Things To Do in Harlingen
Harlingen is a Mecca for birding. Centrally located in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, and in the heart of the central flyway, the varied habitats of Harlingen can be exciting anytime of the year.
With over 400 species of birds having been found in the vicinity of Harlingen, and an additional 130 species elsewhere in the Valley, the attraction for birders is obvious. Of these 530 species, close to 30 of them are “Valley specialties”. Residents include Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Great Kiskadee, Green Jay, Altamira Oriole, Tropical Kingbird, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Green and Ringed Kingfishers, and Northern Beardless Tyrannulet to list a few.
Locally, Hugh Ramsey Nature Park (Harlingen’s wing of the World Birding Centers) is home to many of the above species, as well as Olive Sparrow, Long-billed Thrasher, and Common Birding Pauraque. This 55-acre park is less than 3 miles from downtown Harlingen, and offers trails, photo blinds, gardens, a covered pavilion and restrooms. The second parcel of the World Birding Center is called the Harlingen Thicket, and is less than 2 miles south of downtown along the Arroyo Colorado. Although a smaller park, it also offers nature trails and breathtaking views.
Between September and May, Harlingen offers the ultimate for birders!
Great sports facilities and tropical weather keep youth baseball, softball and soccer teams returning to tournaments such as the PONY Fast Pitch Softball and USSSA. From the 80 acre Harlingen Sports Complex with 12 softball / baseball fields and the Harlingen Soccer Complex with its 10 fields to Victor Park, athletes of all ages enjoy year-round play with PONY and Bronco Leagues, girls’ and boys’ teams, youth and adult leagues
The expanded HEB Tennis Center at Pendleton Park offers 18 lighted tennis courts. With bleacher seating, the facility is suitable for tournament play. Harlingen Country Club is the site of a USTA Men’s Futures tournament. Harlingen’s flat terrain and bike trails bring cyclists for long distance and casual jaunts.
With 365 days of sunny weather, the Rio Grande Valley has more playable days of golf per year than anywhere else in the United States. With four public courses and one private course, Harlingen has a course for you, whether you’re a beginner or a pro.
Additionally, Harlingen is the only city in the Rio Grande Valley to have all inclusive playgrounds. These state of the art parks allow every child to enjoy time in the playground. Lon C. Hill, Pendleton & Victor Park.
Harlingen Arts & Heritage Museum
The Paso Real Stagecoach Inn built during the Civil War, city founder Lon C. Hill’s home with a secret passage to shelter children during bandit raids, and Harlingen’s first hospital, help tell the story of this area’s earliest days. A permanent collection of photos of Harlingen’s heyday plus various traveling exhibits makes this museum a must stop.
The environment in which you host your meeting or event matters just as much as the catered food, the décor or even the number of people who attend. The Harlingen Convention Center has a natural flow, organic design elements and fully customizable spaces. Whether you are planning on attending or hosting a conference, corporate meeting, business gathering or a social event, the Harlingen Convention Center welcomes your group to experience the beauty and unique culture of the Rio Grande Valley. At 44,000 square feet, the Harlingen Convention Center is one of the largest event venues in South Texas capable of hosting 1,800 guests. The space is adaptable for social events like weddings and quinceañeras or corporate events, trade shows, and expos.
Harlingen, TX 78550