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Top 14 Things To Do In Uvalde, Texas - Updated 2020

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Founded as the town of Encino in the 1800s, Uvalde Texas is only a few miles away from the Mexico border. The town’s population is a little under 16,000 people and was home to many successful people including a vice president and an Oscar award winner. Uvalde is a hot place with summers being dry and humid and tends to cool down by the winter months so all this great weather year-round means that Uvalde is a great place to do a little outdoor adventuring. Uvalde is also home to parks, theaters, and an aircraft museum, so this relatively small city is not short of things to do. If you’re still wondering what to do in Uvalde, and where to stay if you find yourself in the area, then read on and check out some of the best things to do in Uvalde, Texas.

1. Go birding at Fort Inge

Fort Inge archaeological site

Fort Inge is a historic piece of history and is a top Uvalde tourist attraction. Built in 1849 the fort was meant to protect against Indian raids on US mail carriers going along the route from San Antonio to El Paso. It is now on the register of historic places in Uvalde and a great place for bird watching and observing local nature.

Fort Inge

Address: Fort Inge, Texas 78801, USA

Website: Fort Inge

Opening hours: Sat - Sun: 8am - 6pm; (closed on Mon - Fri)

Price: Free

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2. Take a look at the ponds seen in Uvalde National Fish Hatchery

Uvalde National Fish Hatchery Fishing Derby 2015
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Get a glimpse of more local wildlife at the fish hatchery. Watch nature take its course and see the fish egg hatch. Learn about the high-tech water filtration system and all the exotic fish in their ponds. The hatchery hopes to expand the numbers of a few endangered fish and sea life species. For visitors, it is a great way to learn about aqua life.

Uvalde National Fish Hatchery

Address: 754 County Rd 203, Uvalde, TX 78801, USA

Website: Uvalde National Fish Hatchery

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 7:30am - 3:30pm (closed on Sat & Sun)

Price: Free

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3. Enjoy the classical artworks at Briscoe Art And Antique Collection

Thomas Gainsborough - Portrait
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Mr. and Mrs. Briscoe was once the governor and governess and both came from the area. Although there are several works here that most people probably will not be able to afford (like works from Rembrandt, Salinas, and Gainsborough) it’s worth a trip to check out everything they have here and treat the spot like a museum.

Briscoe Art And Antique Collection

Address: 200 E. Nopal St., in Uvalde

Website: Briscoe Art And Antique Collection

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 9am - 3pm (closed on Sat & Sun)

Price: Inquire for rates via phone

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4. Dive into the Uvalde Swimming Pool

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For anyone not in the know, this is Texas and it gets hot in Texas. Especially during the summer months. Head to where the locals do and cool off in the swimming pool. Work on your tan a little and then dive right in. The pool is centrally located and open from June through August.

Uvalde Swimming Pool

Address: E Nopal St, Uvalde, TX 78801, USA

Website: Uvalde Swimming Pool

Opening hours: 2pm - 6pm (daily)

Price: 5 USD

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5. Hike the trails of Cook's Slough Sanctuary

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Put on your hiking shoes and go for a walk through one of Uvalde’s tourist spots and best kept natural spaces. The Slough Sanctuary is full of birds and animals and is a great way to spend some time in nature. The area is over 25 acres (11 hectares) and includes wetlands, wildlife viewing stations, and rest spots.

Cook's Slough Sanctuary

Address: Uvalde, TX 78801, USA

Website: Cook’s Slough Sancutary

Opening hours: 8am - 5pm (daily)

Price: Free

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6. Enjoy free reading at El Progreso Public Library & Museum

You Can Do I.T. @ the El Progreso Memorial Library
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Not only documenting the area of Uvalde but much of the area around Southwest Texas as well, the El Progreso Public Library & Museum is a perfect way to learn about the history of Texas from the first settlers to what it is today. The building is modern and well-kept. If you’re not into learning about history, pick up a book and do a little reading about whatever you want for free.

El Progreso Public Library & Museum

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Website: El Progreso Public Library & Museum

Opening hours: Mon - Wed: 10am - 6pm; Tue - Thur: 10am - 7pm; Fri: 10am - 4pm; Sat: 10am - 2pm

Price: Free

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7. Play a game of golf at Uvalde Memorial Golf Course

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Practice your swing or hit the links at the Uvalde Memorial Golf Course. The public golf course has been a place of not only golfing but for a lot of community events and fundraisers. Enjoy the wide-open scenery while you play or just practice your drive at the driving range. The Uvalde Memorial Golf Course is a perfect place for beginners and experts alike.

Uvalde Memorial Golf Course

Address: 221 E Doughty St, Uvalde, TX 78801, USA

Website: Uvalde Memorial Golf Course

Opening hours: 7am - 7pm (daily)

Price: 25 USD

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8. Get lunch at Hangar 6 Air Cafe

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The Hangar 6 Air Cafe is not only a great cafe to get a delicious meal but it is also a part of Texas history. The old hangar was previously used to store planes when the nearby airfield was being used by the army. The local airfield helped train over 200,000 pilots for the second world war and now is home to to the Hangar 6 Air Cafe. It is open for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Hangar 6 Air Cafe

Address: 249 Airport, Uvalde Rd, Uvalde, TX 78801, United States

Website: Hangar 6 Air Cafe

Opening hours:Mon - Tue: 11am - 3pm; Wed - Fri: 11am - 9pm; Sat - Sun: 8am - 3pm

Price: 10 USD

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9. Have a delicious breakfast at Magillacuddy's

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Magillacuddy’s is a Uvalde staple. Aiming to bring “the tastes of the world to Uvalde”, Magillacuddy’s has a large menu of just about everything you can want. From classic American burgers and fries to Asian fusion and of course, Mexican favorites. Enjoy a Texas-sized breakfast in the morning with thick-cut bacon and eggs or head over at any other time of the day and enjoy a fresh meal prepared as you order.

