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Victoria, Texas
700 North Main Street
Victoria, TX 77901
Victoria, Texas

7 Ways to Enjoy the Great Outdoors in Victoria

By Melanie Kross

Victoria is blessed with so many natural outdoor wonders, it is hard to know where to start. The largest city in the south-central area of Texas, Victoria offers a multitude of outdoor adventures and plenty of green space, in addition to more than 280 days (about 9 months) of sunshine a year. Who would not love to shed those winter blues in this outdoor enthusiast’s haven? Play in the parks, hike or bike on the trails, fish from a pier, or see some of the area's feathered friends up close and personal. If you are looking for a great weekend getaway where you can immerse yourself in the beauty of the Lone Star State, here are seven ways to enjoy the great outdoors in Victoria.

Riverside Park, the Outdoor Enthusiast's Paradise

Pack a picnic basket and head to Riverside Park, 660 acres of woodland bordered by four and one-half miles of the Beautiful Guadalupe River, where you will discover 200 shaded picnic areas complete with tables and barbeque pits. Outdoor enthusiasts and those just looking to relax will both love this large green space. Multiple playscapes let kids get their energy out, and there are access points for launching watercraft onto the river.

Want to get active? You have come to the right place. Hike or bike the multitude of scenic trails, try fishing off the pier, play disc golf or pick up a game of basketball. Every family member and friend will have a blast with so many options for outdoor fun. Flow Paddle Co. leases kayaks and paddleboards, as well as disc golf rentals at the park. From 9 am to 6 pm, they offer kayaks, paddleboards, and canoes for half or full days, as well as lessons and guided tours for people who have not gained their sea legs.

Have you worked up an appetite? Check out PumpHouse Riverside Restaurant and Bar which sits beneath the 250-year-old teak and iron gates housed in a restored historic building. Enjoy delicious New American cuisine, irresistible drinks and live music on the huge outdoor deck that overlooks the Guadalupe. You will not find a more sensational sunset view.