As one of the southernmost cities in the contiguous United States, Brownsville makes an excellent place to begin your South Texas RV rental vacation. Situated less than half an hour's drive from the Gulf of Mexico, when you book an RV in Brownsville, you're in an ideal location to start exploring the area's famous historical sites, its coastal waters, and unique parks. Whether you plan to be active or prefer to spend your time relaxing, there are a huge number of recreational activities on offer in the area and a Brownsville RV rental by owner is the best way to get exploring.
The seat of Cameron County, Brownsville is a rapidly growing, dynamic city with a rich and varied history. From its beginnings as a Mexican War military post to its current status as one of the largest cities in the Rio Grande Valley, Brownsville is a place of national historical importance having served as a prominent player during the Civil War, breaking the Union blockade of Confederate ports. A popular tourist destination for its history, climate, and proximity to Mexico, a Brownsville motorhome rental vacation is a great way to get better acquainted with this unique and inspiring area. Whether you're interested in the area's colorful past, its varied nature, or simply the chance to relax and enjoy life, Brownsville offers all this and more.
Visit the Historic Downtown District for a walking tour, or tour the various museums or the Brownsville Heritage Complex. Drive your Brownsville camper rental down to the beach for a day of water sports or lounging on the sand. The city also boasts a varied dining and nightlife scene, as well as the many cultural and artistic events that take place all year round. There's no shortage of things to do, including visiting some of the finest state parks and wildlife refuges situated just minutes away. To really make the most of your time in South Texas, take your Brownsville luxury RV rental on a road trip, taking in some of the most famous Texan cities such as coastal Corpus Christi and state capital Austin, just several hours' drive away.
The Great Outdoors
One of the largest protected natural areas in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge is situated just a few minutes' drive away from the city. Extending over 97,000 acres, the park is a valuable resource that is essential to protecting local wildlife and plant species. Aside from spotting the endangered ocelot, there is plenty to see and do in the park and its coastal waters. Popular activities include fishing, hiking, and wildlife photography, as well as simply just admiring the stunning landscape from your Brownsville campervan rental. The refuge is also a bird spotter's paradise with more different bird species sightings recorded than in any other park in the National Wildlife Refuge System. Padre Island National Seashore makes up part of the refuge and is a definite must-visit in your Brownsville RV rental. It's an essential nesting ground for Kemp's Ridley turtles and one of the longest barrier islands in the world, protecting 70 miles of coastline. The park features two developed campgrounds and is a popular place to go canoeing and kayaking. You could also spend your time bicycling, beachcombing, or if you check your dates, you may even get to watch a sea turtle hatchling release.
Another park located just minutes away in your Brownsville motorhome rental is Resaca De La Palma State Park and World Birding Center. Home to 1,200 acres of semi-tropical land, be sure to stop by the visitor's center and take advantage of the four decks that overlook the resaca, as well as taking the 2.76-mile tram tour loop. There are plenty of trails to explore either on foot or with one of the state park store's bicycle rentals. There are numerous park events throughout the year, including interpretative trails, visits to the butterfly garden, and craft displays. Spend the day exploring the 11 miles of park trails through sub-tropical wetland and woodlands, including Texas ebony and anacua trees, some of the most threatened tree species in the country. Several of the trails are also ADA-accessible, with plenty of useful information available at the park office.
Take the short drive to Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site in your Brownsville camper rental. This must-visit park preserves the site of the Battle of Palo Alto, the first major battle of the U.S.-Mexican War. Much more than just a battlefield, the park also provides valuable insights into the causes and consequences of the war, as well as providing a peaceful haven for a variety of plant and wildlife species. The park extends over more than 3,400 acres of broad coastal prairie land, interrupted by resacas, or shallow ravines, that make for a marsh-like habitat during the rare heavy rains. If you're planning on visiting the park, it's a great idea to take a seasonal guided tour, so check out the program around your Brownsville RV rental reservation dates and really make the most of your visit. Also, check for any special events such as Living History programs and hallmark events during your vacation period.
As a popular destination, you'll have plenty of nearby options when it comes to parking your motorhome rental near Brownsville. If you want to remain close to the city and its amenities, you could consider staying over at Palmdale RV Park, located less than 10 minutes' drive away in your Brownsville luxury RV rental. This campground offers plenty of activities, including live music nights and pot lucks. Sites are large and come with full hookups and an option for cable TV. With an on-site library and recreation hall, there's plenty to fill a spare moment, as well as a heated pool and a hot tub for relaxation.
If you'd like to park in the area, but farther away from the city, you could take your Brownsville RV rental by owner for the half-hour drive down Route 48 to the coast and park at Port Isabel Park Center. With its prime location just before the causeway to South Padre Island, this campground offers the chance to go fishing and boating, thanks to its lighted fishing pier and boat docks. There is also a pool and spa, a playground, and a dog park, so there's something for everyone. Sites provide full hookups, and you can also make use of the on-site laundry room, showers, and restrooms. If you're staying with your Brownsville motorhome rental during the winter season, you can expect a wide variety of activities in the recreation halls, including craft classes, movies, and cards.
Exploring the City
As one of the area's premier tourist destinations, there's certainly no shortage of things to see and do in Brownsville. Start off by getting yourself acquainted with the city's rich past with a visit to the Stillman House Museum, one of the oldest surviving buildings in the city. Built in 1850, a visit to the house takes you right back to Brownsville's early days with interesting exhibits and authentic period furniture. The Brownsville Heritage Museum features a wide variety of images documenting the city's historical evolution. Maps, costumes, and artifacts provide insights into days gone by. Find out about the area's education, transportation, and ranches from the early days to more recent years.
If you prefer spending time outdoors, pay a visit to the Gladys Porter Zoo. On 31 acres in central Brownsville, this zoological and botanically beautiful spot is a good way to relax and discover a variety of plants and animals. The zoo is famous for its success at breeding endangered species of wildlife and houses over 1,600 individual animals. There are plenty of monthly exhibits, with a lot of interesting workshops and tours aimed specifically at children. With four concessions stands, take time out of your city exploration tour to relax with a snack or a beverage in this outdoor haven within the city limits.
Brownsville has a large array of restaurants and eateries, with all major cuisine types available. From fast food to fine dining, be sure to stop by for lunch or dinner before hitting the road in your Brownsville RV rental. No visit to the city would be complete without sampling some of the Mexican cuisine for which the area is famous. There are also a number of bars, grills, and night clubs, where you can experience the city's fiesta ambiance first hand. Brownsville also hosts a large number of annual festivals that are a great way to get acquainted with the city's culture, history, and fun-loving, laid-back atmosphere.