Category: Texas

South Padre Island, Texas

A- Overview:
This popular seaside resort area on the Gulf Coast at the southern tip of Texas, includes the island and the neighboring mainland town of Port Isabel. Its 34 mile long stretch of white sand is bordered to the east by the Gulf of Mexico and to the west by the Laguna Madre Bay. The conveniences and attractions of a modern resort, coupled with miles of pristine island terrain are what draws thousands of visitors to the area each year and has brought many back to live.

South Padre Island is a dream come true for those that love to play in the water or soar through the sky. There are several places on the Island to rent equipment. Jet skis, wave runners, kayaks, and Hobie cats can be rented for as little as one-half hour or for longer periods of time. Windsurfing and kiteboarding are also popular water sports on the Island. There is a wide array of choices for touring the Island by land or by water. A horseback ride on the beach at sunset is one of several ways to end a perfect day in the tropics. South Padre Island is the spot to try those water sports that you have imagined yourself trying as you sat at home dreaming of a vacation in the sun.

Kiteboarding is fast becoming the hottest new water sport, and South Padre Island offers year round, world-class kiteboarding conditions. The Laguna Madre’s waist deep water and consistent winds give everyone from beginners to expert riders near perfect flat-water conditions in which to hone their skills. Advanced kiteboarders will enjoy riding the Laguna Madre and the waves of the Gulf of Mexico.

Other local activities include boating, swimming, fishing, surfing, sailboarding, beachcombing on long white beaches, birding, camping, in-line skating, parasailing, and bungee jumping.

Among the places to see in Port Isabel is the lighthouse, that was built in 1853 and is now a State Historic Site. You can climb to the top for a bird’s-eye view of the coast. Boats from Port Isabel’s fleet can be seen docked all around the harbor area, and you can watch them head out every morning.

The natural surroundings of South Padre Island and the Rio Grande Valley give birders and wildlife enthusiasts the opportunity to study and observe a wide variety of species. On South Padre Island, nature lovers will appreciate and enjoy the last 34 miles of ecologically significant, unspoiled beaches and sand dunes along the Gulf of Mexico. Due primarily to its location, South Padre Island is a feeding ground for various migrating birds. The fall months, namely October and November, bring birds headed south for the winter.

The white, sandy beaches of South Padre are well known throughout the United States. In fact, the beaches of South Padre Island are ranked among America’s top 10 beaches, with the emerald water of the Gulf of Mexico serving as the perfect backdrop for spectacular sunsets.

The island is perfect for sailing, fishing, windsurfing, dolphin watching, horseback riding, shopping, and golf. The evenings come alive with dining, dancing and music. Large selections of fine restaurants are available, and many will cook your catch! South Padre Island is the perfect place for a for a change of pace in a vacation paradise.

B- City Information:
Population: 2,422

Time Zone: Central Time. When it is noon at South Padre Island, it is 1:00 PM in New York City and 10:00 AM in Los Angeles. Daylight saving time is observed from April-October.

Elevation: At Sea Level

Area Code: 956

Land Area: 1.8 Square Miles

Location: Padre Island National Seashore is 150 miles southeast of San Antonio, Texas

Average Temperatures:

Month
High
Low

January
67F
47F

February
70F
51F

March
74F
56F

April
80F
63F

May
85F
69F

June
91F
74F

July
94F
75F

August
94F
75F

September
90F
71F

October
85F
65F

November
74F
54F

December
69F
50F

When to Visit:

Spring, early summer and fall are ideal times to visit the this area of Texas, though the climate is enjoyable year round. Breezes blow off the bay, so bring a sweater for the afternoons and evenings. From late March to mid June and from mid September through mid November, days are usually warm but not too hot and evenings are pleasant.

Holidays:
Jan. 1 New Year’s Day
January ( 3rd Monday) Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday
January 19 Confederate Heroes Day
February (3rd Monday) Presidents’ Day
March 2 Texas Independence Day
May (Last Monday) Memorial Day
June 19 Emancipation Day
July 4 Independence Day
August 27 Lyndon B. Johnson’s birthday
September (1st Monday) Labor Day
November 11 Veterans’ Day
November (4th Thursday) Thanksgiving Day
December 25 Christmas Day

Time & Temperature: 1-956-546-2481

Weather Forecast: 1-956-546-5378

Arriving

By Air: Harlingen’s Valley International Airport and Brownsville/South Padre Island International Airport in Brownsville are easily accessible.

By Car

The Queen Isabella Causeway is a 2.5-mile modern structure that links the Island to the mainland of Texas at Port Isabel. It provides easy access (and the only access by land) to South Padre Island.

From Houston: Take U.S. Highway 59 southwest to U.S. Highway 77 south (380 miles) to Texas Highway 100 east.

From San Antonio: Take Interstate 37 south to U.S. Highway 77 south (294 miles) to Texas Highway 100 east.

From Dallas: Take Interstate 35 east to San Antonio. Interstate 37 south to U.S. Highway 77 south to Texas Highway 100.

From Corpus Christi: U.S. Highway 77 south to Texas Highway 100 east. (166 miles)

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
The Laguna Madre Nature Trail

this wheelchair accessible facility can be accessed through the circle driveway leading up to the South Padre Island Convention Centre at 7355 Padre Boulevard.

The boardwalk is open at all times and is free of charge.

Known locally as the birding boardwalk, it provides access to the Laguna Madre bay for birders and other outdoor enthusiasts. From the 1,500-foot boardwalk that extends across four acres of wetland, onlookers can see egrets, herons, oystercatchers, terns, and the White-Morph Redish Egret wading in the shallow water of the Laguna Madre.

The boardwalk also takes nature lovers over wetlands and around a freshwater pond, providing them with an excellent opportunity to view a variety of rails, soras, kingfishers, moorhens, and numerous other species.

There is also a dedicated “Warbler Rest Area” adjacent to the boardwalk frigatebirds, boobies, and other pelagic birds. Whether you tour South Padre Island by car, boat, or on foot, your birding experience will be a special one.

Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge

(956) 748-3607.

The Visitor’s Center is open October 1 through April 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. The Center is open only on weekends during the month of May from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and is closed June 1 through September 30. The Center is also closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Entrance fee charged per car.

A short 20-minute drive from South Padre Island is Located east of Rio Hondo and bordering the Laguna Madre bay, this 45,000-acre federal preserve is one of the jewels of the refuge system and has a record number of 411 birds documented. It is also home to endangered species such as the ocelot and jaguarundi. Other animals found at the refuge are javelinas, deer, Texas tortoises, indigo snakes, bobcats, coyotes and occasionally, mountain lions.

Andy Bowie Park

761-3704
Located on the northern end of South Padre Island, this park provides beachfront picnic pavilions, concessions, children’s playground, shower facilities, Group rental facilities are also available with prior arrangement for beach parties.

Edwin K. Atwood Park
Located 1.5 miles north of Andy Bowie Park on Park Road 100, this park offers a beachfront picnic pavilion, a concession, and a beach access road, which provides twenty miles of beach driving. 761-3704

Isla Blanca Park

(956) 761-5493.

On the southernmost tip of South Padre Island, this park is the crown jewel of the Cameron County Park System. Over one mile of clean, white beach along the Gulf of Mexico offers abundant beachfront recreational facilities. Enjoy picnic and playground areas, the south fishing jetty, restaurants, clubs, University of Texas Pan American exhibits, and the Chapel By The Sea non-denominational church. There is also a full-marina with daily charters, a water park, retail shops and a boat ramp.

Laguna Madre Nature Trail
Cutting through the tall marsh grass are two boardwalks made of recycled material. Each boardwalk ends in a blind that allows people to become an unobtrusive observer of a host of birds, fish, turtles, dragonflies, lizards,and an alligator or two. Located just off to the side of the South Padre Island Convention Centre, the trail starts at the Warbler Rest Area, a plot of ground seeded with flowers designed to attract the winged creatures on a year-round basis. Located 4 miles north of the Queen Isabella Causeway. For more information call 800-SO-PADRE.

The Point Isabel Lighthouse Complex
421 Queen Isabella Blvd.

(956) 943-2262.

Daily, 9:00 – 5:00

Home to the newly renovated Point Isabel Lighthouse and the Keeper’s Cottage. In 1852, Congress approved the construction of a beacon in the Laguna Madre to support the growing ship industry of the South Texas Coast. The Point Isabel Lighthouse was built to protect and guide ships through Brazos Santiago and the barrier islands. During the Civil War, the light was closed and the tower was used as a lookout for both the Confederate and Union armies. The lighthouse was lit again after the war. In 1880, the lighthouse was renovated to accommodate a new light system. The lighthouse was officially closed in 1905. In 1952, the lighthouse was opened as a state park and is the only lighthouse on the Texas coast to be opened to the public. A replica of the Keeper’s Cottage houses the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce, historic displays, and tourist information.

Port Isabel Historical Museum
317 E. Railroad Street

Port Isabel, TX

(956) 943-7602

Tuesday -Saturday, 10:00-4:00

Housed in the historic Champion Building, built in 1899 as a dry goods store and residence, it is one of the oldest structures in Port Isabel. The Museum houses numerous hands on exhibits, audio presentations and videos that commemorate the colorful history of the Port Isabel area, the stage of some of the most important chapters of Texas, Mexican and American History. The museum has two exhibit levels, a theater, gift shop and one of the largest collections of Mexican artifacts from the U.S. Mexican War. On the south end of the building is the famous “fish mural” painted in 1906 by a local fisherman.

