1325 South 77 Sunshine Strip Harlingen, TX 78550 +1 956 216 5951(City Park Council)
McKelvey Park is one of the most popular places in Harlingen. This triangular stretch of greenery occupies 11 acres (4.45154 hectares) 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.
2425 Boxwood Street Harlingen, TX 78550 +1 956 216 4901
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!
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, this place 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.
500 West Harrison Street Harlingen, TX 78550 +1 956 216 5951(City Park Council)
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.
Jackson Street Harlingen, TX 78550 +1 956 423 5440(Tourist Information)
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, 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!
115 East Jackson Avenue Harlingen, TX 78550 +1 956 425 4030
The D'Arte Centre, which is the permanent location of the Harlingen Art Forum, has been the heart of the Harlingen downtown district since its establishment. The center exhibits the work of local artists, including students and children, and offers classes in oil painting, watercolor, and creative recycle art projects. Participants turn recycled electronics, plastics, and glass into jewelry or useful household items. Children are welcome to participate in the Centre's special summer classes.
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.
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.
120 South Broadway Street McAllen, TX 78501 +1 800 514 3849 (Toll Free)/+1 956 972 0911
If you are someone who gets a thrill out of spooky stories and places, then this one will surely give you the chills. Nightmare on Broadway is definitely not for those who are faint-hearted as the 15 minutes tour of the haunt will surely spook you for a long time. Though there aren't any age limits, children under 13 have to be accompanied by a guardian or parent. If haunted places are an interest for you, then Nightmare is worth a visit.
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