Things to Do on Texas Gulf Coast
The feel of warm sand between your toes, a gentle breeze caressing your skin, and the soothing sounds of the sea crashing onto the shore. Welcome to the Texas Gulf Coast, a 350-mile stretch of sandy beaches surrounded by interesting attractions. Relax on South Padre Island, walk along Galveston’s seawall to its one-of-a-kind Pleasure Pier, or visit Corpus Christi’s fascinating museums. There is so much to see and do on the Texas Gulf Coast that you can truly personalize any beach vacation. Plan your next trip to Texas’ sandy shores by clicking on the entries below.
Between Louisiana and Mexico, Texas’ coast stretches for more than 350 miles. It’s mostly flat and sandy, with large bays and skinny barrier islands doubling the shoreline. The sand varies in color from white to light brown, and the water is usually a dull green and warm and calm. It can be cloudy on some days and completely clear on others, especially as you travel south.
Six Flags AstroWorld
32 thrilling rides – including 10 of the biggest and hottest coasters – and over 40 blockbuster family-oriented shows, concerts, street entertainers and special events.
Capt. Clark’s Flagship
Cruise along the beautiful downtown bayfront, passing close to the USS Lexington, Texas State Aquarium, and the Columbus Fleet on our way into the Port of Corpus Christi.
The Children’s Museum of Houston
The Children’s Museum of Houston is the highest-attended youth museum in the country for its size and is committed to the mission of learning by providing hands-on exhibitions in the areas of science and technology, history and culture, health and human development, and the arts.
Houston Theater District
The Theater District, a 17-block area in the heart of downtown Houston, is home to Houston’s eight world-class performing arts organizations, the 130,000 square-foot Bayou Place entertainment complex, restaurants, movies, plazas and parks. The Theater District of Houston ranks second behind New York City for the number of theater seats in a concentrated downtown area.
A 20-acre spring-fed lake and water-based family park offering facilities for scuba diving, swimming, fishing, kayaking/canoeing, and picnicking.
Texas State Aquarium
Experience undersea adventure upon entering through cascades of water above a glass-enclosed tunnel. the aquarium features close-up views of the wonders of the Gulf of Mexico in a wide variety of marine habitats.
Houston Museum of Natural Science
The Museum is a five-part complex housing the Burke Baker Planetarium, Wortham IMAX Theatre, Cockrell Butterfly Center and three floors of natural science halls and exhibits. Over a dozen permanent exhibit areas cover subjects on astronomy, space science, Native Americans, paleontology, energy, chemistry, gems and minerals, seashells, and Texas wildlife.
Adventure Bay Waterpark
Acres of wet & wild water thrills for all ages.
Museum of Printing History
The Museum of Printing History celebrates the history of the development of printing. Its collection contains examples of ancient writing, pre-Gutenberg handwritten rare books and manuscripts, antique printing equipment and tools, historically significant printed material such as bible leafs, government documents, early newspapers and periodicals and antique fine art prints.
The Orange Show
The outdoor 3,000 square foot monument is maze-like in design and includes an oasis, a wishing well, a pond, a stage, a museum, a gift shop, and several upper decks. It is constructed of concrete, brick, steel, and found objects including gears, tiles, wagon wheels, mannequins, tractor seats, and statuettes.
Houston Space Center
The Center provides an adventure into the past, present, and future of NASA’s manned space flight program with interactive exhibits, IMAX films, and behind-the-scenes tram tours of JSC, home of America’s astronauts. Original space hardware, such as a Mercury capsule, Gemini spacecraft, and Apollo 17 command module are displayed in simulated natural settings.