Sea Turtle, Inc.

6617 Padre Blvd.

(956) 761-1720

Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00 – 4:00

Small admission charge

Did you know that picking a turtle up by its shell without supporting the tummy is like being lifted by our finger, toe nails or hair? Founded by Illa Loetscher, affectionately known as the “Turtle Lady”, this enviro-friendly organization is dedicated to caring for and educating the public about endangered sea turtles. If you see a sea turtle, call the Turtle Hotline (956) 380-9677.

South Padre Island Center

2 Wallace L. Reed Rd.

956-943-0051.

The Center occupies The Old Coast Guard Station, the only historic building on South Padre Island., With its New England style design and lookout tower, it is a popular local tourist attraction. It was built in 1923 and served as an active Coast Guard station until the 1970s.

It was renovated in 1987 to house the University of Texas at Brownsville/Texas Southmost College’s first extension campus. The SPI Center is home to the University’s South Padre Island Technical Education Center

South Padre Island Convention and Visitors Center Whaling Wall #53
Built in 1992, this modern, airy, and colorful building located four miles north of the Queen Isabella causeway was created to host a wide variety of events.

The Convention Center is also the site of the famous Whaling Wall #53 by acclaimed environmental artist Wyland. Wyland wanted to show homage to whales and other creatures of the sea by devoting his talent to painting 100 walls across the world. His “Whaling Walls” capture the grandeur of his subjects. Spanning 153 feet in length, covering 3 walls and 23 feet in height, it took over 111 gallons of paint, 100 volunteers, and nearly four days to complete. Wyland donated his time and artwork, while local residents, private sponsors, and public organizations donated the paint, scaffolding, air guns, and lighting.

The Treasures of the Gulf Museum
317 E. Railroad Street

(956) 943-7602 for more information and current admission prices.

Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 – 4:00.

The museum tells the story of the three ill-fated Spanish ships wrecked off the northern end of South Padre Island in 1554 near present day Port Mansfield, 30 miles north of Port Isabel. The exhibit incorporates murals, artifacts and hands-on activities to interpret this event. Actual artifacts from the shipwreck include silver planchas, or disks, coins, and weapons.

The Children’s Discovery lab features hands-on exhibits that teach visitors about marine archeology. Visitors are allowed to try on period clothing and map out a treasure site. The children’s section has a small-scale ship in which children can imagine themselves sailing the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The museum also has a “ship” theater and a nautical-inspired gift shop

University of Texas Pan American Coastal Studies Laboratory

Located in Isla Blanca Park, near the north pavilion

956-761-2644

A satellite of the University of Texas Pan American,

Sunday -Friday, 1:30 – 4:30.

Charge per vehicle charge to enter the park
The Coastal Studies Laboratory studies and exhibits marine life such as crustaceans and marine vertebrates, and plant life.

North Padre Island National Seashore, Said to be the longest barrier island in the world, North Padre Island extends 113 miles from Corpus Christi almost to the Mexican border, with much of that part of the national

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark

Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark is Texas’ newest waterpark on the beautiful beaches of South Padre Island. Splash into more than a dozen family water attractions, including the world’s largest surfing ride and a five story Sand Castle.

South Padre Island Convention Centre Sand Castle

7355 Padre Blvd. on the north end of the Island.

The sand castle may be viewed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
The South Padre Island Convention Centre is the location for the largest year-round sand castle in the State of Texas. Sons of the Beach Sand Castle Wizards, who complete in sand castle building contests throughout the world, built the sand castle and restore it regularly. They use 45 tons of sand mixed with an estimated 50 pounds of clay and 200 gallons of water to build the 10 feet tall statue. Built on a 10′ X 16′ base, it is topped off with an 80% water/20% Elmer’s glue solution. In all, about half a gallon of Elmer’s glue is used to coat the castle.

The sand castle has become a year-round treat for Island guests, and at times, the foreground is changed to welcome large groups and conferences, or to mark a special event.

Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge

(956) 748-3607.

The Visitor’s Center is open October 1 through April 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. The Center is open only on weekends during the month of May from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and is closed June 1 through September 30. The Center is also closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Entrance fee charged per car.

A short 20-minute drive from South Padre Island is Located east of Rio Hondo and bordering the Laguna Madre bay, this 45,000-acre federal preserve is one of the jewels of the refuge system and has a record number of 411 birds documented. It is also home to endangered species such as the ocelot and jaguarundi. Other animals found at the refuge are javelinas, deer, Texas tortoises, indigo snakes, bobcats, coyotes and occasionally, mountain lions.

Andy Bowie Park

761-3704
Located on the northern end of South Padre Island, this park provides beachfront picnic pavilions, concessions, children’s playground, shower facilities, Group rental facilities are also available with prior arrangement for beach parties.

Edwin K. Atwood Park

761-3704
Located 1.5 miles north of Andy Bowie Park on Park Road 100, this park offers a beachfront picnic pavilion, a concession, and a beach access road, which provides twenty miles of beach driving.

Isla Blanca Park

(956) 761-5493.

On the southernmost tip of South Padre Island, this park is the crown jewel of the Cameron County Park System. Over one mile of clean, white beach along the Gulf of Mexico offers abundant beachfront recreational facilities. Enjoy picnic and playground areas, the south fishing jetty, restaurants, clubs, University of Texas Pan American exhibits, and the Chapel By The Sea non-denominational church. There is also a full-marina with daily charters, a water park, retail shops and a boat ramp.

Laguna Madre Nature Trail
Cutting through the tall marsh grass are two boardwalks made of recycled material. Each boardwalk ends in a blind that allows people to become an unobtrusive observer of a host of birds, fish, turtles, dragonflies, lizards,and an alligator or two. Located just off to the side of the South Padre Island Convention Centre, the trail starts at the Warbler Rest Area, a plot of ground seeded with flowers designed to attract the winged creatures on a year-round basis. Located 4 miles north of the Queen Isabella Causeway. For more information call 800-SO-PADRE.

The Point Isabel Lighthouse Complex
421 Queen Isabella Blvd.

(956) 943-2262.

Daily, 9:00 – 5:00

Home to the newly renovated Point Isabel Lighthouse and the Keeper’s Cottage. In 1852, Congress approved the construction of a beacon in the Laguna Madre to support the growing ship industry of the South Texas Coast. The Point Isabel Lighthouse was built to protect and guide ships through Brazos Santiago and the barrier islands. During the Civil War, the light was closed and the tower was used as a lookout for both the Confederate and Union armies. The lighthouse was lit again after the war. In 1880, the lighthouse was renovated to accommodate a new light system. The lighthouse was officially closed in 1905. In 1952, the lighthouse was opened as a state park and is the only lighthouse on the Texas coast to be opened to the public. A replica of the Keeper’s Cottage houses the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce, historic displays, and tourist information.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Mid January

Annual Taste of the Island
The Annual Taste of the Island, one of the most looked forward to events of the year, is held at the South Padre Island Convention Centre from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Area restaurants showcase their excellent food items, and there is also be a free tradeshow and live music for your listening enjoyment.Ticket information is available at the South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce office located at 600 Pare Blvd., South Padre Island.

Early February

Annual Kite Festival

The summer blue sky will be filled with diving, darting, fluttering and hovering kites. Experts and other kite lovers are on hand to teach the fine art of hand-held sky ballet. South Padre Island is host to two kite festivals each year.

Early February

Annual South Padre Island Chili Expo (SPICE)
In good-natured competition, cooking teams vie for votes from the crowd for the coveted People’s Choice award and turn in their judging cups to be ranked by local celebrity judges. There are also awards for Showmanship, Best Vegetarian, Best Open Category and 1st through 10th Place for Best Recipe. Criteria taken into consideration for judging is aroma, consistency, red color, taste, and aftertaste. Showmanship (must have chili entered) is judged on theme, costume, booth set-up, action, and audience appeal. South Padre Island Chamber at 956-761-4412

Early May

Annual Windsurfing Blowout
This USWA (U.S. Windsurfing Association) event invites all recreational windsurfers to compete in course slalom and distance races. Finalists are sent to compete in higher divisions. Now a nationally recognized event, it has become an Island springtime tradition

Friday nights Memorial Day through Labor Day

Fireworks

Every Friday night is the Fourth of July on the Island. At 9:15 sharp, a silent barge in the center of the Bay releases it’s payload into the summer sky. With the firework light reflecting off the water, it’s a breathtaking display.

Early August

Annual Texas International Fishing Tournament
For more than 66 years, the Texas International Fishing Tournament has taken pride in creating an atmosphere of friendly fishing competition and wholesome family fun. The five day event, , offers fishing divisions that include bay, offshore and tarpon. TIFT is open to anglers of all ages and is the largest saltwater fishing tournament in Texas. (956) 943-8438

Mid August

Annual Ladies Kingfish Tournament
The Ladies Kingfish Tournament has been an Island tradition for many years. The tournament is divided into two divisions, bay and offshore. Qualifying fish include redfish, trout and flounder for bay, and backfin tuna, dolphin and bonito for offshore. Like TIFT, the tournament is open to anglers of all ages.

Grand Champion Offshore and Overall Largest Fish. Prizes are also awarded for the best Hard Luck Story in each division. (956) 761-4412

Mid October

Bikefest and Motorcycle Convention Rally
It’s a South Padre Island Hog Rally that’s billed as “The Roar by the Shore.”

