Things To Do In Harlingen

$59 for a Three-Month Membership to Gold's Gym (Up to $149 Value)

Gold's Gym

Brownsville

$179 $59

Guests pedal and punch in famous gym's group fitness classes; advanced cardio and strength-training equipment fortifies physiques

Jet-Ski Rental for Two or Four from Southern Wave Sailing Charters (Up to 33% Off). Four Options Available.

Southern Wave Sailing Charters

SPI Water Sports

$140 $99

Life jackets are provided during one-hour jet-ski rentals that let riders explore the waters off South Padre Island

Four-Hour Single, Double, or Triple Kayak Rental from South Padre Island Watersports (50% Off)

South Padre Island Watersports

South Padre Island

$50 $25

On kayaks, riders encounter more than 100 species of birds while paddling shallow blue waters of Laguna Madre Bay

Midday or Evening Pirate Boat Cruise for Two or Four from Osprey Cruises (Up to 50% Value)

Osprey Cruises

Port Isabel

$106 $58

Board the replica pirate ship Black Dragon for a cruise full of swashbuckling tales, onboard entertainment, and dolphin watching

One Month of CrossFit Classes with an Fundamentals Course for One or Two at CrossFit Brownsville (Up to 67% Off)

CrossFit Brownsville

Brownsville

$135 $49

Coaches ease participants into the CrossFit system of high-intensity functional movements with the three-day beginner's Fundamentals course

Admission for Two or Four to Brownsville Museum of Fine Art (50% Off)

Brownsville Museum of Fine Art

Downtown Brownsville

$20 $10

See King Tut's gold death mask and other ancient Egyptian treasures inside a 17,000 sq, ft, museum housing more than 350 pieces of fine art

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Cottonwood Creek Country Club & Golf Course has tested the mettle of south Texas golfers for more than 20 years on its nine-hole, par 27 course that stretches along 1,245 manicured yards. Each round of golf ($9/person) challenges golfers with fast, tight play over undulating bent-grass greens and fairways, perfect for practicing your short game and modeling new plaid knickers. Golfers traverse the course on carts ($6/person) to successive par 3 holes, including the signature hole No. 5, a formidable 175 yards that challenges golfers with a scenic tee shot over a rolling stream. A year-round average of 74 degrees washes gentle warmth over the course and ensures that even if golfers have a subpar game, they still get plenty of the sun’s friendly vitamin-D-filled rays.

1001 S Ed Carey Dr
Harlingen,
TX
US

Partake in various photographic opportunities and real-time eye-pleasures for a full calendar year with a family membership, which covers two adults and all children 18 and under in the household. In addition to unlimited admission, members receive a variety of benefits, including admission to more than 100 other affiliate zoos nationwide, free parking, and discounts on a menagerie of zoo-wide affairs. The Gladys Porter Zoo is an intimate oasis that lodges more than 350 species of animals and more than 200 species of plants. Animal fans can saunter through four geographically-partitioned parks, which feature interactive opportunities such as giraffe feeding and free-style rap battling the reptiles. Other popular spots include the butterfly and bug exhibit, and a free-flight aviary where South American birds soar freely through the air. The recently opened South Texas Botanical Exhibit & Park provides plant-based entertainment complete with a playground and trees with animals mysteriously carved into their tender, bark-based underbellies.

500 E Ringgold St
Brownsville,
TX
US

Situated on the shores of Laguna Madre, South Padre Island Golf Club spans 6,931 yards of coastal, palm-tree-lined terrain. Though the seaside locale affords aces a veritable bunkerful of picturesque vistas, ocean winds and hole-hugging water hazards demand precise drives, pinpoint approaches, and earplugs to guard against caddying sirens. The course’s challenging nature is tempered by five different tee options, making the links surmountable for developing divoteers but still engaging for workaday wedge wizards. Steer your included, obedient golf cart right along the coast on holes three through eight and gawk at the South Padre Island skyline, or reenact the most memorable events from the Texas Senior Open, which was previously hosted by the course. The club also houses a practice driving range, putting green, and a short-game area for testing windmill-thwarting mini-golf approaches.

1 Ocelot Trail Rd
Laguna Vista,
TX
US

Upside Down entrances the senses with an inverted neon sign, luminous 200-inch TVs, a hypnotic blue-and-white-whorled floor, live music and comedy, and a menu of hearty burgers, salads, and sandwiches. Mesmerize your mouth with six traditional ($5.25) or boneless ($7.59) wings doused in mild, hot, lemon pepper, barbecue, or parmesan-garlic sauce and served with homemade blue-cheese dressing. Cheddar, bacon, grilled onions, and thousand-island dressing mingle on the Black Hole burger ($7.99) and sliced turkey cozies up in the Backwards Bird sandwich with a melted-jack-cheese comforter and avocado throw pillow ($7.99). For a fragrant denouement, choose from more than one dozen flavors of hookah to practice puffing smoke rings or more baroque smoke fleurs-di-lis.

568 Springmart Blvd
Brownsville,
TX
US

The seeds for the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art were planted in 1935, when the Brownsville Art League began to meet and discuss fine art. In the 1960s, a member took the league to the next level by designing a small art studio where they could house and display their collections. In 2002, it grew again, this time into an official museum featuring a lineup of permanent and rotating fine art. Despite the expansions over time, the core mission has stayed the same: to share art with the community and enrich the cultural landscape of Brownsville. Here are some more facts about this community institution.

  • Size: 17,000 square feet of bright space that holds over 350 pieces of fine art

  • Eye Catcher: works by luminaries, such as Marc Chagall, N.C. Wyeth, and Alexander Calder

  • Permanent Mainstay: Pedro Meyer's Heresies, a collection of photographs and digital images, which are combined to create striking pieces that challenge the viewer's beliefs about what's real and not real

  • Events: every year, the museum hosts two juried art shows?one just for students?which showcase work by artists from all over the world

  • Past Exhibits: La Casa Azul, Frida Kahlo's Intimate Universe, complemented by an exhibit of photographs of the artists by Nickolas Muray

  • Special Programs: the art-making classes for adults and kids, which garnered the museum a commendation from the Texas Art Education Association for outstanding service to the community

660 E Ringgold St
Brownsville,
TX
US

The Osprey 1 is fittingly named; it was Osprey Cruises' first and only boat back in 1971, when the company first started. Back then, the 70-foot vessel's main routes were for carrying fishermen and spectators up to 100 miles out into the Gulf of Mexico for fishing trips and wildlife watching. And it does so today, too?it's just ceded some of its star status to the fleet's newer vessels.

And they're a compelling bunch. Take the aptly named The Thriller, a high-speed offshore racer for adrenaline cruises. Or, perhaps even more enticing, The Black Dragon. It's a recreation of a 17th-century Spanish galleon helmed by a crew of costumed pirates, rather than their less-reliable parrots. On pirate cruises, these swashbucklers share pirate stories, send passengers on treasure hunts, and generally introduce them to the grog-and-swordfighting lifestyle. Many trips happen upon schools of dolphins along the way or offer evening jaunts amid captivating sunset views.

#1 Padre Blvd.
South Padre Island,
TX
US