10 Best Things To Do In Victoria, Texas - Updated 2021

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Victoria, Texas, is a city known as “the Crossroads”, because of its location. This is due to the fact that it is about a two-hour drive from the popular and big Texan towns of Corpus Christi, Houston, San Antonio, and Austin. This town is not as big or as popular as the bigger cities, but it has its own charm - it’s also rich in history and culture. Visitors have plenty of stay options, from top-notch Airbnbs to pocket-friendly hotels and holiday rentals. If you’re planning a trip here, be sure to check out these things to do in Victoria, Texas.

1. See the animals at the Texas Zoo

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Don’t know what to do in Victoria, Texas? This delightful zoo, known as the National Zoo of Texas, is great for kids and families alike. There are a variety of exotic animals here, some you can even get up close to. Lions, tigers and owls and just a few of the animals you will see here. Also, there is a small train for kids, here. Last, but not least, the zoo is totally catered for families, since it holds special events on such occasions as Earth Day and Halloween.

The Texas Zoo

Address: 110 Memorial Drive, Victoria, TX

Website: The Texas Zoo

2. Take your kids to Children’s Discovery Museum

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A fun and educational museum for kids, the Children’s Discovery Museum is geared towards kids, but adults love it here, too. A lot of people agree that this is a great place to bring kids on a hot day. They get to cool off and explore a great museum at the same time. There are plenty of hands-on exhibits for kids to enjoy here, also. As for admission, it is 7.50 USD per person and kids 23 months and under get in for free.

Children’s Discovery Museum

Address: 1205 Sam Houston St., Victoria, TX

Website: Children’s Discovery Museum

3. See the art at Nave Museum

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This exciting fine art and history museum is the oldest art museum in the city. Here you can see travelling exhibits of art from both classical and modern eras. Basically, this museum showcases six to eight diverse and compelling exhibits, each year. It is closed on Mondays and in between exhibits, but it is open Tuesday through Friday from 12 pm to 6 pm and from 12 pm to 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Lastly, it is always free of charge to the public. This is a great idea for a family-friendly activity in Victoria.

Nave Museum

Address: 306 W. Commercial St, Victoria, TX

Website: Nave Museum

4. Shop for fresh produce at Downtown Farmers Market Victoria

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On certain Saturdays, from 9 am-1 pm, part of downtown Victoria is converted into a fresh food market. The locals get their fresh produce here and so can you. You will find all kinds of fresh jams, jellies, bread, fresh dried herbs and flowers, here. The market also features outdoor events, such as concerts, so be sure to check the schedule. Make it a point to check out the Victoria Farmers Market on Saturday and support the local community, while picking up some fresh groceries.

Downtown Farmers Market Victoria

Address: 101 N Main, Victoria, TX

Facebook: Downtown Farmers Market Victoria

5. Tour and take photos at the 1892 Victoria County Courthouse

Victoria County Courthouse, Victoria, Texas
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The 1892 Victoria County Courthouse is breathtaking and a stop not to be missed. The history of Victoria is highlighted here, so be sure to stop and take some pictures. The historic building took ten months to complete and was designed by the renowned architect J. Riely Gordon. The square around the courthouse is well maintained and again, this is a place to make memories with a couple of nice family photos.

The 1892 Victoria County Courthouse

Address: 115 N Bridge Street, Suite 203, Victoria, TX

Website: The 1892 Victoria County Courthouse

6. Spend an afternoon with your kids at Riverside Park Children's Playground

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If you’re traveling with kids, there are plenty of fun things to do in Victoria. As you can tell from the name, this is a cute park and playground, but that’s not all. Riverside Park Children’s Playground houses a zoo and a splash pad for kids, which is great since Texas gets hot and humid during the summer. Kids and adults alike, love to explore the animals here and cool off. The park is nice for walking and just admiring the nature in all its glory. I love the combination of a nature walk while visiting the animals and then being able to cool off.

Great for families. Be sure to check it out.

Riverside Park Children's Playground

Address: 523 McCright Drive, Victoria, TX

Website: Riverside Park Children’s Playground

7. Eat well at Fossati's Delicatessen

Fossati's Deli
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This Italian restaurant and deli holds the honour of being the oldest deli in Texas, as well as one of the oldest restaurants in the United States. There are all kinds of soups and salads here. Some things to eat here include the turkey poorboy or the pita club sandwich.

Fossati's Delicatessen

Address: 302 S Main St, Victoria, TX

Facebook: Fossati’s Delicatessen

8. Enjoy miniature golf at Outlaw Pass Family Fun Center

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The Outlaw Pass Family Fun Center is a miniature golf course and a fun attraction in Victoria. It is a great place to spend some quality time with family and they also have go-karts, a rock wall and an arcade. It is a fun place for kids of all ages and the kids of the local area enjoy holding their birthday parties here.

Outlaw Pass Family Fun Center

Address: 78 Tate Rd, Victoria, TX

Website: Outlaw Pass Family Fun Center

9. Learn about the state's heritage at Museum of the Coastal Bend

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If you want to learn about the history of Texas, look no further. The permanent collection at Museum of Coastal Bend is composed of various artifacts from swords to jewelry. It’s not just history buffs who will find this an interesting place to visit - even kids will learn many fascinating things about early Texas. It’s best to request or schedule a tour, as the knowledgable guides will make your visit worth it.

Museum of the Coastal Bend

Address: 2200 E Red River St, Victoria, TX 77901, United States

Website: Museum of the Coastal Bend

Opening hours: Tue - Sat: 10am - 4pm (closed on Sun & Mon)

10. Go RV camping with friends at Victoria City Park

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If you’ve never tried RV camping before, now’s your chance. A home on wheels can be easily rented out for a few days, and if you’re not planning on taking your RV out on the road, you can drive out to Victoria City Park and enjoy a few nights of camping - without having to pitch a tent! Seasoned RV campers have enjoyed staying in this fuss-free park. It features open fields, paved paths, and full hook-up and pull-through sites. Do note that there’s no WiFi available at this park.

Victoria City Park

Address: 205-299 Memorial Dr, Victoria, TX 77901, United States

Opening hours: 6am - 11pm (daily)

Fun things to do in Victoria, Texas

Victoria, Texas, is a place that is easy to get to since it is only a two-hour drive from the really big Texan towns of Corpus Christi, Houston, San Antonio, and Austin. It has a lot of history and culture and it is a place worth visiting when you are in or around any of the towns I just mentioned. Stay for a while and explore a city like no other. Texas has many exciting cities and Victoria is just one such place. Although it is not as popular as the towns mentioned, it certainly holds its own. Sightseeing in this town and spending some time here is highly recommended.

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Tabassum Rahmani is a technical writer, who was born and raised in the USA to Indian parents. She loves to write and has been doing so for over a decade now. She enjoys travelling, especially with...Read more

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