Late October

Sand Castle Days
It’s art and architecture in the sand. Get down and gritty along with sandcastle wizards who will inspire you to build sky scraping turrets and mind-bending arches. At the end of the day, go splash off in the Gulf and admire what your hands and buckets hath wrought. Prizes awarded for the most exemplary effort.

Early November

Tails Over South Padre Island Fun Fly Fiesta

The clear blue sky is filled with diving, darting, fluttering and hovering kites. Experts and other kite lovers are on hand to teach the fine art of hand-held sky ballet. South Padre Island is host to two kite festivals each year.

Corpus Christi, Texas

A- Overview:
Corpus Christi is a major deep-water port and one of Texas’ s most popular seacoast playground cities. Known simply as “Corpus” to Texans, the city has retained its small town friendliness and charm throughout its years of expansion. It is located on the Gulf of Mexico in South Texas, is halfway between Houston and Brownsville.

Visitors will find gorgeous ocean views, and many activities centered around beaches and water sports: fishing, sailing, windsurfing, and just swimming and relaxing on the beach.

The two-mile sea wall running through the heart of the business district was constructed in such a way as to open the city to the Bay rather than to form a barricade. Steps lead down to the water and to the popular “T” head docks where pleasure boats tie up. This very attractive waterfront was designed in the late 1930’s by Guzon Borglum, sculptor of Mount Rushmore.

North of downtown, over the bridge, is the site of the USS Lexington, a floating naval museum, as well as Texas State Aquarium, and extensive park and picnic areas. Scenic bay front cruises provide an orientation to all that the waterfront offers. A favorite with children is the ferryboat ride into the ship channel to watch the dolphins frolic in their natural habitat.

The Beach Loop is a scenic drive that takes about an hour with no stops (if the ferry isn’t too busy). It is wise, however, to allow a few hours for browsing the shops, walking the beach, swimming in the surf, and enjoying the view.

Begin the Loop in Downtown Corpus Christi, then cruise along Ocean Drive savoring the gorgeous view of the bay. Turn at Ennis Joslin Road to reach South Padre Island Drive (S.P.I.D.) also known as Route 358, and turn east. You will soon reach a causeway which meanders up and down over scenic bridges and takes you to Padre Island National Seashore. Turn left on Route 361 (a paved road that runs through the middle of the island). There are several Beach Access Roads along the way.

Route 361 takes you into Port Aransas, which is the deep-sea fishing capital of Texas. Gulf waters contain an abundance of king mackerel, red snapper and pompano. The Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail offers birders plenty of sightings in this area year around. The sunny beaches, eclectic island atmosphere, funky shops and waterside restaurants of Port Aransas appeal to just about everyone. It is almost impossible to drive through without stopping for an hour or two.

Leaving Port Aransas, you can drive onto a ferry for a great ride. If you get out of your car on the ferry, you might see some porpoise following behind. Continuing on Route 361, you will reach Aransas Pass, known as the “shrimp capital of the world”, then Gregory, Portland, and back to Corpus Christi.

If time permits, take a side trip along Route 35 to the sleepy little town of Rockport, the area “artist community”. There you will find a wide variety of stores featuring local art, paintings, seashells, and beachwear. If you continue to Fulton, you will pass the Fulton Mansion, a Texas landmark which has periodic tours through the historic home.

For an entertaining and enjoyable meal, stop at Boiling Pot Seafood which serves huge pots of boiled crabs, shrimp, corn, and potatoes. They will ceremoniously deposit all of this in the middle of your table, put giant bibs on everyone, and hand out wooden mallets for cracking the shellfish. Open from lunch to late evening, seven days a week, they feature blues bands on the weekends, but the process of pounding and cracking your way through the meal is entertainment enough!

Texas is cattle country and no city captures the roping, wrangling, ranching spirit of the old west like Kingsville. Just south of Corpus Christi, Kingsville is the city that grew up around the famous King Ranch. Bigger than the state of Rhode Island, the King Ranch is one of the largest (825,000 acres) and oldest working cattle ranches in the world. Guided tours are offered at the ranch and its history is also preserved in exhibits at the Conner Museum at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

The Corpus Christi area is a shopper’s paradise. From malls and retail centers, to antique shops, souvenir centers and galleries, there are many days of shopping pleasure to be discovered.

Corpus Christi’s status as one of the breeziest (warm breezes) cities in the nation makes it a prime vacation spot for those who love the wind and waves. Each spring, the city hosts the annual U.S. Open Windsurfing Regatta. In addition, weekly sailboat regattas are held on Wednesday evening all year round.

The variety of waterways, from open Gulf beaches to protected coves, make the Corpus Christi area attractive to beginners and experts alike. In keeping with the city’s image of maintaining glistening waterways, Corpus Christi’s Water Garden at Bayfront Arts and Science Park sparkles for visitors who see, hear, and touch the garden’s water. Some 150 fountains form the nucleus of the park, which is lighted at night.

The revitalized downtown area provides visitors with an array of stores, restaurants, and nightlife. The center of activity downtown is the Water Street Market, a collection of places to dine, shop, and then relax with a cool drink and evening entertainment.

These are just a few of the unforgettable sights and sounds of Corpus Christi. How can anyone resist a visit to this Sparkling City by the Sea?

B- City Information:
Facts

Population:
281,453

Elevation:
35 feet

Time Zone:
Central Standard Time (one hour behind Eastern Standard Time)

Area:
134 sq. mi.

Emergency:
911.

Area Code:
(361)

Average Temperatures in Fahrenheit:

Month
High
Low

January
67F
47F

February
70F
51F

March
74F
56F

April
80F
63F

May
85F
69F

June
91F
74F

July
94F
75F

August
94F
75F

September
90F
71F

October
85F
65F

November
74F
54F

December
69F
50F

Spring, early summer and fall are ideal times to visit the east coast of Texas, though the climate is enjoyable year round. Breezes blow off the bay, so bring a sweater for the afternoons and evenings. From late March to mid June and from mid September through mid November, days are usually warm but not too hot and evenings are pleasant.

Holidays:
Jan. 1 New Year’s Day
January ( 3rd Monday) Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday
January 19 Confederate Heroes Day
February (3rd Monday) Presidents’ Day
March 2 Texas Independence Day
May (Last Monday) Memorial Day
June 19 Emancipation Day
July 4 Independence Day
August 27 Lyndon B. Johnson’s birthday
September (1st Monday) Labor Day
November 11 Veterans’ Day
November (4th Thursday) Thanksgiving Day
December 25 Christmas Day

How to get around:
It is advisable to have a car available. There is adequate parking and a car provides easy access to the suburban areas.

Airport :
Corpus Christi International Airport is served by major airlines and is 5-7 minutes from the city center. There is also regular daily shuttle service between Corpus Christi and the San Antonio Airport offered by several airport shuttle operators.

Bus Service:
Passenger bus service is offered by Greyhound Bus Lines and Valley Transit Company.
The Regional Transit Authority (RTA) provides public bus service to Corpus Christi and surrounding areas, as well, as special tourist service.
(Summer Only) Scenic Trail #73 An old-time trolley that explores the historic sights of Corpus Christi.
CC Beach Shuttle #76 Cruises around Corpus Christi Beach from the USS Lexington and the Texas State Aquarium.
Harbor Ferry – A passenger ferry that runs across the bay to the USS Lexington and the Texas State Aquarium on Corpus Christi Beach.
For information on any special tourist transportation services or local bus routes, call the B Rideline at 361-289-2600.

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Texas State Aquarium
2710 N. Shoreline Blvd.
1-800-477-4853
Directions:
From Corpus Christi, 181 North to Corpus Christi Beach Exit, rt. on Burleson, rt. on Surfside.. Summer Hours:
Mon.-Sat. 9-6, Sun. 10-6
Labor Day through Memorial Day:
Mon.-Sat. 9-5, Sun. 10-5
Admission charged. Under 4 Free
The visitor’s experience begins at the entrance plazas which depict whales, rays, dolphins, sharks, and the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Guests enter the building by walking under a “waterfall”. Volunteer guides are stationed throughout the Aquarium to explain exhibits and answer questions.

USS Lexington
2914 N. Shoreline Blvd.
361-888-4873
Directions:
From Corpus Christi, 181 North to N. Shoreline Blvd.
Hours:
9-5 daily, except for Christmas Day.
Admission charged.
The USS Lexington, a World War II aircraft carrier, haunted the waters of the South Pacific and was known as the “Blue Ghost.” Today the USS Lexington is one of the top ten visitor attractions in the state. Multi-media presentations and unique exhibits intrigue visitors. Live reenactments engage visitors of all ages

The Art Museum of South Texas
1902 N. Shoreline Blvd.
(361) 825-3500
Directions:
From Corpus Christi, 181 North to N. Shoreline Blvd.
From Portland, 181 South to N. Shoreline Blvd.
Hours:
Tues. Wed. Fri. Sat. 10 – 5 ; Thurs. 10 – 9 ; Sun 1 – 5 (Closed Mondays)
Admission: By Donation
Changing exhibits of prints, paintings, sculpture, photography and folk art. Exhibits share space with breathtaking views of the bay in this facility designed by renowned architect Phillip Johnson.

Museum of Science and History
1900 N. Chaparral
(361) 883-2862
Directions:
Located in the Bayfront Arts and Sciences Park, on the South side of the ship channel in downtown Corpus Christi
Hours: daily Mon.-Sat. 10 – 5 ; Sun. 12 – 5.
Memorial Day – Labor Day 10 – 6.
Admission charged.

