1. Live Music and Cold Drinks
Live music fans will love the unique places where the tunes of country, rock and roll, and everything in between reverberate. Start at Moonshine Drinkery, where performers from around Texas bring down the house. Enjoy out-of-this-world hand-crafted cocktails and specialty moonshines. If you prefer to pair your live music with a pint of delicious craft beer, find your way to Aero Crafters Beer Garden & Gastropub, which boasts a large selection from Texas and beyond.
Get out on the dance floor at Schroeder Hall, the second oldest dance hall in the Lone Star State. This iconic venue in Goliad has hosted big-time country music acts like Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard since it first opened its doors in 1890.
2. Art of All Kinds
Admire the works of local artists, enjoy a night out at the theater, and take in an awe-inspiring performance by the professional virtuosos of a symphony orchestra. These are a few of the ways you can indulge in the arts in Victoria.
Don’t miss the Victoria Bach Festival, a week-long festival in June celebrating the works of J.S. Bach and other composers spanning the ages. In July, check out a performance of Grease at Theatre Victoria, the local community theater.
3. Escape to Nature
Float your way down the Guadalupe River on the Victoria Paddling Trail. Make it an all-day adventure or a relaxing afternoon paddle.
If you don’t have your own kayak, rent one from Gerry’s Kayaks located right in Riverside Park. When you’re all paddled out, find a spot on the riverside patio at The PumpHouse Restaurant. With such entrees as flounder, tuna, ribeye, and Cajun meatloaf, along with burgers, salads, and sandwiches, the restaurant serves up a delicious way to end a day on the Guadalupe River.
4. Local Eats
Cheesy slices of pizza, juicy hamburgers, cedar-planked salmon, and melt-in-your-mouth brisket. This is just a taste of what you can dig in to in Victoria, where you’ll find restaurants serving foods in settings ranging from casual to upscale. Burgers, sandwiches and soups made with fresh, local ingredients are on the menu at Huvar’s Artisan Market & Catering.
Rosebud Records, Grill & Theater combines its old-fashioned charm—right down to the huge collection of vinyl records and a Drink Coca-Cola sign painted on the wall—with a delicious selection of breakfast items, tacos, pasta dishes, and more. Make a reservation at The Sendera for a night out in beautiful downtown Victoria, or stop in at KB’s BBQ for the mesquite-smoked brisket. KB’s BBQ is just one of several stops along the Great Coastal Texas Barbecue Trail.
Your taste buds will thank you.
5. Toss an Atlatl
Learn to throw an atlatl at a woolly mammoth shaped target. It’s only one of the things you can do at the Museum of the Coastal Bend. Tour 13,000 years of Texas history as you examine the tools and other artifacts from the Native Americans, Spanish, and French that once called this corner of the Lone Star State home. Don’t miss the seven cannons brought to Texas by 17th-century French explorer Robert de La Salle, the museum’s main centerpiece.
Follow the signs for Victoria’s Trail Through Time to see displays that tell the tales of the events that shaped the town into what it is today. The self-guided Old Victoria Driving Tour is another great way to uncover the town’s past. Along this route, you’ll encounter stunning 19th-century homes and other architectural wonders.
Given the arts and live music scenes, abundance of fantastic dining, and all the ways you can enjoy the outdoors, Victoria is a great destination for your summer road trip. Discover everything else Victoria has to offer here.