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THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO THE

RIO GRANDE VALLEY

YOUR ADVENTURE

Starts Here!


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hether you’re a first-time guest or a repeat visitor, an RGV native or a Texas transplant, we want to encourage you to discover all the treasures in this special region. There’s truly something for everyone here, and Explore RGV is a first-of-its-kind initiative to help Valley visitors and residents alike enjoy every facet.

This magazine represents just one way to experience everything the Rio Grande Valley has to offer. Explore RGV also includes an interactive website and smartphone app specially designed to be your personal tour guides while you visit. Tailor your adventure based on your interests — history, art, nature, food, recreation, shopping, and much more. Browse destinations Cross the river on the last handby category, create and share operated ferry on the Rio Grande. itineraries, earn badges, and See a rainbow of migratory birds as explore as you please. they pass through our numerous refuges and parks. Cheer on Download the free Explore RGV the RGV Toros soccer team at a mobile app in the App Store or the new stadium. Sing along during Google Play Store, or visit www. a concert at the state-of-the-art goexplorergv.com to learn more. McAllen Performing Arts Center. Your adventure starts here!


TABLE of CONTENTS FEATURED DESTINATIONS 4

Featured Destinations

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MUSEUMS & CULTURE 9

Historical Sites

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Monuments & Memorials

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Museums

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Arts & Cultural Centers

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Performance Theaters

OUTDOORS & RECREATION

TRANSPORTATION & RESOURCES

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Camping, Fishing, & Hunting

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Airports

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Water Activities

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City Info

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Farm & Ranch

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Chambers of Commerce and Convention & Visitors Bureaus

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Birding & Wildlife

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International Bridges and Public Transportation (Metros)

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Golf Courses

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Hospitals

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Parks & Swimming Pools

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Libraries

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Beach Access

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Higher Education Institutions

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Regional Organizations

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All-Age Appeal in Mission, Texas

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Harlingen Medical Center: Committed to Patients

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Annual Events Calendar


Explore RGV | 2018 RGV Partnership RGVPartnership.com

BOARD CHAIR Danny Gurwitz Atlas, Hall & Rodriguez, LLP. PRESIDENT/CEO Sergio Contreras ADMIN. ASSISTANT Sandra De Los Santos MEMBERSHIP ENGAGEMENT/EVENTS DIRECTOR Monica Sanchez FINANCE DIRECTOR Dulce Martinez

SHOPPING 54 56

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Antiquing, Flea Markets, & Farmers Markets Malls, Outlets, & Retail Centers

ATTRACTIONS & ENTERTAINMENT 58

Amusement Venues

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Stadiums, Arenas, & Fairgrounds

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Tours & Excursions

Explore RGV –The Official Guide to the Rio Grande Valley, is published in partnership with the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council. The publication serves as the comprehensive guide to tourism and destination attractions of the Rio Grande Valley, as identified by the staff and committee of Explore RGV. ExploreRGV is trademarked and owned by the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council and contents shall not be reproduced, disseminated, published or transferred in any form or by any means except with prior written permission. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information and listings contained herein, the Rio Grande Valley Partnership and Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council shall assume no liability for errors or omissions. We extend our most sincere gratitude and appreciation for all partners’ contributions of content. Heartfelt thanks to the Valley Chambers of Commerce and Convention &

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Corporations for their guidance, patience, encouragement, and contributions throughout the development of this project.

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Furthermore, we thank our state, city and county officials

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DESTINATIONS

Photo by Fabian Isaac Ramirez

BASILICA OF OUR LADY OF SAN JUAN DEL VALLE NATIONAL SHRINE

The Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle National Shrine is a Minor Basilica of the Catholic Church located in San Juan. It is also a national shrine under the direction of the Diocese of Brownsville. 400 Virgen de San Juan Blvd., San Juan, TX 78589 (956) 787-0033 | info@olsjbasilica.org | olsjbasilica.org

BENTSEN-RIO GRANDE VALLEY STATE PARK

Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park serves as the headquarters for the World Birding Center.

FEATURED DESTINATIONS

2800 S. Bentsen Palm Drive, Mission, TX 78572 (956) 584-9156 | jzamora@missiontexas.us tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/bentsen-rio-grande-valley

BROWNSVILLE MUSEUM OF FINE ART/LINEAR PARK

This museum offers exhibits by local and international artists with programs for kids and adults. 660 E. Ringgold St., Brownsville, TX 78520 (956) 542-0941 | info@brownsvillemfa.org bmfa.us

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DOWNTOWN HARLINGEN (AND MURALS)

Many larger-than-life-size murals brighten the streets of downtown Harlingen and decorate walls inside businesses. Most depict aspects of Valley history and culture. 209 W. Jackson St., Harlingen, TX 78550 (956) 216-4910 | downtownharlingen.com/murals

EDINBURG SCENIC WETLANDS

Edinburg Scenic Wetlands & World Birding Center is a 40-acre destination featuring walking trails for birdwatching and an educational center. 714 S. Raul Longoria Rd., Edinburg, TX 78542 moliva@cityofedinburg.com | www.edinburgwbc.org

ESTERO LLANO GRANDE

Estero Llano Grande State Park in Weslaco attracts a spectacular array of South Texas wildlife with its varied landscape of shallow lake, woodlands and thorn forest. Even beginning birders and nature lovers will enjoy exploring this 230-plus-acre refuge, which is convenient to all the Rio Grande Valley has to offer. 3301 S. International Blvd. (FM 1015), Weslaco, TX 78596 (956) 565-3919 | javier.deleon@tpwd.texas.gov https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/estero-llano-grande


Explore RGV | 2018 GRACE HERITAGE RANCH

Grace Heritage Ranch offers unique educational tours of a 100-acre homestead located in Deep South Texas. They take you along for a fun adventure as we set off to inspire you with the wisdom of our forefathers. We will have an exciting time together as you get to interact with some very special animals. 27539 Old Alice Road, Lyford, TX 78569 (956) 230-6903 | brian@graceheritageranch.com www.graceheritageranch.com

HARLINGEN ARROYO COLORADO

A gateway to the entire World Birding Center network, Harlingen’s Arroyo Colorado is close to major highways and an international airport, but remains a quiet wooded retreat from the hustle of urban life. Connected by the arroyo waterway, as well as hike-and-bike trails meandering through the city, Hugh Ramsey Nature Park to the east and the Harlingen Thicket to the west anchor an important reservoir of nature in a fast-changing world.

320 North Iwo Jima Blvd., Harlingen, TX 78550 (956) 421-9234 | visitorcenter@MMA-TX.org

McALLEN CONVENTION CENTER

The McAllen Convention Center is a 174,000-square-foot multi-purpose convention center with a seating capacity of 3,500. Having opened in 2007, it hosts locals sporting events and concerts. 700 Convention Center Blvd., McAllen, TX 78501 (956) 681-3800 | lfernandez@mcallen.net www.mcallenconventioncenter.net

McALLEN PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

McAllen Performing Arts Center presents a wide variety of nationally recognized productions of music, dance, and theater to the people of South Texas. 801 Convention Center Blvd., McAllen, TX 78501 (956) 681-3800 | lfernandez@mcallen.net

1001 S. Loop 499, Harlingen, TX 78550 (956) 427-8873 | jlyssy@myharlingen.us www.theworldbirdingcenter.com/harlingen.html

HILLTOP GARDENS

Hilltop Gardens is a garden, farm, and Inn! It captures the eternal wisdom of aloe vera and allows you to truly experience the best nature has to offer. 100 Lees Lane, Lyford TX 78569 (956) 262-2176 | info@hilltopgarden.com www.hilltopgarden.com The International Museum of Art & Science is a museum located in McAllen. It is dedicated to exhibiting Latin American art, as well as educating visitors about science. 1900 W. Nolana Ave., McAllen, TX 78504 (956) 682-0123 | info@theimasonline.com theimasonline.org

ISLA BLANCA COUNTY PARK

Isla Blanca Park is located on the southernmost tip of South Padre Island and is the crown jewel of the parks system. Located within the park, there is over a mile of pristine beach along the Gulf of Mexico that offers an abundance of waterfront recreational facilities. 33174 State Park Road 100, South Padre Island, TX 78597 (956) 761-5494 | JEVega@co.cameron.tx.us www.cameroncountyparks.com/IslaBlancaPark

IWO JIMA MONUMENT & MEMORIAL MUSEUM

Harlingen’s most recognizable heritage tourism attraction is the Iwo Jima Monument. This massive structure is the original working model used by sculptor Dr. Felix de Weldon in his casting of the official bronze version in Washington, D.C.

MUSEUM OF SOUTH TEXAS HISTORY

For almost 40 years, the museum has chronicled the heritage of South Texas and Northeastern Mexico, preserving its rich history. The museum has been a part of the community since 1967. It first opened its doors as the Hidalgo County Historical Museum in the old Hidalgo County jail. Built in 1910, the old jail continues to be one the most important sections of the museum. 200 N. Closner Blvd., Edinburg, Texas 78541 (956) 383-6911 | info@mosthistory.org mosthistory.org

OLD HIDALGO PUMPHOUSE (WORLD BIRDING CENTER)

On a break from cross-border shopping excursions, visitors to this museum on the Rio Grande can learn about the steam-driven irrigation pumps that transformed Hidalgo County into a year-round farming phenomenon. They also can wander the museum’s grounds, where hummingbird gardens are planned, and where many of the Valley’s amazing bird species are regular visitors, as well. 902 S. Second St., Hidalgo, TX 78557 (956) 843-8686 | theworldbirdingcenter.com/hidalgo.html

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INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM OF ART & SCIENCE


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SABAL PALM SANCTUARY

This 527-acre preserve is host to a wonderful assortment of birds and other wildlife and is home to one of the last stands of old-growth sabal palm jungle in the United States. Green jays and chachalacas frequent our feeders, armadillos rummage around our trails, and great horned owl calls often haunt the forest.

PORT ISABEL LIGHTHOUSE, PIRATE SHIP, & FISHING PIER Constructed in 1852, the Point Isabel Lighthouse was built to protect and guide ships through Brazos Santiago Pass and the barrier islands. In 1952, the lighthouse was opened as a state park and remains the only lighthouse on the Texas Gulf coast open to the public.

421 E. Queen Isabel Blvd. in Lighthouse Square, Port Isabel, South Padre Island, TX 78418 (956) 943-2262 | museumdirector@copitx.com portisabellighthouse.com/lighthouse

PORT MANSFIELD (KAYAKING, FISHING, BAY)

Port Mansfield is a port and fishing community on the Laguna Madre opposite Port Mansfield Channel in northeastern Willacy County.

8435 Sabal Palm Grove Road, Brownsville, TX 78521 (956) 541-8034 | gsfinc@gmail.com www.sabalpalmsanctuary.org

SAN BENITO CULTURAL HERITAGE MUSEUM

The state-of-the-art Cultural Heritage Museum houses three nonprofit organizations that share a passion to preserve and share San Benito’s rich history. These nonprofits include the Freddy Fender Museum, the Texas Conjunto Music Hall of Fame & Museum, and the San Benito History Museum. 210 E. Heywood St., San Benito, TX 78586 (956) 361-3830 tx-sanbenito.civicplus.com/249/Cultural-Heritage www.freddyfendermuseum.com/index.html

101 East Port Dr., Port Mansfield, TX 78598 (956) 944-2354 | portmansfieldchamber@pmchamber.com www.portmansfieldchamberofcommerce.com/joomla30

QUINTA MAZATLAN

FEATURED DESTINATIONS

Quinta Mazatlan is now an urban sanctuary working to enrich people’s lives by sharing knowledge about birds, plants, and environmental stewardship in South Texas. Quinta Mazatlan and its WBC partners promote birding and conservation of Valley habitat, especially as it benefits numerous avian residents and neo-tropical migrants. 600 Sunset Drive, McAllen, TX 78504 (956) 681-3370 | chook@mcallen.net www.quintamazatlan.com

RESACA DE LA PALMA STATE PARK

Resaca De La Palma State Park has birding in a 1,200-acre space with bike trails, observation decks, butterfly garden and tram tours. 1000 New Carmen Ave., Brownsville, TX 78521 (956) 350-2920 tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/resaca-de-la-palma

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SANTA ANA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge is a 2,088-acre National Wildlife Refuge situated along the banks of the Rio Grande, south of Alamo. 3325 Green Jay, Alamo, TX 78516 (956) 784-7500 | Christine_Donald@fws.gov www.fws.gov/refuge/santa_ana


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SEA TURTLE INC.

This facility is a sea turtle education, research, rescue and rehabilitation center in South Padre Island. 6617 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island, TX 78597 (956) 761-4511 | seaturtleinc@gmail.com www.seaturtleinc.org

SPI BIRDING CENTER/WHALING WALL

South Padre Island Birding Center is a beachfront nature area providing a birding boardwalk, interactive exhibit room and observation tower. 6801 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island, TX 78597 (956) 761-6801 | choward@spibirding.com www.spibirding.com/

VALLEY NATURE CENTER

Valley Nature Center is a 6-acre park and nature preserve in Weslaco. Its focus is environmental education about the natural history of the Lower Rio Grande Valley.

Edinburg Scenic WetlaPhoto

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FEATURED DESTINATIONS

301 S. Border Ave., Weslaco, TX 78596 (956) 969-2475 | info@valleynaturecenter.org www.valleynaturecenter.org


SAN BENITO

TEXAS 2018-2019

Events, Music & Culture

MARCH 12, 2019 Texas Independence Celebration Reeanactment

APRIL, MAY, JULY, OCTOBER San Benito Music Festivals

www.cityofsanbenito.com sanbenitoevents.com 956.361.3800

NOW OPEN San Benito Cultural Heritage Museum

ALL YEAR ‘ROUND Cultural Events For Everyone


TRAVEL BACK

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801 Main Street Alamo, TX 78516 (956)-782-9912 | alamoinn@aol.com alamoinnbnb.com Office Hours 9a.m.-9p.m.

BASILICA OF OUR LADY OF SAN JUAN DEL VALLE NATIONAL SHRINE 400 Virgen de San Juan Boulevard, San Juan, TX 78589 (956) 787-0033 | info@olsjbasilica.org www.olsjbasilica.org Please visit website for full mass schedule.

BROWNSVILLE HERITAGE TRAIL Heritage Trail, Brownsville, TX 78526 (956) 546-3721 | info@brownsville.org brownsville.org/tour/history/heritage-trail Monday-Friday 8a.m.-5p.m.

BROWNSVILLE OLD CITY CEMETERY CENTER 1004 E. Sixth Street Brownsville, Texas 78520 (956) 541-1167 | info@brownsviqllehistory.org www.brownsvillehistory.org/cemetery-center html Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00am to 4:00pm Sundays & Mondays: Closed The Cemetery is open from dawn til dusk daily.

CINE EL REY 311 S 17th St McAllen, Texas 78501 (956) 278-0626 | cineelreytheatre@gmail.com www.cineelrey.org

FORT BROWN Old Morgue, Brownsville, TX 78520 info@brownsvillehistory.org Open everyday, free to the public.