The museum contains many interesting, interactive exhibits. Also, you can explore “Reptiles of South Texas,” featuring a live alligator and “Shipwreck,” an award-winning story of a 1554 shipwreck.

Pirates of the Gulf Miniature Golf
2901 West Surfside Drive
512-884-4774
Directions:
Take I81 North to N. Shoreline Blvd.
Hours:
April-August, Daily 11-11
Sept.-March on weekends (call to check times)
Admission charged.
18 Hole championship miniature golf course.

Art Center of Corpus Christi
100 Shoreline Blvd.
(361) 884-6406
Directions:
From Corpus Christi, 181 North to N. Shoreline Blvd.
From Portland, 181 South to N. Shoreline Blvd.
Tues.-Sun. 10 – 4
Closed Mondays.
Admission: Free
Watch artists practice their craft, display their accomplishments and teach others new skills. The complex includes a gallery, gift shop and a restaurant.

Asian Cultures Museum
1809 N. Chaparral
(361) 882-2641
Directions:
Located in the Bayfront Arts and Sciences Park, on the South side of the ship channel in downtown Corpus Christi
Tues.-Sat. 10 – 5
Admission charged.

The museum houses over 8,000 objects and documents, including artifacts from Japan. There is also an exhibit of arts and crafts from the Philippines, China and Korea. Exhibits include a 5 ft. bronze Buddha, Chinese porcelain, lacquerware, opera costumes and Hakata dolls.

Britton-Evans Centennial House
411 N. Broadway
(361) 992-6003
2 – 5 Wednesday only… or when the house’s flags are flying.
Built in 1848, the Centennial House is Corpus Christi’s oldest structure. Special tours available.

Harbor Playhouse
1 Bayfront Park
(361) 888-7469 or 882-5500
Box office open Mon.-Sat. Noon – 6
Call for shows & times.
The oldest continually performing community theater in Texas. A variety of productions are offered each year at this theater by the sea, from musicals to melodramas.

Heritage Park
1581 N. Chaparral St. (near the Bayfront Arts & Science Park)
(361) 883-0639
The site of nine historical homes, the oldest dating back to 1851. These homes are now beautifully restored.

Cole Park
This sprawling 43-acre park along Ocean Drive offers a spectacular view of sparkling Corpus Christi Bay. The Kid’s Place playground is always popular. Free concerts are held Thursdays and Sundays throughout the summer.

Corpus Christi Marina
Called the “T-heads” by locals, this scenic bayfront area is bustling with activity…private yachts, sight-seeing boats, water sport rentals and waterside restaurants. Buy fresh shrimp right off the shrimp boats and don’t miss the colorful sailboat regatta every Wednesday evening.

Downtown Seawall
Impressive waterfront wall and promenade. Bicycle, rollerblade or just stroll and people-watch. Miradores del Mar provide visitors with shady rest spots along the way. And the special Mirador del Flor includes a pavilion and statue dedicated to the late Tejano singing star, Selena.

Harbor Bridge
The second tallest bridge in Texas spans the port and connects Corpus Christi Beach to the Downtown area.

Ocean Drive
A seven-mile scenic waterfront drive lined with stately homes, parks and walking paths.

Port of Corpus Christi
The sixth largest deep-water port in the U.S. The Port’s Cargo Dock One pavilion offers an incredible view of the city and ship traffic.

Corpus Christi Greyhound Race Track
5302 Leopard
1-800-580-7223 or (361) 289-9333
Evening Races Tues. – Sat. 730 ; Matinees Wed. Sat. Sun. 130 . Simulcast races Mon. Tues. and Thurs. Call for current schedule. The Clubhouse area features booth service with an excellent view of the track and televisions at every table showing the racing action live. The Grandstand area contains a variety of seating, plus a food court. Both are fully air-conditioned.. Admission

Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens
8545 South Staples
361) 852-2100
9 – 5 Tues. – Sun. Call for Holiday
Admission charged.
This 180-acre site along Oso Creek combines nature, tourism and eco-education with colorful, exotic floral exhibits and local landscapes. Tour the Orchid House, Exhibit House, Plumeria collection, Sensory Garden, Hibiscus Garden and Water Garden. Be sure to save time for the shaded Bird & Butterfly Trail, Oso Creek Trail and Gator Lake. The complex contains extensive natural wetlands and protected native habitats. The Gardens is a Greater Texas Coastal Birding Trail site with lakeside observation tower, air conditioned Visitors Center, gift shop and gallery.
There is also a playground and covered picnic sites. Parking is free. Call for class schedules and schedule of events, including spring and fall Children’s Garden, April and October plant sales, and summer day camps.

Corpus Christi Zoo
County Road 33
(361) 814-8000
Open daily 10 – 6
The Corpus Christi Zoo continues to expand its existing collection of exotic birds, primates, big cats, hoof stock, reptiles and water fowl. Children’s Petting Zoo.

GCCA/CPL Marine Development Center
4330 Waldron Road
(361) 939-7784
Reservations required. Admission free.
See red drum and spotted seatrout up close in a 3,000-gallon saltwater spawning tank at one of the largest marine fish hatcheries in the world.

Hans A. Suter Wildlife Park
Ennis Joslin at Nile
Admission free.
This coastal marshland is one of the best bird watching locations in Texas! A boardwalk, viewing tower and hiking trails offer an ideal view of ducks, rare brown pelicans and other shore birds in their natural habitat. Picnic Tables.

Padre Island
J.P. Luby Surf Park
Hwy. 361 At Zahn Road, Mustang Island
(361) 949-8121
This is where the surfers hang ten and hang out! The “surf pier” generates lots of wave action. A pavilion and recreational facilities are nearby. Special events.

Padre Ball Park
Park Road 22, Padre Island
(361) 949-8121
A recreational complex with pavilion, overnight camping hookups for RV’s, tent sites, showers and covered picnic areas. Bob Hall Pier is nearby. Admission Call.

Padre Island National Seashore
At the end of Park Road 22, Padre Island
(361) 949-8068
Park is open 24 hrs. Visitor Center daily 9 – 6 , Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Padre Island National Seashore is the largest undeveloped barrier island in the continental United States. The park is open year-round for beachcombing, camping, surfing, swimming, hiking, fishing and other activities. The Visitor Center has restrooms with showers, a convenience store and an exhibit/information center. There’s a free boat launch at Bird Island Basin.

Mustang Island State Park
Port Aransas Mustang Island
Highway 361, Mustang Island
(361) 749-5246
Park closes at 10 except to overnight guests.
Padre Island, this 3,700-acre state park has 1 1/2 miles of beach

Mustang Riding Stables
Hwy. 361, Mustang Island
(361) 991-RIDE or (361) 749-5055
Open daily 9 – 5
Ride on horseback along the beach on Mustang Island. Hay rides and beach parties also available. Instruction available

Roberts Point Park
Highway 361, Port Aransas
Free admission.
Watch dolphins chase the ferries across the ship channel and cargo ships steam by on their way to the Port of Corpus Christi. Pavilion, picnic areas, fishing pier, scenic overlook and a play area.

University of Texas Marine Science Institute
Port Aransas
(361) 749-6729
Mon-Fri 8 – 5 weekends in the summer, Sat 9 – 5 and Sun Noon – 4
Free admission
This “mini-aquarium” addresses mysteries of the sea from a scientific viewpoint and highlights current research projects.

Aransas National Wildlife Refuge
Aransas Pass, Ingleside And Rockport/Fulton
(361) 286-3559
Daily Sunrise to Sunset,
Visitors Center 8:30 – 4:30
Admission charged.
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
30 miles north of Rockport, this expansive wildlife refuge offers a 16-mile paved loop with wildlife photo opportunities, a museum, hiking trails, picnic areas, a visitors center and an observation tower. It’s the winter home for the endangered Whooping Cranes.

Dolphin Connection
Ingleside on the Bay
(361) 882-4126 or (361) 776-2887
Five trips a day during peak season. Call between 8 and 10 tour times. Seasonal–March through October. Reservations required. View dolphins in their natural habitat in Corpus Christi Bay on this guided boat trip.

Fulton Mansion
317 Fulton Beach Road, Rockport-Fulton
(361) 729-0386
Call for tour times.
A spectacular example of French Second Empire architecture, this home has been completely refurbished by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept. Sixteen rooms showcase technology that was far ahead of its time when constructed in 1877.

The King Ranch
Hwy. 141 at Santa Gertrudis, Kingsville
(361) 592-8055
Visitor Center open weekdays 9 – 4 . .
The King Ranch is one of the largest and oldest working cattle and horse ranches in the world. This is the birthplace of the American ranching industry, founder of the Santa Gertrudis breed of cattle, and home of the first registered American Quarter Horse. Tours on ranch’s history, wildlife and agriculture offered.

King Ranch Museum
405 North 6th St., Kingsville, (361) 595-1881
Mon-Sat 10 – 4 ; Sun 1 – 5.
Trace the history of the King Ranch from its early days as a cow camp to the present-day activities in agribusiness, energy exploration and cattle.

Lake Corpus Christi State Park
(361) 547-2635 or (361) 389-8900
Two fishing piers and two boat ramps.

