- The list below includes 34 free or cheap things to do in or near Harlingen, Texas, including 39 different types of inexpensive activities like Parks, Movie Theaters, Bowling and Nature & Wildlife Areas.
- From Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum to Dixieland Park, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Harlingen and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Brownsville and Weslaco.
With a monument cast from the same mold that was used for the original Iwo Jima Memorial, the Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum also has artifacts available for viewing. In addition, guests can watch an educational film inside of the museum.
Home to a lake, Dixieland Park is located on 20 acres and features a nine-hole disc golf course, turf athletic fields and a basketball court. The park also provides picnic facilities, a barbeque pit and a children's playground.
Situated on 29 acres, Arroyo Park overlooks the Arroyo Colorado and features facilities for basketball, volleyball, soccer and baseball. The park also offers a fitness area, a children's playground, a picnic shelter and access to Arroyo Hike and Bike Trail.
The World Birding Center is a network of nine different birding sites along 120 miles of road that feature hundreds of rare and tropical bird species. The over 10,000 acres of land include freshwater marshes, dry brush and coastal wetlands.
A 24-lane traditional bowling center, Creasey's Bowl offers open and league bowling along with party hosting and glow bowling. The center provides arcade games, billiard tables, a snack bar and a lounge with a full bar and a television.
Originally opened in 2002, Harlingen's Champion Skate Center is an inline and roller skating rink that offers open skating hours as well as party and event rentals. The center also hosts themed nights and offers concessions for sale.
The Cinemark Theater is a multi-plex theater offering 16 separate auditoriums with modern digital projection technology. The theater features extra large screens, all stadium-style seating, and offers a snack bar and cafe alongside a coin-operated arcade.