The Best Cities to Visit on the Texas Gulf Coast

The Best Cities to Visit on the Texas Gulf Coast


Galveston is actually its own island close to Houston. This city has been a resort destination for years and has over 30 miles of beaches that where you can enjoy water sports or swim. One of the best parts of Galveston’s beaches is the Historic Pleasure Pier that sits in the middle of Galveston. The pier is a mecca of arcades, amusement rides, shopping, and food. Moody Gardens is also a popular attraction for travelers that’s part golf course, amusement park and nature center. The gardens have “pyramids” that each holds a different habitat such as an aquarium and a rainforest habitat.

Port Aransas

Port Aransas is a smaller town on the Gulf Coast that’s perfect for quiet beach getaways. The town is located on Mustang Island and is close to Corpus Christi. Port Aransas is known for its wildlife as it’s on one of the most important waterways for Gulf Coast fishing. There are several charters that will take the family out for a day of fishing or watching dolphins play in the waves. The Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center is a wildlife park that’s perfect for spotting Texas native birds and viewing other wildlife off the boardwalks. The best part about Port Aransas? There are several Mustang Island vacation rentals throughout the area that will give you relaxing accommodations on a budget.

La Porte

La Porte is another small town on the coast that was once a huge tourist destination. This is the place to visit if you’re interested in history or a quiet getaway. The biggest attractions in La Porte are the Battleship Texas and the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site. You can tour both and learn about the area’s history surrounding WWI and WWII. Downtown La Porte is also full of antique shops and small boutiques and is a popular place for quilters who come to the area for the yearly event: Airing of the Quilts.


Between San Antonio and Houston and 30 minutes away from the Gulf lies the town of Victoria. Victoria is the place to be if you’re looking for lots of things to do. The town is most well known for its array of museums, The Texas Zoo, and its festivals. The Nave Museum is a popular free museum in Victoria that displays classical and modern art pieces that rotate frequently. Victoria is also home to The Texas Zoo where families can learn more about exotic wildlife and visit the petting zoo. Some of the yearly events that happen in Victoria include a historic homes tour, the Victoria comic con, and Naturefest.

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