Texas Tropical Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

to the Tropical Trail Region

Discover the natural, cultural, and historical treasures in the unique and vibrant southern tip of Texas.

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  • Folklorico dancers during a Cinco de Mayo festival, Corpus ChristiFolklorico dancers during a Cinco de Mayo festival, Corpus Christi
  • Edinburg, Photo by Valerie D. BatesEdinburg, Photo by Valerie D. Bates
  • Roadside fruit and vegetable stand, south of RaymondvilleRoadside fruit and vegetable stand, south of Raymondville
  • USS Lexington, Corpus ChristiUSS Lexington, Corpus Christi
  • Los Fresnos, Photo by Valerie D. BatesLos Fresnos, Photo by Valerie D. Bates

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  • Sabal Palm Sanctuary

    The Sabal palmetto forests, composed of beautiful fan palms once growing prolifically along miles of the Rio Grande River corridor, created a unique sub-tropical ecosystem, making it one of the most biologically diverse regions in Texas.

  • King Ranch Museum

    The King Ranch Museum is located in the Henrietta Memorial Center, a renovated ice factory c.1904. The museum features videos on the King Ranch, saddles from around the world, a collection of guns and the award winning photographic essay on life...

Upcoming Events

    • Fulton Mansion State Historic Site

      March 30, 2015 - 10:00am to 11:00am

      Join us for the last free chat in our "Parlor Chats" series. We will be sharing some very exciting news about what will be happening when the mansion reopens post-restoration. Don't miss it!

    • Visitors hunt for Easter eggs on Fulton Mansion's lawn.

      April 4, 2015 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

      Join us for Rockport's largest FREE Easter Egg Hunt. More than 5,000 prize and candy-filled eggs will be scattered across the grounds of the Fulton Mansion.

    • Big Bend Gem and Mineral, Alpine, Texas

      April 18, 2015 - 9:00am to 6:00pm

      The 26th Annual Big Bend Gem and Mineral Show, at the Alpine Civic Center. Free Admission, Door Prizes, Demonstrations.

About the Tropical Trail Region

Located in the state’s southernmost region, the Texas Tropical Trail Region covers 20 counties, 23,000 square miles, and is home to 1.7 million residents. For over 200 miles in both directions, the Tropical Trail borders the nation of Mexico along the Border Byway and the Gulf of Mexico along the Gulf Coast Byway. The region boasts a variety of experiences including diverse cuisine, music, nature, history, culture, and architecture. Historic sites include battlegrounds, architecture, museums, lighthouses, and landmarks. For the adventurous, the region offers beachcombing, hiking, hunting, camping, golfing, boating, fishing, and a wide variety of water sports. Nature lovers can take in birding, wildlife preserves, ranches, sanctuaries, and wetlands. And the mild weather is perfect year-round for multicultural and historic events and festivals.

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Our Partners

The Tropical Trail Region works with a variety of organizations to promote heritage travel throughout the region.