Port Aransas
(Port A to the locals) is full of colorful characters. Just a 30 minute drive from Corpus Christi, Port Aransas is a laid-back fishing village for most of the year. During peak summer months the population has been known to grow to 100,000.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Corpus Christi Zoo
On County Road 33, off Weber Street
512-814-8000
Wed.-Sun. 9-6
145 acre park featuring a vast collection of primates, exotic birds and other animals. It also contains the Kidz Zoo which is the largest petting area in the US with two acres of barnyard animals to meet and pet.

Bayfront Arts and Science Park
1900 Shoreline Drive
512-882-5603
This plaza offers indoor and outdoor attractions that are family oriented. All of these are listed below because of their geographic proximity: some will be of particular interest to adults; others to children.
The Water Garden is a cooling circle of over 100 fountains that are lighted at night. In June it hosts the Fiesta de Corpus Christi, a celebration of the city’s Hispanic heritage. In September this is the site of Bayfest, an expansive arts and crafts show with fireworks, parades and a sailboat regatta.

The Art Museum of South Texas
512-884-3844
Tues.-Sat. 10-5 Sunday 1-5
Rotating exhibits featuring the work of many area artists.

Bayfront Plaza Auditorium
512-882-2717
Site of concerts, musicals and other shows. Call for times and prices.

Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History
512-88-2862
Mon.-Sat. 10-5 Sunday 1-5
Houses the natural history of the area including artifacts from 16th century shipwrecks, a live reptile exhibit and interactive hurricane displays.

Harbor Playhouse
512-888-7469
Features children’s shows and other theater productions throughout the year. Call for details.

Heritage Park
512-883-0639
Free
Features 8 restored turn of the century homes and a multicultural center with rotating exhibits focusing on the city’s heritage.

Texas State Aquarium
2710 North Shoreline Drive (across from the Bayfront Center)
512-881-1200 or 1-800-477-GULF
Mon-Sat 10-6 Sunday noon-6
More than 250 species of marine life are displayed as well as a coral reef. Also featured are a river otter family, and a new shark “touch tank”.

USS Lexington Museum
2914 Shoreline Drive
1-800-LADY-LEX
9-8 Summer 9-5 rest of year
A fascinating tour for the whole family. The old aircraft carrier is steeped in history. It served longer than any other US Navy carrier. Tours take visitors all around the ship including the engine room, the bridge and the flight deck full of vintage planes. Multimedia programs and maritime exhibits are also on display.

Columbus Fleet
Cargo Dock One
Port of Corpus Christi
512-882-1232
Mon-Sat 10-5 Sunday noon-5
Admission charged. Recreations of the three ships of Christopher Columbus. The ships were built in Spain and are precise duplicates of the Niña, Pinta and Santa Maria. There are also historical exhibits from Spain.

Dolphin Connection
5151 East Causeway Blvd.
512-882-4126
Admission charged.

Reservations in advance required.
Children and adults will enjoy taking a boat trip into the bay to watch dolphins in their natural habitat. Children are allowed to feed the dolphins during each of the two trips made every morning from March – October.

Flagship Paddlewheeler
Peoples Street Pier, Slip 49
512-884-8306
Hour long narrated cruises of the bay and harbor. (1 1/2 hours at night) This trip into the past on a paddlewheeler will be more interesting to older children.

Playland at the Beach
3001 Seagull Blvd.
512-884-7251
Open as weather permits March-November
An exciting array of vehicular choices: go carts; bumper boats; bumper cars. In addition there is a playground and a game room.

International Kite Museum
3200 Surfside Drive
512-883-7456
Daily 10-6
Free
The history of kites as far back as 2000 years told in exhibits and videos.

Padre Island National Seashore
South of Corpus Christi at the end of Park Road 22
512-949-8068
9-6 daily
This 110 mile long island is one of the last natural seashores in the United States. Most of it is a preserve accessible only by four wheel drive vehicles or long hikes. The National Park Service has a parking area and developed parkland for visitors.
The Park Service allows visitors to collect shells, driftwood and glass floats, but not artifacts such as antique coins, etc. There is a visitor’s center; bathhouse and picnic area. There is no access road between North and South Padre Islands.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Events

Buccaneer Days PRCA Rodeo
Every April (361) 882-3242
Professional rodeo event held in Memorial Coliseum.

U.S. Open Windsurfing Regatta
Every May
361 985-1555
Wind, waves and wow what action! The event is held every May off Oleander Point.

Men’s Pro Beach Volleyball Competition
May

210-938-8810
Corpus Christi is a designated stop on the Miller Lite AVP Tour. Catch the action in May at Cole Park.

East-West Powerboat Shootout
June
National racing event held in June in Corpus Christi Bay.

Ice Rays Hockey
October – April
361 814-7825
Corpus Christi’s professional hockey team. Catch home games in Memorial Coliseum

Annual Oktoberfest
October 15, Violet
361/387-7697

Annual Rockport Seafair
October 7-8, Rockport
361/729-3312

Annual Texas Jazz Festival
October
Corpus Christi
361/883-4500

Annual Harbor Lights Festival & Boat Parade
December
Corpus Christi
361/985-1555

Cultural Activities

Ballet Nacional
(361) 854-6528

Broadway Series
(800) 714-5331

Corpus Christi Ballet
(361) 991-8521

The Cathedral Concert Series
(361) 888-6520

Corpus Christi Concert
Ballet Company
(361) 854-7969

Corpus Christi Symphony
(361) 882-4091

Harbor Playhouse
(361) 888-7469

Mariachi Clasico Lopez
(361) 855-8000

Mariachi Huasteca
(361) 883-2686

El Paso, Texas

A- Overview:
El Paso is located in the Chihuahuan Desert of extreme western Texas, along the Rio Grande River. It adjoins both the state of New Mexico and the country of Mexico with the Franklin Mountains, the southern tip of the Rockies, slicing El Paso nearly in two.

With its classic Western geography, and because it shares an international border with Ciudad Juarez, Mexico’s rich culture pervades everything in El Paso, from its art and architecture to its celebrations and cuisine. El Paso’s area is 248 square miles, making it the fourth largest city in Texas, and 22nd in size in the United States. It is the nation’s third fastest growing metropolitan areas. El Paso is midway between Los Angeles and Houston.

Shielded by mountains on three sides, the dual cities of El Paso in the US and Juárez, on the Mexican side, are rewarded with more than 200 days clear days of sunshine annually and a dry climate, making it possible to enjoy most outdoor activities year-round.

Visitors can sample some of the best Tex-Mex cuisine in the state of Texas and go bargain-shopping in Juárez, Mexico, just across the river. There are many historical and unique sites to be seen from the unusual Bhutanese-style architecture of the University of Texas at El Paso to the three Spanish colonial missions of Yselta, Socorro and San Elizario.

The Adventure Zone is one of El Paso’s largest and finest family oriented arcade experiences. It features a game zone with virtual reality simulator games, a speed zone with go-karts, and a bumper zone for a water themed play. For roller coaster fans, Western Playland Amusement Park has rides for kids of all ages. Roller coasters, water slides, trains, rides, go-carts and more in a well maintained and exceptionally clean park. This is a great place to let the kids unwind after long stretches of time in the car! How about a day at the zoo? The El Paso Zoo is home to over 175 species of animals, including many endangered species, in 18 acres of natural habitat exhibits. The zoo focuses on animals of the Americas and Asia.

For just enjoying the scenery, be sure to take a ride along “Scenic Drive”. Visitors can see all of El Paso and Juarez, plus some of New Mexico. From downtown, take Stanton St. north, then go right on Rim Road. Another nice trip by car is “The Mission Trail”. Located just 15 minutes east of downtown El Paso, the Mission Trail is rich in history dating back 400 years. Visitors can see three active missions, plus numerous other historic sites. A variety of local shopping and dining establishments are also nearby.

Of national fame is the University of Texas El Paso. This renowned University is home to the annual Sun Bowl held on New Year’s Eve. The school opened in 1914 as the Texas School of Mining and Metalurgy. The buildings were designed to resemble those seen in the city of Lhasa in the Himalayas.

El Paso is in many ways represents the authentic Southwest, standing in contrast to the wealth and glitz of Santa Fe or Tucson. El Paso is unpolished, undiluted, and honest. El Paso and Ciudad Juárez each represent their country’s largest border city. The local culture, a fusion of Mexican and American traditions, is unique in comparison to the way of life in eastern Texas.

Vacationers should be sure to allow enough time to see it all: exploring, just wandering downtown, enjoying a Tex-Mex meal, or whatever the particular interest. By spending time in El Paso, the visitor is bound to gain a better understanding of what a border town is all about.

B- City Information:

Population: 563,662

Elevation: 3867 feet above sea level

Land Area: 249.1 square miles

Location: El Paso is situated on the border of two nations, and lies in the desert 3,762 feet above sea level. The Franklin Mountains split El Paso down the middle, dividing the city into what El Pasoans refer to as the west & east sides. The Rio Grande River flows along El Paso’s Southern boundary, separating Texas from Mexico.

