7 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

7 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

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7 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  10​h
1
South Padre Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Corpus Christi
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + shuttle:  3​h 30​min
3
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Toronto

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): stroll around Andy Bowie Park, make a trip to Largest Outdoor Sandcastle in the USA, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Laguna Madre Nature Trail. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Sabal Palm Sanctuary, then explore and take pictures at Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the South Padre Island travel planner .

Toronto, Canada to South Padre Island is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to South Padre Island is minus 1 hour. In February, South Padre Island is much hotter than Toronto - with highs of 22°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Brownsville
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Laguna Madre Nature Trail ©
Laguna Madre Nature Trail
Sabal Palm Sanctuary ©
Sabal Palm Sanctuary
Parasailing & Paragliding

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Goose Island State Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Texas Sealife Center, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Malaquite Beach and Pavilion. On your second day here, immerse yourself in nature at Mustang Island State Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center, and then take in the views from Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Corpus Christi online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from South Padre Island to Corpus Christi by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from South Padre Island in February: highs in Corpus Christi hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Galveston.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Aransas, Goose Island State Park
Highlights from your plan
Goose Island State Park ©
Goose Island State Park
Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center ©
Malaquite Beach and Pavilion ©
Malaquite Beach and Pavilion

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): look for gifts at Murdochs, then learn about all things military at Galveston Naval Museum, then take a tour of 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA, and finally get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of East End Historic District and then see the interesting displays at Galveston Railroad Museum.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Galveston trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Corpus Christi to Galveston in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. While traveling from Corpus Christi, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Galveston, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 14°C. On the 12th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Galveston

Wildlife Tours Museums
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galveston Railroad Museum ©
Galveston Railroad Museum
Murdochs ©
Murdochs