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Harlingen, Texas

Attractions in Harlingen

Experience Harlingen, a dynamic and colorful town known for its fantastic birding, sunny weather, and vibrant culture. Nestled in the heart of the tropical Rio Grande Valley in South Texas, this place offers a wealth of recreational opportunities and a fun mixture of Mexican and American culture. Browse the many murals in downtown Harlingen, find rare birds in the Hugh Ramsey Nature Park, clear your mind in the healing gardens of Hilltop Gardens, and more. Of course, these are just a few of the many attractions in Harlingen. Read on to get a taste of what this tropical town has to offer.  


Downtown Harlingen
Enjoy fantastic shopping and dining in downtown Harlingen, home to quirky antique stores, locally owned restaurants, and more than a dozen spectacular murals. Harlingen’s downtown is very much the heart of the city, where you’ll find many of the town’s events being held. Walking and Segway tours are available if you’d like a guided trek through downtown.
East Jackson Avenue and North 3rd Street
Harlingen, TX 78550
(956) 216-4910

Harlingen Arts and Heritage Museum
The Harlingen Arts and Heritage Museum is a comprehensive museum that showcases the town’s history. Along with its main building, the museum features three historic structures: the original home of Harlingen’s founder, Lon C. Hill; the town’s first hospital; and the Paso Real Stagecoach Inn. The museum, formerly known as the Rio Grande Valley Museum, is open every day except Mondays and major holidays.
2425 Boxwood Street
Harlingen, TX 78550
(956) 216-4900

Harlingen Performing Arts Theatre
Attend a play or musical at the Harlingen Performing Arts Theatre, a community-based theater that hosts locally produced and professional productions. The theater’s season typically begins in November and ends in April.
1209 Fair Park Boulevard
Harlingen, TX 78550
(956) 412-7529

Hilltop Gardens
Relax and unwind at Hilltop Gardens, a tropical healing garden and organic farm about 25 miles northwest of downtown Harlingen. A sensory garden, memorial aloe garden, healing garden, and children’s garden are available to explore. An on-site inn provides the opportunity to extend your stay among the tranquil gardens. 
100 Lee Lane
Lyford, TX 78569
(956) 262-2176

Hugh Ramsey Nature Park
Relish Harlingen’s tropical beauty and enjoy some of the best birding in South Texas at Hugh Ramsey Nature Park, which is part of the World Birding Center. Hiking and nature trails wind through a dense forest of honey mesquite, Texas ebony, and huisache trees that are home to a diverse set of butterfly and bird species, including green kingfishers, neotropic cormorants, and orange-crowned warblers in the winter. Several photo blinds are available for birdwatching and wildlife photography. 
1001 South Loop 499
Harlingen, TX 78550
(956) 427-8873

Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge
Wildlife and birdwatching enthusiasts must visit the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, a sprawling 97,000-acre natural area home to hundreds of species of birds, mammals, butterflies, and reptiles. The refuge is an important wintering destination for hundreds of thousands of migratory birds, such as redhead ducks and double-crested cormorants, as well as the home to a small population of ocelots. Hiking and biking trails, driving routes, and kayak tours can be found within the refuge.
22817 Ocelot Road
Los Fresnos, TX 78566
(956) 748-3607

Valley Race Park
The Valley Race Park is a 6,000-seat venue that hosts greyhound and horse racing in Harlingen. Racing season begins in December and ends in April at the raceway, which features terraced seating, a clubhouse restaurant, a bar, and party rooms.
2601 South Ed Carey Drive
Harlingen, TX 78552
(956) 412-7223

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