When it comes to area attractions, Harlingen has something for everyone! For Nature Enthusiasts there is the World Birding Center and two of the most unique wildlife refuges in the country. Harlingen is also home to Bass Pro Shops, a popular tourist destination. If you prefer Museums and History, then stop by the Iwo Jima Monument, Harlingen Arts and Heritage Museum or historic Jackson Street.
For Family Fun, visit 1600 exotic and native animals at Gladys Porter Zoo or experience the most premier beach resort on the Texas coast. Take in a variety of Live Entertainment from community theatre and sporting events to world famous musical acts . For Shopping Lovers, the Rio Grande Valley Premium Outlets are a short drive down the road and feature over 140 name-brand stores.
With so many attractions to choose from, you’re sure to stay busy in Harlingen, Texas.
101 Bass Pro Dr., Harlingen,
The 145,000-square foot Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World is the signature anchor for the Cameron Crossing retail development located at the intersection of U.S. Expressways 83 and 77. While you’ll find a huge selection of outdoor gear, Bass Pro Shops stores are also part museum, art gallery, antique store and an aquarium, education, conservation and entertainment center. Award-winning in their concept and design, Bass Pro Shops retail stores are rated as top tourist destinations. Well over 100 million people visit their stores annually. Find out more on our Bass Pro Shops page.
644 North Ed Carey Dr., Harlingen,
Creasey’s Bowling Alley is located in Harlingen and features 24 state-of-the-art lanes, automatic scoring, a game room, snack bar, and lounge. Glow bowling is available on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights.
Family Fun Fishing Adventures
34691 FM 1577, San Benito,
Family fishing adventures
500 Ringgold Street, Brownsville,
The award winning Gladys Porter Zoo is located 20 minutes down the road in Brownsville and is the perfect destination for family fun. The zoo sits on 26 acres and hosts more than 1600 exotic and native animals in beautiful natural habitats. The zoo is known for its successes in breeding endangered species of wildlife.
Open every day of the year from 9 AM until 5 PM with extended summer hours.
Harlingen Arts and Heritage Museum
2425 Boxwood St., Harlingen,
Tour Harlingen’s first hospital, the home of city founder Lon C. hill, and Paso Real Stagecoach Inn, built during the civil war. All three historical buildings sit on the grounds of the Harlingen Arts & Heritage Museum. Also on the grounds is the Historical Museum which features photos from Harlingen’s heyday as an airbase, plus cultural and natural history exhibits.
Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM and Sunday from 1 PM to 4 PM.
Harlingen Performing Arts Theatre
1209 Fairpark Blvd. , Harlingen,
The Harlingen Performing Arts Theatre is is home to live community theatre in the Rio Grande Valley. Listings of upcoming productions and concerts can be found on their website as well as opportunities to volunteer or audition.
6.5 miles from La Villa on FM 491, La Villa,
Hilltop Gardens is the valley’s premier tropical healing garden. The gardens have been designed to be a destination for guests to experience, learn and enjoy where all activities are intended toward restoration, nourishment and preservation of an environment promoting human wellness of mind, body and spirit.
List of Gardens:
Sensory Walk – Memorial Aloe Garden – Healing Garden – Children’s Garden – Visitors Center
Bed & Breakfast
Conference & Retreat Facilities
E. Jackson Ave and N. 3rd St., Harlingen,
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. A vintage vinyl shop , 100-year-old seed store and garden center, and authentic army surplus store are just a few of the reasons that locals and visitors alike flock to the area.
Iwo Jima Memorial Monument
320 Iwo Jima Blvd., Harlingen,
This stunning outdoor sculpture is the original from which the monument in Arlington, Virginia was cast and depicts the raising of the US flag over Iwo Jima on Feb. 23, 1945, during World War II. It is over 100 feet high and weighs 130 tons. Across the street is the museum and gift shop. The museum features Marine Corps Memorabilia, a video about the battle, and a veteran’s hall of fame.
Open Monday to Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM and Sunday from 12 PM – 4 PM.
Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge
22817 Ocelot Road, Los Fresnos,
Established in 1946, the 97,007-acre refuge has more documented species of birds than any other National Wildlife Refuge in the United States. The refuge is open for wildlife watching, education and interpretation, hunting, fishing and nature photography and is about one hour’s drive east of Harlingen. Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge is the summer and/or winter home to a diversity of wildlife including the endangered Ocelot. Due to its location on the mainland, adjacent to the hyper-saline Laguna Madre Bay and onto the barrier islands and beaches of South Padre Island, the Laguna Atascosa NWR provides an important habitat for nesting sea turtles, blue crab, herons and egrets and many other species. Over 130 species of butterflies have been documented on the refuge. Visitors can take advantage of foot trails, and auto, tram and kayaking tours. The Visitor Center, paved parking lot and restrooms are at the entrance to the refuge (call for seasonal hours).
Bird Species in season: Sandhill Crane, Green Jay, Aplomado Falcon, Clapper Rail, Redhead, Greater Roadrunner, Painted Bunting, Plain Chachalaca, Altamira Oriole, Groove-billed Ani, Common Pauraque, White-tailed Kite, Long-billed Thrasher, Olive Sparrow, Botteri’s Sparrow, Cassin’s Sparrow, White-tipped Dove