8 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

8 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

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1
Houston
— 2 nights
2
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 2 nights
3
Corpus Christi
— 2 nights
4
South Padre Island
— 1 night

2
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Houston

Houston ©
Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
Appreciate the collections at Space Center Houston and The Houston Museum of Natural Science. Step out of the city life by going to Pine Gully Park and Water Wall. It doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and have some family-friendly fun at Escape Hunt.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Houston tour planning site.

Austin to Houston is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Galveston.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trip

Pine Gully Park
Find places to stay May 28 — 30:
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Space Center Houston ©
Space Center Houston
The Houston Museum of Natural Science ©
The Houston Museum of Natural Science
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston ©
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

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Galveston, Galveston Island

Galveston ©
An old colonial city and a busy cruise ship port less than an hour's drive from Houston, Galveston sits on Galveston Island and serves as a popular vacation destination for both domestic and international travelers.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): examine the collection at 1877 Tall Ship Elissa And Texas Seaport Museum, thenwander the streets of The Strand, thenshop like a local with MiArt Gallery, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Seawall. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of 1892 Bishop's Palace, get curious at Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum, thenlook for gifts at Kite's and Flagpoles Unlimited, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Moody Gardens.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Galveston trip tool.

Drive from Houston to Galveston in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in Galveston

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 1:
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The Strand ©
The Strand
1892 Bishop's Palace ©
1892 Bishop's Palace
1877 Tall Ship Elissa And Texas Seaport Museum ©

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Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi ©
A gulf coast town with a semi-tropical climate, Corpus Christi serves as a getaway destination with a life of its own.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): get engrossed in the history at USS Lexington Museum on the Bay, thendon't miss a visit to The Grave of Selena Quintanilla-Perez, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Port Aransas Beach, and finally look for gifts at Fly It Port A. On the next day, kick back and relax at Malaquite Beach and Pavilion and then explore the striking landscape of Padre Island National Seashore.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Corpus Christi online sightseeing planner.

Fly from Galveston to Corpus Christi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. June in Corpus Christi sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Port Aransas
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 3:
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USS Lexington Museum on the Bay ©
USS Lexington Museum on the Bay
Padre Island National Seashore ©
Padre Island National Seashore
Port Aransas Beach ©
Port Aransas Beach

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South Padre Island

South Padre Island ©
A vibrant resort town, South Padre Island sits on a barrier island of the same name, located just off the Texas Gulf Coast.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle, Inc., thenstop by Paragraphs on Padre Boulevard, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the South Padre Island holiday planner.

You can drive from Corpus Christi to South Padre Island in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Corpus Christi in June, expect nights in South Padre Island to be about the same, around °F, while days are little chillier, around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center
Find places to stay Jun 3 — 4:
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Sea Turtle, Inc. ©
Sea Turtle, Inc.
South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center ©
Paragraphs on Padre Boulevard ©
Paragraphs on Padre Boulevard