FORT RINGGOLD One Fort Ringgold, Rio Grande City, TX (956) 716-6700

HAVANA, TEXAS Highway 83 (Old Military Road), 2 miles north of the Rio Grande, 2 miles west of La Joya, 18 miles NW of McAllen http://www.texasescapes.com/SouthTexasTowns/HavanaTexas/HavanaTx.htm

LA BORDE HOUSE 601 E Main St., Rio Grande City, TX (956) 487-5101 | www.labordehouse.com

LA LOMITA CHAPEL 3 miles south of Expressway 83 on FM 1016 Mission, TX 78572 (956) 580-8650 | www.missiontexas.us/life-inmission/attractions/la-lomita-chapel/

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ALAMO INN B&B GEAR & TOURS


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MARKET SQUARE RESEARCH CENTER

1150 Market Square, Brownsville, Texas 78520 (956) 546-4242 www.brownsvillehistory.org/market-square.html

OBLATE FATHERS TRAIL Santa Maria, TX tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/exo01 La Lomita Chapel, Mission

OLD HIDALGO PUMPHOUSE

LA SANTA CRUZ

902 S. Second St., Hidalgo, TX 78557 (956) 843-8686 | aflores@cityofhidalgo.net www.theworldbirdingcenter.com/hidalgo.html Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sat. - Sun. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

U.S. Hwy. 83, Rio Grande City, TX 78572

LAFITTE’S WELL GPS Coordinates – N 26°06.012’ W 97°17.314’ texaslesstraveled.com/frenchtreasure.htm

LAURELES RANCH HOUSE

MUSEUMS & CULTURE

1700 E. Sixth St., Brownsville, TX 78520 (956) 541-5560 | info@brownsvillehistory.org www.brownsvillehistory.org

LOPEZ TIJERINA COURTYARD 405 E. Main Street, Rio Grande City, TX 78582 (956) 487-3476 | nperez@rgcedc.org www.facebook.com/ltcourtyard Monday-Sunday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Old Hidalgo Pumphouse

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PALMITO RANCH BATTLEFIELD (LRGV NWR) Palmito Ranch Battlefield NHL, near Brownsville in southeastern Cameron County. www.thc.texas.gov/preserve/projects-and-programs/ military-sites/palmito-ranch-battlefield-national-historic-landmark

PALMITO RANCH BATTLEFIELD (NHP) 7200 Paredes Line Rd., Brownsville, TX 78526 (956) 541-2785 | www.nps.gov/paal/index.htm Sunday - Saturday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

THE HISTORIC ALONSO BUILDING 510 E. Saint Charles Street Brownsville, Texas 78520 (956) 554-4965 www.brownsvillehistory.org/historic-alonso-building.html

WES MER DRIVE IN 2090 W. Business 83, Mercedes, TX 78570 (956) 514-9292 | wesmerdrivein.com Box office opens at 6:45 PM on showing dates

PORT ISABEL LIGHTHOUSE 421 E. Queen Isabel Blvd. in Lighthouse Square, Port Isabel, South Padre Island, TX 78418 (956) 943-2262 | museumdirector@copitx.com portisabellighthouse.com/lighthouse/ Daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (weather permitting)

RESACA DE LA PALMA BATTLEFIELD 1024 Paredes Line Road, Brownsville, TX 78521 (956) 541-2785 nps.gov/paal/learn/historyculture/resacadelapalma.htm Tuesday - Saturday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

ROMA HISTORIC DISTRICT 77 Convent St., Roma, TX

THE BRYAN HOUSE

Photo by David Ceron

YTURRIA BRUSH TRACT (LRGV NWR) Sullivan City, TX 78595

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MUSEUMS & CULTURE

1113 E. 2 Mile Line, Mission, TX 78574 (956) 330-7497 | thehistoricbryanhouse@gmail.com www.thebryanhouse.com


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MONUMENTS BROWNSVILLE VETERANS PARK

2600 Central Blvd., Brownsville, TX 78520 (956) 547-6860 | www.cob.us/982/Veterans-Park-Wall Brownsville Veterans Park is a beautiful living memorial park that focuses on large concave concrete slabs. Engraved into the concrete are the names of Brownsville area veterans. Names from World War II to Afghanistan are included. The center of the memorial contains three large flag poles centered on a concrete base with a star embedded within it. Also in the park is a memorial to Medal of Honor recipient, and Brownsville native, Sergeant Jose M Lopez.

DONNA HOOKS FLETCHER STATUE

129 S. Eighth St., Donna, TX 78537 (956) 464-9989 Railroad entrepreneur Uriah Lott named the town after Hooks’ daughter. When Donna Hooks Fletcher divorced in 1908, she received land from her father, which she turned into a prosperous produce and dairy operation.

HIDALGO COUNTY VETERANS MEMORIAL

Edinburg, TX The Hidalgo County Veterans Memorial was dedicated on Dec. 9, 1989 in front of the large modern block courthouse in downtown Edinburg. It lists all the men and women of Hidalgo County who have served and died in the Armed Forces of the United States. A separate space on the right column of the memorial holds the names of three Medal of Honor recipients from Hidalgo County.

IWO JIMA MONUMENT & MEMORIAL MUSEUM

MUSEUMS & CULTURE

320 N. Iwo Jima Blvd., Harlingen, TX 78550 (956) 421-9234 Harlingen’s most recognizable heritage tourism attraction is the Iwo Jima Monument. This massive structure is the original working model used by sculptor Dr. Felix de Weldon in his casting of the official bronze version in Washington, D.C.

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& MEMORIALS 311 N. Alamo Road, Alamo, TX 78516 (956) 787-0006 Veterans Memorial Park was constructed to honor all the men and women who have served and who continue to serve our country.

LAGUNA VISTA VETERAN MEMORIAL PARK

Laguna Vista, TX Laguna Vista Veteran Memorial Park commemorates the men and women in the U.S. military who gave their lives in defense of their country and honors all veterans who have served.

MERCEDES WAR MEMORIAL

Mercedes, TX The Mercedes War Memorial is dedicated to Veterans from Mercedes.

SAN BENITO VETERANS WAR MEMORIAL

2115 N. Oscar Williams Road, San Benito, TX 78586 (956) 276-6000 The San Benito Veterans War Memorial was constructed to honor all the men and women who have served and who continue to serve our country.

THE GROTTO OF LOURDES REPLICA

305 N. Britton Ave., Rio Grande City, TX (956) 487-2317 This is a replica of the shrine in Lourdes, France.

TOM LANDRY MURAL

1201 E. Eighth St., Mission, TX 78572 (956) 580-8650 missiontexas.us/about-mission/famous-people/tom-landry/ To honor Tom Landry’s legacy in 1993, Mission residents Bill and Gen Long commissioned Manuel Hinojosa to create the Tom Landry Mural. The mural measures 95 by 18 feet and was dedicated on Sept. 18, 1995 by, legendary coach Tom Landry himself.

VETERANS WAR MEMORIAL IN MCALLEN

3129 Galveston Ave., McAllen, TX 78501 (956) 631-2511 | www.mcallen.net/veterans The mission of the Veterans War Memorial Foundation of Texas is to provide an educational, cultural, and historical facility to assist future generations, especially children, to learn about the sacrifices of those who died in the service of their country, the value of their legacy, and the important lessons that must be learned from those sacrifices.

MUSEUMS & CULTURE

ALAMO MEMORIAL (VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK)

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MUSEUMS ALAMO MUSEUM

KELSEY BASS MUSEUM & EVENT CENTER

BROWNSVILLE HERITAGE COMPLEX

McALLEN HERITAGE CENTER

130 S. Eighth St., Alamo, TX 78516 (956) 961-4398 | www.alamotexas.org

101 S. Washington St., Rio Grande City, TX 78582 (956) 487-0672

1325 E. Washington St., Brownsville, TX 78520 (956) 541-5560 www.brownsvillehistory.org/heritage-complex.html

301 S. Main St., McAllen, TX 78501 (956) 687-1904 | www. mcallenheritagecenter.com

MISSION HISTORICAL MUSEUM

CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF BROWNSVILLE

900 Doherty Ave., Mission, TX 78572 (956) 580-8646 | www.missionmuseum.org

501 E. Ringgold St., Brownsville, TX 78520 (956) 548-9300 | cmofbrownsville.org

MUSEUM OF SOUTH TEXAS HISTORY

COSTUMES OF THE AMERICAS MUSEUM

501 E. Ringgold St. # 5, Brownsville, TX 78520 (956) 547-6890 | www.costumesoftheamericasmuseum.net

CULTURAL HERITAGE MUSEUM

200 N. Closner Blvd., Edinburg, TX 78541 (956) 383-6911 | mosthistory.org

OLD HIDALGO PUMPHOUSE

902 S. 2nd St., Hidalgo, TX 78557 (956) 843-8686 | aflores@cityofhidalgo.net

210 E. Heywood St., San Benito, TX 78586 (956) 361-3830 tx-sanbenito.civicplus.com/249/Cultural-Heritage www.freddyfendermuseum.com

PORT ISABEL HISTORICAL MUSEUM

317 E. Railroad Ave., Port Isabel, TX 78578 (956) 943-7602 | portisabelmuseums.com/mopi

DONNA HOOKS FLETCHER MUSEUM

RIO HONDO HISTORICAL MUSEUM

129 S. Eighth St, Donna, TX 78537 (956) 464-9989 | mariogarza_jr@sbcglobal.net

121 N. Arroyo Blvd., Rio Hondo, TX 78583 (956) 367-5305 | riohondo.us/museum

HARLINGEN ARTS & HERITAGE MUSEUM

ROBERT E. LEE MUSEUM

2425 Boxwood St., Harlingen, TX 78550 (956) 216-4900 | www.myharlingen.us/page/hahm.home

One Fort Ringgold, Rio Grande City, TX (956) 716-6700

HISTORIC BROWNSVILLE MUSEUM

641 E. Madison St., Brownsville, TX 78520 (956) 548-1313 brownsvillehistory.org/historic-brownsville-museum.html

WILLACY COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM

427 S. Seventh St., Raymondville, TX 78580 (956) 689-6604 raymondvillechamberofcommerce.weebly.com

INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM OF ART & SCIENCE

MUSEUMS & CULTURE

1900 W. Nolana Ave., McAllen, TX 78504 (956) 682-0123 | theimasonline.org

International Museum of Art & Science

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Photo by Albert Villarreal | Museum of South Texas History

SOUTH TEXAS MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM

4403 E. Richardson Road, Edinburg, TX 78542 (956) 292-0770 southtxmotorcyclemuseum@gmail.com

TREASURES OF THE GULF MUSEUM

317 E. Railroad Ave., Port Isabel, TX 78578 (956) 867-7002 | portisabelmuseums.com/mopi/

WESLACO BICULTURAL MUSEUM

500 S. Texas Blvd., Weslaco, TX 78596 (956) 968-9142 | www.weslacomuseum.org Mission Historical Museum

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ARTS & CULTURAL CENTERS

Photo by Jose Sanchez | Mitte Cultural District | Brownsville Museum of Fine Art

BROWNSVILLE MUSEUM OF FINE ART

NUEVO SANTANDER GALLERY

GALERIA 409

WILLACY COUNTY ART LEAGUE

HINOVATIONS ART GALLERY

YERBERIA CULTURA

LAGUNA MADRE ART GALLERY

MARKET SQUARE RESEARCH CENTER

660 E. Ringgold St., Brownsville, TX 78520 (956) 542-0941 | bmfa.us 409 E. 13th St., Brownsville, TX 78520 (956) 455-3599 | markclark812@yahoo.com

MUSEUMS & CULTURE

1009 Laurel Ave., McAllen, TX (956) 309-8352 | www.hinovationsartgallery.com 405 E. Maxan St., Port Isabel, TX 78578 (956) 943-1407 | www.lagunamadreartgallery.com

McALLEN CREATIVE INCUBATOR

601 N. Main St., McAllen, TX 78504 (956) 687-2787 | www.mcallenart.com

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717 N. Main St., McAllen TX 78501 (956) 618-4959 | www.nuevosantander.com 427 S. Seventh St., Raymondville, TX 78580 (956) 966 6292 | chamber@granderiver.net 613 S. 17th St., McAllen, TX 78501 yerberiacultura@gmail.com 1150 Market Square, Brownsville, TX 78520 (956) 546-4242 www.brownsvillehistory.org/market-square.html


Performance T H E AT E R S

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ALBERT L. JEFFERS THEATRE-UTRGV 1201 W. University Drive, Edinburg, TX (956) 655-3581 | david.carren@utrgv.edu www.utrgv.edu/theatre/

BROWNSVILLE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 11th & East Washington in Downtown Brownsville (956) 831-9590 | info@artsinbrownsville.org www.artsinbrownsville.org/bpaa.html

CAMILLE PLAYHOUSE 1 Dean Porter Park, Brownsville, TX 78520 (956) 542-8900 | camilleplayhouse@aol.com www.camilleplayhouse.net

CINE EL REY 311 S. 17th St., McAllen, Texas 78501 (956) 278-0626 | cineelreytheatre@gmail.com www.cineelrey.org

EDINBURG MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM 415 W. University Drive, Edinburg, TX 78539 (956) 388-8207 | magdiel@edinburglibrary.us www.edinburgarts.com

HARLINGEN COMMUNITY THEATRE 1209 Fair Park Blvd., Harlingen, TX 78550 (956) 412-7529 | playhousefairpark97@gmail.com www.harlingencommunitytheatre.org

McAllen Performing Arts Center

HARLINGEN MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM 1204 Fair Park Blvd., Harlingen, TX 78550 (956) 216-5991 | arts@harlingenarts.com www.myharlingen.us/page/arts.events

McALLEN PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 801 Convention Center Blvd., McAllen, TX 78501 (956) 681-3800 | lfernandez@mcallen.net mcallenperformingartscenter.tickets.expert

PHARR COMMUNITY THEATER 213 W. Newcombe Ave., Pharr, TX 78557 (956) 600-9463 | pctpharr@gmail.com pharrcommunitytheater.weebly.com

TEXAS SOUTHMOST COLLEGE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 90 Taylor Ave., Brownsville, TX 78520 (956) 295-3695 | events@tsc.edu www.tsc.edu/tscartscenter

120 S. Kansas Ave., Weslaco, TX 78596 (956) 261-5656 | itheatre@itheatreoftexas.com www.itheatreoftexas.com

UTRGV PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 1201 W. University Drive, Edinburg, TX 78539 (956) 665-3881 patron.utrgv.edu/pac

VALLEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 200 S. 10th St. #104, McAllen, TX 78501 (956) 661-1615 | jackie@valleyorchestra.org www.valleyorchestra.org

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MUSEUMS & CULTURE

TOWER THEATER


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CAMPING FISHING & HUNTING

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38042-38278 Marshall Hutts Rd., Rio Hondo, TX 78583 (956) 748-2044 | JEVega@co.cameron.tx.us www.cameroncountyparks.com

ANZALDUAS PARK

6400 Anzalduas Dam Road, Mission, TX 78572 (956) 585-5311 | jzamora@missiontexas.us www.exploremcallen.com/recreation/nearby/anzalduaspark.aspx

BENTSEN-RIO GRANDE VALLEY STATE PARK

2800 S. Bentsen Palm Drive, Mission, TX 78572 (956) 584-9156 | jzamora@missiontexas.us tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/bentsen-rio-grande-valley

BOCA CHICA BEACH

Brownsville (956) 546-3721 | info@brownsville.org brownsville.org/members/boca-chica-beach

BREEZE LAKE CAMPGROUND

1710 N. Vermillion Ave., Brownsville, TX 78521 (956) 831-4427 | breezelake@att.net campnative.com/campgrounds/usa/tx/brownsville/ breeze-lake-campground

ISLA BLANCA COUNTY PARK

33174 State Park Road 100, South Padre Island, TX 78597 (956) 761-5494 www.cameroncountyparks.com/IslaBlancaPark

LA SAL VIEJA TRACT (LRGV NWR)

Office: 3325 Green Jay Road, Alamo, TX 78516 (956) 784-7500 www.fws.gov/refuges/profiles/observephotog. cfm?ID=21552

