Local Attractions

Plenty of things to see and do.

Weslaco, Texas is situated right in the center of the Rio Grande Valley, a tropical paradise with plenty of local attractions to keep you entertained. John Knox Village is just minutes from shopping, restaurants, churches, a hospital and medical offices. In addition, John Knox Village is a short drive from:

Rio Grande Valley Premium Outlets

The local outlet mall is a short 15 minute drive down US 83 in Mercedes, Texas. Since 2006 the outlet mall has been a major shopping attraction for visitors from all across the Rio Grande Valley and Mexico. A large draw are the many popular brands with deep discounts including the Nike Store, the Disney Store , Polo Ralph Lauren, Nautica, Columbia, and Coach. Residents of John Knox have easy access to one of the best shopping centers within 100 miles.

Progreso, Mexico

Just 10 minutes down the road from John Knox Village, Progreso is a favorite stop for locals and visitors alike. Progreso is a popular destination for shopping and is always bustling with American tourists. Visitors can expect to find a variety of crafted goods in the markets, affordable medications in the pharmacies, and delicious local cuisine at any of the many restaurants.

South Padre Island Texas

South Padre Island is a national treasure and jewel of the Texas Coast. Visitors enjoy the clear water, pristine beaches and all of the amenities of island life including fresh seafood, fishing, golf, shopping, dining and an exciting nightlife. Whether you visit for the day or for a weekend, South Padre Island has exactly what you need to relax and unwind.

Tierra Santa Golf Course

Tierra Santa is a beautiful, tropical course in Weslaco, Texas. The condition of the course is one of the best in the Rio Grande Valley. Golfers will find an exciting course with big greens, lots of water, and large bunkers. The club has tees to challenge all levels of golfers from beginners to seasoned players. The challenging course and friendly accommodations will let you perfect your game or simply enjoy a drink with guests.

Nature Parks

John Knox Village is located right in the center of the Rio Grande Valley, an international destination for birders admiring the migratory birds that funnel through this oasis every year. Natural spaces are scattered all throughout the Rio Grande Valley and are easily accessible for our residents to enjoy the local wildlife and well as the migratory birds. In particular, the World Birding Center, the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, and the Valley Nature Center are all located just a short drive from John Knox Village and feature some of the best natural spaces in the region.

Iwo Jima Monument

The Iwo Jima Monument in Harlingen, Texas is a memorial to the marines who have fallen in defense of our country and depicts 6 marines raising the American flag during the battle of Iwo Jima in WWII. The monument is the original plaster working model from which the famous statue in Arlington was cast. In addition, one of the original 6 marines, Harlon Block, is buried at the monument.

Gladys Porter Zoo

The Gladys Porter Zoo is in Brownsville, Texas and is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Visitors to this sprawling 31 acre zoo can find over 377 species of animal and 225 species of plant in a short ¾ mile trek. Some of the more exciting exhibits include the Western Lowland Gorillas, African Lions and new Aquatic Ecology Center with sharks!

Our Lady of San Juan del Valle

The Shrine to Our Lady of San Juan del Valle is one of the most visited shrines in the United States. The shrine is dedicated to “La Virgen de San Juan” and more than a million visitors make the pilgrimage each year. It was dedicated a National Shrine by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops in 1998 and is a local landmark appreciated for its beauty and celebrated history.