Texas is big – really big. Bigger than many nations throughout the world. Yet, there’s more to the Lone Star State than Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, and Austin. With our Texas City Guides series, we’re going to explore some of the smaller and more far-flung parts of the state. We hope you come to appreciate the variety of local color you can find across Texas.
As Texas’s southernmost city, Brownsville is so south that it sits just across the Rio Grande from the Mexican town of Matamoros. While some might view the city as mere stopping point where travelers get into Mexico, there is much more to Brownsville than many people know.
A city deeply rooted in history, several battles of the Texas Revolution, Mexican-American War, and American Civil War took place where Brownsville sits today! In fact, the first major battle of the Mexican-American War, the Battle of Palo Alto, was fought a few miles from the city.
Keeping It Clean
In addition to being a historic city, Brownsville is a clean city as well. It was one of the first cities within Texas (and the entire United States!) to place a ban on the use of plastic shopping bags. The goal was to become a greener city, and these steps have worked, because Forbes recently named Brownsville as one of the cleanest cities in America.
From the arts to animals, there is a wide range of attractions to enjoy around Brownsville. The Brownsville Museum of Fine Art is a must-see as it houses amazing pieces from local artists as well as artists from Mexico and around the world. The city is full of additional well-established art galleries and museums thus making Brownsville quite a hot spot for the arts.
Next on the list is the Gladys Porter Zoo, which makes the list because it houses about 400 animals including 47 endangered species as well as a botanical park too.
Due to its location, Brownsville has a very tropical climate. And since it’s located within a major migratory bird path, the city is a prime spot for as many as 500 species of birds, including parrots and falcons. In addition to birding, there are more than 64 miles of hike and bike trails around the city as well as the beautiful beaches of South Padre Island just a few miles away.
Whether you come for the delicious food, bird watching, or the arts, you are sure to have fun in the festive town of Brownsville!
Up Next in our Texas City Guides series: Marfa!