651 Sunrise Blvd.
Brownsville, TX 78526
Phone: (956) 541-3332
Fax: (956) 621-2993
The first battle of a two year war between Mexico and the United States that ended in 1848, this historic site is where an artillery duel opened the Mexican War on May 8, 1846. The 3,400 acre site is the only unit of the National Park Service with a primary focus on the U.S.-Mexican War and the entire conflict is interpreted here.
At 31 acres (.13 square kilometers), the Gladys Porter Zoo has a variety of animals to watch and learn about the animal world. Animals such as tortoises, flamingos, wallabies, crocodiles, giraffes, lions, and rhinoceroses are all residents. For those who like reptiles and fish, there is a herpetarium and an aquatic portion of the zoo. There is an area to feed birds, and along with animals, there is a variety of plant life to help simulate different areas around the zoo.
With humble origins as a little wooden structure, the Immaculate Conception Cathedral is an imposing, Gothic-Revival style building completed in 1859. Some materials were transported over considerable distances for the church construction, while some were locally sourced; for example, the pulpit is built from native Mesquite. This is one of the earliest churches of Brownsville. Many remarkable elements of the Cathedral were contributed by devoted parishioners, such as the bells, chapel, various repairs, organ, and works of art.
Established by Henry Miller in 1850, Stillman House Museum was once home to Charles Stillman, the founder of Brownsville, a man who helped transport troops on his riverboat during the Mexican-American War. The Stillman House Museum displays relics from the Brownsville of years gone by. Although the furnishings may not be the originals which the Stillman's used, they are from the period in which the house was built and used.
The Palo Alto Battlefield is where the first battle of the Mexican-American War took place on May 8, 1846. At the site are exhibits and an orientation video to better understand the causes and consequences of the war between these two great nations. From the parking lot to the overlook of the battlefield is a walk of about a half mile (0.8 kilometers), although those with special needs may use a separate road. Activities occur throughout the year, check the website for details.
Acres of beautiful landscape characterizes the Sabal Palm Sanctuary. The sanctuary is the one of the few places in the United States with a diverse ecosystem, very different from most forests in the country. Besides the beautiful Sabal palms, birds, butterflies, and other creatures abound through the miles of trails. For larger groups, tours can be scheduled to make the most out of your visit to the Sabal Palm Sanctuary.
Palmito Ranch Battlefield is one of the most important sites within the history of the Civil War, located across a large chunk of windy, marshy prairie in the very south of Texas. This site hosted the final major battle of the Civil War, started by a spontaneous assault by a Union general in the midst of a peace treaty. After the conflict, General Edmund Kirby officially surrendered his confederate troops, and America's bloodiest conflict finally came to an end.
Jackson Street is a historic location in Downtown Harlingen. It throbs with life day in and day out. Lined by myriad shops, eateries, clubs and other fun spots, this street is a must-visit when in Harlingen! Reputed for its world class antique and jewelery shops, other attractions here are the 'Jackson Street Market Days' held on the first Saturday of every month, where the old-world charm of open-air street-shopping can be felt. The annual Christmas parade and diverse street events and festivals are also held here. Jackson Street is more than a street; it's an experience. Go live it!
If you ever find yourself in the petite city of Harlingen, Texas, then be sure to explore the Downtown area, because it is here that the real cultural and entertainment pulse of the city can be felt. For avid shoppers, there is no better place in the city, as the area. Starting from Jackson Avenue to Harrison Avenue, this place is filled with a range of shops, from jewelry stores to home furnishing and antiques. Of course, so much shopping means you will need to refuel and recharge. Do not fret, as Downtown Harlingen is stocked with restaurants serving various cuisines, from Mexican to Southern American delicacies. Downtown Harlingen is also the place to experience the city's cultural life, as it is the venue for several prominent events, including parades and fairs, in the area.
Lt. George Gutierrez Jr. Park/La Placita is one of the many public recreation parks of Harlingen. Named after Lt. George Gutierrez Jr., martyr of the Vietnam war, the park occupies 2 acres of green land with picnic areas, benches, a bandstand and a children's playground. For some evening relaxation or a casual hangout, Lt. George Gutierrez Jr. Park/La Placita is the ideal place. Call for more information.
Located right near the city center of Harlingen is the Pendleton Park. This park is a haven for all sport lovers, as it comes with incredible facilities for tennis, baseball and even golf. The sprawling 47 acres includes 18 tennis courts, 6 Little League baseball fields, and even a tennis pro shop. However, the park is not just a place for sports enthusiasts. It also is a great place to bring the whole family for a picnic as there are picnic tables, a barbecue pit and even a playground with equipment where kids can play. Pendleton Park is a nice place to be on a quiet and lazy Sunday.
Visit this plantation that specializes in the magic healing plant, aloe vera, and allows visitors to see how this plant is grown, harvested, and processed. A variety of aloe products are available in the on site gift shop. Group tours are available.