Brownsville is blessed by marvelous weather year-round, presenting a wide diversity of recreational opportunities. Biking, hiking, fishing, boating and various water sports keep outdoor-minded souls happily occupied during the warm, sunlit days.
In a land bathed in sun hundreds of days each year, golf is rarely slowed by mere weather. With a great number of courses for your consideration, the natural terrain provides a special challenge; resacas and lakes test the mettle of even accomplished golfers. The Brownsville Chamber of Commerce has exceptional courses among its membership.
The Brownsville Tennis Center boasts 15 fully lighted all-weather courts; professional instruction, competitions, both amateur and sanctioned; tennis ball cannon, and pro-shop. Brownsville also offers an awesome assortment of parks for connoisseurs of nature and sports. The vast variety of recreational activities makes Brownsville a wonderful place to visit, vacation, and live.
Brownsville’s remarkable location means line-casters can enjoy both freshwater and saltwater fishing. The many options include sport fishing, charter boats, pier fishing, and surf and offshore fishing. The Brownsville Ship Channel allows fishing in two areas and is known for speckled trout, snook and redfish. Resacas, former channels of the Rio Grande, are unique to the area and provide a broad array of fishing opportunities. Those fishing in area resacas have caught bass, trout and catfish, year-round. Surf fishing may be found within a 20-mile drive at beaches brimming with fish, including whiting and flounder. Peaceful bay fishing can be found at the bays of Port Isabel and South Padre Island. Deep-sea fishing is an option as well; boats may be chartered in the Gulf. Brownsville’s outlying areas offer many fishing locations, including Falcon Lake, Arroyo Colorado and Laguna Madre.
Parks & Recreation Facilities
Brownsville’s beauty is showcased and enhanced by its many parks. The Parks and Recreation Department manages 30 parks encompassing over 1,000 acres of parkland, with a tempting variety of features that includes 23 miles of hike/bike trails, three gymnasiums and pools, 50 buildings and structures, over 55 athletics fields, and for those with four-legged friends, the Catherine Stillman Dog Park.
On any given day, city residents and visitors can watch or participate in soccer, baseball, football, softball, mountain biking, golf, volleyball, kickball, swimming and disc golf. The Brownsville Sports Park consists of top-quality fields for Brownsville residents and also provides a venue large enough for the city to host tournament events.
In Brownsville, bird-watching peaks in fall and spring, when hundreds of bird species migrate to the Rio Grande Valley; but winter months can also yield ample viewing opportunities. Popular bird-watching sites include Resaca de la Palma State Park, Sabal Palm Audubon Sanctuary, the Tamaulipas Crow Park, the Boca Chica dunes and wetlands, and the city’s resacas, spanning 1,700 acres. Preserves dotting the region offer habitat for birds and a plethora of flora and fauna. The World Birding Center, operated by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is a network of nine sites along 120 miles of river road from South Padre Island West to Roma, with habitats from dry chaparral brush and verdant riverside thickets to freshwater marshes and coastal wetlands.
Boca Chica Beach
For those preferring beaches that lack noisome commercialization, Boca Chica Beach is perfect. Pristinely endowed with an unspoiled stretch of creation, Boca Chica Beach lures visitors to discover birding, dolphin viewing, surf casting, snorkeling, kiteboarding, shelling and beach diving — and that’s just scraping the surface. This unspoiled beach is state-owned; though technically a park, there is no park infrastructure to limit seekers of a more natural state. An easy drive from Brownsville on Route 4 east brings sojourners to this beautiful shore.
South Padre Island
Just 25 miles from Brownsville is the modern beach resort of South Padre Island. This barrier reef isle offers all the contemporary conveniences including gourmet restaurants, seaside attractions, and high-rise hotels. Along with tanning, beach combing, and playing in surf, the endless white sand beaches on both the Gulf of Mexico and Laguna Madre offer plenty of outdoor activities.