Things To Do in San Benito
Exploring unique places in South Texas? Hop off the highway as you travel to South Padre Island and explore the city of San Benito, home to some of the most interesting things to do in the Rio Grande Valley. This little town is jam-packed with unique cultural finds like the Freddy Fender Museum, San Benito Cultural Heritage Museum and the Heavin Resaca Trail (a paved path along an 80-foot-wide waterway that winds through the city). Take a break from your road trip along the Texas border and spend a day experiencing small-town culture and history in San Benito.
Walk Along the Heavin Resaca Trail
In the middle of San Benito is a picturesque 80-foot-wide waterway, formally referred to as Resaca de los Fresnos.
This natural waterway is why San Benito is nicknamed “The Resaca City.”
Experience it firsthand and take a walk along the Heavin Resaca Trail, a 2.6-mile paved trail that runs through Kennedy and Heavin Park on both sides of the channel.
Wander past towering palm trees and watch wading birds and you’ll feel right at home in Texas’ tropical region.
Dine Like a Local
There’s delicious food everywhere you look in San Benito, which is why you should eat like one of the fine folks from The Resaca City. Start at La Especial Bakery, a family-owned business that’s served as a neighborhood meeting spot for over half a century. Visit and you’ll find (and smell) some of the best Mexican sweet breads and pastries in the Rio Grande Valley, and is (without a doubt) worth a stop during your time in San Benito.
For mouthwatering barbecue, all-you-can-eat beans, Texas-sized baked potatoes and sweet tea served in pitcher instead of a glass, head to the Longhorn Cattle Company. This unique restaurant has been in business since the 80s, and was featured as a must-see stop on the Texas Bucket List in 2019. Keep an eye out for the Longhorn Cattle Company’s longhorns, usually seen hanging out in the backyard.
Discover Culture and Music History at the Museums of San Benito
For a small fee, you can explore history and heritage at the Museums of San Benito: the San Benito History Museum, the Freddy Fender Museum and the Texas Conjunto Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Take a step back in time at the San Benito History Museum, where you’ll find artifacts and photographs from the city’s early days, then learn about the city’s music history at the Freddy Fender Museum and the Texas Conjunto Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
Long before Freddy Fender wrote the 70’s hit single “Before the Next Teardrop Falls,” he was writing songs in his hometown, San Benito. The city now celebrates the music legend with his own museum, where you can see Freddy’s Harley Davidson and his Grammy awards. Uncover even more music history at the Texas Conjunto Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Considering that San Benito is the birthplace of Conjunto, it’s only fitting that they have a museum honoring the genre and the talented musicians behind it. Once you explore these unique music museums, be sure to step outside and snap a photo of the city’s Freddy Fender water tower.
After diving into the city’s past, experience its artsy side at the San Benito Cultural Heritage Museum. Here, you’ll find different exhibits throughout the year that display work from local artists with an emphasis on San Benito culture and heritage.