Apr 18th, 2012 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Seniors Flock to Brownsville

Brownsville is a city in the southernmost tip of the state of Texas and is a highly popular stop for “snowbirds” to perch during the winter months.  It is located on the northern bank of the Rio Grande, directly north and across the border from Matamoros with a population of just over 175,000. The entire metropolitan area is around 1,137,000. And the climate… Brownsville’s semi-tropical climate is recognized as one of the most delightful in the nation, and is a major draw for winter senior citizen residents. The city has an average temperature of 74 degrees and an average rainfall of 25.55 inches and the average relative humidity is 75.25%. The comfortable year-round climate provides for an abundance of recreational fun and activities. Residents regularly visit Matamoros and South Padre Island as both places are only minutes away.

Growing Rapidly

The area in Brownsville is one of the fastest growing urban areas in the country. Nowadays, the Port of Brownsville is a major economic hub for South Texas, where shipments from Mexico other parts of the US and the world arrive. The “official” tourism site invites seniors to check out where to stay, things to do and much more. And check out all their beautiful palm trees too.  It seems like there is always a festival going on in Brownsville and in addition, it’s named one of the most historical cities in Texas.

Things to See and Do in Brownsville

From celebrations year-round to the hottest nightclubs and a variety of recreational outdoor activities you’ll always find something to see and do in Brownsville. Take a stroll through streets of the historic Downtown or enjoy a day of fun walking the lush gardens of Gladys Porter Zoo, home to animal wildlife from all over the world. If you enjoy good southwest food like my wife and I do, Brownsville offers a South Texas flavor like no other and new dining establishments continue to open in Brownsville and expand your dining options. Brownsville eateries will satisfy most every taste while providing broad selections of national, regional and international cuisine including delicious steaks, seafood, barbecue, American, Asian, Italian and Mexican classics will fulfill most every senior appetite. At Sunrise Mall you will enjoy over 100 stores, a Cinemark 16 movie theater and great restaurants.

Harlingen is another city nearby.  These twin cities are loaded with sites and things to see and do for senior visitors year round. If you are into history the Historic Brownsville Museum will keep you busy for several hours.  It is listed on the National Register of Historical Places.

For Museum Hounds

Enjoy good art museums? Brownsville is full of art.  The Breeden Art Gallery of South Texas is highly popular among wildlife enthusiasts and then there is the Museum of Fine Art. It recently has completed construction of a beautiful, 17,000 square foot museum. This facility, which is located in the heart of the Mitte Cultural District of Downtown Brownsville, provides a space in which seniors can walk through it can learn and be inspired by the creative forces of the human imagination. Held on Friday mornings, the Old City Cemetery Walking Tour is put on by the Brownsville Historical Association. With great stone and architecture, the Old Cemetery is truly a remarkable place, whether for the dead or for those who are living. Those taking the tour will also hear stories about the people buried, providing an insight into the lives of people long dead and times gone by. A must for any history buff.

Explore the Coast and South Texas

This corner of Texas is too often ignored by the state and the nation because it lacks the sprawling metropolises that anchor other areas of the state. But South Texas historically has been an important region in shaping and coloring the entire nation, and it continues to be involved in political and cultural issues at the forefront of the American political psyche. South Padre Island is also quite close and worthy of a visit. AOL Travel Guide can finalize your plans with car rentals, vacation plans plus a good map.

Brownsville is a semi-tropical paradise of stately palm trees, ever-blooming bougainvilleas, exotic birds, and warm Gulf breezes. Steeped in a rich South Texas heritage and located on the banks of the Rio Grande, Brownsville is a perfect two-nation leisure travel destination with Matamoros, Mexico, just steps away and two beautiful Gulf of Mexico beaches less than half an hour away. Sounds a little like Paradise to me.  How about you?  jeb

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