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Attractions Along the Texas Gulf 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.

1. Texas State Aquarium

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The "official" aquarium of Texas, the Texas State Aquarium houses hundreds of marine animals and provides educational programs for visitors of all ages.

2. USS Lexington

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Following many years of "active duty," the WWII-era USS Lexington "retired" to Corpus Christi. The Lexington now serves as a floating museum and even offers overnight stays!

3. Moody Gardens

Visitors crossing the causeway to Galveston will surely see the pyramids rising on the western side of the island. Those pyramids are just part of magnificent Moody Gardens. With attractions that include several aquariums, an IMAX theatre and even a rainforest, Moody Gardens is a must see for Galveston visitors.

4. Texas Seaport Museum

Home to the 1877 tall ship Elissa, a national historic landmark, the Texas Seaport Museum tells the seaborne history of Galveston, which was known as "The Ellis Island of the West" in the 1800s.

5. Port Isabel Lighthouse

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Located in Port Isabel, one of the oldest towns in Texas, the Point Isabel Lighthouse served mariners along the Lower Texas Coast throughout the Civil War and into the 1900s.

6. Sea Turtle Inc.

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South Padre Island's Sea Turtle, Inc. is dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating sea turtles, particularly the endangered Kemp's Ridley. Sea Turtle, Inc. also offers education tours, giving visitors an up-close look at these magnificent creatures.

7. SeaCenter Texas

Located in Lake Jackson, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's Seacenter Texas serves as a marine hatchery, museum and aquarium all in one.

8. Battleship Texas

A veteran of both World Wars, the Battleship Texas is now moored at the San Jacinto Historical Site, just a short drive from Houston, where it is open for tours to the public.

9. Museum of the Gulf Coast

Located in Port Arthur, the Museum of the Gulf Coast traces the history of the Texas/Louisiana Gulf Coast region from prehistoric times to the present day.

10. Museums of Port Isabel

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Located just across the bay from South Padre Island in historic Port Isabel, the Museums of Port Isabel celebrate the history of Port Isabel, South Padre Island and the Lower Laguna Madre area.
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