Tour the Historic, Iconic, Legendary King Ranch

by Eryn Reddell Wingert

Just up the road in Kingsville, Texas, sits the vast King Ranch, notorious not only for its size–currently over 800,000 acres–but also for its incredible impact on ranching in Texas. 

Tours & Travel by Welcome Home offers a day-trip tour via motorcoach, with two Valley pick-up points. The ride is about one and a half hours from the RGV. Once at the Ranch, an expert guide boards the bus and navigates a tour through the ranchland and its 160-year history. 

The Ranch tour is followed by a barbecue lunch piled high with brisket, as well as sausage, beans, potato salad, bread with sauce, onions, pickles, jalapeño fixings, and a cookie. A stop at the King Ranch Museum and Henrietta Memorial Center further expands on the generational legacy of the Ranch.

Lastly, the King Ranch Saddle Shop, situated in downtown Kingsville, showcases luxury leather goods alongside stuffed longhorn, bobcat, and nilgai–Indian antelope first introduced to South Texas via the King Ranch. The fun doesn’t end there; the motorcoach ride home includes playing bingo for door prizes!

Tours by Welcome Home hosted its first venture to the King Ranch in January. Reactions included the following: “Your tours do not disappoint! We had such a wonderful time learning about the King Ranch, and our guide was a wealth of information and funny.” and “It was an absolute pleasure to go on this trip. We recommend you go with Welcome Home RGV. We sure did learn a lot about King Ranch.” 

Tours & Travel by Welcome Home offers bus tours to the King Ranch. For more information, contact Sarah Denzer at 956-687-5115. 

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