LAGUNA ATASCOSA NWR

22688 Buena Vista Blvd., Los Fresnos, TX 78566 (956)748-3607 www.fws.gov/refuge/laguna_atascosa

LAS PALOMAS WMA

154 Lakeview Drive, Weslaco, TX 78596 (956) 565-1223 tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/hunt/wma/find_a_wma/ list/?id=47

LOWER LAGUNA MADRE GREEN ISLAND

GPS Coordinates – N 26°23.538’ W 97°19.465’ www.stxmaps.com/go/green-island.html

CAMP LOMA DE VIDA

PIRATE’S FISHING PIER

CAMP PERRY

PORT MANSFIELD

12505 N. Expressway 281, Edinburg, TX 78542 (956) 381-9227 | camplomadevida@gmail.com www.lomadevida.org

County Road 1420, Rio Hondo, TX 78583 (956) 423-0250 | ronald.camacho@scouting.org www.riograndecouncil.org/camping-adventure/ camp-perry/45492

DELTA LAKE PARK

28312 FM 88, Edcouch, TX 78538 (956) 968-8733 www.hidalgocounty.us/394/Delta-Lake-Park

EAST LAKE TRACT (LRGV NWR)

3325 Green Jay Road, Alamo, Texas 78516 (Office) (956) 784-7500 | bryan_winton@fws.gov www.fws.gov/refuge/Lower_Rio_Grande_Valley/visit/ wildlife_watching_areas.html

FALCON STATE PARK

501 E. Maxan St., Port Isabel, TX 78578 (956) 943-7437 www.portisabelpier.com 101 E. Port Drive, Port Mansfield, TX 78598 (956) 944-2354 www.portmansfieldchamberofcommerce.com/joomla30

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND www.sopadre.com

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND KOA

1 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island, TX 78597 (956) 761-5665 www.koa.com/campgrounds/south-padre

TENIENTE TRACT (LRGV NWR)

Office: 3325 Green Jay Road, Alamo, TX 78516 (956) 784-7500 www.fws.gov/refuge/Lower_Rio_Grande_Valley/visit/ wildlife_watching_areas.html

146 Park Road 46, Roma, Tx 78584/P.O. Box 2 Falcon Heights, TX 78545 (956) 848-5327 tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/falcon

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ADOLPH THOMAE JR. COUNTY PARK


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WATER ACTIVITIES CANOE, KAYAK, STAND-UP PADDLE BOARDING, AND MORE! ANZALDUAS PARK

6400 Anzalduas Dam Road, Mission, TX 78572 (956) 585-5311 www.exploremcallen.com/recreation/nearby/anzalduaspark.aspx

BENTSEN-RIO GRANDE VALLEY STATE PARK

2800 S. Bentsen Palm Drive, Mission, TX 78572 (956) 584-9156 tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/bentsen-rio-grande-valley

CASA DEL RIO RIVER HOUSE 1929 TX-39, Hunt, TX 78024 (830) 238-4424 casadelrioriverhouse.com

FALCON STATE PARK

146 Park Rd 46, Roma, TX 78584 (956) 848-5327 tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/falcon

OUTDOOR & RECREATION

LAGUNA ATASCOSA NWR

22688 Buena Vista Blvd., Los Fresnos, TX 78566 (956)748-3607 www.fws.gov/refuge/laguna_atascosa/

PARROT EYES

5801 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island, TX 78597 (956) 761-9457 parroteyesspi.com

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1 Rancho Viejo Drive, Rancho Viejo, TX 78575 (956) 350-4000 | www.rvrcc.com

SOUTH BAY PADDLING TRAIL

33174 State Park Road 100, South Padre Island, TX 78597 tpwd.texas.gov/fishboat/boat/paddlingtrails/ coastal/south_bay/

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND www.sopadre.com

TOWN LAKE AT FIREMANS PARK

201 N. First St., McAllen, TX 78501 (956) 681-3333 www.mcallen.net/departments/parks/cityparks

OUTDOOR & RECREATION

RANCHO VIEJO RESORT & COUNTRY CLUB

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Yahweh’s All Natural Farm & Garden

FARM & RANCH ALOE FARMS

HALLMARK FARM

BIG RED’S RANCH

LA JARRA RANCH

EL SAUZ RANCH

RANCHO EL CHARCO

OUTDOOR & RECREATION

3102 W. Wilson Road, Harlingen, TX 78552 1 (800) 262-6771 | www.aloeverafarms.com Citrus Ranch Blvd., San Benito, TX 78586 (956) 371-4008 | bigredministries.org Sauz Ranch Road, Raymondville, TX 78580 (956) 248-5939 | www.elsauzranch.com

GRACE HERITAGE RANCH

27539 Old Alice Road, Lyford, TX 78569 (956) 230-6903 | graceheritageranch.com

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4517 S. Jackson Road, Pharr, TX 78577 (361) 232-7444 | www.facebook.com/Hallmarkfarm.MJH/ 700 FM 3168, Raymondville, TX 78580 (956) 699-2179 | www.lajarra.com 100 N. Kika De La Garza Blvd., La Joya, TX 78560 (956) 581-0397 or (956) 581-0395 texastropicaltrail.com/plan-your-adventure/historic-sites-and-cities/sites/rancho-el-charco


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RANCHO LOMITAS NATIVE PLANT NURSERY

621 W. La Sagunada Road, Rio Grande City, TX 78582 (956) 486-2576 | www.rancholomitas.com

RIO-SPUR RANCH

2319 W. Business Highway 83, Weslaco, TX (956) 532-0024 | www.facebook.com/pg/RioSpurRanch/

WELLS STABLES

3137 Stanford Road, Los Fresnos, TX 78566 (956) 493-3222 | www.wellsstables.com/index.htm

YAHWEH’S ALL NATURAL FARM & GARDEN

OUTDOOR & RECREATION

19741 Morris Road, Harlingen, TX 78552 (956) 412-4916 | yahwehfarm.com

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BIRDING & WILDLIFE ADOLPH THOMAE JR. COUNTY PARK

38042-38278 Marshall Hutts Road, Rio Hondo, TX 78583 (956) 748-2044 www.cameroncountyparks.com

ALAMO INN B&B GEAR & TOURS 801 Main Street, Alamo, TX 78516 (956) 782-9912 | alamoinnbnb.com

ANZALDUAS PARK

6400 Anzalduas Dam Road, Mission, TX (956) 585-5311 www.exploremcallen.com/recreation/nearby/ anzalduaspark.aspx

BENTSEN-RIO GRANDE VALLEY STATE PARK

OUTDOOR & RECREATION

2800 S. Bentsen Palm Drive, Mission, TX (956) 584-9156 | jzamora@missiontexas.us tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/bentsen-rio-grande-valley

BOCA CHICA BEACH

(956) 546-3721 | info@brownsville.org brownsville.org/members/boca-chica-beach

CASA LOS EBANOS

27715 State Highway 100, Los Fresnos, TX (956) 399-9097 | www.casalosebanos.com

CHACHALACA WILDLIFE REFUGE

One Fort Ringgold, Rio Grande City, TX

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COASTAL LAND RESOURCE CENTER

1238 Port South Drive, Port Mansfield, TX, 78598 (956) 689-2414 www.co.willacy.tx.us/default.aspx?Willacy_County/ ResourceCenter

COASTAL STUDIES LAB

100 Marine Lab Drive, South Padre Island, TX 78597 (956) 761-2644 www.utrgv.edu/csl/

DELTA LAKE PARK

28312 FM 88, Edcouch, TX 78538 (956) 968-8733 www.hidalgocounty.us/394/Delta-Lake-Park

EAST LAKE TRACT (LRGV NWR)

Office: 3325 Green Jay Road, Alamo, TX 78516 (956) 784-7500 www.fws.gov/refuge/Lower_Rio_Grande_Valley/visit/ wildlife_watching_areas.html

EDINBURG SCENIC WETLANDS AND WORLD BIRDING CENTER 714 S. Raul Longoria Road, Edinburg, TX 78542 www.edinburgwbc.org

ESTERO LLANO GRANDE

3301 S. International Blvd. (FM 1015), Weslaco, TX 78596 (956) 565-3919 tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/estero-llano-grande


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FALCON STATE PARK

146 Park Road 46, Roma, TX 78584 (956) 848-5327 tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/falcon

FORDYCE NATURE TRAILS

Intersection of FM 3167 & Hwy. 83, Rio Grande City, TX (956) 487-0672

FRONTERA AUDUBON

1101 S. Texas Blvd., Weslaco, TX 78596 (956) 968-3275 | fronteraaudubon.org

HARLINGEN ARROYO COLORADO

1001 S. Loop 499 Harlingen, TX (956) 427-8873 www.theworldbirdingcenter.com/harlingen.html

LA FERIA NATURE CENTER

27332 Rabb Road, La Feria, TX (956) 797-2261

LA SAL DEL REY TRACT (LRGV NWR)

186 Blush Line Rd, Edinburg, TX 78542 (956) 784-7500 www.fws.gov/refuge/Lower_Rio_Grande_Valley/visit/la_sal_del_rey.html

LA SAL VIEJA TRACT (LRGV NWR)

Office: 3325 Green Jay Road Alamo, TX 78516 (956) 784-7500 www.fws.gov/refuges/profiles/observephotog.cfm?ID=21552

LAGUNA ATASCOSA NWR

22688 Buena Vista Blvd., Los Fresnos, TX 78566 (956) 748-3607 www.fws.gov/refuge/laguna_atascosa/

LAS PALOMAS WMA

154 Lakeview Drive, Weslaco, TX 78596 (956) 565-1223 tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/hunt/wma/find_a_wma/list/?id=47

LOWER LAGUNA MADRE GREEN ISLAND McALLEN NATURE CENTER

4101 U.S. 83 Business, McAllen, TX 78501 (956) 681-3333 www.mcallen.net/departments/parks/mcallen-nature-center

MISSION HIKE AND BIKE TRAIL

1414 S. Conway Ave., Mission, TX 78572 (956) 580-8760 www.bentsenpalm.com/amenities/hike-bike-trails/

NATIONAL BUTTERFLY CENTER

3333 Butterfly Park Drive, Mission, TX 78572 (956) 583-5400 www.nationalbutterflycenter.org

Edinburg Scenic Wetlands & World Birding Center

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OUTDOOR & RECREATION

GPS Coordinates – N 26°23.538’ W 97°19.465’ www.stxmaps.com/go/green-island.html


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OLD HIDALGO PUMPHOUSE

SANTA ANA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

PALO ALTO BATTLEFIELD NHP

SHEEPSHEAD PRESERVE (VLF)

902 S. Second St., Hidalgo, TX 78557 (956) 843-8686 www.theworldbirdingcenter.com/hidalgo.html 7200 Paredes Line Road, Brownsville, TX 78526 (956) 541-2785 | www.nps.gov/paal/index.htm

PORT MANSFIELD

101 East Port Drive, Port Mansfield, TX 78598 (956)-944-2354 www.portmansfieldchamberofcommerce.com/joomla30

QUINTA MAZATLANÂ

600 Sunset Drive, McAllen, TX (956) 681-3370 | www.quintamazatlan.com

RANCHO EL CHARCO

100 N. Kika De La Garza Blvd, La Joya, TX 78560 (956) 581-0397 or (956) 581-0395 texastropicaltrail.com/plan-your-adventure/historic-sitesand-cities/sites/rancho-el-charco

RANCHO LOMITAS NATIVE PLANT NURSERY 621 W. La Sagunada Road, Rio Grande City, TX (956) 486-2576 | www.rancholomitas.com

RESACA DE LA PALMA STATE PARK

OUTDOOR & RECREATION

1000 New Carmen Ave., Brownsville, TX 78521 (956) 350-2920 tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/resaca-de-la-palma

ROMA WORLD BIRDING CENTER

612 Portsheller St., Roma, TX 78584 (956) 849-4930 www.theworldbirdingcenter.com/Roma.html

ROMA BLUFFS OBSERVATION DECK 301 Lincoln Avenue, Roma, TX 78584

SABAL PALM SANCTUARY

8435 Sabal Palm Grove Road, Brownsville, TX (956) 541-8034 | www.sabalpalmsanctuary.org

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3325 Green Jay, Alamo, TX 78516 (956) 784-7500 www.fws.gov/refuge/santa_ana/

(956) 686-6429 | valleylandfund.com

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND www.sopadre.com

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND BIRDING CENTER 6801 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island, TX (956) 761-6801 | www.spibirding.com

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND DOLPHIN RESEARCH & SEA LIFE NATURE CENTER 110 N. Garcia St., Port Isabel, TX (956) 299-1957 | spinaturecenter.com

TENIENTE TRACT (LRGV NWR)

Office: 3325 Green Jay Road Alamo, Texas 78516 (956)784-7500 www.fws.gov/refuge/Lower_Rio_Grande_Valley/visit/ wildlife_watching_areas.html

THE INN AT CHACHALACA BEND

36298 Chachalaca Bend, Los Fresnos, TX 78566 (956) 233-1180 | www.chachalaca.com

VALLEY NATURE CENTER

301 S. Border Ave., Weslaco, TX 78596 (956) 969-2475 | www.valleynaturecenter.org

YTURRIA BRUSH TRACT (LRGV NWR)

Sullivan City, TX 78595 www.fws.gov/refuge/Lower_Rio_Grande_Valley/visit/ wildlife_watching_areas.html


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GOLF BROWNSVILLE GOLF CENTER

LONG ISLAND VILLAGE GOLF COURSE

COTTONWOOD CREEK COUNTRY CLUB

LOS LAGOS GOLF COURSE

EBONY HILLS GOLF COURSE

MARTIN VALLEY RANCHES GOLF COURSE

1001 S. Ed Carey Drive #198, Harlingen, TX 78552 (956) 428-0766 www.cottonwoodcreekcountryclub.com 300 W. Palm Drive, Edinburg, TX 78539 (956) 292-2144 www.golftexas.com/golf-courses/south/edinburg/ebony-hills.htm

33772 S. Garcia St., Port Isabel, TX 78578 (956) 943-7520 | www.longislandvillage.com 1720 S. Raul Longoria Road, Edinburg, TX 78542 (956) 316-0444 | www.cityofedinburg.com/EdinburgGolf/ 7400 W. Expy 83, Mission, TX 78572 (956) 585-2131 | www.martinvalley.com/golfcourse.php

MISSION WEST GOLF CLUB

EL NINO GOLF COURSE (MISSION WEST RV PARK)

1300 Circle Drive, Mission, TX 78572 (956) 581-6267 | www.missionwestgolfclub.com

GREEN JAY DISC GOLF COURSE

2919 N. Kenyon Road, Edinburg, TX 78542 (956) 381-0964 | montecristogcc.com

511 E. Loop 374, Palmview, TX 78572 (956) 585-2324 | missionwestrv.com/el-nino/ 3800 S. Ware Road, McAllen, TX 78503

LLANO GRANDE GOLF COURSE

370 Golf Course Road, Mercedes, TX 78570 (956) 565-3351 | llanogranderesort.com

MONTE CRISTO GOLF COURSE AND COUNTRY COURSE PALM VIEW GOLF COURSE

2701 S. Ware Road, McAllen, TX 78503 (956) 681-3444 | www.palmviewgolf.com

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OUTDOOR & RECREATION

1800 W. San Marcelo Blvd., Brownsville, TX 78526 (956) 541-2582 | www.cob.us/431/Golf-Center


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RANCHO VIEJO RESORT & COUNTRY CLUB 1 Rancho Viejo Drive, Rancho Viejo, TX 78575

RAYMONDVILLE MUNICIPAL GOLF COURSE

13839 Emma Ross Road, Raymondville, TX 78580 (956) 746-6907 www.golftexas.com/golf-courses/south/raymondville/raymond ville-municipal.htm

RIVER BEND RESORT SEMI-PRIVATE 4541 U.S. 281, Brownsville, TX 78520 (956) 548-0192 | riverbendresort.us

With miles of pristine shoreline and emerald blue water, South Padre Island is Texas’ only tropical island paradise. Mild weather and more than 300 days of sunshine make South Padre Island a year-round destination offering a variety of nature tourism attractions, water sports and activities for the entire family.

