Best Things To Do In Harlingen, Texas

things to do in harlingen texas

Harlingen, Texas, is a town in the south of Texas. It is the known as the capital of the Rio Grande Valley and you will find this town approximately 30 miles (48 km) from the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. It also has the distinction of being the fourth largest city in the Rio Grande Valley. With plenty to do and see and lots of entertainment for the kids, here are some fun things to do in Harlingen:

1. Harlingen Arts and Heritage Museum

Posted by Harlingen Arts & Heritage Museum on Friday, 13 June 2014

A view of the living room in Lon C. Hill's home.

Posted by Harlingen Arts & Heritage Museum on Friday, 28 September 2012

This is nice art museum where you can learn about the history of Harlingen. Harlingen is rich in its history and it is fun to learn about the early days. I love exploring museums and seeing how life used to be. The museum consists of not one, but three historical buildings. In the main museum building, you will find rotating arts and cultural exhibits. As for the three building, they are:

1) The original home of Lon C. Hill - Harlingen’s town founder

2) Harlingen’s first hospital

3) The Paso Real Stagecoach Inn

Harlingen Arts and Heritage Museum

Address: 2425 Boxwood Street, Harlingen, TX

Website: Harlingen Arts and Heritage Museum

2. Hugh Ramsey Nature Park

Posted by Jarrel Wilson on Thursday, 30 March 2017

Birds and bobcats are just some of the exciting animals you can spot at this park. Locals and tourists enjoy being out in the open and taking in the beauty of nature and all it has to offer. If you love to walk, hike or just explore nature, this place is for you.

Hugh Ramsey Nature Park

Address: 1001 S. Loop 499, Harlingen, TX

Website: Hugh Ramsey Nature Park

3. World Birding Center

Posted by Wbc Birding on Friday, 29 June 2012

Posted by Cindy-Mike Vasquez on Sunday, 1 January 2017

This place is a nice place for a walk, which many people enjoy doing here. Kids and adults alike, love coming here for the more than 500 bird species that can be found here. Also, float trips and hands-on, state-of-the-art educational exhibits are available at this not to be missed spot.

World Birding Center

Address: 900 Fair Park Blvd, Harlingen, TX

Website: World Birding Center

4. Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum

Posted by Lisa L Aguilar on Monday, 15 May 2017

This statue of six military men highlights the victory of capturing Mount Suribachi, following the invasion of Iwo Jima. Two flags were raised here. Lots of people come to pay tribute to the statue and the men. The Iwo Jima Museum is also here. It is free of charge.

Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum

Address: 320 Iwo Jima Blvd, Harlingen, TX

Website: Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum

5. Jackson Street Market Days

Jackson Street Market Day, Saturday, February 4 from 9 am to 3 pm. Shop the booths and the shops for Valentines Day gifts! Music, food, fun, and more!

Posted by Downtown Harlingen on Friday, 3 February 2017

Tomorrow we will be out at Harlingen Jackson Street Market Days 9am-3pm ✨ Come on out to see a variety of vendors, listen to live music, and chow down on some good grub ⛺️🎶🍗

Posted by Lotus Lifestyle Designs on Friday, 5 May 2017

On the first Saturday of every month, downtown Harlingen holds an open-air street fair. The locals love to come here to shop for antiques and collectibles, crafts, produce and of course, food. This is a free, open to the public event, that also boasts live entertainment. If you happen to be in town at this time, be sure to make some time to stop here.

Jackson Street Market Days

Address: 401 E Jackson St, Harlingen, TX

Website: Jackson Street Market Days

6. Arroyo Park

Posted by Cony Grave Matei on Sunday, 12 March 2017

Posted by Wade Hood on Saturday, 6 May 2017

This is a nice playground and park for everyone, Kids enjoy the playground and parents and adults like to jog and walk here. It is a place that is worth visiting with the family.

Arroyo Park

Address: 701 E New Hampshire Street, Harlingen, TX

Website: Arroyo Park

7. La Feria Nature Center

Posted by Julie Hrovat on Sunday, 23 April 2017

Posted by Stephanie Estrada on Monday, 25 July 2016

Posted by Letie Chacon on Thursday, 24 November 2016

La Feria Nature Center is located outside of Harlingen, but it is a short drive to get there. It is in La Feria, Texas. There are lots of beautiful birds to see here. It is a place that is fun to explore and discover nature while doing so. There is a nice playground for the kids to play in as well.

La Feria Nature Center

Address: S Rabb Rd, La Feria, TX 78559

8. Rio Grande Valley Museum

Learn more about petrified wood and the environment that was the Rio Grande Valley some 27 million years ago. Sunday Speaker Series will begin at 2 p.m.

Posted by Museum of South Texas History on Sunday, 24 July 2016

The CacheTones fill MOSTHistory's Grand Lobby with vibrant music and wonderful stories about Rio Grande Valley living.

Posted by Museum of South Texas History on Sunday, 22 November 2015

The Rio Grande Valley Museum is a history museum, in Harlingen, that is educational for all. Guided tours with knowledgeable guides are available and the museum is free of charge. Events like live shows and book readings are held here, which tell about the rich history of the Rio Grande Valley and Harlingen. It is great for kids and adults alike. Check out the exhibits and stay for a history lesson. Lots of fun to be had by all.

Rio Grande Valley Museum

Address: Boxwood at Raintree, Harlingen, TX

Website: Rio Grande Valley Museum

9. Twinkets & Friends

Posted by Twinkets & Friends on Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Posted by Twinkets & Friends on Tuesday, 14 June 2016

There are many antique and handcrafted items to buy at Trinkets & Friends, or just browse. It is an antique store owned by a pair of very sweet and loving twins, who greet you with lots of warmth and love. This place is fun to go and explore and you will find some really interesting things here. There is something for everyone at Twinkets & Friends, so I am sure you will find something to take home. Have fun shopping.

Twinkets & Friends

Address: 122 ½ W. Jackson Street, Harlingen, TX

Some last words about Harlingen

View of the Rio Grande Valley from the old University of Albuquerque NM
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user John Phelan used under CC BY 3.0

Harlingen, Texas, is a city that is known as the capital of the Rio Grande Valley. It is close to the Gulf of Mexico, so when you are done sightseeing for the day, visit the ocean and relax. The city has lots and lots to offer, in terms of history and culture. There is plenty of natural beauty here, as well. The places mentioned bring you closer to nature and it is a place that is really worth stopping in, to have a look around. Kids and adults alike enjoy this place. Texas is a big state with lots to see and do and each town has its own charm, as does Harlingen. Be sure to stop by and take in the sights with family.

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