Mission has a wide variety of recreation available to outdoor enthusiasts, including public parks, golf courses, and world-class fishing and hunting opportunities, as well as kayaking, mountain biking, paintball and boating.

For those who enjoy the tranquility of nature, Mission offers some of the most spectacular locations for birding and butterfly watching on earth! The Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park/World Birding Center and the National Butterfly Center have created havens for the special species unique to the area, and invite birders and naturalists to their sites by offering viewing stations, watching towers, interpretive centers, and various programs.

In addition, fans of spectator sports can find a variety of nearby teams to support. We invite you to experience the abundant sights, sounds and outdoor adventures Mission offers!

Anzalduas County Park and Dam

Anzalduas County Park is located on the Rio Grande River in Mission. Its defining feature is the Anzalduas Dam, yet it is also a beautiful spot for picnicking, barbequing, and boating. This well-maintained park also offers surprisingly excellent wildlife watching. Some birds to watch for are Grey Hawk, Tropical Parula, Clay-colored Robin, Rose-throated Becard, and Northern Beardless Tyrannulet. There are more than 290 species of butterflies in the Valley. Keep an eye out for the Mexican Blue Wing, Malachite, Zebra Longwing and Red-bordered Pixie. For more information call (956)585-4500.

Mission Historical Museum

The MISSION HISTORICAL MUSEUM offers two buildings with exhibits that focus on the history of Mission, which include several rotating galleries that change seasonally.
The newest addition at the Museum Annex (located 200 E. Tom Landry) is our Hands on History area for children of all ages and the Mission Memories gift store.

Museum is open Tuesday through Friday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Admission is free. Museum Office (900 Doherty) open Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Phone: (956) 580-8646
Website: www.missiontexas.us/city-departments/mission-historical-museum.

A Golfer’s Paradise

Mission is home to four fabulous golf courses. Both novice and professional golfers alike can take advantage of the year-round outdoor climate of deep South Texas. Our world-class golf courses have been uniquely designed to accent the tropical vegetation and climate that make the Rio Grande Valley a favorite among golf enthusiasts. Take a moment to find out why Mission is truly a golfer’s paradise. Golf courses in Mission include:

  • Cimarron Country Club  1200 S. Shary Road Mission, TX 956.581.7405
  • Martin Valley Ranch  7400 W. Expressway 83 Mission, TX 956.585.6330
  • Meadow Creek in the Valley  1300 Circle Drive Mission, TX 956.581.6262
  • Shary Municipal Golf Course  2201 N. Mayberry St. Mission, TX 956.580.8774

Mission Hike and Bike Trail

Riverside Club

This trail offers a 10-mile round trip featuring abundant native plants, wildlife, paved trails and two bridges. In addition to the paved 5 mile trail that connects the Hike and Bike Trail to the entrance of Bentsen RGV State Park; there are over 35 miles of off-road trails through the brush that challenge different levels of mountain bikers. The Mission Hike and Bike Trail is the Rio Grande Valley’s premier facility of its kind, and is frequently home to various outdoor sports competitions focusing on runners and mountain bikers. The Trail is located on South Conway Ave (FM 1016) approximately 1 mile south of Expressway 83.

The Riverside Club is a beautiful waterfront location with several unique areas for any indoor and outdoor occasion. Relax on a river cruise aboard the Riverside Dreamer, a 55 foot U.S. Coast Certified pontoon boat. Great for sightseeing, bird watching, or private group tours. 214 Chimney Rd. Mission, www.ontheriver.net. For more information, call 956.581.1033.