Located right in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley, about 250 miles south of San Antonio, lies a tight knit community of friends, family and children. In the winter, we happily embrace the thousands of “Winter Texans” that call Mission their temporary home. With winter temperatures averaging 72 degrees and with a ZERO percent chance of snow… why wouldn’t they?
Mission has a little bit of everything for everyone. Close enough to the hustle and bustle of a bigger city, but far enough from the harsh cold winters most are trying to escape. While Mission has over 80,000 permanent residents, our community caters to those looking for a sunny alternative to blizzards, snow shovels and tire chains. We look forward to another season full of fun loving, adventure seekers who also want to just kick up their feet and enjoy a margarita right on the calm waters of the Rio Grande. There is never a shortage of activities to do, places to visit or delicious Tex-Mex food to eat.
We are proud to say we are the butterfly capitol of the USA. More than 300 butterfly species can be found locally. 200 butterfly species have been seen just throughout Mission’s National Butterfly Center alone! Located in Mission, near the Rio Grande River, and only 15 minutes from a major airport in McAllen, The Center is open to the public, for visitors and members, seven days a week.
In keeping with all the nature that surrounds us, Mission is also home to the World Birding Center. Known as one of the top birding destinations in the country, Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park well deserves its status as headquarters of the World Birding Center. Birders across the nation know Bentsen as a treasure trove of unique Valley specialties, tropical birds found nowhere else in the United States. Green Jays and Plain Chachalacas are just a few of the very common birds you can find congregating at feeding stations placed throughout the park.
We pride ourselves on the affordable appeal of our town and it’s amenities. We know that good fun and amazing food shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg, and our merchants feel the same.
We continue to grow with more job opportunities and lower unemployment. Retail sales, construction, and even airports are the busiest they’ve been in years. New restaurants and stores open daily and huge projects such as the University Of Texas Medical School and a Space X commercial launch pad are going to call our region home.
Unfortunately, as of late, the media exaggerations of the lifestyle in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas have raised some concerns. However, contrary to what is reported by mainstream media regarding safety and illegal immigration, Mission is, in fact, one of the safest places to be. Why? Well, there’s no denying that just across the border, things are not running as smoothly as they should be. Our priority is the security of our visitors and our residents. So, yes, there is a strong police presence. But, since when is that a bad thing?
Our citizens go about their daily routine as if absolutely nothing has changed… because here, it hasn’t. Mission residents STILL go to work every day. They STILL spend weekends shopping and dining. They STILL go to school. They STILL go to every Friday night football game.
With its wide variety of outdoor recreation, such as kayaking, canoeing, biking and golfing at one of our four premier golf courses and world class nature attractions, Mission is a place where simple activities become rich and enjoyable experiences. We’d like to extend an invitation to come for a visit and see for yourself why thousands of retirees return to Mission, Texas every year. To get more information, please visit our website at www.discovermission.com
Come discover Mission, Texas!