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Top Tourist Spots Along The Texas Coast

Updated on July 28, 2013

Texas is a beautiful state to visit, but especially the Texas Gulf Coast. I know we always have a fascinating and fun time every time we travel there. It's hard to know where to start, when talking about the Texas Gulf Coast. The Texas Coast truly has it all, from the best fishing in the world, environmental education, great history, architecture, and art of all kinds. So sit back and have a cup of coffee while we explore the Texas Gulf Coast.

Beautiful picture of a sea crane.
Beautiful picture of a sea crane. | Source

Map Of Corpus Christi On The Texas Coast

Map of Corpus Christi
Map of Corpus Christi | Source

Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi is charming. There is so much to do there. During your stay in Corpus Christi enjoy miles of shore line, sights and attractions. Conveniently located hotels, and condos will put you minutes away from the bliss of what we call the Texas Coast. There are many attractions in Corpus Christi to choose from. Below is a list of some of the more popular ones. I hope you enjoy your stay in Corpus Christi, I know we did.

Attractions In Corpus Christi

1. The Texas State Aquarium - The Texas State Aquarium is a nonprofit aquarium located in Corpus Christi, Texas, United States. It is dedicated to promoting environmental conservation and rehabilitation of the wildlife of the Gulf of Mexico

2. USS Lexington - USS Lexington, nicknamed "The Blue Ghost", is an Essex-class aircraft carrier built during World War II for the United States Navy

3. Mustang Island - Is a barrier island on the Texas Coast. The island is 18 miles (29 km) long, stretching from Corpus Christi to Port Aransas.

4. Padre Island National Seashore - Padre Island National Seashore is a National Seashore located on Padre Island off the coast of South Texas

5. Whataburger Field - Whatburger Field is the minor league baseball stadium located in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA. It is currently home to the Corpus Christi Hooks.

6. Laguana Madre - The Laguna Madre is a long, shallow, hypersaline lagoon along the western coast of the Gulf of Mexico

7. Corpus Christi Bay - The Laguna Madre is a long, shallow, hypersaline lagoon along the western coast of the Gulf of Mexico

8. Nueces River - The Nueces River is a river in the U.S. state of Texas, approximately 315 miles long. It drains a region in central and southern Texas southeastward into the Gulf of Mexico.

9. South Texas Botanical Gardens - The South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center, formerly known as the Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens and Nature Center is a nonprofit, 180-acre botanical garden and nature center

10. Hans And Pat Suter Wildlife Refuge - The Hans and Pat Suter Wildlife Refuge is a wildlife refuge in Corpus Christi, Texas. The Refuge is located on the western shore of Oso Bay, on Ennis Joslin Road, near the Pharaoh Valley subdivision.

Texas State Aquarium Corpus Christi, Texas
Texas State Aquarium Corpus Christi, Texas
Aerial view of the Laguna Madre
Aerial view of the Laguna Madre | Source
Map of Port Aransas, Texas
Map of Port Aransas, Texas | Source

Port Aransas

Port Aransas is by far our most favorite place to go along the Texas Coast. It has a small town atmosphere that we enjoy a lot. There are great shore lines, the fishing is great, and the seafood is awesome. Below you will find a few attractions you might want to explore on your stay on the island.

Attractions In Port Aransas

1. woody's Sport Center - Woody’s offers first class amenities for your complete Port Aransas vacation. Woody’s Sports Center is the one-stop headquarters for your fishing needs

2. Dolphin Express - Dolphin Express is your deep sea fishing headquarters, plus they have scenic dolphin watches which is fun for the whole family.

3. Nueces County Park - Popular Park in Texas suitable for activities such as fishing and much more. Nueces County Park is located 321 N on the Beach Port Aransas

4. Port A pizzaria - Voted best pizza in town.

5. Port Aransas Museum - Explore Port Aransas history at the museum. It is really interesting and a great way to spend the afternoon.

6. UT Marine Science Center - See all the different kind of life that we share the Texas coast with. Very interesting !

7. St. Josephs Island - Is a barrier on the Texas Coast. It is about 21 milers long and 5 miles wide. You can not cross by bridge or road, but will have to take a tour that will drop you off for a few hours then pick you up.

8. Horace Caldwell Pier - Almost anything can be caught on the lighted fishing pier. Small fee per person and pole, but the fishing at night is great.

9. Tarpon Inn - The Tarpon Inn is a historic hotel located in Port Aransas, Texas. It was originally opened in 1886

10. Port Aransas South Jetty -Another great fishing spot. See the big ships come in and out of the ship channel, and an occasional sea turtle.

11. Ferries - And don't forget the ferries which take your car from the mainland to the island. You can see all kinds of wildlife on this boat ride, but the most spectacular is the dolphins.

One of the wonderful exhibits at the Port Aransas Museum
One of the wonderful exhibits at the Port Aransas Museum | Source
Aerial view of beautiful Port Aransas, Texas
Aerial view of beautiful Port Aransas, Texas | Source
Map of Galveston, Texas
Map of Galveston, Texas | Source


Galveston is also another great destination on the Texas Gulf Cost. There is lots of great shoreline here and many attractions for the whole family. Houston is nearby which make for some exciting night life.

Attractions In Galveston

1. Moody Gardens - Moody Gardens is an educational tourist destination, with a golf course and hotel in Galveston, Texas.

2. Seawolf Park - Seawolf Park is a memorial to USS Seawolf, a United States Navy

3. San Luis Pass is a strait of water at the south-western end of Galveston Island off the shores of the Texas Coast.

4. Galveston Island State Park - The park offers camping, bird watching, nature study, hiking, mountain biking, fishing and unsupervised beach swimming.

5. Galveston Railroad Museum - The Galveston Railroad Museum is a railroad museum owned and operated by the Center for Transportation and Commerce, a non-profit organization.

6. Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier - Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier is a Pleasure pier in Galveston, Texas, United. Opened in Summer 2012, it has 1 roller coaster, 15 rides, carnival games and souvenir shops.

Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier
Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier | Source
Beautiful view of Galveston Island.
Beautiful view of Galveston Island. | Source


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    • NMLady profile image

      NMLady 4 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

      We RVed the coast and loved it!

    • torrilynn profile image

      torrilynn 4 years ago

      thanks for the details on the top tourists spots. this is very informational for those who are looking to visit texas any time soon. voted up and shared.