Top Attractions for First-Timers

With its prime location on the Mexican border, Laredo beautifully fuses American and Mexican influences into a vibrant cultural melting pot. Its historic downtown overflows with fascinating museums, and nature lovers can get their fix at parks along the riverwalk. When you need a break, modern malls offer all the shopping and dining you could want. Here are the top things to see and do on your first trip to Laredo:

History & Heritage

Get acquainted with Laredo’s storied past at these sites: San Agustin Cathedral: Dating back to 1872, this breathtaking cathedral exemplifies Mexican Colonial architecture. Gaze up at the striking twin bell towers as you explore the intricately decorated interior. Republic of the Rio Grande Capitol Building Museum: Housed in Laredo’s oldest surviving building, this museum documents the short-lived Republic of the Rio Grande in the 1840s. Videos and exhibits tell the story of this brief period of political independence. Washington’s Birthday Celebration: Each February, Laredo comes alive for the month-long Washington’s Birthday Celebration. Events like parades and a carnival celebrate George Washington’s birthday and Laredo’s founders.

The Great Outdoors

Laredo’s mild climate means plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoors: Lake Casa Blanca International State Park: Fish, boat, hike and bike at this beautiful state park just minutes from downtown. Spot local wildlife as you wander through the lush trails. Rio Grande Riverwalk: Stroll or bike along the riverwalk for waterfront views and access to parks. Don’t miss the Outlet Shoppes at Laredo with outlet stores, restaurants and fountains. Zacate Creek Trail: Pack a picnic and walk this 2.8 mile nature trail that winds along a peaceful creek. An excellent spot for birdwatching.

Families & Kids

Entertain the whole family at these spots: Altitude Trampoline Park: Kids and adults alike will love bouncing on the interconnected trampolines and slam dunking into basketball hoops. An high-energy indoor playground. Imaginarium of South Texas: At this children’s museum, little ones can roleplay, build structures, and conduct science experiments in themed interactive areas. A great rainy day activity. Sames Auto Arena: Catch family-friendly shows, concerts and sporting events at this indoor arena downtown. Events range from Disney on Ice to monster truck rallies.


When the sun sets, Laredo lights up with live music and entertainment: Historic Downtown: Grab drinks and grub on lively San Bernardo Avenue. Many restaurants feature live local bands on weekend nights. The artistic vibe is fun for all ages. Laredo Energy Arena: This arena hosts huge concerts and comedians in between sports games. Events range from Christian bands to famous pop stars. Bars and Clubs: For low-key nights, head to gastropubs and wine bars serving craft beer and whiskey. Or dance the night away Latin-style at lively salsa clubs.


Shoppers flock to Laredo for Mexico-inspired goods, outlet deals, and indoor malls: San Bernardo Shopping District: Find handcrafted Mexican imports, Western wear shops, and old-fashioned candy stores in Downtown Laredo’s pedestrian-friendly shopping area. Mall del Norte: Laredo’s largest mall offers all your standard department stores plus a movie theater and indoor ice rink. You’ll find all the big box chains here. TJ Maxx Distribution Center: Get brand name clothes and home goods at a steep discount at this outlet center attached to Mall del Norte. With deals up to 60% off retail, it’s worth a visit.

Food Scene

Tantalize your taste buds with Laredo’s delicious local cuisine: Tex-Mex Favorites: For mouthwatering enchiladas, fajitas and more, head to beloved Tex-Mex joints like Taco Palenque, Danny’s, and Old No. 2. The margaritas are always frosty cold. Authentic Mexican: Sample traditional plates from the interior of Mexico at restaurants around Jarvis Plaza. The authentic barbacoa and menudo will transport you south of the border. Steakhouses & Seafood: Texas is known for sizzling steaks, and Laredo delivers with upscale steakhouses serving juicy certified Angus beef. Seafood restaurants along the Rio Grande also offer fresh catches.

How to Get Around Laredo

Now that you know what to see and do around town, let’s discuss the best ways to travel across the city. With these transportation tips, you’ll get where you need to be without hassle or delays.

Public Transportation

For a budget way to get around, use El Metro public transit. Buses and vans cover over 30 fixed routes across Laredo from 5am to 7:30pm daily. Single ride fares are only 50 cents. Route maps are available online and around town. The main transfer station downtown has indoor waiting areas and public restrooms. Daily and multi-day passes can be purchased on board buses. Most buses are also wheelchair accessible.

Taxis and Rideshares

When you need quick, direct transportation, taxis and rideshares like Uber and Lyft are convenient options. You’ll never wait long for a ride with their speedy pickup times around Laredo. Fares vary by company and distance traveled. Rideshares are best for solo or duo travelers, while taxis work well for groups up to four. Always confirm your fare upfront before your ride.

Charter Buses

For ultimate convenience when traveling with medium to large groups of 10 or more, charter a private bus to serve your transportation needs. Reserve your own customized ride around Laredo or to events out of town with Laredo Party Bus Company. Our team VIP service and can even offer guided tour packages. Modern buses with WiFi, TV’s, and plush seats keep your crew comfortable for any trip length. Get a price quote and book your coach bus by calling 956-436-5141 today!

Ready to Get Started?

We hope this visitor’s guide gets you pumped to uncover all that delightful Laredo has in store during your upcoming travels. With an efficient transportation plan and itinerary focused on your interests, you’re all set to maximize your time in this unique border town fusion of Texas and Mexico. For a seamless group getaway, partner with Laredo Party Bus Company for your transportation needs. Our fleet of charter buses will shuttle your crew any time, any place with ease and comfort. Call 956-436-5141 now to start planning an amazing trip to remember!