Magillacuddy's

Address: 3002, 104 W Antonio St, Uvalde, TX 78801, United States

Website: Magillacuddy’s

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 8am - 9pm (closed on Sun)

Price: 15 USD

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10. Enjoy a thick and juicy BBQ at Oasis Outback BBQ & Grill

Close-up of a piece of juicy steak on a fork
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If you’re looking something that is the most quintessentially Texas thing ever, then Oasis Outback BBQ & Grill is the place for you. Enjoy a thick cut of juicy steak grilled to perfection or check out the daily specials. While you wait for your meal you can head over to the gun shop or hunting outfitters and check out some of their wares. Oasis Outback also specializes in hunting equipment and gear so it’s a combination hunting store and restaurant.

Oasis Outback BBQ & Grill

Address: 2900 E Main St, Uvalde, TX 78801, USA

Website: Oasis Outback BBQ & Grill

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 10:30am - 9pm (closed on Sunday)

Price: 10 - 30 USD

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11. Get some sweet treats at Sweet Sunrise Cakes

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So now that you’ve had some of the best food in Uvalde, why not satisfy your sweet tooth and head on over to Sweet Sunrise Cakes. This fancy cake shop does everything from birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and baby showers, but of course, you can always just stop in and pick up a little something for yourself. Get some cake pops, sugar cookies, or any other assortment of baked goodies.

Sweet Sunrise Cakes

Address: 628 Sunrise Ave, Uvalde, TX 78801, USA

Website: Sweet Sunrise Cakes

Opening hours: 10am - 5pm (closed on Sat & Sun)

Price: 18 USD

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12. Have a scoop of cold treats at Jenny's Ice Cream & Snacks

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As previously mentioned, it gets really hot in Texas–so why not cool off with a little frozen treat? Jenny’s Ice Cream & Snacks is located just off the main street in Uvalde and is a great place to spend a hot afternoon. Jenny’s serves lots of delicious snacks from ice cream to milkshakes and lots of other things as well. It is truly a staple in the Uvalde community.

Jenny's Ice Cream & Snacks

Address: 117 S Getty St, Uvalde, TX 78801, USA

Website: Jenny’s Ice Cream & Snacks

Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 12am - 7pm (closed on Monday)

Price: 5 USD

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13. Look for one-of-a-kind books at El Progreso Used Book Store

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The El Progreso Library also has a used book store. If you’re looking to take a souvenir back with you from your time in here, check out the library’s used book store. They have a lot of things there for a really discounted price and sometimes you’ll even be able to get your hands on a rare find. A perfect afternoon for book lovers!

El Progreso Used Book Store

Address: 301 W Main St, Uvalde, TX 78801, USA

Website: El Progreso Memorial Library

Opening hours: Mon - Wed: 10am - 6pm; Tue - Thur: 10am - 7pm; Fri: 10am - 4pm; Sat: 10am - 2pm

Price: From 1 USD

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14. Chill out at Lone Star Saloon

live music @ Club Evans
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Enjoy some live music, cold beers, and maybe even learn to line dance. The Lone Star Saloon is the place where locals go to kick back on a weekend evening to enjoy some live music and hang out with friends. The Lone Star Saloon also hosts events like a flea market and live performances.

Lone Star Saloon

Address: 2429 Milam St, Uvalde, TX 78801, USA

Website: Lone Star Saloon

Opening hours: 11am - 12pm (daily)

Price: 5 USD

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Good fun in Uvalde

Downtown Uvalde
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Uvalde might not be as big as some other town in Texas but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in things to do. Explore the great outdoors and indulge in some Texas food favorites and experience real life in Texas, make sure to check out the best things to do in Uvalde.

Frequently asked questions about the best things to do in Uvalde, Texas

1. What are the top attractions to visit in Uvalde?

When you visit Uvalde, make sure you don’t miss their top attractions. Fort Inge, Briscoe Art And Antique Collection, and Slough Sanctuary are just some of the best places you can visit in Uvalde.

2. What are the best outdoor activities in Uvalde?

If you love the outdoors, then you’ll definitely enjoy a day out in nature. Go bird-watching and hiking in Fort Inge and Slough Sanctuary, or take a dip in Uvalde Swimming Pool. You can also have a fun game of golf in Sanctuary Uvalde Memorial Golf Course.

3. What are the most popular things to do with kids and family in Uvalde?

Have a funfilled day with the family and take the kids to Uvalde National Fish Hatchery to observe some fish eggs hatching, or have a refreshing swim in Uvalde Swimming Pool. Afterward, why not enjoy some sweet treats from Sweet Sunrise Cakes, and Jenny’s Ice Cream & Snacks.

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Alex is a Canadian university graduate with degrees in English literature and History. He was born in Montreal and when he's not traveling he enjoys movies, video games, playing the drums and...Read more

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