The hardest decision to make when planning a trip to Harlingen is determining what things to see and do. We make it easy to find the perfect activities based on your interests.
Harlingen’s area attractions range from nature hotposts and museums to family activities and premium shopping destinations. Harlingen’s newest attraction is Bass Pro Shops, a popular tourist destination that’s part outdoor gear and part museum, art gallery, antique store, aquarium, and entertainment center. Search attractions by category to narrow down the activities that will complete your South Texas vacation.
Arts and Entertainment
Harlingen is renowned for its larger-then-life-size murals that brighten the streets of Downtown Harlingen and decorate the walls inside local businesses. Take the tour and see aspects of Valley history and culture through the eyes of local artists. In addition to Harlingen’s Mural Project explore Harlingen’s Heritage Trail or take in some live entertainment. Live entertainment includes Blues on the Hill, Praise on the Hill, community theatre, sporting events and world famous musical acts.
Downtown Harlingen is situated along the picturesque palm-lined Jackson Street that has served as Harlingen’s “Main Street” for more than a century. Downtown Harlingen features a variety of unique shops that specialize in home decor, apparel, original Texas artwork, hand-made jewelry, gifts, antiques, and collectibles. In addition Downtown Harlingen offers great family-friendly events including Market Days, Walking Tours, and Family Movie Nights.
Harlingen is the perfect place for retail therapy. Explore our contemporary Valley Vista Mall, historic downtown area, or one of the many shopping centers located throughout the city. Regardless of what you’re looking for, Harlingen has it all – from national retail stores to luxury boutiques and bargain antique shops. Nearby are the Rio Grande Valley Premium Outlets, the premier destination for shoppers looking for impressive savings on designer brands.
Harlingen and the surrounding area offers world class golf at local country clubs and public golf courses. Harlingen has four public golf courses and one private course. Just down the road are two 18 hole championship courses at Rancho Viejo Resort and a picturesque 18 hole course along the Laguna Madre Bay at the South Padre Island Golf Club.
Thanks to Harlingen’s year-round tropical weather visitors can enjoy outdoor activities 365 days a year. Outdoor activities range from birding, hunting and fishing to beach activities such as surfing, horseback riding, dolphin watches and kayaking.