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RGV nature, wildlife, history, sports, fishing and points of interest
The Rio Grande Valley of Deep South Texas offers many opportunities for the local population as well as our Winter Visitors!
The Rio Grande Valley of Deep South Texas offers many opportunities for the local population as well as our Winter Visitors!

Explore the Valley's Unique Outdoors
The most southern tip of Texas is considered one of the most biologically diverse regions in North America. During migration, species from the Central and Mississippi flyway converge in the Lower Rio Grande Valley (Valley). The Valley is also where four climates (temperate, desert, coastal and sub-tropical) converge. A documented 1,200 plant species within the Valley attracts and supports a diversity of wildlife, birds and butterflies that depend on the vegetation that can only be found here in the United States. Thousands of years of adaptations and changes on the landscape have created species-specific relations found only in portions of the lower Rio Grande delta.
The RGV Wildlife Corridor   The Friends of the Wildlife Corridor   Ocelots in the RGV   Birding in the RGV   World Birding Center   National Butterfly Center         

Enjoy Sports Events in the RGV
From High School Football to Professional Basketball, Hockey and Soccer to College Baseball, Volleyball, Basketball and more the RGV has abundant opportunities for the sports enthusiast!
USA-Central Hockey League in the RGV   RGV Vipers      UTRGV Sports   RGV FC Toros Soccer   RGV High School Sports         

Enjoy the Sights, Sounds and Flavors of Mexico
Exploring Nuevo Progreso is a fun experience. You will find a wide variety of curio shops with everything from Mexican candies and cookies to colorful ceramics and chimineas. Winter Texans have been visiting this small border town, south of Weslaco, Texas, for more than 50 years. It is a safe area for tourists to enjoy shopping for souvenirs and pharmaceuticals, taking advantage of low priced dental services, and enjoying the local cuisine and beverages.   Mexico Mike   Mexico Travel Advisory - USGOV                  

Veteran's War Memorial of Texas
The Veterans War Memorial Foundation of Texas provides an educational, cultural, and historical facility to assist our children, and future generations, to learn about the sacrifices of those who died in the service of their country. The Veterans War Memorial of Texas emphasizes the value of their legacy, and the important lessons which must be learned from those sacrifices. Events on Veterans Day, Memorial Day and Pearl Harbor Day are held each year with the support of the City of McAllen. Veterans, teachers, students, and all community members are encouraged to attend honoring all veterans for their service and remembering the sacrifice of those who gave their lives for the United States of America.
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Visit Port Mansfield
Described as one of the 10 best fishing areas in the country, Port Mansfield can help make your fishing dreams come true. Port Mansfield is surrounded by thick, virtually untouched, lightly populated brush land and the close surrounding area offers an unmatched variety of wildlife for your viewing and enjoyment. Friendly deer roam the town, javelina, flocks of turkeys and quail are frequent visitors to the port and surrounding areas.
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Enjoy Texas' Best Beach on South Padre Island
Bordered by the Gulf of Mexico and the Laguna Madre Bay, SPI is the home of beautiful beaches, warm gulf waters, fishing, boating, bird watching, shopping, and a diversity of year-round activities. South Padre Island offers a wide variety of activities for the Winter visitor. Miles of beaches provide the opportunity to swim, fish or just relax and enjoy the mild tropical climate of Winter on the island. For the nature lover, there are bird sanctuaries , sea turtles and lots of dolphins. There are many fishing charters that offer both deep sea and bay fishing. For the more adventurous visitors, there is horseback riding, atv and jet ski rentals, speed boat cruising and parasailing.
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Fishing in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas consists of saltwater fishing along the Gulf Coast and freshwater fishing in the Rio Grande River and a variety of lakes, the largest of which is Falcon Reservoir in Zapata, Texas. The Gulf Coast offers both deep and shallow saltwater fishing at South Padre Island and Port Mansfield. The Lower Laguna Madre is a shallow, hypersaline lagoon which is home to a wide variety of fish species including Speckled Trout, Sand Trout, Whiting, Red Drum (Redfish), Black Drum, Tarpon, Mangrove Snapper and many others. Large Mouth Bass is the most popular freshwater sportfish in South Texas' Rio Grande Valley. Trophy size Bass are taken regularly from the Rio Grande River and Falcon Reservoir. Crappie and Catfish are also popular fisheries.
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Flea Markets and Farmers Markets
There are many Flea Markets and Farmers Markets to explore here in the RGV. You will find a wide variety of vendors services and products.
See List   Don-Wes Fleamarket                     

Explore the Valley's History
The "Magic Valley", as it was declared in the early 1900s due to its year round growing season, is a 140 mile stretch of delta along the Rio Grande River at the southernmost tip of Texas. Before recorded history little is known about this region other than that it was inhabited by nomadic tribes of Indians who were primarily hunter gatherers. The Spanish began colonizing the area in the 1700s establishing missions and presidios along the Rio Grande river. Land grants and porciones were awarded by the King of Spain to early settlers in the area. These were primarily used for cattle, sheep and goat ranching. At this time in history the area was known as Nuevo Santander, a part of New Spain. There are many museums in the RGV where you can experience the history of the area.
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