LAREDO INTERNATIONAL FAIR AND EXPOSITION (L.I.F.E.)

L.I.F.E. carries out an annual fair where students get an opportunity to compete with their projects and sell them through an auction. The event includes entertainment, such as rodeos and shows for the entire family to enjoy. laredofair.com

Golf

Nothing beats playing on a winsome course on a day encapsulated by South Texas sunshine. Discover the 18-hole course that features over 6,500 yards of golf where no round is ever the same. It’s the perfect course to share with friends and colleagues on a trip away from home.

Casa Blanca Golf Course
3900 Casa Blanca Road
playcasablancagolf.com
(956) 523-4420

Webb County - Golf

Hunting

In South Texas, the Buck is King. Webb County is among the top White-Tail Deer hunting regions in North America. Sportsmen travel from all over the world to Webb County for a hunting experience only possible in the wild brush along the Rio Grande. Take aim at a new experience in Webb County, Texas.

Hunting leases can be obtained in numerous ranches for all types of game, including doves and other various fowl and mammals. The Cola Blanca Big Buck Contest has been the premier venue for hunters from all over the United States and Mexico for 25 years now. For more information about the Cola Blanca Competition please contact the Laredo Chamber of Commerce at (956) 722-9895 or visit colablanca.com.

Short list of ranches in the area:

The Killam Laredo Ranch
killamcompanies.com
(956) 724-7141 or (956) 285-8706
Located off Loop 20 next to Texas A&M International University
Contact: Frank Matthews

La Perla Ranch
laperlaranchresort.com
6365 North US Highway 83
(956) 802-9128
San Ygnacio, TXLocated off of Highway 83 in between Laredo and Zapata
Operated by Tecomate Industries, LLC

Laredo Hunting Resort
laredohuntingresort.com
Located 20 miles south of Laredo off Mangana Hein Road
(956) 235-3835 or (713) 303-3311
Contact: Tino Martinez or David Fenner

Rancho Nuevo
ranchonuevowhitetails.com
(956) 237.1222
Located on the border of Webb and Zapata counties, southeast of Laredo
Contact: Guillermo Vela

Fishing

Nothing pairs better than a freshwater lake and a hot South Texas day. Lake Casa Blanca State Park has more than 1,600 acres of lake waters ideal for water sports, fishing, and family fun.

 

Lake Casa Blanca State Park is the perfect spot for fishing. It’s open from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. every day. The park is equipped with a fishing pier and boat ramp where you can set up and reel in largemouth or hybrid striped bass, crappie or catfish. No need to worry if you are short on fishing gear, the park loans gear to use at the lake.

Birding Festival

Experience the incredible sights and sounds of South Texas! Webb County is home to nearly 200 species of prized birds and countless wildlife that roam the banks and brush. Become an expert in the natural wonders of Texas by visiting this wild, thriving region.

No matter where you take a stroll in Webb County, you are bound to hear a songbird. Laredo houses hundreds of local and migratory bird species. It is the only place in the United States that is home to four species of Kingfisher birds: Ringed, Belted, Green, and Amazon. Other birds to spot in our border region include the Morelet’s Seedeater (formerly known as White-Collared Seedeater), Scaled Quail, Grey Hawk, Audubons and Altamira Orioles, Green Parakeet, Muscovy Duck, Red Billed Pigeon, and the Clay-Colored Thrush.

For a special South Texas birding experience follow the Monte Mucho Audubon Society, a local birding group whose main objective is to promote conservation and preservation in the South Texas region. This group also encourages the appreciation of birds and other wildlife through different educational programs like the Laredo Birding Festival. For more information visit laredobirdingfestival.org. The Audubon Society leads regular birding trips. You can find them on Meetup or contact Tom Miller at the LVB Environmental Science Center at 956.764.5701.

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Lake Casa Blanca State Park

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Lake Casa Blanca State Park (link https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/lake-casa-blanca)
Enjoy a day under the South Texas sun relaxing at the lakeside park. Located in Laredo, Lake Casa Blanca State Park is the perfect spot to fish, boat, mountain bike, hike, and picnic in company of friends and family. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy all the beauty of South Texas’ nature.
Open Daily. Gate is open 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. 5102 Bob Bullock Loop
Laredo, Texas 78041

Shooting Ranges

Arena Gun Club (Indoor Gun Range)
arenagunclub.com
6501 Arena Boulevard
(956) 723-1911

South Texas Shooting Complex, Inc.
texasshootingcomplex.com
9552 TX 359 Highway

 (361) 586-4281

Other points of interest in Webb County

El Azteca Local Historic District | Established from 1870-1940.  Distinguished by the frequency of Mexican architectural style homes and structures.

