Things to Do in Gulf Coast

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Every Tuesday year-round, you can also watch cattlemen ply their trade Read More

SCUBA-certified divers can explore sunken ships and artificial reefs off of South Padre’s shore. Look out for lionfish, barracuda, and octopus,... Read More

A truly American art installation, the ranch consists of ten grafitti-covered Cadillacs buried halfway in the ground. Read More

Opt for the Ecology Tour to get schooled on the area’s diverse marine life like starfish and stingrays; you’ll also follow dolphin pods... Read More

This multi-million dollar entertainment zone is loaded with amusements and rides such as the Iron Shark Rollercoaster, Texas Teacups, and Pier Pileup... Read More

Stop in for distinct and eco-friendly gifts such as silky pajamas made from bamboo fibers, copper bells hailing from India, and bath salts and scrubs in... Read More

Meet Ernest Torres, a master candy maker, as he pulls saltwater taffy—and if you’re luck, he’ll throw you a treat. House-made fudge... Read More

A raised boardwalk juts out into a protected bay where native and migrating birds are known to flock. If you forgot your binoculars, check out the free... Read More

This tranquil inlet is lined with marinas and boat rental shops. Choose a power cruiser— Little Bay Marine has a great selection—and get out... Read More

A well-paved five-mile path from the edge of town leads to Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park. Mountain bikers can also off-road on trails through... Read More

Learn about Texas’ oil and gas history and cowboy roots at this regional museum, where top exhibits include a collection of 500-plus cowboy hats... Read More

You won’t find any of the horses for which this Gulf-front stretch was originally named (they escaped their Spanish explorers) but this 18-mile... Read More

Over 40 percent of the country’s 700 butterfly species live in or pass through Texas’ Rio Grand Valley. You’ll spot plenty of the... Read More

Cowboy history comes alive at the state’s oldest saddle shop, where beautiful hand-tooled leather works are on display. Read More

This 70-mile stretch is the longest expanse of undeveloped barrier island in the world, home to endangered crabs, sea turtles (nesting season is from... Read More

Head to this zip-lining park to get a bird’s eye view of Palo Duro Canyon’s red rock landscape. Read More

Palo Duro Canyon, which cuts through Texas’ high plans, is over 100 miles long and can be over 1,000 feet deep. While travelers can trek along... Read More

Learn about the region’s heritage at this North Texas museum. Read More

This pit stop is a must for nut lovers. They sell pecans in flavors ranging from honey toasted to praline, as well as housemade fudge. Read More

Watch Texas, an epic outdoor musical dramatizing Lone Star State history, in Palo Duro Canyon’s dramatic Pioneer Amphitheater. Read More

While this 60-acre park also has baseball diamonds, jungle gyms, and shady picnic spots, its most distinctive feature is a prairie dog village, where... Read More

Hunt for animal tracks on nature trails and explore the 7,000-square-foot, glass-enclosed butterfly conservatory, also home to native creatures such as... Read More

Refuel after a morning job or bike ride at this simple bakery, known for its housemade glazed donuts and savory kolaches—a doughy Czech treat that... Read More

Rockport has a slew of flat and well-maintained trails that loop through nature reserves and range from one to 15 miles in length. The newest leg, Tule... Read More

This 70-mile stretch is the longest expanse of undeveloped barrier island in the world, home to endangered crabs, sea turtles (nesting season is from... Read More

Lessons for beginners—or pros looking to sharpen their skills—are held year-round at this family-owned dive shop. Also stop in for board and... Read More

This 21-mile-long barrier atoll has miles of beautiful empty shoreline. Fishermen can drop a line for trout or redfish near the S.S. John Worthington... Read More

“The oldest drug store in Texas,” where you can sit at the horseshoe counter while sipping an egg cream or cherry fountain soda. Read More

Of the area’s 32 miles of beach, this is one of the best for families thanks to picnic tables, lifeguards, public restrooms, volleyball... Read More

There are over a dozen exhibits at the six-acre wildlife center including the 10,000-gallon stingray lagoon where kiddos can touch and feed the... Read More

Head to the visitors center at this academic branch to see seven aquaria with different coastal habitats and marine species. Travelers can also through... Read More

Stop at the butterfly garden or new yoga pavilion on this well paved, six-mile hike and bike trail. Read More

This 760-acre park, lush with native plants such as cedar elms and anacua trees, attracts thousands of nesting and migrating bird species, making this... Read More

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