Laredo, Texas, located in South Texas near the Mexico border, is a city full of rich history. History buffs will love exploring the historic district, while nature lovers will feel right at home exploring the reservoir and spotting unique bird species. However, tourists can also shop, eat and photograph their way through the city too. Experience something new with these 7 best things to do in Laredo.
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Lake Casa Blanca International State Park (Nearby Hotels)
Cool off this summer in Laredo by visiting Lake Casa Blanca, a reservoir that is only five miles from downtown Laredo. There is plenty to do at the reservoir and the state park, Lake Casa Blanca International State Park. Camp, hike or mountain bike along the reservoir or enjoy water activities like swimming, skiing, boating and fishing.
Imaginarium of South Texas (Nearby Hotels)
Imaginarium of South Texas is a children’s museum near Mall Del Norte in Laredo. This fun museum, which has been operating for over 20 years, is full of interactive exhibits about history and science. Perfect for a rainy day in Laredo, the Imaginarium of South Texas offers new daily activities, so you will learn something new every time you visit this Laredo museum. However the main attraction that continues to draw the attention of museum goers is the giant T-Rex exhibit.
The Republic of the Río Grande Museum (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Laredo is full of history, and there is no better way to learn about this city’s rich past than by visiting the Republic of the Rio Grande Museum. The museum’s building was even home to Laredo’s first mayor, serving as the capital building to the Republic of the Rio Grande. Located in an historic district and in one of the city’s oldest buildings, this museum showcases how life was in the 1830’s in Laredo. This museum remains as one of the most visited historical structures in the city.
San Agustin de Laredo Historic District (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Experience the vibe of Laredo by visiting the heart of the city, which is the San Agustin de Laredo Historic District. With picturesque spots around every corner, you’ll fall in love with the Spanish and Mexican-style architecture, such as the brick streets and pueblo-style buildings. In this district, you’ll find the Republic of the Rio Grande Museum, the Cathedral of San Agustin, and the La Posada Hotel. You will also find Zaragoza Street, number 6 on this list, in this historic district area. San Agustin de Laredo Historic District has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1973.
Birdwatching (Nearby Hotels)
South Texas, and Laredo respectively, is home to both migrating bird species and resident bird species, which make it a hot spot for birdwatchers. All year round, Laredo is a destination for bird lovers. However the peak season for birdwatchers in the area is January and February, where over 200 bird species are found in the city. Don’t think you have to escape into nature to find a great bird watching spot; there are plenty of spots inside of the city perfect for birders, such as St. Peter’s Square. Popular birds in the area are Green parakeets, scaled quail, gray hawks, orioles, ducks, pigeons and plenty more.
Zaragoza Street (Nearby Hotels)
This lively street in Laredo, located in San Agustin de Laredo Historic District, is full of history and walkable attractions. Take a stroll along the cobblestone road, have a great meal or shop the quaint boutiques along Zaragoza Street. This street is popular among tourists, since there is plenty to see and do within a short walking distance.
Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium (Nearby Hotels)
Learn all about the stars and space at the Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium. This planetarium, located on the Texas A&M International University’s campus, is open to the public and regularly hosts stargazing events. This planetarium is one of the most high-tech planetariums in the state, therefore you’ll be able to view plenty of celestial objects in our galaxy during your visit here.