Birding In The Rio Grande ValleyHarlingen's the Gateway For All Things Birding
Harlingen is the perfect place for retail therapy. Explore our contemporary Valley Vista Mall, historic downtown area, or one of the many shopping centers located throughout the city. Regardless of what you’re looking for, Harlingen has it all – from national retail stores to luxury boutiques and bargain antique shops. Nearby are the Rio Grande Valley Premium Outlets, the premier destination for shoppers looking for impressive savings on designer brands.
Valle Vista Mall
Valle Vista Mall is anchored by Dillard’s, Forever 21, JCPenney, Sears, and Big Lots. Valle Vista Mall has more than 70 additional stores, including Victoria’s Secret, Aeropostale, Bath & Body Works, Foot Locker, GameStop, General Nutrition Center, Perfumania, Rack Room Shoes, Hot Topic, Express Men, Kay Jewelers, Charlotte Russe, and much more… In between shopping stop by the food court for a wide selection of restaurants including Chick-fil-A, China Pantry, McDonald’s, Subway, Texas Branding Iron and Villa Pizza.
Downtown Harlingen is situated along the picturesque palm-lined Jackson Street that has served as Harlingen’s “Main Street” for more than a century. Downtown Harlingen features a variety of unique shops that specialize in home decor, apparel, original Texas artwork, hand-made jewelry, gifts, antiques, and collectibles. A vintage vinyl shop , 100-year-old seed store and garden center, and authentic army surplus store are just a few of the reasons that locals and visitors alike flock to the area. Find out more about Downtown Harlingen.
Harlingen Shopping Centers
Cameron Crossing is Harlingen’s newest retail development and is located at the intersection of Expressway 83 and 77. It is home to Bass Pro Shop’s newest destination outdoor superstore that includes a restaurant, bowling alley and archery range.
Across the road, off Expressway 83 is Harlingen Corners, a 375,000-square-foot shopping center that features a Kohl’s Department Store, Marshall’s, Bed, Bath & Beyond, and Logan’s Roadhouse to name a few.
Lincoln Corners is located off of Lincoln Avenue right across from Valle Vista Mall. This great shopping area has expanded beyond a Wal-Mart, Anna’s Linens and Payless Shoe Source to include a Hobby Lobby, Bealls, Ross, Shoe Depot and many great eateries including a new Panda Express.
Discover unique locally owned stores along South 77 Sunshine Strip. Here you can find an array of merchandise ranging from baby gear and bicycles to western wear and fine furniture.
For a complete listing of all of Harlingen’s great shopping choices, download our Harlingen Shopping Guide.
(part of Harlingen’s Arroyo Colorado World Birding Center)
770 East Taft Avenue, Harlingen, TX
This 40-acre tract of Tamaulipan native brush and impressive plant variety is located in urban Harlingen. Hiking trails navigate the park from the parking area down to the Arroyo Colorado into its riparian habitat. Facilities include restrooms, a covered picnic table, and paved parking lot. Open sunrise to sunset. This park is site LTC028 of the Great Texas Birding Trail system.
Bird Species in season: Harris’s Hawk, White-tailed Kite, Long-billed, Curve-billed and Sage Thrasher, Inca Dove, Verdin, Great Kiskadee, Altamira Oriole, Bewick’s Wren, Groove-billed Ani, Olive Sparrow, Plain Chachalaca.
Rio Grande Valley Premium Outlets.
Located down the road in Mercedes, TX, right off Expressway 83 (westbound), are the Rio Grande Valley Premium Outlets. The 140-outlet mall boasts impressive savings at stores like Adidas, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, BCBG Max Azria, Brooks Brothers, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Coach, Gap Outlet, Guess, Lacoste, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Saks Fifth Ave Off 5th, Sony, Tommy Hilfiger and more. New stores are always being added, visit the Rio Grande Valley Premium Outlets website for a complete listing.