Brownsville, Texas: Tex-Mex Culture & Festivals Galore

By Victoria Shepherd / Discover America

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Located on the southernmost tip of Texas, on the banks of the Rio Grande, Brownsville is a fun, culturally centred community where you’ll always find something new and exciting to do. If you’re looking for a fun-filled holiday, in a semi-tropical climate, Brownsville is the perfect multicultural destination to spend a few days.

Life is Always a Fiesta

Fun, with a capital “F” is the name of the game in Brownsville. There are festivals and events that will appeal to the entire family and give you plenty of reasons to take advantage of the abundant sunshine throughout the year. One of the most popular events is Charro Days, a two-nation, four-day festival, celebrating the two border cities of Brownsville, Texas, and Matamoros, Mexico, which is celebrated alongside the three-day Sombrero Festival. Music lovers will enjoy the Latin Jazz Festival, which hosts countless artists, while thrill-seekers and families should check out Air Fiesta, featuring Aeroshell, the acclaimed aerobatics team.

Museums Galore

No matter which festivals you include in your stay, a wonderful starting point for your tour is Brownsville’s Cultural District, which offers a wide selection of museums and attractions year round.

There’s the Costumes of the Americas Museum, which is located in the Mitte Cultural Education Center. The museum exhibits authentic indigenous dress, costumes and jewellery of the Americas.

Or stop by the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art, which offers visitors 17,000 square feet of exhibition space, displaying art by the likes of Alexander Calder and Marc Chagall, as well as high-profile exhibits like King Tutankhamen, Egyptian Treasures, and Wings of the City by Jorge Marín.

Next, discover the Gladys Porter Zoo, a tropical oasis located in the centre of Brownsville. You’d never believe you were in the middle of a city. With 26 acres of plants and over 1,500 animals, as well as the new Russell Aquatic Center, the zoo is a great place to get lost in for a few hours.

Nature & History Abounds

For more outdoor fun, you can take a short drive out of town to the Sabal Palm Sanctuary, a place that’s perfect for both bird watchers and nature lovers. The Sanctuary features more than five miles of trails to walk along, and weekly, guided bird watching walks are offered to the public. The 527 acres that make up the sanctuary are home to some of the most beautiful habitat found in South Texas.

Finally, for the history buffs amongst you, there’s the Historic Battlefield Trail, a 9-mile multiuse trail, which runs from the Brownsville Cultural District to Palo Alto National Historical Park. This is the site of the first battle in the U.S.-Mexican War of 1848.

All in all, this little part of the world offers many options for everyone. Come and join the fiesta, and be sure to include Brownsville, Texas, on your next U.S. holiday!

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