Places To Check Out When Visiting Laredo

San Agustin Cathedral of Laredo, Texas | Image by Danita Delimont/Shutterstock

Located right on the U.S.-Mexico border and overlooking the Rio Grande, the city of Laredo is an ideal location for those looking to travel within Texas.

With several historic districts and museums, Laredo can be the perfect destination for exploring and learning within the country.

Travelers wishing to glimpse the border city’s culture and history are invited to visit the Villa Antigua Border Heritage Museum or catch a show and view art at the Laredo Arts Center.

Texas A&M International University’s Center for the Fine and Performing Arts offers professional and student art exhibits at its gallery. The university also hosts tours through Casa Ortiz, a building constructed in 1830 with gardens and a view of the Rio Grande. Campus visitors can also watch a show at the Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium, which is operated by the university, for shows on astronomy, science, and other topics, including dinosaurs, whales, and weather.

Those traveling and looking for family-friendly activities can tour the city with the Webb County Heritage Foundation, which tours the town and some museums, including the Republic of the Rio Grande Museum, located in the downtown San Agustin de Laredo Historic District. The district includes the San Agustin Cathedral, an impressive church built in 1872.

George Washington’s Birthday Celebration in Laredo gathers around 400,000 people each year. The celebration became official in 1923 and has expanded ever since. According to the organization’s website, this year’s iteration was held from January 7-March 4 and included 28 events.

Those planning a summer trip can attend the Laredo International Sister Cities Festival. The free event is scheduled for July 14-16 this year and boasts around 200 vendors from different areas of Mexico.

Elsewhere in Laredo, golfing enthusiasts can enjoy 18 holes overlooking the Rio Grande at the par-72 Max A. Mandal Municipal Golf Course.

Travelers seeking other outdoor activities might consider the Lake Casa Blanca International State Park for hiking, fishing, kayaking, camping, and more.

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