Refugio, Texas Travel Guide

Region: Gulf Coast

Refugio (pronunciation) dates back to 1834 when it was founded at the site of the historic Mission Nuestra Senora del Refugio. The county seat was the birthplace of baseball player Nolan Ryan and is located about an hour from the Gulf Coast. Today the area is known for both its ranching and farming as well as its oil and gas industries. Birding is a top activity for travelers here and the city boasts several sites on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail.


Antiques Shopping. Refugio is home to many antiques shops, most located on US 77.

Lions/Shelley Park. Located on the Mission River, this park is a site on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail; look for Green Kingfisher, Red-Tailed Hawk, and even Painted Bunting here. The park includes nature trails, a playground, a fishing pier, picnic tables, and more. Located two blocks from the intersection of US 77 and FM 774.

Our Lady of Refuge Church. This church, which was completed in 1901, is located on the site of the original Mission Nuestra Senora del Refugio, which was the last Spanish mission built in the state. Located at 1008 Alamo (Highway 77).

Refugio County Museum. The park includes exhibits on local history including the bell from the original Mission Nuestra Senora del Refugio, and the city's pioneer days as well as exhibits on Nolan Ryan. Located at U.S. Hwy. 77 and West Street.


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Refugio Chamber of Commerce
301 N Alamo St
Refugio, TX 78377
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