Kingsville is located in the coastal plains of South Texas, near the Gulf of Mexico between Corpus Christi and Brownsville. This area is considered the birthplace of ranching in the U.S. The historic King Ranch just west of the city has evolved into a large-scale international ranching and farming operation that is a major horse breeder. Tours are available. The region is also a mecca for fresh- and saltwater fishing, hunting, and birding. Nearby Kingsville Naval Air Station is one of the largest advanced jet training centers in the country.