The Heart of the Rio Grande Valley

Located in the southernmost region of the Texas, Harlingen, is a vibrant city with a rich history and a variety of attractions. From outdoor adventures to cultural experiences, there's something for everyone in this hidden gem of a city.


Sporting and Outdoor Adventures

For those who love the outdoors, Harlingen has plenty to offer. The city is home to several parks and nature preserves, including the Hugh Ramsey Nature Park, which boasts over 250 species of birds and is a popular spot for birdwatching. The Harlingen Arroyo Colorado Trail is another popular destination, with over 6 miles of hiking and biking trails along the Arroyo Colorado.

If you're looking for something more adventurous, head to the nearby Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, where you can go fishing, kayaking, or take a guided wildlife tour. The refuge is home to over 400 species of birds, as well as endangered species like the ocelot and the Aplomado falcon.

One of the most popular golf courses in Harlingen is the Tony Butler Golf Course, a municipal course that has been providing golfers with a challenging and enjoyable experience since 1933. The course features 18 holes of championship golf, a practice range, and a full-service pro shop.

For those looking for a more upscale experience, there is the Harlingen Country Club, a private club that offers 18 holes of challenging golf, as well as other amenities such as tennis courts, swimming pool, and a full-service clubhouse.

Other notable golf courses in Harlingen include the Treasure Hills Golf Club, an 18-hole course designed by renowned golf architect Robert Trent Jones, and the Cottonwood Creek Country Club, which features a 27-hole championship course and a fully equipped pro shop.


Cultural Experiences

Harlingen is also rich in culture and history, with several museums and historical sites to explore. The Harlingen Arts and Heritage Museum showcases the city's history and culture through a variety of exhibits, while the Iwo Jima Monument and Museum highlight some of our nation's history.


Entertainment and Events

Harlingen is a city that loves to celebrate, and there are always plenty of events and festivals happening throughout the year. The Harlingen Performing Arts Theatre hosts a variety of performances throughout the year, from concerts and plays to dance performances and comedy shows.


Shopping and Dining

If you're in the mood for some retail therapy or a delicious meal, Harlingen has plenty of options. The city's downtown district is home to several boutiques and specialty shops, as well as a variety of restaurants and cafes such as Jackson Street Cork N Craft and J & B's Cafe.

For a taste of local cuisine, check out Las Vegas Cafe, a family-owned restaurant that has been a local favorite for over 50 years.  If you're in the mood for Old World Tradition meets Texas Charm try Dos Olivos Market.  


Higher Education

TSTC in Harlingen is a well-known technical college that provides practical education and workforce development programs. With modern facilities, experienced faculty, and strong industry connections, TSTC Harlingen prepares students for successful careers in various fields. The college's hands-on training and industry-aligned curricula ensure students are well-equipped for the evolving job market of the Rio Grande Valley.

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The Harlingen Arts and Heritage Museum offers plenty of both the Arts and Heritage. The museum is surrounded by a series of historical buildings along with the main exhibition hall. Also, this  Museum was built on the former Air Police Squadron and Brig of the Harlingen Air Force Base. It houses the permanent collection of Texas historical objects and photos. The main building of the museum features rotating arts and cultural exhibits.