SHARY MUNICIPAL GOLF COURSE

2201 N. Mayberry St., Mission, TX 78572 (956) 580-8770 | missiontexas.us/city-departments/golf-course

SHORT SHOT GOLF COURSE

304 N. Cesar Chavez Road, Alamo, TX 78516 (956) 702-1818

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND GOLF CLUB

1 Golf House Road (FM 510), Laguna Vista, TX (956) 943-5678 | www.spigolf.com

STUART PLACE COUNTRY CLUB

155 Highland Drive, Harlingen, TX 78552 (956) 428-2000 | www.stuartplacegolf.com

TIERRA DEL SOL GOLF CLUB

700 E. Hall Acres Road, Pharr, TX 78577 (956) 702-2320 | golf.pharr-tx.gov

TIERRA SANTA GOLF CLUB

1901 Club De Amistad, Weslaco, TX 78596 (956) 973-1811 | www.tierrasantaweslaco.com

TONY BUTLER MUNICIPAL GOLF COURSE 2640 Golf Course Drive, Harlingen, TX 78550 (956) 216-5970 | www.tonybutlergc.com

TREASURE HILLS COUNTRY CLUB

OUTDOOR & RECREATION

3009 N Augusta National Drive, Harlingen, TX 78550 (956) 425-1700 www.golftexas.com/golf-courses/south/harlingen/treasure.htm

VALLEY INTERNATIONAL COUNTRY CLUB 2 Country Club Road, Brownsville, TX 78520 (956) 546-5331 | valleyinternationalgolf.com

VILLAGE EXECUTIVE GOLF COURSE

S. FM 1015 Road, Weslaco, TX 78596 (956) 968-6516 www.golftexas.com/golf-courses/south/weslaco/village-executive.htm

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PARKS & SWIMMING POOLS

ALAMO NATURE PARK

CASCADE PARK

ARROYO PARK

DEAN PORTER PARK

BANWORTH POOL MISSION

DELTA LAKE PARK

1101 E. New Hampshire St., Harlingen, TX www.myharlingen.us/page/parksandrec.parks 1822 N. Shary Road, Mission, TX 78572 (956) 580-8650 missiontexas.us/city-departments/parks-and-recreation/ aquatics

BOYS CLUB POOL

617 S. 27th. St., McAllen, TX (956) 681-3335 http://www.mcallen.net/departments/parks/aquatics

BROWNSVILLE TENNIS CENTER

3 Event Center, Brownsville, TX 78526 (956) 547-8326 | brownsvilletenniscenter.com

3510 Old Port Isabel Road, Brownsville, TX 78526 (956) 838-0162 | www.cob.us/308/Parks-Recreation 501 E. Ringgold St., Brownsville, TX 78520 (956) 542-2064 | brownsville.org/members/dean-porter-park 28312 FM 88, Edcouch, TX 78538 (956) 968-8733 | www.hidalgocounty.us/394/Delta-Lake-Park

DONNA MUNICIPAL POOL

Southeast corner of Third Street and Silver Avenue, Donna, TX (956) 464-6960 www.cityofdonna.org/departments/municipal-pool

FREDDY GONZALEZ MEMORIAL PARK SPLASH PLAYGROUND

1402 S. 18th Ave., Edinburg, TX 78539 edinburg.recdesk.com/Community/Facility/Detail?facilityId=11

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OUTDOOR & RECREATION

1312 W. Duranta Ave., Alamo, TX 78516 (956) 787-6699

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LAS PALMAS PARK TRAIL

2500 Quince Lane, McAllen, TX 78501 (956) 681-3333 www.exploremcallen.com/recreation/nature/hikebike

LON C. HILL PARK

1217 Fair Park Blvd., Harlingen, TX (956) 216-5952 www.myharlingen.us/page/parksandrec.parks

LOS ENCINOS POOL

3300 Sarah Ave., McAllen, TX (956) 681-3334 www.mcallen.net/departments/parks/aquatics

McALLEN MUNICIPAL POOL

1921 N. Bicentennial Blvd., McAllen, TX (956) 681-3333 www.mcallen.net/departments/parks/aquatics

FOUNTAIN POOL EDINBURG

1227 E. McIntyre, Edinburg, TX 78539 edinburg.recdesk.com/Community/Facility/Detail?facilityId=10

GIBSON PARK

301 South Border Ave., Weslaco, TX (956) 447-3407

GONZALEZ POOL

34 Tony Gonzalez Drive, Brownsville, TX 78521 (956) 547-6856 www.cob.us/Facilities/Facility/Details/Antonio-Gonzalez-Pool-29

LA FERIA AQUATIC CENTER

701 S. Main St., La Feria, TX (956) 797-4669 www.cityoflaferia.com/departments/parks-and-recreation

McKELVEY PARK

1325 S. 77 Sunshine Strip, Harlingen, TX 78550 (956) 216-5951 | www.myharlingen.us/page/ parksandrec.parks

MERCEDES SWIMMING POOL PROGRAM

701 Mathis St., Mercedes, TX 78570 (956) 565-3033 www.cityofmercedes.com/city-departments/recreation

MORNINGSIDE PARK

1207 S. Central Ave., Brownsville, Texas, 78521 (956) 542-2064 | brownsville.org/members/ morningside-park

MUNICIPAL WATERPARK POOL EDINBURG 125 E. Palm Drive, Edinburg, TX edinburg.recdesk.com/Community/Facility/ Detail?facilityId=9

OLIVEIRA PARK

104 El Paso Road, Brownsville, TX 78520

PENDLETON POOL

OUTDOOR & RECREATION

1427 Morgan Blvd., Harlingen, TX (956) 216-5951 www.myharlingen.us/page/parksandrec.aquatics

PHARR AQUATIC CENTER

1000 S. Fir St., Pharr, TX 78577 (956) 402-4000 pharr-tx.gov/departments/parks-recreation/aquaticcenter/

PORT ISABEL MUNICIPAL SWIMMING POOL La Feria Aquatic Center

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1802 Third St., Port Isabel, TX 78578 (956) 551-2926 portisabel-texas.com/cityhall/municipal-swimming-poolinfo


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PORTWAY ACRE’S PARK

SMILEY FACE PARK

RAYMONDVILLE MUNICIPAL POOL

SULLIVAN CITY SPLASHPAD

440 W. Sauz Ave., Raymondville, TX (956) 689-9913 | raymondvilletx.us/parks_ recreation.html

RETAMA VILLAGE PARK TRAIL

2204 Seagull Lane, Mission TX 78572 (956) 681-3333 www.exploremcallen.com/recreation/nature/ hikebike.aspx

SAMS MEMORIAL POOL & SPLASHPAD 501 E. Ringgold St., Brownsville, TX (956) 547-6857 www.cob.us/Facilities/Facility/Details/SamsMemorial-Pool-at-Dean-Porter-Park-28

SANTA MARIA PARK

11613 U.S. Hwy. 281, Santa Maria, TX 78592 (956) 761-3700 www.cameroncountyparks.com/santa-mariapark

S. Third St., Raymondville, TX 78580 (956) 689-2443 | raymondvilletx.us/parks_ recreation.html 500 S. Cenizo Dr., Sullivan City, Texas 78595 (956) 485-2828 | www.sullivancity.org

SYLVIA VELA POOL

W. Carter St., Alton, TX 78573 (956) 432-0790 | alton-tx.gov/city-services

VETERANS PARK RAYMONDVILLE

Durango Ave., Raymondville, TX 78580 (956) 689-2443 | raymondvilletx.us/parks_ recreation.html

VICTOR PARK

1601 S. M St. Harlingen, TX (956) 216-5953 | www.myharlingen.us/page/ parksandrec.parks

WESTSIDE PARK TRAIL

101 E. Ridge Road, McAllen, TX 78503 (956) 681-3333 www.exploremcallen.com/recreation/nature/ hikebike.aspx

OUTDOOR & RECREATION

4775 Austin Road, Brownsville, TX (956) 542-2064

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Beach Access ANDIE BOWIE PARK

7300 State Park Road 100, South Padre Island, TX 78597 (956) 761-3700 www.cameroncountyparks.com/andy-bowie-park Andie Bowie Park is a park with RV campsites, a bayside fishing area and an access road to 20 miles of drivable beach.

BOCA CHICA BEACH

Brownsville, TX | (956) 546-3721

OUTDOOR & RECREATION

COUNTY BEACH ACCESS 3

South Padre Island, TX | (956) 761-3700 has vehicle access points where visitors can actually drive on the beach for a fee. No amenities.

EDWIN K. ATWOOD PARK

27159 State Park Road 100, South Padre Island, TX 78597 (956) 761-3704 www.cameroncountyparks.com/edwin-king-atwood-park

ISLA BLANCA COUNTY PARK

South Padre Island, TX | (956) 761-3700 Has free beach access parking lots with no amenities.

33174 State Park Road 100, South Padre Island, TX 78597 (956) 761-5494 www.cameroncountyparks.com/IslaBlancaPark

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PORT MANSFIELD

South Padre Island, TX | (956) 761-3700 Has free beach access parking lots with no amenities.

COUNTY BEACH ACCESS 5

South Padre Island, TX | (956) 761-3700 Has vehicle access points where visitors can actually drive on the beach for a fee. It is equipped with a pavilion and portable restrooms.

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101 East Port Drive, Port Mansfield, TX 78598 (956)-944-2354 www.portmansfieldchamberofcommerce.com/joomla30 Port Mansfield is a port and fishing community on the Laguna Madre opposite Port Mansfield Channel in northeastern Willacy County.

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CONCERTS

AIRPORTS BROWNSVILLE SOUTH PADRE ISLAND AIRPORT 700 Amelia Earhart Drive, Brownsville, TX 78521 (956) 542-4373 | flybrownsville.com

CAMERON COUNTY AIRPORT

27617 Buena Vista Blvd., Los Fresnos, TX 78566 (956) 233-4424

McALLEN MILLER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT 2500 S. Bicentenial Blvd., McAllen, TX 78503 (956) 681-1510 | www.mcallenairport.com

MID-VALLEY AIRPORT

MURALS SHOPPING

1909 Joe Stephens Ave., Weslaco, TX 78599 (956) 969-0291 www.weslacotx.gov/departments/mid-valley-airport

RIO GRANDE CITY MUNICIPAL AIRPORT Rio Grande City, TX 78582 (956) 487-0672 | www.cityofrgc.com

SOUTH TEXAS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

1300 E. Farm to Market Road 490, Edinburg, TX 78542 (956) 292-2047 | www.cityofedinburg.com/airport.php

VALLEY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

HISTORY

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TRANSPORTATION & RESOURCES

3002 Heritage Way, Harlingen, TX 78550 (956) 430-8600 | www.flythevalley.com


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CITY INFO ALAMO

420 N. Tower Road, Alamo, TX 78516 (956) 787-0006 | www.alamotexas.org

ALTON

509 S. Alton Blvd., Alton ,TX 78573 (956) 432-0760 | alton-tx.gov

BAYVIEW

104 S. San Roman Rd., Bayview, TX 78566 | (956) 233-6445

Weslaco City Hall

BROWNSVILLE

1034 E. Levee St., Brownsville, TX 78521 (956) 548-6007 | www.cob.us

COMBES

P.O. Box 280, Combes TX, 78535 (956) 425-7131

DONNA

307 S. 12th St., Donna, TX 78537 (956) 464-3314 | cityofdonna.org

EDCOUCH

TRANSPORTATION & RESOURCES

P.O. Box 100, Edcouch, TX 78538 (956) 262-2140

62 South Aztec Cove Drive, Los Fresnos, TX 78566 | (956) 233-4021 www.townofindianlake.com

LA FERIA

115 E. Commercial Ave., La Feria, TX 78559 | (956) 797-2261 www.cityoflaferia.com

LA GRULLA

P.O. Box 197, La Grulla, TX 78548 (956) 487-3341

EDINBURG

LA JOYA

P.O. Box 1079, Edinburg, TX 78539 (956) 388-8204 | cityofedinburg.com

P.O. Box H, La Joya, TX 78560 (956) 581-7002 | www.cityoflajoya.com

ELSA

LA VILLA

P.O. Box 427, Elsa, TX 78543 (956) 262-2127 | www.cityofelsa.net

P.O. Box 60, La Villa, TX 78562 (956) 262-2122 | www.cityoflavilla.org

ESCOBARES

LAGUNA VISTA

P.O. Box 907, Escobares, TX 78584 (956) 847-1200

GRANJENO

6603 S. FM 494, Mission, TX 78572 (956) 519-0032

HARLINGEN

P.O. Box 2207, Harlingen TX 78551 (956) 428-9191 | www.myharlingen.us

HIDALGO

704 E. Texano Drive, Hidalgo, TX 78557 | (956) 843-2286 cityofhidalgo.net

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INDIAN LAKE

122 Fernandez St., Laguna Vista, TX 78578 | (956) 433-6001 www.lvtexas.com

LOS FRESNOS

200 N. Brazil St., Los Fresnos, TX 78566 | (956) 233-5768

LOS INDIOS

P.O. Box 369, Los Indios, TX 78567 (956) 399-4255

LYFORD

P.O. Box 310, Lyford, TX 78569 (956) 642-7739

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McALLEN

P.O. Box 220, McAllen, TX 78505 (956) 681-1000 | www.mcallen.net

MERCEDES

P.O. Box 837, Mercedes, TX 78570 (956) 565-3114 | cityofmercedes.com

MISSION

1201 E. Eighth St., Mission, TX 78572 (956) 580-8650 | missiontexas.us

PALM VALLEY

1313 N. Stuart Place Road, Palm Valley, TX 78552 | (956) 423-8384 www.palmvalleytx.com

PALMHURST

4417 N. Shary Road, Palmhurst, TX 78573 (956) 583-8697 | cityofpalmhursttx.com

PALMVIEW

400 W. Veterans Blvd., Palmview, TX 78572 | (956) 432-0300

PEÑITAS

P.O. Box 204, Peñitas, TX 78576 (956) 581-3345 | www.cityofpenitas.com

PHARR

P.O. Box 1729, Pharr, TX 78577 (956) 402-4100 | pharr-tx.gov

PORT ISABEL

305 E. Maxan, Port Isabel TX, 78578 (956) 943-2682 | portisabel-texas.com


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SAN BENITO

PRIMERA

SAN JUAN

22893 Stuart Place Road, Primera, TX 78552 | (956)-423-9654 cityofprimera.com

PROGRESO

300 N. FM 1015, Progreso, TX 78579 (956) 565-0241

PROGRESO LAKES

401 N. Sam Houston, San Benito, TX 78586 (956) 361-3800 www.cityofsanbenito.com

709 S. Nebraska St., San Juan TX, 78589 (956) 223-2200 www.cityofsanjuantexas.com

SAN PERLITA

P.O. Box 121, San Perlita, TX 78590 (956) 248-5725

P.O. Box 760, Progreso Lakes, TX 78579 (956) 565-0241

SANTA ROSA

RANCHO VIEJO

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND

RAYMONDVILLE

STARR

RIO GRANDE CITY

SULLIVAN CITY

3301 Carmen Ave., Rancho Viejo, TX 78575 | (956) 350-4093 www.ranchoviejotexas.com 142 S. Seventh St., Raymondville, TX 78580 (956) 689-2443 | raymondvilletx.us 5332 E. US 83, Suite B, Rio Grande City, TX 78582 (956) 487-0672 | www.rgceedc.org

RIO HONDO

P.O. Box 389, Rio Hondo, TX 78583 (956) 748-2102 | riohondo.us

ROMA

205 W. Lincoln, Roma, TX 78584 (956) 849-1411 | www.cityofroma.net

P.O. Box 326, Santa Rosa, TX 78593 (956) 636-1113 4601 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island, TX 78597 (956) 761-8109 | www.sopadre.com 601 E. Main St., Rio Grande City, TX 78582 (956) 487-2709 | starrcounty.org

500 S. Cenizo Drive, Sullivan City, TX 78595 (956) 485-2828 www.sullivancity.org

WESLACO

255 S. Kansas Ave., Weslaco, TX 78596 (956) 968-3181 | www.weslacotx.gov

Welcome toSanJuan,

TX

Visit the Basilica of our Lady of San Juan Del Valle – National Shrine. It is one of the state’s most popular pilgrimage spots, welcoming over one million visitors each year. Stay at the Basilica Hotel and enjoy the gift shop and local restaurants in San Juan, Texas.

