Lunch in Victoria is certainly historic with a trip to Fossati's Delicatessen
. Founded in 1882, it is the oldest deli in Texas and they still churn out favorites like the chicken salad melt and Italian po-boy. They’re open on weekdays only so another great lunch option, even on weekends, is Mumphord’s Place
. Their brisket, ribs, sausage, and turkey are famous in the South Texas barbecue scene.
After you’ve had your fill, soak up 13,000 years of Gulf Coast history at the Museum of the Coastal Bend
. Featuring exhibits on early peoples of the region up through the history of Texas ranching, you can see some incredible artifacts on display here. As a special activity, you can also learn to throw a spear using an atlatl, an early weapon used by indigenous tribes that predates the bow and arrow.
The 1892 Victoria County Courthouse
is frequently listed as one of the most beautiful courthouses in Texas. Open weekdays, it still serves as a fully-functioning courthouse. The building is open to the public, so feel free to explore.
Take a trip to nearby Goliad to see some of the most important sites in all of early Texas history. Mission Espiritu Santo
is a beautifully restored Catholic mission that features state park guides who'll walk you through Texas' early history. Located nearby is the Presidio La Bahia
, a beautiful Spanish fort established hundreds of years ago to protect the Mission and the surrounding ranch land.