Visit the Texas Gulf Coast in 2020
If outdoor adventure in Texas is calling your name, visit Corpus Christi for fun on the water and fishing, water skiing, kayaking, and more. Sleep under the stars on the beach or enjoy a weekend of family activities. Take in bird watching, arts and culture, or just relax the day away on the beautiful beaches.
Home to Moody Gardens, Galveston is a well-known destination on the Gulf Coast of Texas. Enjoy amusement rides and delectable menus along the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier. Take in trails, fishing, and kayaking, or spend the day out on the boat or horseback riding along the beach.
A jewel along the Texas Gulf Coast is Matagorda Island. A 38-mile long barrier, you'll find Matagorda Island about seven miles off the coast of Port O'Connor. A secluded getaway amongst the natural beauty of the area is why many people take time out here.
Separated from the mainland by ferry, Port Aransas is a city on Mustang Island. Fish-filled waterways beckon fishermen from all over while the clean beaches and amazing pier call to beach lovers. Quaint shops and restaurants will satisfy your hunger at the end of a long fun-filled day. Then, head over to the little bars in the "downtown" area for happy hour.
Known as a wonderful retirement community, Rockport is rich in birdlife, fishing, arts, and a beautiful sculpture garden. You'll also find the historic Fulton Mansion with its gardens and learning center. Rockport is an ideal getaway for those looking to avoid huge beach crowds and appreciate the artistic side of the Gulf Coast at Texas.
BEACH PARK AT ISLA BLANCA (formerly Schlitterbahn)
Formerly Schlitterbahn, this family-fun center, known as Beach Park at Isla Blanca is an indoor and outdoor water park that guarantees a fun time for everyone in the family. A year-round attraction, the water park boasts a full-service restaurant, plenty of discovery, and stunning views of the Gulf Coast waters.
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND
Known as the resort town of Texas, or the Spring Break destination, South Padre promises pristine beaches and calm ocean waters. If you're not visiting for Spring Break, and birdwatching is your thing, you'll appreciate the 5-story watchtower to view spectacular sites of migrating birds. Stop by the South Padre Island Dolphin Research and Sealife Nature Center for boat tours and touch tanks.
Also known as Surfside, the natural beauty of this area is perfect for events you may be looking to host on the beach. Stahlman Park is available for rentals and ideal for weddings, reunions, company events, or a get together with friends. Surfside Beach also boasts plenty of restaurants, fishing, and four parks.