400 N. Virgen de San Juan Blvd. San Juan, Texas 78589

956.787.0033

Mission City Hall

www.sanjuanedc.com

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TRANSPORTATION & RESOURCES

400 W. Hidalgo, Suite 200, Raymondville, TX 78580 | (956) 689-3332 portofportmansfield.com


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CHAMBERS of Commerce ALAMO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

RGV HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 801 E. Fern Ave. #143, McAllen, TX 78501 (956) 928-0060 | www.rgvhcc.com

RGV PARTNERSHIP

322 S. Missouri Ave, Weslaco, TX 78596 (956) 968-3141 | rgvpartnership.com

ALTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

SAN BENITO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

BROWNSVILLE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

1600 W. University Blvd., Brownsville, TX 78520 (956) 542-4341 | brownsvillechamber.com

CITY OF ROMA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

223 S. Sam Houston Blvd., San Benito, TX 78586 (956) 361-9111 | chamberofsanbenito.com

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 610 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island, TX 78597 (956) 761-4412 | www.spichamber.com

STARR COUNTY INDUSTRIAL FOUNDATION

301 Lincoln Ave., Roma, TX 78584 (956) 849-4296 | cityofroma.net

601 E. Main St., Rio Grande City, TX (956) 487-2709 | starrcounty.org

EDINBURG CHAMBER COMMERCE

WESLACO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

602 W. University Drive A, Edinburg, TX 78539 (956) 383-4974 | www.edinburg.com

GREATER MISSION CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 202 W. Tom Landry St., Mission, TX 78572 (956) 585-2727 | missionchamber.com

HARLINGEN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 311 E. Tyler Ave., Harlingen, TX 78550 (956) 423-5440 | harlingen.com

LA FERIA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

126-A E. Commercial Ave., La Feria, TX 78559 (956) 277- 0601 | www.laferiachamber.com

LOS FRESNOS CHAMBER COMMERCE

203 N. Arroyo Blvd., Los Fresnos, TX 78566 (956) 233-4488 | www.losfresnoschamber.com

McALLEN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

TRANSPORTATION & RESOURCES

700 FM 3168, Raymondville, TX 78580 (956) 689-1864 raymondvillechamberofcommerce.weebly.com

803 Main St., Alamo, TX 78516 (956) 787-2117 | www.alamochamber.com 509 S. Alton Blvd., Alton, TX 78573 (956) 432-0760 | alton-tx.gov/chamber

1200 Ash Ave., McAllen, TX 78501 (956) 682-2871 | mcallen.org

MERCEDES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 320 S. Ohio Ave., Mercedes, TX 78570 (956) 565-2221 | mercedeschamber.com

PORT ISABEL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

421 E. Queen Isabella Blvd., Port Isabel, TX 78578 (956) 943-2262 | portisabelchamber.com

PORT MANSFIELD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

101 E. Port Dr., Port Mansfield TX 78598 (956)944-2354 portmansfieldchamberofcommerce.com/joomla30/index.php

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275 S. Kansas Ave., Weslaco, TX 78596 (956) 968-2102 | weslaco.com

CONVENTION & VISITORS Bureaus BROWNSVILLE CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU 650 E. Ruben M. Torres Blvd., Brownsville, TX 78520 (956) 546-3721 | brownsville.org

EDINBURG CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU 602 W. University Drive, Edinburg, TX www.edinburg.com

HARLINGEN CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU 311 E. Tyler St., Harlingen, TX 78550 (956) 423-5440 www.visitharlingentexas.com/about-us/about-the-cvb

McALLEN CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU 1200 Ash Ave., McAllen, TX 78501 (956) 682-2871 | visitmcallen.com

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU 7355 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island, TX 78597 (956) 761-3000 | sopadre.com


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International BRIDGES ANZALDUAS INTERNATIONAL BRIDGE

6100 S. Stewart Road, Mission, TX 78572 (956) 681-1820 www.mcallen.net/departments/bridge/anzalduas

BROWNSVILLE & MATAMOROS INTERNATIONAL BRIDGE 1300 Mexico Blvd., Brownsville, TX 78520 (956) 542-8558

DONNA-RIO BRAVO INTERNATIONAL BRIDGE

8000 S. International Blvd., Donna, TX 78537 (956) 461-4878 cityofdonna.org/departments/alliance-internationalbridge Brownsville, TX

LOS EBANOS FERRY

200 Flores St., Los Ebanos, TX 78565

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

LOS INDIOS FREE TRADE BRIDGE

100 Puente Internacional Libre Comercio Lucio Blanco, Los Indios, TX 78567 | (956) 982-4000

METROS

McALLEN/HIDALGO INTERNATIONAL BRIDGE

BROWNSVILLE METRO

1023 International Blvd, Hidalgo, TX 78557 (956) 681-1800 www.mcallen.net/departments/bridge/mcallen-hidalgo

MIGUEL ALEMAN INTERNATIONAL BRIDGE ROMA

755 International Blvd., Brownsville, TX 78520 (956) 548-6050 | www.cob.us/281/Brownsville-Metro

ISLAND METRO

405 N. Estrella St., Roma, TX 78584

4601 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island, TX 78597 (956) 761-3864 | www.myspi.org

PHARR INTERNATIONAL BRIDGE

METRO McALLEN

9900 S. Cage Blvd., Pharr, TX 78577 (956) 402-4660 pharr-tx.gov/departments/pharr-reynosa-intl-bridge

PROGRESO INTERNATIONAL BRIDGE

251 S. International Blvd., Progreso, TX 78579 (956) 565-6361 | texasmexicobridges.com

1501 W. Highway 83, Suite 110, McAllen, TX 78501 (956) 681-3510 | www.mcallen.net/metro

VALLEY METRO

510 S. Pleasantview Drive, Weslaco, TX 78596 (956) 969-5761 | www.lrgvdc.org/valleymetro

RIO GRANDE CITY BRIDGE

317 S. Pete Diaz Ave., Rio Grande City, TX (956) 487-1650 www.cbp.gov/contact/ports/rio-grande-citylos-ebanos

VETERANS INTERNATIONAL BRIDGE 3310 U.S. 77, Brownsville, TX 78521 (956) 983-5620

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GATEWAY INTERNATIONAL BRIDGE


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HOSPITALS CORNERSTONE REGIONAL HOSPITAL

2302 Cornerstone Blvd., Edinburg, TX 78539 956-618-4444 | cornerstoneregional.com

DOCTORS HOSPITAL AT RENAISSANCE 5501 S. McColl Rd., Edinburg, TX 78539 (956) 362-8677 | www.dhr-rgv.com

HARLINGEN MEDICAL CENTER

5501 U.S. 77, Harlingen, TX 78550 (956) 365-1000 | www.harlingenmedicalcenter.com

KNAPP MEDICAL CENTER

1401 E. Eighth St., Weslaco, TX (956) 968-8567 | www.knappmed.org Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen

McALLEN MEDICAL CENTER

301 W. Expy. 83, McAllen, TX 78503 (956) 632-4000 | www.mcallenmedicalcenter.com

MISSION REGIONAL MEDICAL

900 S. Bryan Road, Mission, TX, 78572 (956) 323-9000 | www.missionrmc.org

RIO GRANDE REGIONAL HOSPITAL 101 E. Ridge Road, McAllen, TX 78503 (956) 632-6000 | riohealth.com

SOUTH TEXAS HEALTH SYSTEM

1400 W. Trenton Road, Edinburg, TX 78539 (956) 632-4000 | www.southtexashealthsystem.com

STARR COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

TRANSPORTATION & RESOURCES

Doctor’s Hospital at Renaissance in Edinburg

128 FM 3167, Rio Grande City, TX 78582 (956) 487-5561 | www.starrcountyhospital.com

VALLEY BAPTIST MEDICAL CENTER - BROWNSVILLE 1040 W. Jefferson St., Brownsville, TX 78520 (956) 698-5400 | www.valleybaptist.net

VALLEY BAPTIST MEDICAL CENTER - HARLINGEN 2101 Pease St., Harlingen, TX 78550 (956) 389-1100 | www.valleybaptist.net

VALLEY REGIONAL MEDICAL HOSPITAL

100 A.E. Alton Gloor Blvd., Brownsville, TX 78526 (956) 350-7000 | valleyregionalmedicalcenter.com

WOMEN'S HOSPITAL AT RENAISSANCE

5502 S. McColl Road, Edinburg, TX 78539 (956) 362-2229 www.dhr-rgv.com/healthcare-services/womens-hospital-atrenaissance South Texas Health System in Edinburg

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H ARLINGEN M EDICAL C ENTER

The Community’s Choice

BEST HOSPITAL

Harlingen Medical Center is more than a hospital. It is a place where people come to heal. It is a part of the community that fosters health and represents hope. Our dedicated physicians, nurses and support staff provide treatment, comfort, and compassion. They make the difference in healthcare and are the reason people choose Harlingen Medical Center. We know how to care for you, and your family, with the kind of compassionate, quality and effective care you deserve.

Services at a Glance

Harlingen Medical Center also features:

• All Inpatient Private Suites • Comprehensive Clinical Services • 24-Hour Emergency Room

5501 S. Expressway 77 Harlingen, TX

www.harlingenmedicalcenter.com

(956) 365-1000

• Bariatric (Surgical Weight Loss) • Cardiology • Critical Care / ICU • Emergency Room (Advanced Level IV) Trauma Center • Endoscopy • Gastroenterology • Internal Medicine • Nephrology • Neurology • Obstetric & Gynecology

• Operating Room (Surgical Services) • Orthopedic • Radiology / Imaging • Respiratory • Sleep Study • Speech Pathology • Thoracic Surgery • Vascular & Endovascular Surgery • Wellness Screenings • Wound Healing


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LIBRARIES BAILEY H. DUNLAP MEMORIAL LIBRARY 400 S. Main St., La Feria, TX 78559 (956) 797-1242 www.cityoflaferia.com/departments/library

BROWNSVILLE LIBRARY MAIN BRANCH

2600 Central Blvd., Brownsville, TX 78520 (956) 548-1055 www.cob.us/709/Brownsville-Public-Library-System

BROWNSVILLE SOUTHMOST LIBRARY

4320 Southmost Blvd., Brownsville, TX (956) 548-1055 www.cob.us/709/Brownsville-Public-Library-System

DONNA PUBLIC LIBRARY

301 S. Main St., Donna, TX (956) 464-2221 | www.donnareader.com

DR. HECTOR P. GARCIA MEMORIAL LIBRARY 434 S. Ohio Ave., Mercedes, TX 78570 (956) 565-2371 cityofmercedes.com/venue/dr-hector-p-garciamemorial-library

MAYOR JOE V. SANCHEZ PUBLIC LIBRARY

DUSTIN MICHAEL SEKULA MEMORIAL LIBRARY

McALLEN LARK BRANCH

1906 S. Closner Blvd., Edinburg, TX 78539 (956) 383-6246 | www.edinburg.lib.tx.us

ELSA PUBLIC LIBRARY

711 Hidalgo St., Edcouch, TX 78538 (956) 262-3061 | elsa.ploud.net

ETHEL L. WHIPPLE MEMORIAL LIBRARY

TRANSPORTATION & RESOURCES

402 W. Ocean Blvd., Los Fresnos, TX 78566 (956) 233-5330 | www.losfresnos.lib.tx.us

HARLINGEN PUBLIC LIBRARY

410 76 Drive, Harlingen, TX 78550 (956) 361-3860 | harlingenlibrary.org

HIDALGO PUBLIC LIBRARY

710 Ramon Ayala Drive, Hidalgo, TX 78557 (956) 843-2093 | www.hidalgo.lib.tx.us

LA JOYA PUBLIC LIBRARY

201 Palm Shores, La Joya, TX 78560 (956) 581-4533 www.youseemore.com/lajoya/directory.asp

LAGUNA VISTA PUBLIC LIBRARY

1300 Palm Blvd., Laguna Vista, TX 78578 (956) 943-7155 | lvlibrary.org

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525 S. Kansas Ave., Weslaco, TX 78596 (956) 968-4533 | www.weslaco.lib.tx.us 2601 Lark Ave., McAllen, TX 78504 (956) 681-3100 www.mcallenlibrary.net

McALLEN PALM VIEW BRANCH

3401 Jordan Road W, McAllen, TX 78503 (956) 681-3110 www.mcallenlibrary.net/locations/palmview.aspx

McALLEN PUBLIC LIBRARY

4001 N. 23rd St., McAllen, TX 78504 (956) 681-3000 | www.mcallenlibrary.net

PEÑITAS PUBLIC LIBRARY

1111 Main St., Peñitas, TX 78576 (956) 583-5656 | youseemore.com/penitas

PHARR MEMORIAL LIBRARY

121 E. Cherokee Ave., Pharr, TX 78577 (956) 787-3966 | pharr-tx.gov/departments/pharr-library/

PORT ISABEL PUBLIC LIBRARY

213 N. Yturria St., Port Isabel, TX 78578 (956) 943-1822 | www.port-isabel.lib.tx.us

REBER MEMORIAL LIBRARY

190 N. Fourth St., Raymondville, TX 78580 (956) 689-2930


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HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS OUR LADY OF THE LAKE UNIVERSITY

1650 S. Main St., La Feria, TX 78559 (956) 277-0146 | www.ollusa.edu/s/1190/hybrid/18/hw-hybrid-ollu.aspx?sid=1190&gid=1&pgid=7506

SOUTH TEXAS COLLEGE RIO GRANDE CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY

591 E. Canales Bros St., Rio Grande City, TX 78582 (956) 487-4389 | www.rgclibrary.org

RIO HONDO PUBLIC LIBRARY

121 N. Arroyo Blvd., Rio Hondo, TX 78583 (956) 748-3322 | riohondo.us/public-library

SAN BENITO PUBLIC LIBRARY

101 W. Rose St., San Benito, TX 78586 (956) 361-3860 www.cityofsanbenito.com/141/Public-Library

3201 W. Pecan, McAllen, TX 78501 (956) 872-8311 | www.southtexascollege.edu

TEXAS A&M HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER 2101 S. McColl Road, McAllen, TX 78503 (956) 668-6300 | www.sph.tamhsc.edu

