Victoria, TX 77901
With a history dating back to the 1600s, Victoria is one of the oldest cities in Texas. A rich history, diverse culture, outdoor activities and unique festivals make Victoria the perfect spot for a weekend retreat or a base camp for coastal bend adventure.
Victoria has a variety of overnight accommodations for your weekend getaway - from new hotels to historic bed & breakfasts and guest houses. One great option is The Inn on Main in the heart of downtown Victoria. It is easily accessible to dining and nightlife and right in the middle of Old Victoria and the Historic Driving Tour. ExploreVictoriaTexas.com/hotels/
With more than 50 locally owned eateries, bakeries and coffee shops, foodies will be delighted! Huvar’s Artisan Market, offers fresh, unique food in downtown Victoria. Don’t miss their Pizza Night on Friday and Saturdays! It’s the best in town. The Pump House Riverside Restaurant & Bar is located in a restored pump house on the banks of the Guadalupe River. Dine on the patio and enjoy live music and romance, or bring the kids – they’ll love the fried mac & cheese. Fossati’s Delicatessen is the oldest deli in Texas - family owned for generations. The chicken salad melt is a treat. The Great Coastal Texas Barbecue Trail features eight BBQ joints in and just outside of Victoria. Chow down at three of the BBQ joints and Explore Victoria will give you a free t-shirt! CoastalTexasBBQTrail.com
After dinner, take advantage of the nightlife scene. Have a drink at the The Sendera’s Tequila Bar as you enjoy the view of the city! Best selection of tequila around with more than 100 to choose from. Excellent eats, also! Moonshine Drinkery is located in historic downtown Victoria. With a kicked up southern feel, great drinks, live music, hand crafted cocktails and Moonshine, it’s the perfect spot for happy hour or after dinner drinks.
Explore nature in Riverside Park! Spanning 562 acres, the park includes a rose garden, duck pond, children’s playground and Riverside Golf Course. Go birding or take a stroll on the Athey Nature Trail. Take a trip down the Guadalupe River. You can rent kayaks, paddle boards, or tubes from Gerry’s Kayaks right in the center of the park. They’ll even drop you off at the load in spot! For folks who are more interested in exploring the trails, bike rentals are also available. While in the park, check out the animals at The Texas Zoo.
Learn about Texas History at the Museum of the Coastal Bend. The museum explores the last 13,000 years of history on the Texas coast including the stories of the earliest indigenous residents, the ill-fated French colony of Fort St. Louis, the Spanish missions, and the ranchers that started the Texas cattle industry. Kids of all ages can even learn to throw an ancient spear with an atlatl (ancient spear.)
Take the Old Victoria Driving Tour featuring more than 80 Historic Homes and Buildings – many listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Learn about some of Victoria’s earliest citizens and see the architecture of their homes. The tour includes the 1892 Courthouse and Fossati’s Delicatessen, the oldest deli in Texas.
Whether you stay for a day, week, or even longer, a trip to Victoria is sure to be a memorable experience. Trip ideas can be found at ExploreVictoriaTexas.com.
Victoria, TX 77901