Victoria, TX 77901
Things To Do in Victoria
Explore the Rich History
Explore Texas history with a visit to the Museum of the Coastal Bend. You can see La Salle’s cannons and learn to throw an atlatl (ancient spear.) Visit the Street of Ten Friends monument at the corner of North and Main Streets. Take the Old Victoria Driving Tour and experience the architecture of earlier days. Along the way, stop at De Leon Plaza and see the monuments. Drive through Riverside Park and read the stories of major historic events on Victoria’s “A Trail through Time” Signage. Pay your respects to founding residents at the oldest town cemeteries - Memorial Square and Historic Evergreen Cemetery.
Get to Know Riverside Park
With over 500 acres of woodland to explore, Riverside Park is a nature lover’s paradise. Take a walk along the Athey Nature Trail and get acquainted with the birds. Go for a run or a bike ride. Visit the animals at The Texas Zoo. Play a round of golf at Riverside Golf Course or take in a game of disc golf along the river. Tour the Rose Garden or feed the ducks at the duck pond. Paddle your way down the Guadalupe River – Gerry’s Kayaks has rentals available. Take advantage of all that Riverside Park has to offer.
Follow the Great Coastal Texas BBQ Trail
The trail is comprised of eight barbecue establishments located in and just outside of Victoria. Some of the BBQ joints have been around for years. A few have taken advantage of the recent food truck rage to showcase their skills. From sit down restaurants to food trucks, you’ll find the barbecue as varied as the pit masters who create it. All locally-owned establishments, most owners are the actual pit masters. And, they’re happy to feed you. Whether it’s the meat, the sides or homemade desserts, these folks put their heart and soul into making your experience an unforgettable one.
You won’t find just the typical barbecue dishes here. Many have special recipes with a certain culinary flair that you don’t often find while eating barbecue. The loaded chicken avocado plate, pit master sandwich, trucker special, crawfish tamales and the mesquite smoked burger are just a few. Not sure what to try, just ask and they’ll be glad to tell you!
Take in the Local Music Scene
Victoria is a must visit destination for music lovers. Home to eight annual music festivals, spanning such genres as Country, Tejano, Classical, Blues, Funk and Rock - Victoria’s music is as diverse as its population. Of the eight annual music festivals, Bootfest – showcasing Texas Country and Tejano music – is the largest. Held the first weekend in October, Bootfest celebrates the area’s great food and music. The Victoria Bach Festival is a week-long festival held each June. Works of composers spanning the ages - orchestral, choral, and chamber - are performed by local and nationally acclaimed artists.
Victoria, TX 77901