Located between the shimmering Texas Gulf Coast and the untamed beauty of South Texas’ rugged brushland, the city of Kingsville has managed to retain its unique historical legacy while solidifying its place as a center of growth and industry. Founded in 1904, Kingsville’s development as a thriving community was thanks in large part to massive efforts made by Robert J. Kleberg and Henrietta King of the world famous King Ranch®. Seeking to foster community and economic development in the untamed “Wild Horse Desert”, Mrs. King donated acres of land which became the site of a railroad hub and later, the site of present-day Kingsville. The ranch’s support and influence has left an indelible mark on the city’s growth and culture that continues to this day.
As a centennial city, the secret to Kingsville’s longevity lays in the resilience of its people and the array of local attractions that draw a wide variety of guests who are seeking to immerse themselves in a bit of southern charm and a slower pace of life. Today, Kingsville has become a multicultural city that offers something for everyone including several historical sites, acres of prime land ripe for hunting and fishing, one of the largest working ranches in the world, a growing music and theatre scene, a renowned public research university and some of the most delicious cuisine in the Lone Star state.
Whether you want to get up close and personal with hundreds of species of wildlife, indulge in some retail therapy at the many quaint specialty shops that dot the city’s historic downtown or just kick up your boots after a long day at the ranch, we’ve got you covered. Start planning your visit to Kingsville today or, for more information, contact the Kingsville Visitors Center at the information listed below.