily Pad has the quintessential raining mushroom and a slide down a frog. Beaches and bars also come standard at the Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark. Check website for park schedule.
Paredes Line Road Brownsville, TX 78526 +1 956 541 2785
The Palo Alto Battlefield is where the first battle of the Mexican-American War took place on May 8, 1846. At the site are exhibits and an orientation video to better understand the causes and consequences of the war between these two great nations. From the parking lot to the overlook of the battlefield is a walk of about a half mile (0.8 kilometers), although those with special needs may use a separate road. Activities occur throughout the year, check the website for details.
With over 65,000 acres of land (263 square kilometers), the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge provides a safe haven for much of the flora and fauna of the southern Texas area. The park is open to visitors from dawn until dusk, and in fact it is at the very beginning and end of the day which is the best time for seeing large animals. A number of birds also make their home in the park. In terms of human activity, hiking, biking, and driving through the park are all permitted, as is fishing and hunting white-tailed deer when the appropriate rules are followed. Experience nature as it was meant to be seen at the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge.
1218 East Jefferson Street Brownsville, TX 78522 +1 956 546 3178
With humble origins as a little wooden structure, the Immaculate Conception Cathedral is an imposing, Gothic-Revival style building completed in 1859. Some materials were transported over considerable distances for the church construction, while some were locally sourced; for example, the pulpit is built from native Mesquite. This is one of the earliest churches of Brownsville. Many remarkable elements of the Cathedral were contributed by devoted parishioners, such as the bells, chapel, various repairs, organ, and works of art.
421 East Queen Isabella Boulevard Port Isabel, TX 7857 +1 956 943 2262
Located on the Texan coast and is open to the public, the lighthouse at Port Isabel was constructed in 1852 at the request of sailors who had trouble navigating the shoreline. The viewing area of the lighthouse is 50 feet (15 meters) above ground affording beautiful views of the area and South Padre Island. The surrounding park also has beautiful grass and picnic tables as well as the headquarters of the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce in a replica of the lighthouse keeper's cottage. Check the website before visiting.
317 East Railroad Avenue Port Isabel, TX 78578 +1 956 943 7602
The deceptive coastline near South Padre Island and Port Isabel ruined many a ship in its time. Of particular note are three Spanish ships that sunk over 400 years ago. Several different ways to explore the area and its remnants, including murals, activities, and artifacts bring the past to life. Not only featuring the ships, the Treasures of the Gulf Museum also details the adventures of the shipwrecked sailors.
317 East Railroad Avenue Port Isabel, TX 78578 +1 956 943 7602
Not only does the Port Isabel Historic Museum contain numerous artifacts, but the building itself has a rich and varied history as an important building in Port Isabel. Built in 1899, the venue has been a dry goods store and a post office. The two level museum now educates visitors on the history of the area. Impressive exhibits include a collection on the Mexican-American War and a mural painted in 1906.
Known as one of the most famous American sculptures, Dr. Felix W. de Weldon is the creator of what is now known as the Iwo Jima Monument. Although the famous cast is actually located at Arlington National Cemetery, the mold used to make that cast is located in good old Harlingen. Next to the monument is a museum and gift store relating to the famous battle.
At 31 acres (.13 square kilometers), the Gladys Porter Zoo has a variety of animals to watch and learn about the animal world. Animals such as tortoises, flamingos, wallabies, crocodiles, giraffes, lions, and rhinoceroses are all residents. For those who like reptiles and fish, there is a herpetarium and an aquatic portion of the zoo. There is an area to feed birds, and along with animals, there is a variety of plant life to help simulate different areas around the zoo.
660 East Ringgold Street Brownsville, TX 78520 +1 956 542 0941
The Brownsville Museum of Fine Art enriches the community not only by displaying works of art but also by providing lectures, classes, concerts and opportunities to interact with the art world. Thereby helping the common man appreciate the finer nuances of this beautiful art form. There are programs for children as well. Though there are temporary exhibition from local and international artists all through the year, their permanent collection features works by artists such as Mark Chagall, Augustus John and Alexander Calder. The museum also has a store so you can take home a little bit of the art to add to your daily life. They also let out their spaces for business meetings, receptions and other events.
Not only does the Port Isabel Historic Museum contain numerous
artifacts, but the building itself has a rich and varied history as an important building in Port Isabel. Built in 1899, the venue has been a dry goods store ...
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