The Brownsville Experience

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SPIBrownsville the semi-tropical paradise of stately palm trees, every-blooming bougainvilleas, exotic birds and warm gulf breeze is named after Major Jacob Brown. The city is known for its semi-tropical climate and is recognized as one of the most delightful in the nation. The average temperatures range from 74 with relative humidity of 75.25%.

Brownsville is the largest city in Rio Grande Valley by both population (175,023) and geographic size. It is also the third largest city on the border, and 16th largest in the state of Texas.

In 1929 the city received its first Municipal Airport the Brownsville Municipal Airport when Charles Lindbergh landed in Brownsville from Mexico establishing the airmail services between Brownsville and Mexico. This historic event was also attended by Amelia Earhart.

In 2001 the city received the All-American City Award in recognition of the joint effort of its citizens to identify and tackle community-wide challenges and achieve uncommon result.

On Dec 25, 2004, Brownsville had its first measurable snow in 109 years.

Brownsville is now the first city in the U.S. and Texas to ban the use of plastic shopping bags, reaching closer toward its goals of greener, cleaner city. This has led other cities in the area to also consider a such a ban.

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is situated in the Fort Brown and started as a Junior College of Lower Rio Grande Valley, which was later called as the Texas Southmost College.

The College admitted its first class in 1926 and received a university via the partnership between The University of Texas at Brownsville (now UT Rio Grande Valley) and Texas Southmost college.

Brownsville has three international bridges: Brownsville, Matamoros, and Veteran's International Bridge.

lifebrownsvilleThings to do in Brownsville

The comfortable year-round climate provides for an abundance of recreational fun and activities. Residents regularly visit Matamoros and South Padre Island as both places are only minutes away. A few things of interest are:

Discover nature

Brownsville is a paradise for people interested in birding. Every year hundreds of migratory birds transit through Brownsville. It is also the southern beginning of the Texas Coastal Birding Trail. Brownsville is a part of the great Texas Birding Classic where some of the Rio Grande’s best birding occurs at the world birding center at Resaca de la Palma, Laguana Atascosa at Port Isabel and the World Birding and Convention Center at the South Padre Island. Most commonly seen birds at these sites are Painted Buntings, Summer Tanagers, Orioles, White-tipped Dove, Green Jays, Plain Chachalaca, Great Kiskadee, Olive Sparrow and Long-billed Thrasher. Most of the world’s Redheads winter on the Laguna Madre and often times tens and thousands of these can be seen form these locations.

SPI2Discover the beach

Only 30 minutes from downtown, the South Padre Island offers endless attractions such as:

  • Sea Turtle Inc.
  • Air Padre Kiteboarding
  • Laguna Madre Nature Trail
  • Island Equestrian Center
  • Whaling Wall
  • Andy Bowie Park
  • Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark
  • Queen Isabella State Fishing Pier

UTCHarroDaysDiscover the arts and culture

The downtown, a painter’s pallet, offering arts, history, music, shopping and food.

Performing arts and culture

  • Brownsville Museum of Fine Arts Features work of great artists such as Frida Kahlo
  • The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley: center of performing arts. Brings to the city opera, Latin dance, Russian ballet, and other classic performances
  • The Brownsville Society of Performing Arts: most popular is the Annual Latin Jazz Festival in October
  • Brownsville Art League: two International shows in March and April
  • The Camille Lightner Theater: presents live productions, dinner theater and special spring break events
  • Valley Symphony Orchestra and Chorale:performs all year around in different places in Brownsville


  • Charro Days: At the end of February, the city burst out in colors and music for Charro days Festivals. A day long celebration Charro days is a fun pack festival of colorful dances, floats, mariachis and food
  • Commemorative Air Fiesta: A spectacular display of vintage and military aircraft decorate the skies of Brownsville at the end of March
  • Gulf Shrimp Fiesta: Just before the start of shrimping season, enjoy this great feast of jumbo Gulf coast shrimp
  • International Birding Festival: Guided tours, seminars and presentation educate visitors about the birds of Brownsville

Discover Downtown

Museums and Historic landmarks

Family attractions

Brownsville Farmers Market:

Every Saturday from 9 am to noon, farmers market offers the residents of Brownsville a great and affordable place to shop for fresh produce and mingle with the neighbors. One can find anything and everything from gulf coast shrimp, to local honey, farm fresh eggs, freshly baked bread, vegetables, plants, herbs, homemade jams, and above all Health Information Booths. The Booths are organized by The University of Texas School of Public Health and offer expert advise on simple, affordable ways to a healthy lifestyle.


  • Sunrise Mall: Over 100 great shops, great atmosphere, Venetian Carousel and more
  • Rio Grande Valley Premium Outlet Malls. Comprised of over 140 outlet stores the mall is only 45 minutes from the city.

Pedal to PadreOutdoor recreation

  • Brownsville Sports Park
  • Brownsville Gold Center
  • Brownsville Events Center
  • Ringgold Civic Pavilion
  • Antonio Gonzalez Park
  • Edelstein Park
  • Lincoln Park
  • Riverside Park
  • South Pacific Linear Park and Historic Battlefield Trail.
  • Brownsville Public Library