TEXAS A&M HIGHER EDUCATION CENTER AT McALLEN 5277 N. 23rd St., McAllen, TX 78504 (956) 683-8647 | admissions.tamu.edu/psc/riogrande

TEXAS SOUTHMOST COLLEGE

80 Fort Brown, Brownsville, Texas 78520 (956) 295-3600 | www.tsc.edu

SAN JUAN MEMORIAL LIBRARY

TEXAS STATE TECHNICAL COLLEGE

SERGEANT FERNANDO DE LA ROSA MEMORIAL LIBRARY

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS RIO GRANDE VALLEY

1010 S. Standard Ave., San Juan, TX 78589 (956) 702-0926 | www.sanjuanlibrary.com

416 N. Tower Road, Alamo, TX 78516 (956) 787-6160 | www.alamolibrary.com

1902 N. Loop 499, Harlingen, TX 78550 (800) 852-8784 | www.tstc.edu/campuses/harlingen 1201 West University Drive, Edinburg, TX (956) 665-3439 | www.utrgv.edu/en-us

SPEER MEMORIAL LIBRARY

TRANSPORTATION & RESOURCES

801 E. 12th St., Mission, TX 78572 (956) 580-8750 | www.mission.lib.tx.us

STARR COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY-ROMA BRANCH 1705 N. Athens St., Roma, TX 78584 (956) 849-0072

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REGIONAL Organizations RIO GRANDE VALLEY PARTNERSHIP

RIO SOUTH TEXAS ECONOMIC COUNCIL

LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL

SOUTH TEXAS NATURE

322 S. Missouri Ave., Weslaco, TX 78596 (956) 968-3141 | rgvpartnership.com

301 W. Railroad St., Weslaco, TX (956) 682-3481 | www.lrgvdc.org

RGV HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

TRANSPORTATION & RESOURCES

801 E. Fern Ave. #143, McAllen, TX 78501 (956) 928-0060 | www.rgvhcc.com

301 W. Railroad St., Building D, Weslaco, TX 78596 (956) 647-7832 | info@riosouthtexas.com

(956) 202-1392 | southtexasnature.org

SOUTH TX TOURISM

1015 N. Texas Blvd. Suite 20B, #288 Weslaco, TX 78596 www.southtexastourism.com

The Progreso-Nuevo Progreso International Bridge has grown into a hub for commerce and culture since its opening in 1952. Today, the bridge reflects the spirit of the region that celebrates connectivity and growth.

Connecting the cities of Progreso, Texas, and Nuevo Progreso, Tamaulipas for pedestrian, vehicle,and commercial trafďŹ c.

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ALL-AGE APPEAL Mission, Texas

Mission’s rich culture and natural sceneries will give visitors of all ages a unique experience. With so much to do, the Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce has created a list of events and locations that offer a great experience for visitors and provide a great backdrop for photos. Here is a list of must-see location and events in the city of Mission.

THE BRYAN HOUSE

Built in 1909, the Bryan House is the former winter residence of famous American politician William Jennings Bryan. This historic home has since been restored and is open to the public. Historical documents and images are on display for the general public to witness. The vast greenery at the Bryan House offers a beautiful and whimsical backdrop for photoshoots. The Bryan House located at 1113 E. 2 Mile Line, Mission, TX 78574 and serves the community of Mission as a meeting hub for social event center, heritage tours, and farmers markets. The historic home holds its farmers market from 3 p.m. - 7 p.m every Wednesday. For more information on events and booking, call (956) 330-7497.

MEGA WINTER TEXAN FIESTA

There’s nothing like an authentic Texan Fiesta! The Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce holds its annual Mega Winter Texan Fiesta every February to recognize Winter Texans staying in the Rio Grande Valley. The entire community of Mission is welcomed to attend this community event and enjoy a vast array of food and live entertainment. Attendees can find one-of-a-kind items at the Mexican Artisan Market organized by the Mission Historical Museum. Handcrafted items created by artists from different regions of Mexico will be sold. You will not want to miss out on this two-day fiesta. For information on tickets, contact the Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce at (956) 585-2727.

BORDER THEATER

Mission visitors can still experience a theater atmosphere reminiscent of the early 1940s at the Border Theater. This entertainment center is one of the last remaining pueblo-style theaters in Texas. Located on 905 N. Conway Ave., Mission, TX 78572, the theater depicts historic border scenes in colorful tiles at the ticket booth and in murals on the theater walls. The historic theater has provided three generation of residents and visitors with live music, local play productions, and independent films. For information on the next movie showings and events, call (956) 5854122.

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NATIONAL BUTTERFLY CENTER

The subtropical climate in Mission makes the perfect

destination for butterflies and nature enthusiasts. When visiting the National Butterfly Center, people can expect to see native and migratory butterflies, as the center has had more than 200 of these butterflies. About 40 percent of the more than 700 butterflies that inhabit the United States can be spotted in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. The National Butterfly Center welcomes naturalists of all ages to learn about the diverse species of butterflies found locally. Located on 3333 Butterfly Park, Mission, TX 78572, the National Butterfly Center is open to the public 364 days a year from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Group rates are available for parties over 10, scheduling educational tours and activities in advance. For booking, call (956) 583-5400.

TOM LANDRY GOLF CLASSIC

The golf courses in the city of Mission are the number one tourist attractions during the winter months. Get to experience one of many beautiful courses with the Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Mission CISD as they host their Tom Landry Golf Classic. Every March, the Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce host its benefit golf tournament to generate funds to provide over 2,000 backpacks for the Mission CISD Back to School Bash. Participants can enjoy a day of golf in the breezy morning, playing an 18 hole, three-player team scramble followed by a luncheon, where teams will be awarded. At this luncheon, participants can anticipate to win door prizes. Register today to benefit Mission CISD and have an exciting day of golf by calling (956) 585-2727.

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The City of Mission offers unique experiences for your next family adventure. For more information on events and attractions, visit www.discovermission.com or call (956) 585-2727.

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HARLINGEN MEDICAL CENTER

Harlingen Medical Center is a nationally recognized award-winning hospital for clinical excellence and for improving the patient experience. Harlingen Medical Center opened its doors Oct. 2, 2002, with 112 beds. HMC is a Level IV Trauma Designated Hospital, located at 5501 S. Expressway 77 in Harlingen, Texas. We are dedicated to providing innovative, quality patient care close to home. Utilizing state-of-the-art equipment and advanced technology, along with evidence-based practices, we ensure patients receive the highest quality and most sophisticated care possible. Our mission is to deliver compassionate, quality care to patients and better healthcare to communities.

OUR VALUES ARE:

• Quality: We are committed to always providing exceptional care and performance. • Compassion: We deliver patient-centered health care with compassion, dignity and respect for every patient and their family. • Community: We are honored to be trusted partners who serve, give back, and grow with our communities. • Physician-Led: We are a uniquely physician-founded and physician-led organization that allows doctors and clinicians to direct health care at every level.

HMC offers care in various specialties that include cardiology, orthopedic, gastroenterology, obstetrics and gynecology, wound healing, sleep study, emergency care, neurology, respiratory, bariatric, and nephrology, just to name a few! Our newly renovated emergency room is staffed with some of the most experienced, highly trained, local physicians and support clinical staff ready to meet the urgent medical needs of patients of all ages. The Cardiovascular Center at Harlingen Medical Center, home to a number of highly skilled and experienced cardiologists, electrophysiologists, and cardiothoracic surgeons, is paving the way for successful treatment of patients across South Texas. We specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease, minimally invasive diagnostic testing and treatment, as well as advanced cardiac and vascular interventions, such as angioplasty, stenting, cardiac ablation, and open-heart surgery. Orthopedic Services at Harlingen Medical Center offer an array of specialties, including joint replacement (such as knee and hip surgery), neck and spine surgery, arthroscopic and minimally invasive surgery, sports medicine, hand and shoulder surgery, and orthopedic trauma surgery. Whether you are undergoing a routine diagnostic test or being treated for cardiovascular disease, our board certified physicians, nurses, and support staff are committed to

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Our mission is to deliver compassionate, quality care to patients and better health care to communities.

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incorporating the latest techniques and treatments, so that you may receive the very best in health care. At Harlingen Medical Center, our concept of “patientfocused care” is fundamental in our daily operation and puts you, the patient, first! The design, management, staffing, and operation of HMC are focused on your needs and overall comfort.

BENEFITS OF PATIENT-FOCUSED CARE: • All private rooms designed and equipped for every stage of treatment. • Care provided in a cost-effective manner that meets patient needs (rather than the hospital’s convenience). • Coordinated and managed patient services to ensure high quality care. • Decentralized patient services located close to the patient’s room aides in minimizing patient transport throughout the hospital. • The nursing staff is cross-trained and can perform several different tasks while providing high quality care. • Nursing care teams are assigned and remain with the patient (whenever possible) to provide consistency and familiarity of care. They serve as an advocate for the patient throughout their hospitalization. • We involve patients and family members in the care of

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their loved ones. It is an essential component of our care delivery. Understanding the patient’s needs and condition allows the patient and family members to be active in the patient’s recovery.

OUTCOMES OF PATIENT-FOCUSED CARE: • • • • •

Improved continuity/continuum of care. Less movement of patients throughout the hospital. Increased direct care activities. An environment tailored to the needs of each patient. Empowered staff to plan and execute their work in ways that are more responsive to patient’s needs. • Increased patient satisfaction. • This team approach to patient-focused care will maximize coordination of care with efficiency to meet the mission, vision, and values of Harlingen Medical Center. In 2018, we received a 5-Star Rating from CMS, an "A" in Patient Safety from Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, the Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award by Healthgrades, and the Best Hospital, Best Nurse, and Best Secretary Award from the Valley Morning Star Reader’s Choice Awards. For more information on HMC, please contact (956) 3651000 or email Marketing and Business Development Director Letty Mann at lmann@primehealthcare.com.


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Annual Events

CALENDAR January ANNUAL WINTER TEXAN APPRECIATION FIESTA - to be held in mid-January at Harlingen’s Casa de Amistad. The event has been expanded to include a classic car show outside, an expo of quilts, a live band, a line dancing performance, a business expo, and much more. POLAR BEAR DIP OR PENGUIN PLUNGE - Ring in the

new year with a brisk dip into the Gulf of Mexico at South Padre Island. Choose either or both. The Polar Bear Dip is held at Clayton’s Beach Bar in the morning and the Penguin Plunge is at Boomerang Billy’s in the afternoon. Contact: SPI Chamber at (956) 761-4412.

GOLDEN AGE OLYMPICS - Seniors ages 50 and over are offered a unique opportunity to participate in an Olympicstyle event where they can socialize and compete with others in a wide variety of events. From baking and bowling to billiards and shuffleboard, participants compete for bragging rights and gold, silver, and bronze medals. Events are held throughout the Rio Grande Valley from January through March. Contact: McAllen Parks & Recreation at (956) 681-3333. TEXAS CITRUS FIESTA - Come join us for our spectacular

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Parade of Oranges. The parade route becomes lined with more than 100,000 spectators from the United States, Canada, and Mexico, who come to watch the colorful floats built by civic clubs, churches, businesses and schools. The parade route will begin on Conway and 495 to Fourth Street. Bring some snacks and park your vehicle by the road (along Conway) and enjoy the beautiful floats. Hosted in late January, this event includes a Royal Reception, Royal Coronation of King Citrus & Queen Citrianna, Parade of Oranges, Fun Fair, Vaquero Cook-Off, Fun Run, and Heart of America Carnival. For tickets, call (956) 585-9724 or visit www.texascitrusfiesta.org.

McALLEN’S MUSIC AFTER HOURS - Archer Park, McAllen -A Craft Fair is held the first Friday of every month JanuaryMay and September-November, 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Local artists display and sell their works that express passion and promote an art culture. The event showcases handmade arts and crafts. McAllen Chamber continues to look for crafters and artists who make unique and original items. Interested participants call: (956) 682-2871.

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Historical Association is once again hosting Winter Walking Tours for 2015. This year the tours will be on Fridays and Saturdays and will be led by Tony Knopp, James Mills, Eric McGee, and Eugene Fernandez. Cost for the walking tours is $10 for non-members and $5 for BHA members. Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made by calling: (956) 541-5560.

February MISSION ANNUAL WINTER TEXAN FESTIVAL - Hosted by the Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce in early February. Call or visit the chamber, located at 202 W. Tom Landry, (956) 585-2727. FIESTA EDINBURG - Edinburg Chamber’s largest celebration! It’s a super fun, quality of life event for the city and Rio Grande Valley. Fiesta Edinburg symbolizes an important moment in history. Fiesta Edinburg’s big party was created to commemorate Edinburg as County Seat. For more info, call: (956) 383-4974. INTERNATIONAL ART SHOW - The Brownsville Museum of Fine Arts is the only international art show in South Texas. Since 1971, art has arrived for the juried show from all over the world for this annual event. Regularly featured artists come from around the globe. Brownsville Museum of Fine Art, 660 E. Ringgold. For details: (956) 542-0941, www.brownsvillemfa.org.

JALAPENO 100 - This is a cycling race made for both the avid

and amateur with dis­tances for all! Visit: www.jalapeno100.com.

STARR COUNTY YOUTH FAIR-The Starr County Fair Association invites everyone to their annual Starr County Youth Fair hosted at the Starr County Fair Grounds in mid-February. There are activates such as livestock shows, student art exhibits, live entertainment and so much more. For details call 956-488-0122 CHARRO DAYS - The importance of Charro Days goes back to 1937 when it was first organized, uniting the spirit of two cultures between the border towns of Brownsville and Matamoros. There's something for everyone, including parades, amazing rides, games, food, and fun! People come to Charro Days as visitors to learn about the rich cultural heritage. Visit: www.charrodaysfiesta.com. SOMBRERO FEST - Three day event attracts large segment

of the population by featuring well-known Hispanic artists, local music, unique food booths, popular events such as the Jalapeño Eating Contest, Waiters Race, Grito Contest, Charro Days Classic 5K run, Tortilla Frisbee Toss, Hat-Stack Relay, and the only charro bean cook-off we know of, Frijolympics. We provide a fenced, secure, and family-oriented festival. Phone: (956) 550-9682.

BRINGING YOU LIFE’S ESSENTIALS FOR A BETTER TOMORROW. Natural gas brings you life’s essentials: a warm home, dry clothes, hot water and home-cooked meals. And it’s the smart choice for responsible energy use, greater efficiency and lower energy costs.

NATURAL GAS IS THE SMART CHOICE FOR RIO GRANDE VALLEY HOMEOWNERS. To learn more, call us at 1-800-700-2443.

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March

Barbecue and Beer celebration follows at: Clayton’s Beach Bar & Event Center. For more information, visit: www.sopadre. com

BORDERFEST, HIDALGO - A nationally recognized, award-

winning heritage and music festival attracting more than 65,000 people over five days! Featuring over 100 bands and entertainers, fireworks, a bold, imaginative parade, pageant, folklorico dancers, crafts, and a bar crawl. Annually, the festival donates $40,000 to $50,000 for local scholarships. For more information, call: (956) 843-2286.

RIO GRANDE VALLEY HOME & GARDEN SHOW - McAllen Convention Center - Exhibit Halls A & B located at: 700 Convention Center Blvd. Everything under one roof from pools to plants, outdoor furniture to cutlery, guest speakers, and prizes. For more info, call: (956) 686-3718 or visit rgvhomeshow.com

DIA DEL TOURISTA (TOURIST APPRECIATION DAY) -

May

Nuevo Progreso, Mexico - The party is on in mid-March. A festival celebrates Winter Texans with food, entertainment and great shopping. Call Weslaco’s chamber for dates: (956) 968-2102.

