2024 Convention Travel Information

Welcome to Brownsville, TX!

"On the Border, by the Sea, and Beyond!"

The Early Childhood Music and Movement Association is excited to host our 2024 convention in the beautiful Brownsville, Texas, in the culturally rich Rio Grande Valley. The city's location and cultural heritage have positioned it as a key connection between the United States and Mexico and the state of Texas and Tamaulipas, Mexico. Brownsville has a population of approximately 200,000, and its sister city, Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, exceeds 750,000. Together with the rest of Cameron County, Texas, this area offers Lagunas, beaches, wildlife conservation, city nightlife, and rocketships (SpaceX is minutes away). We hope you join us in the unique part of the United States!

Traveling to Brownsville

Travel by Car: 

It is recommended for attendees traveling by car to use an up-to-date GPS for the latest routes and closures.


Travel by Air:

If you are flying for the convention, there are two local airports: Brownsville South Padre International Airport (BRO) and Valley International Airport (VIA). BRO, a brand-new airport, is a 10-minute drive from local hotels and 15 minutes from UTRGV. VIA, which is in Harlingen, TX, is 20-30 minutes from Brownsville. It is recommended to fly in on Wednesday and depart on Sunday. BRO:  VIA:


Staying in Brownsville

There are many options for lodging in and near Brownsville. For those desiring to stay close to UTRGV, the Visit Brownsville official website has resources on hotels and Airbnb. For those who want a beach view with a short drive, Visit South Padre Island has resources for you. At this time, ECMMA does not have a designated hotel.


Getting around Brownsville

Although Brownsville has a public bus system, it is recommended that attendees travel via car. Uber, Lyft, and taxi services are available, as well as car rental agencies. These can be found via their respective apps and websites or by clicking the buttons below. 

Things to do in Brownsville

From SpaceX to Wildlife and Zoo to the beach, Brownsville offers many unique activities and cultural experiences for visitors. Interested in animals and birds? Visit the award-winning Gladys Porter Zoo, the South Padre Island Birding Center, or grab your binoculars and head to a resaca. Love food? You're in luck! Brownsville has a TACO TRAIL. Is nature your thing? Then visit Boca Chica conservation, Laguna Madre, or one of our many hiking trails. What about space? Then, SpaceX is a must-visit. Brownsville has a little bit of everything for everyone. For more details, click the button below!


Things to Do

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