The Rio Grande, for some people living outside of Texas, is a river that forms part of the border between US and Mexico. This is of course true, but it also refers to a specific city in Texas. Located on the southern tip of the state, down the coast from Corpus Christi and South Padre Island, the city of Rio Grande Texas got its start as a logical point for trade in the early nineteenth century. Over time the city developed into a destination in its own right, where travelers now come for a rich arts scene, close proximity to outdoor adventure, and a touch of history as well. During a trip to the Rio Grande Valley, you will find attractions and activities to satisfy the interests of all members in your group or family.
Most travelers when they hear Rio Grande think rafting. This river is ideal for a rafting tour that combines both thrills and scenery. During an excursion you will encounter class III and IV rapids as well as pass through gorges where cliffs soar for 1,500 feet above the surface of the water. A rafting tour through the Rio Grande Valley is truly one of the great outdoor excursions in the entire country. Knowledgeable tour guides will share their expertise about the wildlife, history, and scenery you encounter on your journey. A range of rafting options, including tours that last for a few hours or a few days, allow you to choose the perfect fit.
Beyond rafting, Rio Grande Texas also has plenty to offer visitors. The valley is also known as paradise for bird watching. Don’t spend all your time checking out the rare varieties though—there is also plenty of history here as well. The Palo Alto Battlefield Natural Historic Site provides the opportunity to see a decisive battleground from the Mexican-American War. There are also many museums that will reveal further details about the history and art of the area including the Museum of South Texas History and the Brownsville Museum of Fine Arts.
The Rio Grande is a great place for families for many reasons beyond rafting. Kids will love the chance to explore the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville. Here three generations of gorillas can be seen. For even more entertainment in the Rio Grande Valley, don’t miss out on the performing arts. The Camille Lightner Playhouse is home to comedies, dramas, musicals, and more. National and state parks are another popular attraction for visitors. Hop in the car and go for a scenic drive in the Rio Grande Valley. Year-round pleasant weather means there’s no bad time to be cruising along a scenic byway in this part of Texas.
While there’s plenty to explore throughout the valley, don’t miss out on seeing the city of Rio Grande Texas itself too. Historical attractions in this city include the Starr County Courthouse, Fort Ringgold, the Robert E Lee House, and the De La Pena Building. One interesting things about this city is how it blends together Mexican and American architecture, styles, food, and more. Here you can take a step back in time by seeing a drive in movie or simply taking a stroll through the historic streets. There are a few small inns where you can stay overnight, and many visitors stop here as a tour of the greater area. Don’t get too wrapped up in the history though—a visit wouldn’t be complete without a rafting tour!