HEAT WAVE CAR SHOW & SOUND OFF, SPI - Enjoy live music, contests, and vendors with thousands of custom car lovers! Door opens at 10 a.m. daily in early March at South Padre Island’s Convention Center. Visit www.sopadre.com for more information. HUB PHEST (FEST) ANNUAL PHARR HUB PHESTIVAL

- takes place at the end of March. Enjoy food, games, entertainment, and music.

BROWNSVILLE GUITAR ENSEMBLE FESTIVAL - The guitar

festival is held on the UTB & TSC campuses. The daily acoustic guitar ensemble competition is open to the public in the TSC Arts Center Concert Hall. Event takes place at the end of March. Master classes and clinics will be in the Arts Center and Eidman Music Building. For more information about the Guitar Festival, please contact: Dr. Michael Quantz, (956) 882-7527.

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event offers oodles of fun for the entire family including a parade, youth livestock contests, rodeo, marketplace for shopping, and a carnival. For a full schedule, visit: www. rgvlivestockshow.org.

TEXAS ONION FEST - Come celebrate the Texas Sweet

Onion, developed in Weslaco! Texas Onion Fest features live music, delicious food, cooking demos, kiddy rides, recipe contests, dancing horse show, car show and more! Event takes place at Weslaco City Park, 300 N. Airport Drive, in Weslaco. For more information, call: (956) 968-2102

April SAND CRAB NIGHT RUN - Typically hosted the last weekend in April on South Padre Island. Run on the beach at night wearing lights! Join 2,000 visitors for this unique event!

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ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF PALO ALTO - Come see demonstrations of weapons, tactics, and soldier life from the U.S.-Mexican War era. Musket and artillery demonstrations are dependent upon weather. Resaca de la Palma Battlefield. 1024 Paredes Line Road, Brownsville. For details, call: (956) 541-2785 Ext. 333 or visit www.nps.gov/paal.

June THE GREAT TEXAS CATAMARAN RACE - A sailboat

competition taking contestants 300 grueling miles from South Padre Island to Galveston Island in a race against time for fame and glory. The course is both challenging and potentially hazardous as weather changes and shipping traffic can become an obstacle for the small boats that race to reach the shores of Galveston. It’s the longest catamaran race in the world and competitors are limited to 18-22 foot catamaran vessels. For more information, contact: Clayton’s Beach Bar.

BLUES ON THE HILL - Blues on the Hill is an annual concert

series in Harlingen featuring national and international blues music artists. Food vendors are always on site, selling BBQ, fajitas, hot dogs, nachos, funnel cakes, cotton candy, kettle corn, tacos, etc. Bottled water, sodas, and beer are also available. The event is a family-oriented cultural event—bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Contact Harlingen CVB: (956) 4235440

CONJUNTO MUSIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTIONS - featuring conjunto pioneers, at San Benito Knights of Columbus Hall, 826 E. Stenger. Call (956) 245-1666, or email reyavila@ sbcglobal.net.

MOVIES IN THE PARK

It’s one of McAllen’s most popular and well-attended events of the summer. Movies in the Park aims to provide fun, inexpensive entertainment for local families. Family and friends have gathered by the hundreds every week throughout the summer with their blankets, lawn chairs, and picnic baskets to enjoy this free and wholesome community activity. Movies are scheduled every Saturday night from June through July at McAllen’s Westside Park located at 1000 S. Ware Road. Admission is free! For a complete schedule of


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July The Rio Grande Valley celebrates the Fourth of July from Roma to South Padre Island with parades, live music, barbecues and fireworks!

RIO GRANDE CITY 4TH OF JULY CONCERT AT THE KIOSK, Rio Grande City Main Street Program & RGC EDC invite you to their annual 4th of July Concert (free to the public). The event is hosted at the Kiosk on Britton Avenue in downtown RGC. Concert-goers are treated to free hotdogs and lemonade. For more info: (956) 487-3476 TEXAS INTERNATIONAL FISHING TOURNAMENT (TIFT) Surrounded by the sparkling waters of the Laguna Madre Bay and Gulf of Mexico, Port Isabel and South Padre Island play host to Texas’ largest saltwater fishing tournament, the Texas International Fishing Tournament. Tournament starts with late registration on Wednesday & Thursday with a special play day for junior anglers on Thursday. Fishing gets underway early Friday morning with bay boats required to return to their berths each night and offshore boats allowed to stay out overnight while still adhering to tournament start/stop fishing times. Tournament wraps up with lunch/awards ceremony on Sunday. To register or for more information, go to: www.tift. org. PORT MANSFIELD FISHING TOURNAMENT - The Port Mansfield Chamber of Commerce sponsors an Annual Fishing Tournament in July that attracts anglers from all over the Gulf Coast because of its exceptional sports fishery including both Bay and Offshore divisions for men, women and juniors, prizes, and live music. For over 40 years, the tournament activities have offered something for the whole family to enjoy. For more details call (956) 944-2354 or visit portmansfieldchamber.org

August LADIES KINGFISH TOURNAMENT - Early in August, for over

30 years, ladies have entered this fishing event! Registration is at the South Padre Island Convention Centre on Friday. Weigh-in is located at South Point Marina in Port Isabel on Saturday and on Sunday the awards brunch takes place at the South Padre Island Convention Centre. Check website for all details/registration—www.spichamber.com.

September MCALLEN ARTWALK - Is a free self-guided tour of art

galleries and art hosts in one of McAllen’s oldest areas. Guests can start their tour at any location and proceed at their own pace. Come experience big-city art in historic charm. McAllen ArtWalk begins the first Friday of each month, September through May. The evening exhibits begin at 6 p.m. and last until 9 p.m. North Main St.

ANNUAL PACHANGA IN THE PARK - During the first week of September, the Annual Pachanga in Washington Park in Port Isabel delivers the Grito Contest, Jalapeño Eating Contest and Best Tasting Chalupa Contest. Enjoy Brownsville’s Consulado de Mexico Dance Contest, Dance Performances, Mexican Costume Contest, Jalapeño Eating Contest and Chalupa Games. Call: (956) 943-2262.

October ANNUAL BROWNSVILLE LATIN JAZZ FESTIVAL - is

scheduled for the second complete week of October. It has hosted countless Latin jazz artists of the highest caliber, and entertained thousands for 16 years! This three-day event provides exposure to Latin jazz. The first and last day offer free outdoor concerts enjoyed by over 4,000 people of all ages. The second and third days are feature concerts by a Grammy-nominated artist. Clinics, master workshops, dance competitions, and exhibitions throughout. Call (956) 831-9590 or visit www.artsinbrownsville.org.

BEER FEST - Beer-Up in Brownsville is an amazing evening of beer sampling, food tasting, and good ol’ Rock N’ Roll! Brownsville BeerFest gives its guests the ability to sample hundreds of beers from different corners of the world ranging from craft to specialty brews to the good ol’ favorites. Guests can also sample exquisite cuisine from of the area’s most popular restaurants. Brownsville BeerFest is also home to the “Longest Bar in Texas.” This 121-foot rustic wooden bar has become an instant fan favorite and a great place to meet and enjoy the festivities. Contact: info@brownsvillebeerfest.com WILD IN WILLACY - Enjoy this Raymondville event the last

weekend in October with ranch tours, cook-offs, trade show, museum tours, vendors, children’s program, photography contests and more. Contact: (956) 689-1864 or visit www.wildinwillacy.com.

November MEMORIAL ILLUMINATION - Experience and participate

in the lighting of 8,000 candles to honor U.S. and Mexican veterans of the 1846 battles near the Rio Grande. Candle lighting begins at sunset during the second week of November. The public is encouraged to bring grill lighters to the Resaca de la Palma Battlefield, located at 1024 Paredes Line Road, Brownsville. For more information: (956) 541-2785, Ext. 333 or visit: www.nps.gov/paal.

RIO GRANDE VALLEY BIRDING FESTIVAL - During the first week of November, the RGV Birding Festival features birding field trips, workshops, and seminars with top birding experts, family programs including a raptor show and the popular, hilarious, free birding quiz show. The birder’s bazaar is a top-notch free trade show just in time for Christmas shopping for optics, books, and jewelry for your friends and family. The bazaar also harbors booths that educate on the many local spots to enjoy nature. A silent auction featuring at least 60 items is a golden opportunity to get a bargain. Location: Fair Park Municipal Complex, 1204 Fair Park Blvd. Check the website for more information: www.rgvbf.org or call (209) 227-4823.

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events, contact McAllen Parks and Recreation at (956) 6813333.


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December NIGHT OF LIGHTS - Edinburg’s holiday celebration traditionally occurs the first Saturday in December. Night of Lights kicks off with live family entertainment, music, food booths, games, and a beautiful lighted parade filled with brightly decorated floats and a popular visit from Santa Claus! Call: (956) 383-4974. CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK - Annual McAllen Christmas

Festival celebrates cultural and seasonal traditions. McAllen Tamale Fest features fresh warm tamales. Witness the tamale eating contest, tamale making contest and purchase a variety of tamale delicacies onsite or to take home. Santa makes a visit during this event. Children can also experience a variety of activities, games, and rides throughout the event. Adults enjoy shopping in the craft markets and live music on multiple stages. A variety of food from fajita tacos and turkey legs to hot chocolate and aguas frescas will be available. Visit: www.mcallenholidayparade.com.

MID-VALLEY LIGHTED CHRISTMAS PARADE - Weslaco and Thursday’s Alfresco Weslaco. Experience the Mid-Valley Lighted Christmas Parade in early December! Floats begin at 6 p.m. and travel down Texas Blvd. Parade line-up starts at Pike and continues to Sixth St. Call: 969-0838 or visit www.weslacoedc.com.

LA FERIA’S ANNUAL LIGHTED CHRISTMAS PARADE -

“INSIDE SANTA’S WORKSHOP” The La Feria events listed below will take place in mid-December. No admission and parking is free. Contact: (956) 797-2261 for more information or visit www.cityoflaferia.com. • Enjoy floats, classic cars, marching bands, Santa Claus, and much more. Parade starts at Main Street and continues from Magnolia Avenue to Ninth Street. • Lighting of the Tree, La Feria - Lighting of the City for the holidays, live music. Bring a weather-proof ornament to hang on the tree. • Winter Festival, La Feria - Live music, carnival rides, games, food, and merchandise vendors. Location: 901 N. Canal St.

HIDALGO’S ANNUAL POSADA - On the week before Christmas alongside Hidalgo’s Festival of Lights, the annual posada features an all-star lineup of live musical entertainment with more than 10,000 free toys provided to the children in attendance. ICE PALACE - The “Ice Palace” Ice Skating Rink is open in Memorial Park Pavilion Enjoy skating in the Lights of Hidalgo. Open for business the entire month of December! SPI'S ANNUAL LIGHTED STREET PARADE - Lighted parade entries, music, Santa, sand, and much more. Contact city of South Padre Island.

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS - Hidalgo’s Festival of Lights starts at

sunset every night throughout the month of December. Drive the trail of nine sites for free or take a train, trolley, or horsedrawn carriage from the City Hall Plaza. Tickets sold on-site at City Hall. For more information on the dinner-concert-trolley tour, call (956) 843-2286. Don’t miss the Festival of Lights Illuminated Parade!

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Everything is Bigger at Bob’s. 613 E. Trenton Rd., Edinburg, Texas 78539 Located at The Shoppes at Rio Grande Valley

For Reservations, Private Dining or Special Events Call (956) 380-2627 bobs-steakandchop.com

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ANTIQUING & Downtown districts are great for antiquing, art, and unique finds!

DOWNTOWN DISTRICTS HISTORIC JACKSON STREET - MAIN STREET HARLINGEN 209 W. Jackson St., Harlingen, TX (956) 216-4910 | myharlingen.us Open Monday - Sunday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

DOWNTOWN McALLEN

17th St., McAllen, TX Roam the streets of downtown McAllen and explore new venues to fill your shopping expectations.

DOWNTOWN WESLACO

Texas Boulevard, Weslaco, TX Visit Weslaco downtown on Texas Blvd. To enjoy some local shopping and dining.

DOWNTOWN HISTORICAL DISTRICT RIO GRANDE CITY Rio Grande City, TX Visit the downtown historical district in Rio Grande City to enjoy shopping with a side of history!

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Mission, TX

HISTORIC DOWNTOWN BROWNSVILLE - MAIN STREET 1034 E. Levee St., Brownsville, TX (956) 548-6156

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ALAMO TOWN SQUARE Alamo, TX

ROMA DOWNTOWN DISTRICT Roma, TX

FARMERS MARKETS BROWNSVILLE FARMERS MARKET

1534 E. Sixth St., Brownsville, TX 78520 (956) 465-4178 brownsvillewellnesscoalition.com Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon located in Linear Park across from the zoo. Fresh produce from local growers: tastier, healthier, cheaper, and better for the environment!

HARLINGEN FARMERS MARKET

Second Street and Tyler Avenue next to Harlingen City Hall. The Harlingen Farmers Market is an outdoor market made up of over 20 local vendors who have fresh, seasonal produce for sale. Every Saturday until mid-June: 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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McALLEN FARMERS MARKET

4001 N. 23rd St., McAllen, TX 78504 The McAllen Farmers Market serves as a center of activity for community engagement, promoting access to locally grown produce, artisan goods, learning opportunities, creative space for the arts, and collaboration among communitybased organizations. (956) 255-0190 mcallenfarmersmarket.com

MISSION FARMERS MARKET

1113 E. Mile 2 Road, Mission, TX Neighborhood Farmer’s Market at The Bryan House | (956) 330-7496 www.thebryanhouse.com/farmer-s-market Wednesday: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

SPI FARMERS MARKET

8605 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island, TX 78597 Sunday: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Shop for the freshest produce, meats, cheese, juices, and much more! www.sopadre.com/listings/south-padreisland-farmers-market


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FLEA MARKETS BARGAIN BAZAAR

4400 N. 23rd St., McAllen, TX (956) 631-7716 Open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

DON WES FLEA MARKET

Victoria Road and Hwy. 83, Donna, TX (956) 464-3502 Open Wednedays, Saturdays, and Sundays 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

LOS PORTALES FLEA MARKET & BALLROOM

SEVENTY-SEVEN FLEA MARKET

5955 N. Expressway, Brownsville, TX (956) 350-9425 Open Saturdays and Sundays 5 a.m. - 6 p.m.

SURPLUS IMPORTS FLEA MARKET 1 1/2 E. Expressway 83, Mercedes, TX (956) 565-3448 Open daily from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

THE RIVER MARKET INC.

9503 Highway 107, Mission, TX (956) 519-3044 Open Thursdays from 5 a.m. - 4 p.m.

910 S. Monterrey St., Hidalgo, TX (956) 843-9500 Open Wednesdays and Thursdays 6:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Fridays through Sundays 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

MERCADOME FLEA MARKET

VALVERDE FLEA MARKET

OCHOA’S FLEA MARKET

4010 N. Conway Ave., Mission, TX (956) 580-1757 Wednesdays through Fridays 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays 6 a.m. - 5 p.m.

935 Hooks Ave., Donna, TX (956) 638-4674 Monday Closed Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wednesdays 5 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

WESLACO FLEA MARKET

1025 Texas Blvd., Weslaco, TX (956) 969-9536 Thursdays through Sundays 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

SHOPPING

1602 W. Expressway 83 Alamo, TX (956) 781-1911 Open Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., Satudays and Sundays until 4 p.m.

