As the temperature starts to drop around the Twin Cities, it can be tricky to find outdoor activities to enjoy without freezing. For those of us who prefer fun in the sun all year long, Valley International Airport has the perfect solution: a vacation to the beautiful Rio Grande Valley!
With Sun Country Airlines at Valley International Airport, you can fly direct from Minneapolis to the RGV. Plan your next getaway to Texas with a few of these exciting activities.
Relax at South Padre Island Beach
At South Padre Island, you’ll be able to lay back at the beach while you enjoy the view of the Texas Gulf Coast. When you need a break from the sun, you’ll have dozens of restaurant options available to choose from. Grab breakfast at Yummies Bistro after watching the sunrise over the water, then head to Ceviche Ceviche where you can take your delicious ceviche lunch to go.
Enjoy the Sea Life With Breakaway Cruises
Located on South Padre Island, Breakaway Cruises is the central hub for all your beach activities. You’ll be able to see the bottlenose dolphins up close with their Dolphin Watch Eco Tour across the Laguna Madre Bay. On top of that, you can cast your fishing line when you go deep-sea fishing with their 6-hour Deep Sea Fishing Charter.
Hop in the Car for a Scenic Drive
For many, there is no better feeling than driving with the windows down while the warm salt air blows against their face. You can experience this, along with beautiful views, when you go for a drive along South Padre Island. Turn onto Queen Isabella Causeway from the mainland and you’ll be able to enjoy the ocean view from the comforts of your car.
Let the Views Take Your Breath Away From the Port Isabel Lighthouse
The Port Isabel Lighthouse was built in 1852 to help guide ships passing through the Brazos Santiago Pass.
When visiting the lighthouse, you’ll get a gorgeous view of South Padre Island. This lighthouse opened as a state park in 1952 and to this day is the only lighthouse open to the public along the Texas Gulf Coast. Along with the lighthouse, you can also visit Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage, which is now home to the Chamber of Commerce and Port Isabel Visitors Center.
The Port Isabel Lighthouse is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are purchased at the Lighthouse or Keeper’s Cottage and sales stop 30 minutes before closing.
Go Bird Watching at Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park
Home to around 360 different species of birds, the Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park is a paradise for bird watchers. The park has a variety of viewing stations, water features, and a two-story observation tower. Bring your own binoculars to see them for yourself! If you don’t have your own, you can rent a pair from the park store.
This park has 7 miles of trail that you can explore on bike, foot, or with a tram tour. Along with the birds, you’ll see butterflies, javelinas, and even bobcats! Take in all the nature when you visit the Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park.
Grab a Bite to Eat in McAllen
McAllen boasts a variety of restaurants and dining experiences. For big portions of mouthwatering seafood, stop by Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen. If you’re looking for a great dining atmosphere with food to match, make your reservation at SALT. From their fried chicken and mac n’ cheese to their sriracha shrimp and baked alaska, SALT’s menu is sure to satisfy any food craving you may have.
Book Your One Way Ticket to Texas When You Fly With Valley International Airport!
Escape to warmer weather this fall when you book a getaway to Texas with Sun Country Airlines!
At Valley International Airport, the safety and comfort of our travelers is top priority. To help keep our customers and employees safe and healthy, masks are required on our flights.
When flying with Sun Country Airlines, Gate 1 is upstairs and baggage claim is located downstairs.