5 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

5 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Texas Gulf Coast holiday planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Houston
— 2 nights
Fly
2
Corpus Christi
— 1 night
Drive
3
South Padre Island
— 1 night
Fly

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Houston

— 2 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Houston: Galveston (The Strand & The Seawall). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Space Center Houston, get curious at The Houston Museum of Natural Science, browse the exhibits of Cockrell Butterfly Center, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Houston Zoo.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Houston day trip planning site.

Lafayette to Houston is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lafayette in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 67°F in Houston. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in Houston

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Corpus Christi

— 1 night

Texas Riviera

A gulf coast town with a semi-tropical climate, Corpus Christi serves as a getaway destination with a life of its own.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): observe the fascinating underwater world at Texas State Aquarium and then learn about all things military at USS Lexington Museum on the Bay.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Corpus Christi online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Houston to Corpus Christi by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. October in Corpus Christi sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

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.
On the 29th (Fri), stroll through Sea Turtle, Inc., get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the South Padre Island trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Corpus Christi to South Padre Island takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Corpus Christi in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in South Padre Island, with lows around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.