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MALLS, OU TL E TS, & R E TA I L CE N T ERS BASS PRO SHOP

101 Bass Pro Drive, Harlingen, TX 78552 (956) 291-5200 | www.basspro.com

LA PLAZA MALL

500 N. Jackson Road, Pharr, TX 78577

RIO GRANDE VALLEY PREMIUM OUTLETS

2200 S. 10th St., McAllen, TX 78503 (956) 972-5454 | www.simon.com/mall/la-plaza-mall

5001 E. Expressway 83, Mercedes, TX 78570 (956) 565-3900 www.premiumoutlets.com/outlet/rio-grande-valley

PALMS CROSSINGS

SUNRISE MALL

SHOPPING

3300 E. Expressway 83, McAllen, TX 78501 (956) 972-5454 | palmscrossing.com

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2370 North St., Brownsville, TX 78521 (956) 541-5302 | www.sunrisemalltx.com


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THE SHOPPES AT RGV

TRENTON CROSSINGS

7600 N. 10th St., McAllen, TX 78504

VALLE VISTA MALL

2020 S. Expressway 83, Harlingen, TX 78552 (956) 425-8392 | vallevistamall.com

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SHOPPING

419 E. Trenton Road, Edinburg, TX 78539 (956) 383-1900 firsthartford.com/property/shoppes-rio-grande-valley


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Amusement VENUES 511 SHOOTING RANGE

8685 Dockberry Road, Brownsville, TX 78521 (956) 312-6089 | 511shootingrange.webs.com Admission fee is $15 per person

BOBZ WORLD

36451 TX-100, Los Fresnos, TX 78566 (956) 233-2353 | www.bobzworld.com

BOGGUS FORD EVENT CENTER

FRIO GRANDE VALLEY ICE CENTER

BROWNSVILLE AQUATIC CENTER

GET AIR BROWNSVILLE

BROWNSVILLE EVENTS CENTER

GET AIR MCALLEN

CASA LOS EBANOS

GLADYS PORTER ZOO

CINE EL REY

HOLE IN THE WALL SHOOTING

COOPER CENTER FOR COMMUNICATION ARTS

HOT SKATING ROLLER RINK

COYOTE ARMS SHOOTING CENTER

LOMA ALTA TRAP AND SKEET

DAVE AND BUSTER’S

MAIN EVENT

3000 N. Cage, Pharr, TX 78577 (956) 402-4500 | event.pharr-tx.gov 2901 FM 802, Brownsville, TX 78521 (956) 698-0064 | brownsvilleaquaticcenter.weebly.com 1 Events Center Blvd., Brownsville, TX 78526 (956) 554-0700 | www.cob.us/544/Brownsville-Event-Center 27715 State Highway 100, Los Fresnos, TX 78566 (956) 399-9097 | www.casalosebanos.com 311 S. 17th St., McAllen, TX 78501 (956) 278-0626 | www.cineelrey.org

ATTRACTIONS & ENTERTAINMENT

3200 Pecan Blvd., McAllen, TX 78501 (956) 872-2301 | www.southtexascollege.edu/info/caf/ 8600 N. Big 5, Edinburg, TX 78541 (956) 631-0448 | coyotearmsdefense.com 2700 Expressway 83, McAllen, TX 78501 (956) 217-5800 | www.daveandbusters.com/locations/ mcallen

EDINBURG MOTORSPORTS PARK

15920 U.S. 281, Edinburg, TX 78542 (956) 380-3724 | edinburgmotorsportspark.com

FANTASYLAND SKATE CENTER

1001 N. Jackson Road, McAllen, TX 78501 (956) 687-5284 | www.fantasylandskating.com

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201 N. 26th St., McAllen, TX 78501 (956) 972-0126 | www.friogrande.com

2940 Boca Chica Blvd., Brownsville, TX 78521 (956) 429-3782 | getairbrownsville.com 801 W. Dove Ave., McAllen, TX 78504 (956) 948-9088 | getairmcallen.com 500 E. Ringgold St., Brownsville, TX 78520 (956) 546-7187 | gpz.org 1001 E. Whitewing Ave. Ste. B, McAllen, TX 78501 (956) 994-8397 1320 N. 28th St. Harlingen, TX (956) 334-9651

Old Port Isabel Road, Brownsville, TX 78526 (956) 371-7436 500 N. Jackson Road C, Pharr, TX 78577 (956) 787-7100 | www.mainevent.com/locations/pharr-tx

MASSEY’S GUN SHOP AND RANGE

1 Massey Way, Brownsville, TX 78521 (956) 346-6950 | masseysgunshopandrange.blogspot.com

McALLEN CONVENTION CENTER

700 Convention Center Blvd., McAllen, TX 78501 (956) 681-3800 | www.mcallenconventioncenter.net


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MISSION SKEET AND TRAP CLUB

1306 S. Conway Ave., Mission, TX 78572 (956) 583-5996 | www.missionskeetandtrap.com

MITTE CULTURAL DISTRICT

Scale House Visitors Center 1700 E. Sixth St., Brownsville, TX (956) 546-3721 | mitteculturaldistrict.org

PARAGRAPH ON SOUTH PADRE

5505 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island, TX 78597 (956) 433-5057 | paragraphsonspi.blogspot.com

PHARR AQUATIC CENTER

1000 S. Fir St., Pharr, TX 78577 (956) 402-4000 | pharr-tx.gov/aquatic-center

POINT BLANK SPORTING GOODS

407 N. Jackson Road, Pharr, TX 78577 (956) 992-8799 | pointblanksg.com

RIO GRANDE CITY SKATE PLAZA

1473 E. Stephen Saenz St., Rio Grande City, TX (956) 487-0672

SCHLITTERBAHN WATER PARK

100 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island, TX 78597 (956) 761-1160 | www.schlitterbahn.com/south-padre-island

SEA TURTLE INC.

6617 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island, TX 78597 (956) 761-4511 | www.seaturtleinc.org

SOUTH TEXAS TACTICAL

2100 Village Center Blvd., Brownsville, TX 78526 (956) 350-2047

SKYDIVE SOUTH PADRE ISLAND

2500 Padre Blvd. Suite 5, South Padre Island, TX 78597 (956) 744-5867 | skydivespi.com

THE HISTORIC ALONSO BUILDING

ATTRACTIONS & ENTERTAINMENT

510 E. Saint Charles St., Brownsville, Texas 78520 (956) 554-4965 | www.brownsvillehistory.org/historic-alonsobuilding.html

VALLEY RACE PARK

2601 S. Ed Carey Drive, Harlingen, TX 78552 (956) 412-7223 | www.valleyracepark.com

VILLA DE CORTEZ

260 S. Texas Blvd., Weslaco, TX 78596 956-969-3100 | www.villadecortezweslaco.com

XTREME JUMP

900 W. Highway 77, San Benito, TX 78586 (956) 626-1266 | xtremejumprgv.com

YERBERIA CULTURA

613 S. 17th St., McAllen, TX 78501 yerberiacultura@gmail.com

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STADIUMS, ARENAS, & FAIRGROUNDS BERT OGDEN ARENA

4900 S. I-69, Edinburg, TX 78539 (956) 609-8316 | bertogdenarenargv.com

BROWNSVILLE SPORTS PARK

1000 Sports Park Blvd., Olmito, TX 78575 (956) 574-6650 | www.cob.us/512/Brownsville-SportsPark

LOS FRESNOS RODEO GROUNDS

500 E. Ocean Blvd., Los Fresnos, TX 78566 1-(855) 537-6336 | www.lfrodeo.com

RGV TOROS STADIUM (HEB PARK)

1616 S. Raul Longoria Road, Edinburg, TX 78542 (956) 609-8316 | www.rgvfc.com

RIO GRANDE VALLEY LIVESTOCK 1000 N. Texas, Mercedes, TX 78570 (956) 565-2456 | www.rgvls.com

STATE FARM ARENA

ATTRACTIONS & ENTERTAINMENT

2600 N. 10th St. (Hwy 336), Hidalgo, Texas 78557 (956) 213-0615 | statefarmarena.com

UTRGV BASEBALL STADIUM

920 N. Sugar Road, Edinburg, TX 78541 (956) 665-2221 | goutrgv.com

UTRGV FIELDHOUSE

N. Fifth Ave., Edinburg, TX 78541 (956) 665-2221 | goutrgv.com/sports/2010/10/25/ UTRGVFieldhouse.aspx

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TOURS & EXCURSIONS EDINBURG SCENIC WETLANDS AND WORLD BIRDING CENTER

714 S. Raul Longoria Road, Edinburg, TX 78542 moliva@cityofedinburg.com | www.edinburgwbc.org

ESTERO LLANO GRANDE

3301 S. International Blvd. (FM 1015), Weslaco, TX 78596 (956) 565-3919 | tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/estero-llanogrande

FRONTERA AUDUBON

1101 S. Texas Blvd., Weslaco, TX 78596 (956) 968-3275 | fronteraaudubon.org

AIR PADRE KITEBOARDING

HARLINGEN MURALS

5709 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island, TX 78597 (956) 299-9463 | www.airpadrekiteboarding.com

Downtown Harlingen, TX (956) 216-4910 | downtownharlingen.com/murals

ALAMO INN B&B GEAR & TOURS

HILLTOP GARDENS

801 Main St., Alamo, TX 78516 (956) 782-9912 | alamoinnbnb.com/contact.php

100 Lees Lane, Lyford, TX (956) 262-2176 | www.hilltopgarden.com

BENTSEN-RIO GRANDE VALLEY STATE PARK

ISLA TOURS

2800 S. Bentsen Palm Drive, Mission, TX 78572 (956) 584-9156 | tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/bentsen-riogrande-valley

33256 State Park Road 100, South Padre Island, TX 78597 (956) 761-2764 | www.islatours.com

BLACK DRAGON PIRATE SHIP CRUISE

601 E. Main St., Rio Grande City, TX (956) 487-5101 | www.labordehouse.com

ATTRACTIONS & ENTERTAINMENT

110 N. Garcia St., Port Isabel, TX 78578 (956) 943-6283 | www.ospreycruises.com/the-blackdragon-pirate-ship/

LA BORDE HOUSE

BOTAS DE MERCEDES

mercedesedc.com/live-in-mercedes/fun-things-to-seeand-do/boot-locations/

BREAKAWAY CRUISES

33384 State Park Road 100, South Padre Island, TX 78597 (956) 761-2212 | breakawaycruises.com

COASTAL STUDIES LAB

100 Marine Lab Drive, South Padre Island, TX 78597 (956) 761-2644 | www.utrgv.edu/csl/

COOLEY’S CLASSIC CARS

302 W. Jackson, Harlingen, TX (956) 245-3587

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LA SAL DEL REY TRACT (LRGV NWR)

Blush Line Road, Edinburg, TX 78542 (956) 784-7500 | www.fws.gov/refuge/Lower_Rio_ Grande_Valley/visit/la_sal_del_rey.html

LAGUNA ATASCOSA NWR

22688 Buena Vista Blvd., Los Fresnos, TX 78566 (956) 748-3607 www.fws.gov/refuge/laguna_atascosa

National Butterfly Center

LAGUNA VISTA

Palm Boulevard or Palo Blanco, Laguna Vista, TX (956) 943-1793 | www.lvtexas.com/parks.php 4101 U.S. 83 Business, McAllen, TX 78501 (956) 681-3333 | www.mcallen.net/departments/ parks/mcallen-nature-center

MOZNA CHOCOLATE FACTORY

115 Brazil Ave., Hidalgo, TX 78557 (956) 429-3809 | moznachocolate.com

NATIONAL BUTTERFLY CENTER

3333 Butterfly Park Drive, Mission, TX 78572 (956) 583-5400 | www.nationalbutterflycenter.org

OLD CITY CEMETERY CENTER

1004 E. Sixth St., Brownsville, TX 78520 (956) 541-1167 | brownsvillehistory.org/cemeterycenter.html

OLD HIDALGO PUMPHOUSE

902 S. Second St., Hidalgo, TX 78557 (956) 843-8686 | www.theworldbirdingcenter.com/ hidalgo.html

OSPREY CRUISES

1 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island, TX 78597 (956) 761-6655 | www.ospreycruises.com

PALO ALTO BATTLEFIELD NHP

7200 Paredes Line Road, Brownsville, TX 78526 (956) 541-2785 | www.nps.gov/paal/index.htm

QUINTA MAZATLANÂ

600 Sunset Drive, McAllen, TX 78504 (956) 681-3370 | www.quintamazatlan.com

RANCHO LOMITAS NATIVE PLANT NURSERY 621 W. La Sagunada Road, Rio Grande City, TX 78582 (956) 486-2576 | www.rancholomitas.com

RESACA DE LA PALMA STATE PARK

1000 New Carmen Ave., Brownsville, TX 78521 (956) 350-2920 | tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/resacade-la-palma

RIO GRANDE CITY TROLLEY TOURS 406 E. Main St., Rio Grande City, TX (956) 487-0047

RIVERSIDE CLUB

214 E. Chimney Road, Mission, TX (956) 581-4477 | www.ontheriver.net

SABAL PALM SANCTUARY

8435 Sabal Palm Grove Road, Brownsville, TX 78521 (956) 541-8034 | www.sabalpalmsanctuary.org

SALINENO BIRD PRESERVE (VLF)

Starr County sites.google.com/site/aviansites/AvianSitesHome/TXSites/ salineno

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND BIRDING CENTER

6801 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597 (956) 761-6801 | www.spibirding.com

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND DOLPHIN RESEARCH & SEA LIFE NATURE CENTER 110 N. Garcia St., Port Isabel, TX 78578 (956) 299-1957 | spinaturecenter.com

TEXAS BORDER TOURS

221 Industrial Drive, Progreso Lakes, TX 78596 (956) 998-3940 | www.texasbordertours.com

THE BRYAN HOUSE

1113 E. 2 Mile Line, Mission, TX 78574 (956) 330-7497 | www.thebryanhouse.com

THE INN AT CHACHALACA BEND

36298 Chachalaca Bend, Los Fresnos, TX 78566 (956) 233-1180 | www.chachalaca.com

THE ORIGINAL DOLPHIN WATCH

33256 State Park Rd 100 Suite 104, South Padre Island, TX 78597 (956) 761-4243 | theoriginaldolphinwatch.net

VALLEY NATURE CENTER

301 S. Border Ave., Weslaco, TX 78596 (956) 969-2475 | www.valleynaturecenter.org

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The new 55,000-square-foot three-level venue will feature 1,975 square feet of private event space for corporate and social gatherings plus 72 climate-controlled hitting bays that can host up to six players at one time. Topgolf estimates it will serve approximately 300,000 visitors in its first year of operation and is expected to open in Fall 2018.

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The City of Pharr is rapidly becoming one of the best places to live in South Texas. Located in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley, Pharr offers low cost of living, an excellent education system,

MAIN EVENT

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multiple family-friendly entertainment venues, retail shops, restaurants, and warm weather yearround. Pharr is truly a onestop destination to shop,

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More Nonstops More Destinations

ATTRACTIONS & ENTERTAINMENT

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BENSTEN STATE PARK

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OLD HIDALGO PUMPHOUSE AND WORLD BIRDING CENTER

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BROWNSVILLE MUSEUM OF FINE ART AND LINEAR PARK

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HARLINGEN ARROYO COLORADO, McKELVEY PARK TRAILS, AND RAILROAD TRACK BRIDGE

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INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM OF ART & SCIENCE (IMAS)

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SOUTH PADRE ISLAND BIRDING AND NATURE CENTER

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McALLEN CONVENTION CENTER AND PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

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