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: San Antonio
bus:  3​h
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 2 nights
shuttle + foot + Fly + foot + shuttle:  5​h 30​min
South Padre Island
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Corpus Christi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
End: San Antonio


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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Houston, don't miss a visit to Water Wall, and then let the kids burn off some steam at Discovery Green. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore and take pictures at Rodeo Houston or Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, then admire all the interesting features of Rice University Campus, then engage your brain at Cockrell Butterfly Center, and finally examine the collection at Houston Museum District.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Houston trip maker .

San Antonio to Houston is an approximately 3-hour bus ride. You can also drive; or fly. In May in Houston, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Galveston.

Things to do in Houston

Parks Fun & Games Museums
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Cockrell Butterfly Center ©
Cockrell Butterfly Center
The Escape Game Houston ©
The Escape Game Houston

Galveston, Galveston Island

Galveston ©
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.
On the 21st (Tue), steep yourself in history at Old City Cemetery, take an in-depth tour of Lone Star Flight Museum, then sample the tasty concoctions at Galveston Island Brewing Company, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Galveston's 61st Street Fishing Pier. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Galveston Railroad Museum, stop by Murdochs, then get engrossed in the history at The Bryan Museum, and finally take a stroll through East End Historic District.

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Traveling by car from Houston to Galveston takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Galveston can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Galveston

Museums Neighborhoods Breweries & Distilleries
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Galveston Railroad Museum ©
Galveston Railroad Museum
East End Historic District ©
East End Historic District
Galveston Island Brewing Company ©
Galveston Island Brewing Company

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 23rd (Thu): make a trip to Largest Outdoor Sandcastle in the USA, stroll around Andy Bowie Park, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Laguna Madre Nature Trail.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read South Padre Island itinerary builder app .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Galveston to South Padre Island in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In May in South Padre Island, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in South Padre Island

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Andy Bowie Park ©
Andy Bowie Park
Laguna Madre Nature Trail ©
Laguna Madre Nature Trail

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.
On the 24th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Malaquite Beach and Pavilion and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whitecap Beach. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: snap pictures at Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge, then look for all kinds of wild species at Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center, and then immerse yourself in nature at Mustang Island State Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Corpus Christi trip planning app .

You can drive from South Padre Island to Corpus Christi in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from South Padre Island in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Corpus Christi, with highs around 87°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

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Port Aransas
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Malaquite Beach and Pavilion ©
Malaquite Beach and Pavilion
Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge ©
Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge
Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center ©
Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center