Located just south of Houston on Highway 59, sits Victoria – a Texas treasure with a rich history, fabulous local food, a thriving music scene and an outdoor nature retreat. With its small town charm and big city flavor, Victoria is the perfect destination for your summer road trip!
Re-Discover Texas History
Brush up on your Texas history at the Museum of the Coastal Bend with permanent exhibit “Where Texas History Began.” Learn about LaSalle’s ill-fated shipwreck and see many of the recovered artifacts! Or, check out the latest exhibit “Weird & Wonderful Prehistoric Mammals” now through January 2020.
See stunning 19th century architecture on the Old Victoria Driving Tour. With more than 80 historic homes and sites, the tour includes such gems as the 1892 Courthouse, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, and Fossati’s Delicatessen - the oldest deli in Texas. Along the way, watch for the Victoria Trail Through Time Historic Interpretive signs and read stories of important citizens and events that helped shape the town of Victoria.
Escape to Nature
Check out Riverside Park – a woodland nature retreat sitting on the banks of the Guadalupe River. The park spans 600 acres and includes a golf course, biking and nature trails, and The Texas Zoo. Birding is abundant along the river and trails.
Float your way down the Guadalupe River on the Victoria Paddling Trail. With four drop-in points on this 25-mile route, you can choose an all-day adventure on the water or a relaxing afternoon paddle. Be sure and bring your kayak!
Local Restaurants Serve Up Palate-Pleasing 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 local restaurants serving foods in settings ranging from casual to upscale.
Huvar’s Artisan Market offers fresh, unique food in downtown Victoria. Don’t miss Pizza Night on Fridays and Saturdays! The PumpHouse Riverside Restaurant & Bar is located on the banks of the Guadalupe River where live music is served on the patio and the Sunday brunch is a must-do!
The Live Music Scene is Awesome
Live music fans will love the unique places where the tunes of country, rock and roll, and everything in between reverberate. Greek’s 205 and Aero Crafters are two favorite spots to have a cocktail and take in the live music.
Plan your summer road trip today!