Time Zone: Mountain Standard Time (when it’s noon in El Paso, it’s 1pm in Dallas and 2pm in New York City). El Paso observes Daylight Saving Time from April – October

Weather:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Average temp. (°F)
45.1
50.4
56.9
64.5
73.5
82.0
83.3
81.1
75.4
64.9
52.7
45.3

High temperature (°F)
57.7
63.9
70.8
78.6
87.2
95.8
95.1
92.6
87.6
78.4
66.1
57.9

Low temperature (°F)
32.3
36.8
43.0
50.3
59.7
68.1
71.4
69.6
63.2
51.2
39.2
32.7

Precipitation (in)
0.5
0.4
0.3
0.2
0.4
0.9
1.5
1.8
1.6
0.8
0.4
0.8

Climate:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Days with precip.
4
3
2
2
2
3
8
8
5
4
3
4

Wind speed (mph)
8.3
9.1
10.8
10.9
10.3
9.3
8.3
7.7
7.6
7.5
8.0
7.9

Morning humidity (%)
65
55
47
39
41
45
61
65
66
63
61
65

Afternoon humidity (%)
34
27
21
17
17
19
29
33
33
30
33
38

Sunshine (%)
78
82
86
89
90
90
82
81
83
84
83
77

Local Seasons:

As the home to the University of Texas, El Paso; any time school is in full session, visitors can expect a crowd. The busiest time of year is over the New Year’s Holiday when the annual Sun Bowl takes place. With temperatures near 60 F during that time, it’s a perfect time to not only experience the annual football event but to enjoy the many outdoor activities available both in the city and throughout the area. There is just a hint of snow during this time.

Spring brings sunny days and temperatures near 80 F. With low humidity, who could ask for more? Summers are hot, yet stay dry due to the low humidity.

How to Get There:

By Air

El Paso International Airport

6701 Convair

El Paso, TX 79925

915-780-4749

El Paso International Airport is the gateway to West Texas, Southern New Mexico and Northern Mexico and provides airline passenger services, air cargo, and general aviation services. The airport is served by many of the nationally known airlines as well as certain local, regional and international carriers.

Ground Transportation:

Most of the major car rental companies as well as taxi, limousine, and shuttle bus service are available at the airport as well as at select locations throughout the city.

By Car

There are several ways to get to El Paso by car:

From White Sands National Monument, NM: Travel Hwy 54 South to I-10 East.

From Juarez, Mexico: Travel Hwy 54 North to I-10 East.

Traveling from the West or the East: Travel I-10.

By Train

Amtrak

700 San Francisco St.
El Paso, TX 79901

800-USA-RAIL

Call for schedule and additional information

By Bus

Greyhound

200 W San Antonio Street
El Paso. TX 79901

915-542-1355

Call for schedule and additional information

How to Get Around:

For traveling around El Paso and between El Paso and Mexico, a rental car is recommended.

National Holidays:

New Year’s Day: Jan. 1

Confederate Heroes’ Day: January 19

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day: 3rd Mon. in Jan.

President’s Day: 3rd Mon. in Feb.

Texas Independence Day: March 2

San Jacinto Day: April 21

Memorial Day: last Mon. in May

Emancipation Day: June 19

Independence Day: July 4

Lyndon Baines Johnson Day: August 27

Labor Day: 1st Mon. in Sept.

Thanksgiving Day: 4th Thurs. in Nov.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day: Dec. 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve: Dec. 31

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Adventure Zone

251 W Redd Rd
El Paso, TX 79932
915-585-9663

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Game Zone is one of El Paso’s largest and finest arcade experiences. Game Zone offers cutting edge virtual reality, full motion simulator games, a western theme 8 player shooting gallery and some of the best redemption games and prizes in town. Speed Zone has over 800 feet of twists and turns spread out on over one acre, making it El Paso’s premier go-kart destination. Bumper Zone is set in 100,000 gallons of water with a small tropical island. Food Zone delivers top quality food for everyone and take out orders are welcome.

El Paso Zoo

4001 E. Paisano
El Paso, TX 79905

915-544-1928

Hours: Open daily from 9:30am to late afternoon

Admission Charged

The zoo is home to over 175 species of animals, including many endangered species, in 18 acres of natural habitat exhibits. The zoo focuses on animals of the Americas and Asia. The zoo is located in central El Paso near the intersection of Highway 54 and Paisano.

McKelligon Canyon

915-564-9138

Hours: Open daily, call for additional information

Admission Free

Beautiful Canyon Park is located on the north side of El Paso and in the middle of the Franklin Mountains and is fabulous for hiking and picnicking. The amphitheater is home each summer to performances of Viva El Paso! and other events. Take McKelligon Canyon Road off Alabama St.

Scenic Drive

The best view of the city accessible by car. You can see all of El Paso and Juarez, plus some of New Mexico. From downtown, take Stanton St. north, then go right on Rim Rd.

Transmountain Road and Franklin Mountains State Park

State Park 1331 McKelligon C Rd
El Paso, TX 79930

915-566-6441

Hours: Open 8am – dusk daily

Admission Charged

This is the road that cuts through the mountains and connects northeast El Paso with Canutillo to the northwest of town. There are several places to stop and enjoy different views of the desert and towns below. Franklin Mountains Park lies at the bottom of the west side of the mountain. It’s a great place for hiking and picnicking and to get an up-close view of the desert and mountains.

Western Playland Amusement Park

6900 Delta Dr, # 79905
El Paso, TX 79905
915-772-3914

Hours: Open weekends in the spring and fall and Wednesday through Sunday in the summer Admission Charged

Located in Ascarate Park in El Paso, Western Playland has rides for kids of all ages. Roller coasters, water slides, trains, rides, go-carts and more in a well maintained and exceptionally clean park. This is a great place to let the kids unwind after too much time in the car!

Wyler Aierial Tramway State Park

1700 McKinley

El Paso, TX 79930
915-566-6622

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Charged

Seven thousand miles of Southwestern natural beauty and culture present an eagle-eye’s view atop Ranger Peak in El Paso’s Franklin Mountains. A four-minute climb treats visitors to a 946-foot vertical rise. Upon reaching the Wyler Observatory at 5,632 feet, sky-travelers spot the Hueco Mountains, New Mexico’s White Sands and Mexico.

Historical and Cultural Sites:

Camino Real

101 S el Paso St
El Paso, TX 79901
915-534-3000

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Free

Originally built in 1912 and listed on the National Historical Register. The 80-year old Tiffany glass dome, once part of the hotel’s lobby, is now the showcase of the elegant Dome Bar. The hotel has hosted such guests as Pancho Villa, President Taft, and “Blackjack Pershing”.

Magoffin Homestead

1120 Magoffin Ave
El Paso, TX 79901
915-533-5147

Hours: Open Wednesday – Sunday 9am – 4pm

An adobe-style hacienda built in 1875 by settler Joseph Magoffin. The home is built of adobe (sun-dried brick) with walls four feet thick. Some of the furnishings date back to the time of the original owner.

The Mission Trail

1 Civic Center Plaza
El Paso, TX 79901
915-534-0630
Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Charged

Located just 15 minutes east of downtown El Paso, the Mission Trail is rich in history dating back 400 years. Visitors can see three active missions, plus numerous other historic sites. Unique local shopping and dining are also nearby. Take I-10 east to the Zaragosa exit, turn south and follow the blue historical signs.

The University of Texas El Paso (UTEP)

500 W. University Ave.
El Paso, TX 79968

915-747-5000

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Free to Visit

The school opened in 1914 as the Texas School of Mining and Metalurgy. The buildings were built to resemble those seen in the city of Lhasa in the Himalayas. The Sun Bowl Stadium on campus is home to the annual Sun Bowl.

Ysleta Mission

301 S. Schultz

El Paso, Texas 79907

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Free

At the crossroads of Zaragosa Road and Alameda Street stands the Ysleta Mission is believed to be the oldest in Texas, founded in 1682. This mission is known to be the oldest continuously used church in the United States.

Museums:

Border Patrol Museum

4315 Transmountain Dr
El Paso, TX 79924
915-759-6060

Hours: Open Tuesday thru Sunday, 9am – 5pm

Admission Charged

Learn the history of the U.S. Border Patrol from the old west to the present. Static displays of aircraft and vehicles used by the patrol, surveillance equipment, confiscated items and more. This 10,000 square foot museum is a good stop along with the Wilderness Park Museum next door.

Centennial Museum

500 W University Ave

El Paso, Texas 79902

915-747-5565

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Charged

The museum, on the campus of the University of Texas at El Paso, is a natural and cultural history museum focusing on the Southwest and Mexico. It fulfills its mission by exhibits, education programs, and research.

El Paso Museum of Art

1 Arts Festival Plaza
El Paso, TX 79901

915-532-1707

Hours: Closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Regular Museum hours: Tues – Sat, 9am – 5pm, Sunday noon – 5pm. Galleries closed to public Mondays

Admission Charged

Located in downtown, the museum offers a celebrated permanent collection and a regular calendar of featured exhibits.

El Paso Museum of History

12901 Gateway Blvd W
El Paso, TX 79928

915-858-1928

Hours: Open Tue -Sun 9am – 4:30pm

Admission Charged

This museum displays the colorful history of Indians, conquistadors, vaqueros, cowboys and Cavalrymen who played a role in settling the Southwest.

El Paso Science Museum

12901 Gateway Blvd W
El Paso, TX 79928

915-542-2990

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 9am -5pm

Admission Charged

Over 80 hands-on science and technology exhibits located in a new building in the City Hall parking lot downtown.

Museum of Archeology at Wilderness Park Museum

4301 Transmountain Dr
El Paso, TX 79924

915- 755-4332

Hours: Open Tuesday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm

Admission Charged

Located on Transmountain Road near Highway 54 in Northeast El Paso, this museum tells of man’s adaptation to the desert environment. There is a mile long nature trail and great views of the mountains and valleys.

