Harlingen Parks, Golf and Spectator Sports Add Up to Great Recreation Options

By Carson O'Shoney on April 29, 2011 at 11:01 am EST
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Harlingen, Texas is home to a wide variety of recreational activities. Visitors and residents alike enjoy the open landscapes, basketball and tennis courts and relaxing swimming pools at Pendleton and Victor Parks. Those who want to enjoy a sports match can head to Harlingen Field and catch a minor league baseball game or visit Valley Race Park to watch a Greyhound dog race. Golf enthusiasts will be happy to discover the area's many golf courses, and bird lovers come from far and wide to visit the World Birding Center.

City Parks

Harlingen is home to 15 parks, each with its own unique qualities. Those who wish to swim in the various aquatic centers might head down to Lon C. Hill, Pendleton or Victor Park. Love to play disc golf? Dixieland Park has a nine-hole course. Searching for a place to hike with scenic overlooks? Hugh Ramsey Nature Park and Arroyo Park have that covered. Children will enjoy numerous parks with playgrounds, including Hunter Park, Winsdor Park, Lt. George Gutierrez Park and C.B. Wood Park. Check out the new Harlingen Sports Complex for basketball, tennis, baseball and soccer facilities. Even those searching for a meditation garden have to look no further than City Lake Park.

Golf Courses

In addition to plentiful parks, Harlingen is also home to many golf courses. With a good mix of public and private courses – evenly split between 9- and 18-hole courses – there's something for every golf enthusiast. Course layouts range from short and fun par 3s for beginners to longer, sprawling courses for more advanced golfers. There's a course for every price range as well – greens fees range from below $10 to more than $60.

Spectator Activities

For those who prefer more laid-back activities, Harlingen has many options for spectator recreation. Baseball fans come to Harlingen Field to cheer on the Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings, a United League team. While they're not associated with Major League Baseball, the WhiteWings have a solid fan base in the area. Horse- and dog-racing fans can get their fill at the Valley Race Park, where they can watch Greyhound races live at the venue's track in season or year-round simulcasts of racing from around the world. Bird-watchers from across the globe migrate to South Texas for the World Birding Center, which spans South Padre Island to Roma; one of its main facilities is centrally located in Harlingen. The World Birding Center brings in thousands of dollars of tourism revenue, and remains one of the best bird-watching sites in the country.

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