Laredo, Texas

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Laredo is a city located in the South Texas Plains region and sits right on the border with Mexico.  Crossing the border into Mexico takes one right into Laredo’s sister city Nuevo Laredo. Laredo was established in 1755 by Captain Tomas Sanchez and became a Mexican City in 1821. Laredo became the capitl of the New Republic in 1841 when it tried to combine with parts of Mexico and South Texas. When the rio Grande was declared the boundary between the US and Mexico with the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, Laredo officially became a part of the US.   It has been declared a city under many flags during its long rich history and today Laredo is considered the largest inland port in the United States.

Things to Do:

Border Heritage Museum

The Border Heritage Museum is dedicated to showcasing the region’s history, culture, and industry. It is housed in the restored Gonzalez –Montemayor home and is located at 810 Zaragoza Street.   Hours:  Open Tuesday-Saturday  9AM-4PM.   Closed: Sunday and Mondays Admission Fee: $5.00

Fort McIntosh

Fort McIntosh was established in 1848 by the U.S. Army following the Mexican War and was used to protect the area from border attacks. There are a series of building still standing and it is located at the end of Washington Street, along the banks of the Rio Grande.

Heritage Walking Tours:

Laredo offers a one hour walking tour daily on Tuesday-Saturday between 9:00Am-2:00PM by appointment only. The cost is $10.00 for adults and children under 12 and students with a valid ID are free.  The tour, available in both English and Spanish begins at San Agustin Plaxa and featues the republic of The aRio Grande Museum, San Agustin Cathedral, San Agustin Plaza and Casa Ortiz.

Lake Casa Blanca International State Park

The Lake Casa Blanca Park is a 371 acre park that offers fishing, camping, boat ramp and fishing pier.  It is home to a 1656 acre lake known for its largemouth bass fishing.  The entrance to the park is located on the Bob Bullock Loop just North of US 59.

Lamar Bruni Vergara Environmental Science Center

The Lamar Bruni Vergara Environment Science Center is dedicated to showcasing the many  plants and animals found in the Rio Grande Watershed.  Included are alligators, fish, and more than 50 types of plants and cacti. The center is located on the campus of  Laredo Community College at West End Washington Street.  Admission Fee

Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium

The planetarium is part of the Texas A & M International University and features a wide variety of exhibits including digitally enhanced sights and sounds technology.  Admission Fee.  The Planetarium is located at 5201 University Blvd.

Laredo Center for the Arts

The Laredo Center for the Arts features works by local, national and international artists and is located at 500 San Agustin.

Mall del Norte

The Mall del Norte is one of the largest indoor malls in Texas and has a wide variety of name brand stores.  It also houses the The Imaginariu of South Texas, which is a childrens science museum.

Republic of the Rio Grande Museum

The Republic of the Rio Grande Museum showcases the history of the region and highlights all seven of the flags that were flown over this city which at one point was its own country. There are historic displays with emphasis on Laredo’s frontier history.  The museum is located at 1005 Zaragora St.   Hours:  Open Tuesday-Saturday 9AM-4PM.  Closed:  Sunday and Monday  Admission Fee: $2.00

San Agustin Cathedral

The San Agustin Cathedral was originally built in 1767.  The present cathedral was built in 1872 and is located in the heart of the Old Spanish District in Laredo.

Texas Travel Information Center

The Texas Travel Information Center is a beautiful Visitors Center located on I-35.  Anything and everything you ever wanted to know or visit in the State of Texas can be found at this Center.  The travel center is well worth a stop when you come to Laredo.

Where to Eat:

Danny’s Restaurant, ( www. mydannys.com) 802 Juarez Ave.  Dannys, is a local favorite and spcializes in Tex Mex food and all day breakfasts.

El Meson de San  Agustin, (www. elmesondsanagustin.com) 908 Grant St.  An authenictic Mexican restaurant located in the downtown area.  Open daily for lunch and dinner.

Tack Room Bar and Grill (http://laposadahotel.com) 1000 Zaragoza St. at La Posada Hotel.  A casual restaurant which features steak and seafood and nightly entertainment with a romantic atmosphere.

Lodging:

Courtyard by Marriott,   (www. marriott.com) 2410 Santa Ursula

Holiday Inn Civic Center Hotel (www.jolidayinn.com) 800 Garden St.

La Posada (http://laposadahotel.com) 1000 Zaragoza St.  This hotel is located close to the Gateway to the Americas International Bridge  which crosses into Mexico.

When visiting Laredo nearby attractions include Carrizo Springs, Cotulla, and Zapata.

 

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