Natural History Museum

9348 Dyer St.
El Paso, TX 79924
915-759-8585

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

The Natural History Museum of El Paso fills 30,000 sq. ft. with more than 300 exhibits spanning the wonders of the universe, from the progression of life on earth to the dawn of civilization to today’s marvels. Paleomania features the great international fossil collection, Tutankhamun displays treasures from one of the most famous and richest tombs ever discovered, and Starscape illustrates the cosmos with spectacular photography.

NCO Museum

Biggs Army Air Field, Bldg 11331
El Paso, TX 79901
915-568-8646

Hours: 9am – 4pm, weekdays, and noon – 4pm Saturday and Sunday

Admission Free
Here’s one place where the Non-Commissioned Officer gets due credit. Equipment and uniforms used by sergeants and other NCOs through the years are displayed.

Tiqua Cultural Center

305 Yaya Ln
El Paso, TX 79907
915-859-5287

Hour: Open from 8:30am – 5pm, Tuesday – Sunday

Admission Charged

The center features a Tigua tribe museum, including its relationship to the Tiwas of Northern New Mexico, and their arts and crafts.

U.S. Army Air Defense Museum

Bldg 5000th Fort Bliss
El Paso, TX 79916
915-568-5412

Hours: 9am – 4:30pm daily

Admission Charged

The museum includes an outdoor weapons park, with weaponry ranging from early anti-aircraft guns to the Hawk missile.

Nearby:

Plaza Monumental Bullring

Paseo Triunfo de la Republica #4630

Juarez, Mexico

915-585-8965

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Charged

Live, traditional bullfights are held in the spring and summer at this bullring in Juarez. Three matadors fight two bulls each in this longstanding Spanish and Mexican sport. Matches last about two hours. On hot days spend the extra money for tickets on the shady side of the arena. Check the calendar of events in this issue for dates. Plaza Monumental is located at Paseo Triunfo de la Republica #4630, one block from the Rio Grande Mall.

New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum

4100 Dripping Springs Rd.
Las Cruces, NM 88011

Located 45 miles north of El Paso
505-522-4100

Hours: 9am – 5pm, Wednesday – Sunday

Admission Charged

The museum has several exhibits on farming and ranching, plus Southwestern art exhibits. The museum offers an insect zoo and wildflower and native plant garden. Domestic animals on site include burros, churro sheep, Longhorn cattle and dairy cows. Milking demonstrations are at 11am and 3pm.

War Eagles Museum

8012 Airport Rd.
Santa Teresa, NM 88008
505-589-2000

Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10am to 4pm

Admission Charged

Located at the Santa Teresa, New Mexico Airport, this unique museum is only 20 minutes from downtown El Paso. The warbirds of World War II and Korea, and other historic military aircraft, are displayed in a 54,000-square-foot building and the surrounding area. The collection includes the P-51 Mustang, P-38 Lightning, A26 Invader, and the German Fieseler-Storch. Among later era aircraft are the F-86 Sabre and MIG-15s.

Wet n Wild

8804 S Desert Blvd.

Anthony, TX 79821

Located approximately 25 miles north of El Paso

915-886-2222

Hours: Vary by season, call for additional information

Admission Charged

Have fun getting wet! A variety of rides and attractions for children and adults.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Adventure Zone

251 W Redd Rd
El Paso, TX 79932
915-585-9663

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Game Zone is one of El Paso’s largest and finest arcade experiences. Game Zone offers cutting edge virtual reality, full motion simulator games, a western themed 8 player shooting gallery and some of the best redemption games and prizes in town. Speed Zone with over 800 feet of twists and turns spread out on over one acre, making it El Paso’s premier go-kart destination. Bumper Zone is set in 100,000 gallons of water with a small tropical island. Food Zone delivers top quality food for everyone and take out orders are welcome.

El Paso Zoo

4001 E. Paisano
El Paso, TX 79905

915-544-1928

Hours: Open daily from 9:30am to late afternoon

Admission Charged

The zoo focuses on animals of the Americas and Asia and is home to over 175 species, including many endangered species, in 18 acres of natural habitat exhibits. Located in central El Paso near the intersection of Highway 54 and Paisano.

Scenic Drive

The best view of the city accessible by car. You can see all of El Paso and Juarez, plus some of New Mexico. From downtown, take Stanton St. north, then go right on Rim Rd.

Western Playland Amusement Park

6900 Delta Dr, # 79905
El Paso, TX 79905
915-772-3914

Hours: Open weekends in the spring and fall and Wednesday through Sunday in the summer Admission Charged

Located in Ascarate Park in El Paso, Western Playland has rides for kids of all ages. Roller coasters, water slides, trains, rides, go-carts and more in a well maintained and exceptionally clean park. This is a great place to let the kids unwind after too much time in the car!

Wyler Aierial Tramway State Park

1700 McKinley

El Paso, TX 79930
915-566-6622

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Charged

Seven thousand miles of Southwestern natural beauty and culture present an eagle-eye’s view atop Ranger Peak in El Paso’s Franklin Mountains. A four-minute climb treats visitors to a 946-foot vertical rise. Upon reaching the Wyler Observatory at 5,632 feet, sky-travelers spot the Hueco Mountains, New Mexico’s White Sands and Mexico.

The Mission Trail

1 Civic Center Plaza
El Paso, TX 79901
915-534-0630
Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Charged

Located just 15 minutes east of downtown El Paso, the Mission Trail is rich in history dating back 400 years. Visitors can see three active missions, plus numerous other historic sites. Unique local shopping and dining are also nearby. Take I-10 east to the Zaragosa exit, turn south and follow the blue historical signs.

El Paso Museum of History

12901 Gateway Blvd W
El Paso, TX 79928

915-858-1928

Hours: Open Tue -Sun 9am – 4:30pm

Admission Charged

This museum displays the colorful history of Indians, conquistadors, vaqueros, cowboys and Cavalrymen who played a role in settling the Southwest.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Events & Entertainment

January

Annual El Paso Chamber Music Festival

Held in early – mid January

Location: First Baptist Church on Montana

915-833-9400

Call for additional information

Presented by El Paso Pro-Musica. World-class chamber music with renowned soloists and chamber musicians.

Miss El Paso & Miss Teen El Paso

Held in early January

Location: Hanks High School Theatre

915-592-2254

Call for additional information

February

Southwestern International Livestock Show & Rodeo

Held in early – mid February

Location: El Paso County Coliseum and Fairgrounds

915-532-1401

Call for additional information

The annual show and rodeo is held at the El Paso County Coliseum and Fairgrounds.

Miss Black El Paso Southwest Scholarship Pageant

Held in early February

Location: Chamizal National Memorial Theatre

915-566-2407

Call for additional information

The Miss Black El Paso Southwest Scholarship pageant features young African American ladies exhibiting their poise, grace and erudition while vying for the coveted title of Miss Black El Paso.

Race for the Cure

Held in mid February

Location: Biggs Army Airfield

915-566-9745

Call for additional information

The annual Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation’s 5K Race and 1 mile fun walk.

Siglo de Oro Drama Festival

Held in late February – early March

Location: Chamizal National Memorial Theatre

915-532-7273

Annual celebration of the dramatic arts from Spain’s Golden Age with professional and collegiate performing groups from Mexico, Spain, South America and the United States in performances of classic works by Miguel Cervantes, Lope de Vega, Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz and Pedro Calderón de la Barca. All presentations in Spanish unless otherwise noted.

Extreme Tuner Car Show

Held in late February

Location: El Paso Convention Center

915-591-6100

Call for additional information

The annual show showcases imports and euro cars.

March

Siglo de Oro Drama Festival

Held in late February – early March

Location: Chamizal National Memorial Theatre

915-532-7273

Annual celebration of the dramatic arts from Spain’s Golden Age with professional and collegiate performing groups from Mexico, Spain, South America and the United States in performances of classic works by Miguel Cervantes, Lope de Vega, Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz and Pedro Calderón de la Barca. All presentations in Spanish unless otherwise noted.

El Paso Sports Expo

Held in early March

Location: El Paso Convention Center

915-544-9550

Call for additional information

An interactive sports venue for parents and kids.

El Paso Times Spelling Bee

Held in early March

Location: Chamizal National Memorial Theatre

915-546-6255

Call for additional information

About 150 students from West Texas and Southern New Mexico compete in the El Paso Times Spelling Bee. The champion will represent the area at the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

Northeaster Parade

Held in late March

Location: Hercules and Diana

915-751-6964

Call for additional information

Annual parade starts at 10 am. at Hercules and Diana, and continues 1 1/2 miles along Diana to North Park Mall.

April

WinStar Derby

Held in early April

Location: Sunland Park Racetrack

505-874-5200

Call for additional information

The annual running of the $500,000 WinStar Derby and $250,000 WinStar Oaks.

World On A String Guitar Festival

Held in early – mid April

Location: Chamizal National Memorial Theater

915-541-4481

Call for additional information

The El Paso Arts & Culture Department presents renowned classical guitar artists from around the world.

Heritage Festival Week

Held in late April – early May

Location: Varies in El Paso

915-533-1555

Call for additional information

The celebration of El Paso’s art, culture, history and natural beauty, featuring dozens of events.

May

Heritage Festival Week

Held in late April – early May

Location: Varies in El Paso

915-533-1555

Call for additional information

The celebration of El Paso’s art, culture, history and natural beauty, featuring dozens of events.

Art in the Park

Held in late May

Location: Memorial Park

915-533-3311

Call for additional information

The City Parks & Recreation Department’s semi-annual arts & crafts fair with continuous entertainment.

