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 those towns, but it is a town with its own charm, rich in history and culture and truly worth a stop.
1. The Texas Zoo
This is a delightful zoo, known as the National Zoo of Texas and 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. Children’s Discovery Museum
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. Nave Museum
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.
Address: 306 W. Commercial St, Victoria, TX
Website: Nave Museum
4. 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. The 1892 Victoria County Courthouse
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. Riverside Park Children's Playground
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. Fossati's Delicatessen
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.
Address: 302 S Main St, Victoria, TX
Facebook: Fossati’s Delicatessen
8. Outlaw Pass Family Fun Center
The Outlaw Pass Family Fun Center is a miniature golf course, 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
Some closing words about 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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