2640 South M Street Harlingen, TX 78550 +1 956 216 5970
Named after Tony Butler who was an excellent golf player and teacher who spent many years in the Rio Grande Valley. The golf course has two courses, an 18-hole and a 9-hole course, so those with all day or only a couple games can both get a course in. The course has both a clubhouse and a restaurant and anyone can play. Reservations are required, so make sure to book it if you want to play.
Kind of like marveling at the homes in Beverly Hills, take a tour of Silk Stocking Row, and do it Harlingen style. In the 1930s, the wealthiest people of Harlingen built their homes on East Taylor Street, and a variety of different architectural styles and interesting touches. These beautiful houses were home to some of the most influential people of Harlingen and have helped to shape the city into what it has become today.
2601 S. Ed Carey Drive Harlingen, TX 78552 +1 956 412 7223
Betting and sportsmanship abound at the Valley Race Park. If you love the thrill of watching dogs race as fast as they can, and also watching numerous other track events on simulcast, then the Valley Race Park is the place for you. With space for 1080 greyhounds and free parking for up to 2,500 cars, the facility is perfect for taking groups and parties. A sports bar takes car of all your hunger and thirst needs or for finer cuisine, try Brindles Restaurant, located on site.
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.
Don Breeden's permanent gallery exhibits his extensive work, spanning many aspects of South Texas culture. Some of his subjects include wildlife and nature scenes like birds, deer, fish & fishing, and plant life. His depictions of Texas history and architecture are also numerous, one example of which is Breeden's series of Texas flags, which can be purchased as a set in the form of a poster with all 17 versions in one. Nearly all of his work is done in watercolor and much of his artwork is available on a limited basis as signed and numbered prints.
80 Fort Brown Brownsville, TX 78520 +1 956 882 8200
The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College have teamed up to provide great higher education to students of the area. The University offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as certificates and associate degrees. Besides academics, like any college, a range of great arts can be found on campus, so check the website for information about upcoming events.
It is always a good time for bowling, and with lanes open until the wee hours of the morning, Galaxy Bowling Center is the place to get some turkeys in Brownsville. The bowling lanes are truly revolutionary, allowing those wanting bumpers and those going for a real game to bowl on the same lane, the bumpers merely rise and fall according to the bowler. Besides bowling, there is a restaurant and bar for when you get hungry, an arcade, and slot machines. Truly a center of fun, the Galaxy Bowling Center has all you need for a fun day or night.
501 Ringgold St. # 5 Dean Porter Park Brownsville, TX 78520 +1 956 547 6890
A lot can be learned about a culture from its clothing, and these "costumes" teach about cultures from all over the Americas. The collection was begun by Florence Terry Griswold who also founded the Pan American Round Table of Texas. The museum now owns over 400 costumes and each one gives a unique insight and promotes understanding between vastly different cultures.
955 South Minnesota Ave Brownsville/South Padre Island International Airport Brownsville, TX 78521 +1 956 541 8585
The Commemorative Air Force Museum: Rio Grande Valley Wing has a spectacular collection of aircrafts from the World War II era. The museum both pays tribute to and educates visitors on the men, women, and machines who served the United States during this all-important war. The hangar includes 17 aircrafts fun to see and learn from.
557 acres of beautiful landscape characterizes the Sabal Palm Sanctuary. The sanctuary is the only place in the United States with this diverse ecosystem, very different from most forests in the country. Besides the beautiful Sabal palms, birds, butterflies, and other creatures abound through the miles of trails. For larger groups, tours can be scheduled to make the most out of your visit to the Sabal Palm Sanctuary.