Armed Forces Day

Held in late May

Location: Noel Field, Fort Bliss

915-568-4505

Call for additional information

Military equipment displays, chili cook-off, live music, historical tours, health fair and more.

KLAQ Balloon Festival

Held in late May

Location: Wet-N-Wild Waterworld

915-544-8864

More than 75 hot air balloons take flight during the annual festival. Event includes three full days of rides, vendors, balloon glows and live concerts.

June

Car Show

Held in early June

Location: El Paso County Coliseum

915-920-0997

Call for additional information

Big Daddy Car Show and Concert

Held in late June

Location: Sunland Park Racetrack

505-874-5200

Call for additional information

Chili Cook-off

Held in late June

Location: El Paso County Coliseum

915-534-4229

Call for additional information

Food booths and entertainment

July

Independence Day Parade

Held on July 3

Location: Thunderbird and Shadow Mountain

915-581-5179

Call for additional information

West Side parade starts at 9 am. July 3 at Thunderbird and Shadow Mountain; East Side parade starts at 9 am. July 4, at Hanks High School.

Downtown Street Festival

Held in early July

Location: Various Downtown Locations

915-544-8864

Call for additional information

The annual 4th of July celebration in downtown El Paso features four stages of live entertainment, more than 100 vendor booths, food and drink, a children’s carnival, and July 4 fireworks.

Summer Music Games

Held in early July

Location: Sun Bowl Stadium

Call for additional information

The annual Drum Corps International “Drums Along the Border” event.

El Paso Aqua Posse International Swim Meet

Held in early July

Location: Call for exact location

915-833-0212

Annual swim meet.

Ysleta Mission Festival

Held in early July

Location: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church

915-859-0848

Call for additional information

The event includes food, drink, music, dance, arts & crafts and religious items booths, games.

Chamizal Independent Film Festival

Held late July – early August

Location: Chamizal National Memorial Theater, the El Paso Museum of Art, the UTEP Union Cinema and Juarez’s Pronaf Theatres

915-585-0672

Call for additional information

Filmmakers from the United States and Mexico present feature, documentary and short independent films. The festival also includes lectures, competitions and other special events.

August

Fiesta de San Lorenzo

Held in early August

Location: San Lorenzo Catholic Church in Clint

915-851-2255

Call for additional information

The annual celebration includes plenty of live music, matachines dancers, food booths, and more.

Chamizal Independent Film Festival

Held late July – early August

Location: Chamizal National Memorial Theater, the El Paso Museum of Art, the UTEP Union Cinema and Juarez’s Pronaf Theatres

915-585-0672

Call for additional information

Filmmakers from the United States and Mexico present feature, documentary and short independent films. The festival also includes lectures, competitions and other special events.

Bodybuilding Championships

Held in mid August

Location: Abraham Chavez Theatre

505-373-2998

Call for additional information

Sun City Border Regional Championships.

Seafood and Music Festival

Held in mid August

Location: El Paso County Coliseum

915-534-4229

Showmanship and judging; food booths plus music.

KLAQ “Taste of El Paso”

Held in mid August

Location: Western Playland

915-544-8864

Call for additional information

Some of ­ El Paso’s best restaurants offer samples of their food during the annual event. Also features rides, vendors and live entertainment.

St. Nicholas Greek Festival

Held in late August

Location: Greek Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas

915-833-0882

Call for additional information

The annual celebration of Greek food, music and culture is Friday through Sunday,

September

Fiesta de las Flores

Held over Labor Day Weekend

Location: El Paso County Coliseum

915-542-3464

Call for additional information

The festival includes a variety of food and game booths, arts and crafts, car show and a Niñoville area for kids. Fiesta de las Flores Pageant is at 7:10 pm. Friday and Saturday, and Queen Crowning is at 8:10 pm. Sunday. Karaoke contest 6 to 7 pm. Friday and Saturday, finals at 6 pm. Monday. World Championship Huacha Tournament begins at noon Saturday at the Equestrian Center. A Celebrity Huacha Tournament is noon Sunday.

American Heart Walk

Held in early September

Location: Chamizal National Memorial Walk

915-833-1231

Call for additional information

The annual 5K family fun walk for the American Heart Association. Walk from the Chamizal through the El Paso Zoo and return. Includes entertainment, health fair, kid’s tent, and exhibits.

Mexican Independence Day

Held in mid September

Location: Chamizal National Memorial

915-533-6311

Call for additional information

The celebration commemorates the call Padre Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla gave the night of the Sept. 15 that ignited Mexico’s rebellion against Spain. The Mexican Consul General’s office honors Mexico’s independence with this ceremony filled with live music and ballet folklóricos dancing.

El Paso Chopin Music Festival

Held in mid September

Location: Chamizal National Memorial

915-584-1595

Call for additional information

El Paso County Fair and Junior Livestock Show

Held in mid September

Location: El Paso County Coliseum Fairgrounds

915-497-9518
Call for additional information

The annual Bucking on the Border bull riding competition and livestock show.

El Paso Interior Design & Remodeling Expo

Held in mid September

Location: El Paso Convention Center

361-882-2071

Call for additional information

Expo LTD presents the show 10 am to 7 pm. Friday, 10 am to 6 pm Saturday and Sunday.

Art in the Park

Held in late September

Location: Memorial Park

915-533-3311

Call for additional information

The City Parks & Recreation Department’s semi-annual arts & crafts fair is Saturday and Sunday at Memorial Park.

Woman’s Club Fall Festival

Held in late September

Location: The Clubhouse 1400 North Mesa

915-532-6131

Call for additional information

‘Cars Under the Stars’ Car Show

Held in late September

Location: Cohen Stadium

915-755-7637

Call for additional information

More than 300 cars and motorcycles attend the annual event, sponsored by Rio Grande Wheels Car Club.

October

Celebration of Our Mountains

Held the entire month of October

Location: Varies throughout El Paso

915-542-1422

Call for additional information

The annual Celebration of Our Mountains is a month-long festival of events to encourage appreciation of the El Paso region’s environment. More than 30 hikes, field trips, driving tours, nature walks, bicycle rides and other activities are offered to the public. Most events are free

El Paso Wine and Food Festival

Held in early October

Location: Varies

915-751-1181

Call for additional information

The epicurean fundraiser for the El Paso Tennis Development Foundation is held at various venues, including a Friday gala at Insights.

Arts International

Held in early October

Location: International Museum of Art

915-534-7377

Call for additional information

One of the region’s most prestigious juried arts competitions, presented by the El Paso Art Association is held at the International Museum of Art.

Fall Bash

Held in early October

Location: Westside Community Church

915-584-0882

Call for additional information

The annual community cookout, sponsored by Westside Community Church, is held at Francisco Delgado Park, on Imperial Ridge behind Franklin High School. Free cookout, face painting, jumping Balloons and live music.

Oktoberfest

Held in early October

Location: Fort Bliss

915-568-8923

Call for additional information

The annual celebration that brings a taste of Bavaria, especially beer, to El Paso is held on Carter Road at Fort Bliss.

Chamizal Festival

Held in early – mid October

Location: Chamizal National Memorial Theater and Grounds

915-532-7273

Call for additional information

The Chamizal’s annual tradition features three days of music, dance, children’s programs and demonstrations of traditional folk crafts.

Hueco Tanks Interpretive Fair

Held in mid October

Location: Hueco Tanks State Historic Site

915-857-1133

Call for additional information

Traditional Native American song and dance, pictograph tours, campfire program, cowboy skills demonstrations, food and gifts for sale.

November

A Christmas Fair

Held in early November

Location: El Paso Convention Center

915-584-3511

Call for additional information

The Junior League of El Paso’s annual holiday shopping event featuring more than 130 shops and specialty stores from around the country.

ACTF West Texas Festival

Held in mid November

Location: Studio Theatre and Wise Family Theatre at UTEP

915-747-5118

Call for additional information

The UTEP Department of Theatre, Dance and Film host guest colleges performing a variety of plays as part of the national theater program,

YMCA Turkey Trot

Held in late November

Location: Central YMCA

915-533-3941

Call for additional information

The annual Thanksgiving Day 5K run and 3K fun walk benefiting YMCA youth and teen programs.

Las Palmas Del Sol Sun Bowl Parade

Held on Thanksgiving Day

Location: Downtown El Paso

The annual parade begins at 10 am. Thanksgiving Day, downtown El Paso.

December

Season of Lights

Held in early December

Location: UTEP

915-747-8600

Call for additional information

Annual lighting of the UTEP holiday lights. The 150,000-plus lights stay lit each night through Jan. 1.

Senior All-Star Football Classic

Held in mid December

Location: UTEP’s Sun Bowl Stadium

915-478-6904

Call for additional information

Annual high school all-star football game.

Luminarias/Posadas along the Mission Trail

Held in mid December

Location: Mission Trail Churches

915-534-0677

Call for additional information

About 15,000 luminarias line Socorro Road. Spans Ysleta to San Elizario, with Las Posadas celebrations at the Mission Trail churches.

Vitalis Sun Bowl

Held on December 31

Location: UTEP Sun Bowl

800-915-BOWL

Call for additional information

The annual football classic begins at noon on December 31, with teams from the Pac Ten and Big Ten Conferences.

Entertainment:

The University of Texas at El Paso Ballet

Fox Fine Arts Center

500 West University Avenue

El Paso, Texas 79968
915-747-5606

Call for performance schedule and additional information

The University of Texas at El Paso Ballet is in residence at UTEP. Guest artists