12 days in South Padre Island, Houston & Orlando Itinerary

12 days in South Padre Island, Houston & Orlando Itinerary

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12 days in South Padre Island, Houston & Orlando Itinerary

Start: Dammam
Fly + Drive:  32​h
1
South Padre Island
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Houston
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
3
Orlando
— 4 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Dammam

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): witness the site of a historic battle at Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site, admire nature's wide array of creatures at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center, then look for gifts at Seas the Day, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Largest Outdoor Sandcastle in the USA, then identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle, Inc., then get to know the fascinating history of Laguna Madre Nature Trail, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the South Padre Island trip itinerary builder .

Dammam, Saudi Arabia to South Padre Island is an approximately 32-hour flight. The time zone changes from Arabia Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. Traveling from Dammam in April, you will find days in South Padre Island are a bit cooler (29°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Houston.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park, South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center
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Sea Turtle, Inc. ©
Sea Turtle, Inc.
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Butler Longhorn Museum and Space Center Houston. Family-friendly places like The Houston Museum of Natural Science and Cockrell Butterfly Center will thrill your kids. When in Houston, make a side trip to see LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch in Katy, approximately 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Glenwood Cemetery, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Printing History, take in the spiritual surroundings of Lakewood Church, and pick up some local products at Sprouts Farmers Market.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Houston online attractions planner .

Getting from South Padre Island to Houston by combination of shuttle, flight, and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from South Padre Island in April, Houston is a bit cooler at night with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Orlando.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Childrens Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Butler Longhorn Museum, LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch
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Butler Longhorn Museum ©
Butler Longhorn Museum
Space Center Houston ©
Space Center Houston
The Houston Museum of Natural Science ©

4
nights
Orlando

Orlando ©
For most people, any mention of Orlando immediately conjures up images of sprawling theme parks filled with characters plucked right out of popular animated movies.
Attractions like Discovery Cove and Disney's Animal Kingdom make great kid-friendly stops. Have a day of magic on the 14th (Sun) at Walt Disney World Resort. Pack the 17th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Orlando Resort. There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at SeaWorld Orlando, add some entertainment to your itinerary with Happily Ever After Fireworks, and look for gifts at The LEGO Store Downtown Disney.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Orlando trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Houston to Orlando takes 16 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Houston to Orlando. In April, daytime highs in Orlando are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Parks Beaches
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Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort
Universal Orlando Resort ©
Universal Orlando Resort
Discovery Cove ©
Discovery Cove

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