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Learn About Victoria


Victoria is located 30 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico in the Coastal Bend of Texas, within two hours from Corpus Christi, Austin, San Antonio, and Houston. Victoria is a safe, small city which serves as the regional hub for a seven-county area known as the “Crossroads” because of its location. The population is about 65,000 people.

Arts, Music Festivals and Community Events

Victoria has many performing arts and theater events and venues. Theatre Victoria offers six productions in a season that runs from July to May. Performances are held in the Leo J. Welder Center, a fully equipped, modern performing space located downtown. The Victoria Symphony Orchestra and Victoria Ballet provide several performances each year. For a week each June, the Victoria Bach Festival welcomes musicians from across the country to fill theaters, churches, and outdoor spaces with engaging musical performances.

In addition to the arts, Victoria also hosts a wide array of music festivals and celebrations throughout the year. Come join the fun at such events like Boot Fest, Cinco de Mayo, Mardi Gras, The Victoria Jaycees Livestock Show and Carnival, Comic-Con and so much more!


Several museums are located in Victoria, including the McNamara House, a social history museum, the Nave, an art museum, the Children’s Discovery Museum, and the Museum of the Coastal Bend, which showcases the multicultural heritage of the region and includes prominent displays of artifacts found from La Salle’s colony in the late 17th century.


Among several parks in Victoria, Riverside Park offers nature trails, a jogging/walking track, ball fields, courts, picnic areas, disc golf, and a 27 hole golf course. Riverside is also home to the Texas Zoo and Riverside Stadium, where the collegiate summer league Victoria Generals and UHV Baseball teams play.

Kayaking is popular on the Guadalupe River in town. Coleto Creek reservoir offers boating, fishing and camping, as does nearby Lake Texana. Many residents also take advantage of the nearby Gulf of Mexico. Port O’Connor, 50 miles to the southeast, is renowned for bay, off-shore, and wade fishing.

Skating, laser tag, bowling and shopping, along with many restaurants, offer diverse options.

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