|Places to Go
- Located a short distance from the resort is the Sunrise Mall. The Stores include Dillard's, JCPenney, Bealls and Sears plus over 100 stores from which to choose.
- Close by is a flea market. The The 77 Flea Market has over 2,000 booths of unique items such as plants, produce, clothes, tools, antiques and other treasures. Open all year round, Saturday and Sunday 5:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
- For those wanting to venture into Mexico, less than 40 miles away is Nuevo Progreso, one of the most popular crossing points for both tourists and locals. This popular city hosts U.S. visitors with gift shops, shopping markets, and restaurants. Bargains in prescription drugs, pottery, leather goods, silver jewelry, woven rugs, hand-blown glass and many other handcrafted items.
The Rio Grande Valley, a top birding destination, is a migratory flyway between North and South America. More than 500 species of birds and 300 species of butterflies migrate through the Rio Grande Valley. The native and migratory species create opportunities for all watchers to add to their life-list of birds viewed There is network of nine unique birding sites in the Lower Rio Grande Valley which serves as special places for learning and discovery. The Resaca de la Palma State Park, located in Brownsville boasts the largest tract of native habitat in the World Birding Center network.
As you bike along the Brownsville Historic Battlefield Trail you are following in the footsteps of a rich history. Over 160 years ago with the annexation of Texas, the United States became a party to the 10-year dispute with Mexico over which river defined the southern border of Texas. This dispute culminated in the Mexican-American war. The first battlefield of the War took place at Palo Alto which is now a national park that is located at the northern end of the trail.
On July 4, 1904 the St. Louis Brownsville and Mexico Railroad Co. opened a track between Brownsville and Robstown. In 1999, the city of Brownsville purchased the corridor after rail service had ceased and began the process of establishing the Brownsville Historic Battlefield trail and the Southern Pacific Linear Park. The Linear Park along with the Dean Porter Park and the Gladys Porter Zoo are on the southern end of the trail. The trail is paved and has many rest stops along the way. The trail is about nines miles in length.
South Padre Island and Port Isabel on the Gulf of Mexico offer many opportunities for deep and shallow saltwater fishing. Guides and charters are available for both. Surf, pier, bay flats, and jetties offer many bank and wade saltwater fishing opportunities. The fresh water canals, lakes, resacas, and the Rio Grande River offer catfish, bass, and crappie.
A National Golf Foundation poll concluded that the Rio Grande Valley has more playable days of golf (less than 25 days lost) per year than anywhere else in the United States. The Valley Inn and Country club, Brownsville Golf Center, Fort Brown Municipal, River Bend Resort, Rancho Viejo Country Club and South Padre Island Golf Club are nearby 18 hole golf courses.
Additional Places of Interest
- The Gladys Porter Zoo is an oasis nestled in the center of Brownsville. With 26 acres of lush tropical plants and some 1,600 animals, the Gladys Porter Zoo is known for its successes in breeding endangered species of wildlife.
- The Palo Alto Battlefield was the first in a two-year long conflict that changed the map of North America.
- The Brownsville Museum of Fine Art has outstanding permanent collection that today exceeds 300 works, which include those works by Marc Chagall, N.C. Wyeth, and Alexander Calder to name a few.
- Laguna Atascosa NWR is the largest protected area of natural habitat left in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, an oasis for wildlife with few alternatives. The refuge's 45,000 acres become more valuable with each acre lost to development--valuable to wildlife and valuable to those who enjoy wildlife in wild lands.
- Rio Grande Valley Wing has a complete collection of combat aircraft that were flown by all military services of the United States in World War II.
- The Historic Brownsville Museum houses a variety of exhibits that interpret events from Brownsville's past. Exhibits include data from the earliest military fort in our area to the arrival of French teaching nuns to displays of agricultural and ranching tools and much more.
- The Costumes of the Americas Museum displays the traditional costumes worn by different cultures in the Western Hemisphere.
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