Small Towns Along the Gulf Coast
Touring the Texas Gulf Coast
With hundreds of miles of open beach fronting the Gulf of Mexico and dozens of inshore bays and rivers, the Texas Gulf Coast has long been a major draw for Texas residents and visitors alike.
Festivals and Events Along the Texas Gulf Coast
The Texas Gulf Coast plays host to dozens of great events each year.
Top Texas Beach Towns
There are dozens of 'beach towns' dotting Texas' coastline, which serve as a base for the thousands of beachgoers heading to the Lone Star State each year. Here's a list of some of Texas' top beach towns.
Things to Do on the Texas Coast
From Brownsville to Beaumont, there is plenty to see and do along the Texas coast.
Things to Do With Kids Along the Texas Coast
Each summer thousands of families head to the Texas coast for their annual vacation. While on vacation, these families will undoubtedly spend plenty of time at the beach. However, there are a number of kid-friendly attractions all along the Texas coast. These attractions and activities offer families a great way to round out their vacation on...
Attractions Along the Texas Coast
Texas has over 300 miles of coastline bordering the Gulf of Mexico. In addition to many stretches of beautiful beach, the Texas Gulf Coast region is home to some of the state's most popular attractions.
Home to the Brazoria County Historical Museum and several other historical attractions and landmarks, Angleton is a delightful place to visit and glean a glimpse into Texas' past.
Featuring the Lighthouse Lakes Kayak Trail, dozens of world-class birding locations, and access to excellent saltwater fishing, Aransas Pass is a nature lover's dream.
Located on the shores of Galveston Bay, Baytown offers outdoor enthusiasts plenty of recreational opportunity, but is also close to a number of attractions such as NASA, the San Jacinto Monument, Battleship Texas, Houston, and Galveston Island.
A unique blend of Texan and Cajun influences, Beaumont is a big city in a small town package, with plenty of attractions, restaurants, and ammenities for any visitor.
Not a town, but rather a collection of communities, the Brazosport area offers visitors to the Texas coast plenty to see and do.
As Texas' southernmost city, Brownsville offers visitors a year around vacation destination with easy access to beaches, birding, fishing, historical attractions and shopping and dining opportunities in Matamoros, Mexico.
This historic border town offers a world class zoo, golf courses, top-flight birding, as well as quick access to Matamoros, Mexico and South Padre Island.
The tiny town of Clute has become famous for its annual "Great Texas Mosquito Festival," which draws thousands annually to this Texas Gulf Coast village.
The town of Freeport is one of the best kept secrets on the Texas coast, offering visitors outstanding fishing, watersports and other outdoor recreation just a short drive from Houston.
Located on the upper edge of the Rio Grande Valley, a short drive from both Mexico and South Padre Island, Harlingen offers visitors a central location to all South Texas sites.
Located on Galveston Bay, just outside of Houston, Kemah's boasts the finest boardwalk on the Texas coast, with a number of fine restaurants, bars, shops and hotels.
Located along a desolate stretch of South Texas ranch land, Kingsville is home to Texas A&M Kingsville, a variety of museums and, of course, its namesake ranch - the King Ranch - tours of which are still popular among tourists. Additionally, Kingsville offers fishermen close access to the famed Baffin Bay.
Home to Seacenter Texas, the historic Varner-Hogg Plantation, Lake Jackson is also a short distance from Brazos Bend State Park, Houston, Galveston and much more.
Located just outside of Houston, but right on Clear Lake - a branch of Galveston Bay - League City offers visitors quick access to Houston and Galveston Island, as well as plenty of local activities such as fishing, golfing, shopping, birding and more.
The sleepy mid-coast town of Matagorda is rich in history and offers plenty of outdoor activities for birders, fishermen, hunters and nature lovers.
Located on the Texas/Louisiana border, Orange offers visitors a unique blend of Texan and Cajun cultures.
The ferry ride over sets the mood for a relaxing visit to Port Aransas. Birding, nature watching, fishing, shopping, and surfing are just a few of the activities located on this enchanting middle coast island.
This hidden gem along the upper Texas coast offers visitors quick access to a number of wildlife refuges, state parks, museums and more.
One of the oldest towns in Texas, Port Isabel has grown from a sleepy fishing village to popular vacation destination. Along the way, Port Isabel has been witness to many historic moments.
Port Mansfield is Premier Fishing Destination
Located in Deep South Texas, along the shores of the Lower Laguna Madre bay, the tiny village of Port Mansfield has a reputation as one of Texas' premier angling destinations.
Claiming to be the "Best Kept Secret on the Texas Coast," Port O'Connor offers excellent access to West Matagorda Bay, the Gulf of Mexico and Matagorda Island State Park, making it an excellent destination for birders, fishermen, kayakers, and outdoor enthusiasts.
Best known as a mecca for Texas artists, Rockport is also home to the Maritime Museum, prime saltwater fishing, excellent birding and lots of other activities.
Offering great fishing, birding, surfing, windsurfing and shell collecting, Surfside Beach is an idyllic Texas Gulf Coast community.
The historic Gulf Coast town of Victoria is home to many outdoor recreational opportunities, museums, shops, restaurants and the Texas Zoo.
The first capital of the Republic of Texas, West Columbia is a coastal community steeped in Texas history.