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Best of Brownsville Guide

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Brownsville
At the mouth of the Rio Grande delta and the southernmost tip of Texas, Brownsville enjoys the perfect combination of casual southwestern charm and bicultural diversity. Its position just across the international pedestrian bridge from Matamoros makes it a good base for day trips to Mexico, or for just enjoying the Tex-Mex culture of south Texas. Warm Gulf breezes, blooming bougainvilleas, gently waving palms, soft white sands and friendly, diverse locals make this city a semi-tropical paradise.

All things to do » Things to do

Gladys Porter Zoo
Gladys Porter Zoo
Known to be one of the best zoos in the United States, open every day of the year.
Attraction type: Zoos
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Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site
Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site
The site of the first battle in the Mexican-American war in 1846.
Attraction type: Battlefields; National Parks
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Sabal Palm Sanctuary
Sabal Palm Sanctuary
Owner description: Cradled in a bend of the Rio Grande, this 527-acre preserve is home to one of the last stands of old-growth Sabal Palm forest in the United States as well as one of the few... more Owner description: Cradled in a bend of the Rio Grande, this 527-acre preserve is home to one of the last stands of old-growth Sabal Palm forest in the United States as well as one of the few remaining historic river plantations in the region. Over 4 miles of hiking trails lead visitors through the palm forest, wetland board walks, river observation deck, and multiple bird blinds. Green Jays and Chachalacas frequent our feeders, Armadillos rummage our trails, Least Grebes and Green Kingfishers hunt the wetlands, and Great Horned Owl calls haunt the forest. The recently restored 4,000 sq ft 1892 Rabb Plantation home now serves as our new Sabal Palm Sanctuary visitor center. Take a stroll through the grove, a short walk down to the Rio Grande, or join us for one of our guided birding walks or history tours (seasonal, typically November thru March - please call for schedule). less
Attraction type: Nature & Wildlife Areas
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Resaca de la Palma State Park
Resaca de la Palma State Park
Attraction type: State Parks
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Boca Chica State Park
Boca Chica State Park
Owner description: State park comprised of more than 1,055 acres offering a variety of outdoor recreation on its land and adjacent beaches of Del Mar and Boca Chica, including swimming, birding... more Owner description: State park comprised of more than 1,055 acres offering a variety of outdoor recreation on its land and adjacent beaches of Del Mar and Boca Chica, including swimming, birding, camping, fishing and surfing. less
Attraction type: Beaches; State Parks
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All places to eat » Places to eat

The Vermillion
The Vermillion
Ranked #1 of 369 Restaurants in Brownsville
Cuisines: Mexican, American, Southwestern, Bar
Good for: Large groups, Kids, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Texas Roadhouse
Texas Roadhouse
Ranked #2 of 369 Restaurants in Brownsville
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse
Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Kids, Special occasions, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dirty Al's Seafood Market  & Cajun Kitchen
Dirty Al's Seafood Market & Cajun Kitchen
Ranked #3 of 369 Restaurants in Brownsville
Cuisines: American, Seafood
Good for: Large groups, Kids, Special occasions, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
La Pampa
La Pampa
Ranked #4 of 369 Restaurants in Brownsville
Price: $15 - $40
Cuisines: Steakhouse, Argentinean
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Families with children, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Rudy's
Rudy's
Ranked #5 of 369 Restaurants in Brownsville
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
Good for: Large groups, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Takeout, Television, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Value Place Brownsville
2.5 of 5
Value Place Brownsville
$34 - $62
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Breeze Lake Campground
$35 - $36
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Los Fresnos Inn & Suites
2.5 of 5
Los Fresnos Inn & Suites
$74 - $124
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Los Fresnos
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

SureStay Hotel by Best Western Brownsville
2.5 of 5
SureStay Hotel by Best Western Brownsville
$66 - $85
Ranked #9 of 28 Hotels in Brownsville
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The Pecan Tree Motel
2.0 of 5
The Pecan Tree Motel
$43 - $78
Ranked #11 of 28 Hotels in Brownsville
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Texas Inn South Padre Island Airport
2.0 of 5
Texas Inn South Padre Island Airport
$63 - $107
Ranked #14 of 28 Hotels in Brownsville
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Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.