Things To Do in Victoria, Texas

The Gold Crescent offers endless excitement and entertainment only two hours from San Antonio, Houston and Corpus Christi. Here, visitors can explore fascinating museums like the McNamara House, or catch impressive performing arts productions at Theatre Victoria. Hang out and people watch in DeLeon Plaza and Bandstand, or go wild at the Texas Zoo. The area is known for its colorful festivals like the Boot Festival, great shopping at Victoria Mall, and acclaimed academics at the University of Houston-Victoria.

Nave Museum

Art enthusiasts can get up close to the fascinating, colorful works by Texas artist Royston Naves. Named in his honor, the Nave Museum features six to eight exhibitions each year, and showcases a diverse array of works including portraitures and landscapes by the famed Texas artist himself, as well as ceramics, decorative arts, paintings and more. For kids, the museum offers free children's workshops through the Manhattan Art Program, and exciting events like the Chalk Walk.

Children's Discovery Museum

Spark creativity and imagination in the Crossroads City. In downtown Victoria, kids can create masterful art works at Art Palooza, strap on a pair of boots and whip up local grub at the Triple B Ranch, or pretend to be the best animal doctor in town. El Mercado offers an education in the heritage of the Golden Crescent region. Don't miss the museum's newest addition, PC Science, which introduces visitors to the local petro chemical industry, or get hands-on with the giant Lite Bright.

Texas Zoo

Since 1957, the Texas Zoo in Victoria has been delivering wild entertainment, and inviting guests to explore the animal kingdom. Spot fascinating ocelots, foxes, badgers, red wolves, lions, tapirs and playful river otters, or join educational zoo tours, lectures and exciting camps for kids. Visitors will want to head to Fish and Turtle Moat, the Aviary or the Petting Zoo to get up close to their favorite reptiles and mammals. If you're feeling up for a challenge, uncover archeological finds at the Dig Site.