Mercedes, Texas is one of the fastest growing cities in the Rio Grande Valley. Located in Hidalgo County, right in the center of the Rio Grande Valley, Mercedes is a lively place to live – and visit! With lots of local attractions, featured arts and entertainment, sports and recreation opportunities and outdoor adventures to take advantage of, it’s a South Texas city you won’t want to overlook.
Home of the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show
Mercedes is perhaps best known for hosting the annual Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show and Rodeo. This event, which draws more than 220,000 people per year, is the 10th largest livestock show and rodeo in Texas. The show features a plethora of attractions and exhibits, including live concerts, a carnival and a petting zoo, as well as bull riding, calf roping and much more.
Abundant Arts and Entertainment
While exploring Mercedes, you’ll likely encounter large, 5-1/2 foot tall handcrafted cowboy boots dispersed throughout the city, each uniquely painted and decorated. These boots are part of a public art project – the most unique in the state of Texas – that has found a home on the streets of Mercedes. Locals and visitors can also enjoy local art at the Texas Street Festival, which is held annually in downtown Mercedes and features art exhibits and live performing arts as well as street vendors, live music, and food and beverages.
Premier Shopping Opportunities
Home to the Rio Grande Valley Premium Outlets, Mercedes is a great place to shop. Featuring more than 140 outlet stores and products including designer fashion, jewelry, luggage and specialty items, the outlets in Mercedes are one of the Rio Grande Valley’s most popular shopping destinations and are a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Mercedes’ downtown district is also a charming and charismatic place to shop, featuring more than 65 local businesses. You can find everything from banks and grocery stores to restaurants and specialty shops in downtown Mercedes.
Prime Recreation and Sporting Events
Mercedes is also terrific place to enjoy sports – whether by playing or by spectating. Mercedes is home to the historic Llano Grande Country Club, which features a 72-par golf course and is one of the oldest golf courses in the Rio Grande Valley. Mercedes is also home to the State Farm Arena, where the Rio Grande Valley Sol professional arena football team and La Fiera professional indoor soccer team play frequently. Other teams, including the Rio Grande Valley White Wings and the Brownsille Charros United League Baseball teams and the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees minor league hockey team, are based nearby, making Mercedes a prime location for attending sporting events.
If you’re looking to spend time enjoying the outdoors, Mercedes is a city with a lot to offer. Located amidst the nine World Birding Center locations, which offer world-class birding opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, Mercedes is a great place to spend some time bird watching. Many South Texas nature preserves and wildlife refuges are also easily accessible from Mercedes, so you’ll find many convenient places to hike and explore, encounter native creatures and enjoy the beautiful scenery the area has to offer. Additionally, Mercedes is home to the WestMer Drive-In, the last remaining drive-in theatre in the Rio Grande Valley. Showing double features of the latest movies and featuring a concession stand with an extensive menu, the WestMer Drive-In is a charming attraction that enables you to enjoy a movie while spending an evening in the beautiful Texas outdoors.
Excited to Explore All Mercedes Has to Offer?
Mercedes is a unique Rio Grande Valley city with attractions, events and amenities galore. If you’re ready to stop by and explore all Mercedes has to offer, consider staying at Encore’s Paradise South RV Resort. Located right in Mercedes, Texas you’ll be just minutes from anything and everything in the lively city. And, with McAllen and Harlingen close by, you’ll be able to easily and conveniently explore two other South Texas cities as well.
To make a reservation, or learn more about Mercedes, Texas, contact us at 888-481-6407 today!