5 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

5 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Texas Gulf Coast trip itinerary planner

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South Padre Island
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Houston
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South Padre Island

— 1 night
A vibrant resort town, South Padre Island sits on a barrier island of the same name, located just off the Texas Gulf Coast.
Largest Outdoor Sandcastle in the USA has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle, Inc., identify plant and animal life at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, look for gifts at Karen's Custom Toe Rings, then don't miss a visit to Largest Outdoor Sandcastle in the USA, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the South Padre Island driving holiday planner.

New York City to South Padre Island is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in January, with highs in South Padre Island at 63°F and lows at 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Houston.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

Side Trip

Houston

— 3 nights

Bayou City

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Houston: The Seawall (in Galveston) and Kemah Boardwalk (in Kemah). And it doesn't end there: get to know the resident critters at Houston Zoo, see the interesting displays at Space Center Houston, take in the spiritual surroundings of Lakewood Church, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Houston trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from South Padre Island to Houston by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from South Padre Island in January since evenings lows in Houston dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Houston

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Texas Gulf Coast travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Aquariums · Science Museums
Stretching over 965 km (600 mi) from Louisiana to the Mexican border, the Texas Gulf Coast is the state's main region for outdoor activity and vacation getaways. Dotted with funky seaside villages, expansive national parks, and beautiful golden sand beaches, the Gulf Coast is only an hour's drive from Houston, the state's cultural and commercial hub. For some historical sightseeing, wander through centuries-old downtown Galveston, or head to South Padre Island for a tropical holiday.