60 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

60 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

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60 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
South Padre Island
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Brownsville
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Corpus Christi
— 10 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Lake Jackson
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 12 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Beaumont
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Houston
— 13 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h 45​min
End: New York City

7
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Clayton's Beach Bar & Event Venue. Family-friendly places like Sea Turtle, Inc. and Horseback Riding Tours will thrill your kids. There's much more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, look for gifts at Seas the Day, appreciate the extensive heritage of Laguna Madre Nature Trail, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our South Padre Island journey planner.

New York City to South Padre Island is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to South Padre Island. Traveling from New York City in October, expect South Padre Island to be a bit warmer, temps between 85°F and 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Brownsville.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Isabel, Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Clayton's Beach Bar & Event Venue ©
Clayton's Beach Bar & Event Venue
Sea Turtle, Inc. ©
Sea Turtle, Inc.
Dolphin & Whale Watching

6
nights
Brownsville

Brownsville ©
Brownsville is the county seat of Cameron County, Texas. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Gladys Porter Zoo and Boca Chica State Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Brownsville: Harlingen (Hugh Ramsey Nature Park & Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum), Weslaco (Estero Llano Grande State Park & Valley Nature Center) and Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan Del Valle (in San Juan). There's still lots to do: hike along Brownsville Historic Battlefield Trail, browse the collection at McAllen Public Library, relax in the rural setting at Klement's Grove, and identify plant and animal life at Edinburg Scenic Wetlands.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Brownsville attractions tool .

Drive from South Padre Island to Brownsville in an hour. Traveling from South Padre Island in October, expect little chillier with lows of 69°F in Brownsville. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in Brownsville

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

McAllen, Weslaco, Harlingen, Freddy Fender Museum, Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan Del Valle
Highlights from your plan
Gladys Porter Zoo ©
Gladys Porter Zoo
Estero Llano Grande State Park ©
Estero Llano Grande State Park
Valley Nature Center ©
Valley Nature Center

10
nights
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Port Aransas Beach and Michael J. Ellis Beach & Seawall. Get out of town with these interesting Corpus Christi side-trips: Port Aransas (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center), Victoria (Victoria Paddling Trail & The Texas Zoo) and Rockport (Rockport Beach, Fishing Charters & Tours, & more). There's much more to do: meet the residents at Texas State Aquarium, contemplate the long history of USS Lexington Museum on the Bay, hike along Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, and admire the majestic nature at Mustang Island State Park.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Corpus Christi journey planner .

Traveling by car from Brownsville to Corpus Christi takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Brownsville in November, plan for a bit cooler nights in Corpus Christi, with lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Lake Jackson.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Port Aransas, Rockport, Victoria
Highlights from your plan
USS Lexington Museum on the Bay ©
USS Lexington Museum on the Bay
Padre Island National Seashore ©
Padre Island National Seashore
Texas State Aquarium ©
Texas State Aquarium

5
nights
Lake Jackson

Lake Jackson ©
Lake Jackson is a city in Brazoria County, Texas, United States, within the Houston–Sugar Land metropolitan area. Kids will enjoy Sea Center Texas and Surfside Jetty Park. Get out of town with these interesting Lake Jackson side-trips: Crocodile Encounter (in Angleton), Lake Texana State Park (in Edna) and Cowboy Up Hang Gliding (in Wharton). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge, immerse yourself in nature at Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, take an in-depth tour of Columbia Historical Museum, and kick back and relax at Quintana Beach.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Lake Jackson road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Corpus Christi to Lake Jackson takes 3.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Galveston.

Things to do in Lake Jackson

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Quintana, Brazosport Museum of Natural Science, Lake Texana State Park, San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge, Columbia Historical Museum
Highlights from your plan
Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge ©
Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge
Sea Center Texas ©
Sea Center Texas
Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary ©

12
nights
Galveston, Galveston Island

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Moody Gardens and Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galveston: League City (Walter Hall Park & West Bay Common School Museum), Topgolf Webster (in Webster) and Kemah (Kemah Boardwalk, Stingray Reef 215 Kipp Ave, & more). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Seawall, enjoy breathtaking views from Galveston's 61st Street Fishing Pier, put a fun spin on your tour with Fantastic Galveston Race, and wander the streets of The Strand.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Galveston trip planner .

Getting from Lake Jackson to Galveston by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Lake Jackson in November, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 60°F in Galveston. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to Beaumont.

Things to do in Galveston

Outdoors Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Kemah, League City, Texas City, Gulf Greyhound Park, Crystal Beach
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Moody Gardens ©
Moody Gardens
Kemah Boardwalk ©
Kemah Boardwalk

6
nights
Beaumont

Beaumont ©
Beaumont is a city in and the county seat of Jefferson County, Texas in the United States, within the Beaumont–Port Arthur Metropolitan Statistical Area. Kids will enjoy Fire Museum of Texas and Colorado Canyon. Change things up with these side-trips from Beaumont: Port Arthur (Sabine Pass Battleground State Historical Park & Museum of the Gulf Coast), Orange (Orangefield Cormier Museum, Blue Elbow Swamp, & more) and Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge (in Anahuac). Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Cattail Marsh, contemplate the long history of Saint Anthony Cathedral Basilica, examine the collection at Spindletop - Gladys City Boomtown Museum, and identify plant and animal life at Gator Country.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Beaumont trip builder tool .

Getting from Galveston to Beaumont by car takes about 2 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Beaumont when traveling from Galveston in December, with lows around 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Houston.

Things to do in Beaumont

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Arthur, Orange, Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Fire Museum of Texas ©
Fire Museum of Texas
Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge ©
Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge

13
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.
Kids will enjoy The Houston Museum of Natural Science and Downtown Aquarium. Change things up with these side-trips from Houston: Timber Creek Golf Club (in Friendswood), Sugar Land (Fort Bend Children's Discovery Center & Justin P. Brindley Trail) and Baytown (Pirates Bay Water Park & Baytown Nature Center). The adventure continues: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Houston Zoo, have some family-friendly fun at Houston Axe, take a peaceful walk through Spring Creek Greenway, and examine the collection at Space Center Houston.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Houston trip planner .

You can drive from Beaumont to Houston in 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Houston

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Spring, Sugar Land, Humble, Baytown, Timber Creek Golf Club
Highlights from your plan
The Houston Museum of Natural Science ©
Houston Zoo ©
Houston Zoo
Children's Museum of Houston ©
Children's Museum of Houston

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