Brownsville is the southernmost city in Texas, one of its largest ports and a tourist haven in the winter months when "Winter Texans" - primarily older couples escaping colder northern climes - head south.
Brownsville can serve as the jumping-off point for explorations of Texas' Rio Grande Valley area and northern Mexico, and is also convenient to the resort destination of South Padre Island. But there is plenty to see and do right in Brownsville itself.
The area is one of the best spots for birdwatching in the U.S. Charro Days is the signature event in Brownsville, a four-day festival held every February, with carnivals, parades, music and much more for the whole family.
There are several fine museums in Brownsville, and even two battlefield sites. One, Palmito Ranch Battlefield, is the site of the last land action of the American Civil War. The other, Palo Alto Battlefield, was the site of a Mexican War engagement.
The Gladys Porter Zoo is the can't-miss attraction in Brownsville, being one of the top zoos in the country in a mid-sized city. Brownsville is close enough to the Gulf of Mexico to provide fishermen plenty of opportunities to land that big fish.
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Brownsville sits at the southern tip of Texas. U.S. Highway 77 south from Corpus Christi, through Harlingen, leads right into town. From the western part of the Rio Grande Valley, U.S. Highway 83 passes through McAllen traveling east to Brownsville. Texas Highway 48 - a k a Padre Island Highway - leads east to South Padre Island.
Visitors wanting to catch a flight to the area will fly into the Brownsville/South Padre Island International Airport.
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Brownsville Convention and Visitors Bureau
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Brownsville/South Padre Island International Airport
Gladys Porter Zoo