Being the second oldest incorporated city in the state of Texas, Victoria offers the quaintness of a small town of 65,000 citizens but is within a two-hour radius of Houston, Austin, San Antonio and Corpus Christi. This makes Victoria a great getaway full of history and charm.
Visitors to Victoria have the opportunity to visit the Texas Zoo in Riverside Park. In June 1984, The Texas Zoo was designated The National Zoo of Texas by the 68th Texas Legislature. Legislation was signed by Governor Mark White. The Texas Zoo features mammals, reptiles and birds that are indigenous to Texas.
In Riverside Park,and just a short walk from the Texas Zoo, is the PumpHouse Restaurant that features a varied menu of great food and excellent beverages. The PumpHouse Riverside Restaurant and Baris constructed on a site that was passed from Republic of Texas (the deed was signed by none other than Sam Houston) to the Township of Victoria in the mid 1800s.
Just a few blocks away in historic downtown Victoria is DeLeon Plaza,named after the founder of Victoria. DeLeon Plaza is the location of the annual BootFest celebration in October that is two days of music, food and family activities that attracts visitors from all over south Texas.