Looking for things to do during your visit to the Rio Grande Valley beyond the NCPTW? On this page, we’ll share information and resources, including ways for you to explore, experience, and learn about the region.

South Padre Island

Sea Turtle, Inc. is an educational, rehabilitation, and conservation center located just a short way from the SPI Convention Center. The SPI Birding and Nature Center is another great local attraction. This “premiere destination for birdwatching” is just a 10 minute walk from the conference site.


If you’re looking for a fun day with the kids, start by visiting the Gladys Porter Zoo, and then head across the street for the Children’s Museum of Brownsville.

Edinburg & McAllen

Want to learn about the Rio Grande Valley while you’re here? The Museum of South Texas History (Edinburg) includes cool exhibits about the region and its people, while the International Museum of Art & Science (McAllen) showcases interactive exhibits for all members of the family. If you’ve got time and you’re willing to take a small roadtrip, Edinburg and McAllen are just an hour and a half drive away.

Mid-Valley & Harlingen

Spend an afternoon strolling through the streets of Downtown Harlingen. The historic district is filled with quaint shops and restaurants operating out of some of the oldest buildings in the city. The streets are colorfully decorated with awnings, large murals, and an endless row of palm trees. You won’t find many chain stores here. Downtown Harlingen is home to several family-owned businesses including consignment stores, art galleries, antiques shops, and cafes. On the weekends, the district serves as a venue for community events.  Be sure to stop by the Harlingen Farmers Market, Jackson Street Market Days, or Harlingen Art Night to meet local artists and vendors.

Want to catch a movie from the comfort of your car? The WesMer Drive-In Theatre in Weslaco features two movies back-to-back for only $10/vehicle (cash only). Bring your own supply of snacks or visit their concession stand.

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is a unique university with a presence in both Edinburg and Brownsville, and everywhere in between. We are a B3 institution, embracing bilingualism, biculturalism, and biliteracy.

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