Top 9 Things to do in Harlingen, United States

September 28, 2017 Brandee Mangan

Harlingen (/ˈhɑːrlɪndʒɪn/ HAR-lin-jin) is a city in Cameron County in the central region of the Rio Grande Valley of the southern part of the U.S. state of Texas, about 30 miles (48 km) from the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. The city covers more than 40 square miles (104 km) and is the second-largest city in Cameron County, as well as the fourth-largest in the Rio Grande Valley. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 64,849, for a growth rate of 12.5% since the 2000 census. It is the city with the lowest cost of living in the United States.
Restaurants in Harlingen

1. Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum

320 Iwo Jima Blvd, Harlingen, TX 78550-3627 +1 956-412-2207
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5 based on 151 reviews

Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum

Reviewed By R4825WDjohng

The Iwo Jima Monument is a fascinating testimonial to the creative ability of its sculptor, Dr. Felix W. de Weldon. This original cast for the monument that resides in Arlington National Cemetery aptly resides on the campus of the U.S. Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, TX. The museum that shares the same plot of land contains interesting military memorabilia, and pays honor to all the men and women who bravely answered the call of duty in defense of the United States of America.

2. World Birding Center

1000 Block South Loop, Harlingen, TX
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4.5 based on 36 reviews

World Birding Center

Reviewed By MavisnBill - Houston, Texas

We saw more species of birds in 20 minutes than at some other locations we had been. Nice park and close to town.

The World Birding Center includes several other parks, such as Estero Llano Grande, Benson-Rio Grande and South Padre Island Nature and Birding Center. All of them are great for birders and nature lovers in general

3. Hugh Ramsey Nature Park

1001 South Loop 499, Harlingen, TX 78550 +1 956-427-8873
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4.5 based on 17 reviews

Hugh Ramsey Nature Park

Reviewed By 1junebug - Harlingen, Texas

I live very close to the park and visit often. My husband walks our dog there daily. The park features native flora and fauna, which in south Texas is primarily Tamaulipas thorn brush. I have heard numerous different languages spoken in the park from birders who visit the RGV to work on their life lists. Photographers, birders, and families with young children visit the park often. IMO, the best time to go is early in the morning or right at dusk. In addition to the usual birds, rabbits, rodents and snakes, both my husband and I have seen bobcat, coyote, javelin and feral hogs. There is a pavilion and restrooms near the entrance and numerous benches, and a few bird blinds scattered along the trail. Volunteers from the Texas Master Naturalists help maintain the park and have added signage to help visitors identify plant species. In addition, the TMN volunteers offer tours to school groups and others interested in learning about native plants and wildlife.

4. The Prelude Songwriters Club

113 E Jackson St, Harlingen, TX 78550-6845 +1 956-335-5173
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5 based on 10 reviews

The Prelude Songwriters Club

The Prelude Songwriters Club is a "listening room" style music venue showcasing original music by local and touring performers. Our venue has a comfortable, inclusive atmosphere in which community members of all ages can appreciate live acoustic music while enjoying our coffee, tea, and made-from-scratch sandwiches and baked goods.

Reviewed By NessyTower

Fantastic music for the most part. Cool eats, organic coffee and teas. Met some nice folks, will definitely come back. Randy won't get to sing tonight but maybe next week. Reminiscent of an old time beatnik/ hippie coffee house. Loved it!Thank you for coming to Open Mic and for your kind review! We look forward to seeing you again.

5. Harlingen Arts & Heritage Museum

2425 Boxwood St, Harlingen, TX 78550-3695 +1 956-216-4901
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4 based on 21 reviews

Harlingen Arts & Heritage Museum

Welcome to Harlingen's own interactive time machine! We have three historical houses situated within our beautiful courtyard; the Lon C. Hill house, the first hospital, and Paso Real Stage Coach Inn. Each is completely furnished with era piece antiques. Tours of the houses can be booked by calling ahead. We also have rotating art exhibits within the museum from March through October. In October we begin our tribute altars for Dia De Los Muertos, in December we have our Christmas Tree Extravaganza, then from January to March we hold the National Quilting Association out of Padukah Kentucky's quilting competition winners.

Reviewed By Kay2048 - Dallas, Texas

We recently toured this museum in conjunction with our Class of '66 50th reunion. They have done an amazing job compiling Harlingen's history - see the video, and bringing together iconic memorabilia and entire buildings from Harlingen's past. It's a place any Harlingen native or citizen should explore and appreciate. It's lovely, thoughtful, and a great community addition.

6. Harlingen Convention and Visitors Bureau

311 E Taylor St, Harlingen, TX 78550-6920 +1 800-531-7346
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4.5 based on 13 reviews

The Harlingen Convention and Visitors Bureau offers services for meeting planners and travelers, including a calendar of local events, info on sports and entertainment, guides to outdoor activities, colleges, universities and museums, and a photo gallery.

Reviewed By texaswillie - Dallas, Texas

This is a nice place to take a break for your traveling and pick up some maps and brochures of the spots to visit in the valley. Nice helpful staff.

7. Rio Grande Valley Museum

Harlingen, TX
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4.5 based on 8 reviews

Rio Grande Valley Museum

Recommended museum that traces the dramatic history of southern Texas.

Reviewed By PolepoleGirl - Canada

I love to check out museums in small towns to learn a little about the history of the area. This free (donations accepted) museum was one of the better ones I have been to during my travels. It has a few historical buildings you could walk through set up with old artifacts from the area. The buildings are air-conditioned too which is nice on a hot day. There was a house of the founder of Harlingen, the first hospital and a stagecoach rest stop. It'll take about an hour to walk through or a little longer if you like reading all the details about the displays. I would definitely go again.

8. Jackson Street Market Days

Jackson St, Between 4th & Commerce, Harlingen, TX 78550 +1 956-216-4910
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5 based on 4 reviews

Jackson Street Market Days

Reviewed By DJH2010 - Saint Charles, Missouri

This is a first Saturday of the month event. We saw an ad and decided to drive from South Padre Island to Harlingen to attend the Jackson Street Market Days. There were stands/tables with all sorts of things for a couple blocks. We purchased a couple plants to have in our rented condo and to take home. We also purchased a few trinkets. We also took some time to visit the shops in the area and to have lunch there. It was a fun day spent with friends.

9. Valle Vista Mall

2020 S Expressway 83, Harlingen, TX 78552-5902 +1 956-425-8392
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4 based on 3 reviews

Valle Vista Mall

Reviewed By metaldave1 - San Antonio, Texas

This mall is packed with exciting stores throughout. Has everything you need and a fabulous food court

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