Fort McIntosh Historic District | Designated a National Historic District in 1975 and is a State Archaeological Landmark. Houses Laredo College.

La Posada Hotel | 1800s-1917. Laredo High School in 1886 and later Laredo’s elementary school. It became a hotel in 1961. Its ballrooms once served as a 19th century convent.

Old Mercado District | Served as City Hall from 1883-1884. It also served as a Performing Arts Theatre and a Market Hall. It now houses the Laredo Center for the Arts and the Webb County Heritage Foundation.

San Agustin Historic District | This is the oldest section of Laredo, founded by Tomás Sanchez in 1755.

Peter’s Historic District | The neighborhood was developed between 1881 and WWI. Named after St. Peter’s Church, Laredo’s second Catholic Church and the first for English speakers.  Today, many of the houses and the Church structure remain in good condition.

The Tack Room | A beautiful Victorian style home built in 1883-1884. Served as the Telephone Exchange (1889), providing telephone service to more than 2,000 customers in both Laredo and Nuevo Laredo. Today, it is known as “the best little steak house in South Texas” serving great food and cocktails for over 30 years.

Webb County Heritage Foundation | An organization that has been dedicated to preserving the distinctive cultural and architectural heritage of Laredo and Webb County, Texas. Located in the Old Mercado District at 500 Flores Avenue.

Cultural Spaces & Museums

Helen Richter Watson Art Gallery

First Floor, Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library

5201 University Boulevard

By appointment only

Laredo, Texas 78041

(956) 326-4483

 

Laredo Center for the Arts

500 San Agustin Avenue

Laredo, Texas 78040

(956) 725-1715

 

Laredo Little Theatre

4802 Thomas Avenue

Laredo, Texas 78041

(956) 723-1342

Republic of the Rio Grande Museum

1005 Zaragoza Street

Laredo, Texas 78040

(956) 727-3480

 

The Villa Antigua Border Heritage Museum

810 Zaragoza Street

Laredo, Texas 78040

(956) 718-2727

 

Washington’s Birthday Celebration Museum

920 Zaragoza Street

Laredo, Texas 78041

(956) 722-0589

Farmer’s Market

All Farmers Market vendors are located within a 200 mile radius of Laredo, Texas.

Entertainment varies from month to month, with live music, yoga, dances and more!

Family/Pet Friendly, Free and Fun!  The market is hosted by Laredo Main Street.

El Centro de Laredo Farmers Market

Veterans Memorial Jarvis Plaza

Every 1st and 3rd Saturday

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Free parking courtesy of El Metro Transit Center with a market purchase voucher.

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Ongoing Annual Events

Big Bad BBQ Cook-Off
The inaugural event took place in 2015 with great success. Now you can join the more than 100 participants expected this year at Laredo’s competitive cook-off event sanctioned by the International Barbeque Cookers Association. For more information visit Big Bad BBQ Cook-off on Facebook.

Cinco de Mayo Anniversary Ceremony of the Battle of Puebla
A free family event held at the San Agustin Historic District. The event includes food, spirits, aguas frescas, various artisan vendors, and live music and entertainment.

Laredo International Cycling Circuit
Circuit race that brings participants from all over Texas and Northern Mexico. More than 100 cyclists compete in a variety of categories for both men and women. For more information visit Laredo Cycling Club on Facebook.

Laredo International Sister Cities Festival
This three-day event features over 190 exhibitors from all over Mexico. Some of the products offered to the public for purchase are jewelry, clothing, home décor, food, and more.

Memorial Day Pow Wow
Organized by the American Indian Council of Laredo, this Native American celebration showcases the culture and traditions of different tribes.

Mexican Independence Day Celebration
Every year the Mexican Consulate celebrates Mexico’s Independence Day with a “fiesta” at Plaza San Agustin, in the heart of downtown Laredo. The event includes music, folkloric dancers, and mariachi, as well as food and arts and crafts vendors.

Washington’s Birthday Celebration
Dubbed as the celebration with something for everyone, this month-long annual event offers small-town charm on a grand scale. For more information visit wbcalaredo.com

Entertainment for the whole family

Altitude Trampoline Park
altitudelaredo.com
6019 McPherson Road
(956) 568-090

 

Imaginarium of South Texas
imaginariumstx.org
5300 San Dario Avenue
Inside Mall del Norte
(956) 728-0404

 

Jett Bowl North
701 Gale Street
(956) 724-2695

Lamar Bruni Vergara Environmental Science Center
West End Washington Street
Laredo College
(956) 764-5701

 
Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium
tamiu.edu/planetarium
5201 University Boulevard
Texas A&M International University
(956) 326.3663

 

Pla-Mor
plamorlaredo.com
2819 Bob Bullock Loop
(956) 284-2628