7 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

7 days in Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Texas Gulf Coast trip planner

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South Padre Island
— 1 night
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Corpus Christi
— 1 night
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Victoria
— 1 night
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Houston
— 3 nights
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle, Inc., get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center, and finally look for gifts at Seas the Day.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our South Padre Island trip maker site.

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. 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 June, expect a bit warmer with lows of 75°F in South Padre Island. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can go by car to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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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 1st (Wed): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Texas State Aquarium and then take an in-depth tour of USS Lexington Museum on the Bay.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Corpus Christi trip maker site.

Drive from South Padre Island to Corpus Christi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from South Padre Island in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Corpus Christi: temperatures range from 93°F by day to 76°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Victoria.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Victoria

— 1 night
Victoria is the largest city and county seat of Victoria County, Texas. You've now added Coleto Creek Park & Reservoir to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): get to know the resident critters at The Texas Zoo, make a trip to Fannin Battleground State Historic Site, then stroll around Coleto Creek Park & Reservoir, and finally explore the activities along Victoria Paddling Trail.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Victoria visit website.

Drive from Corpus Christi to Victoria in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 96°F in July, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Houston.

Things to do in Victoria

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

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 Houston's surroundings by going to Kemah Boardwalk (in Kemah) and Galveston (The Seawall, Moody Gardens, &more). There's lots more to do: get curious at The Houston Museum of Natural Science, take in the spiritual surroundings of Teo-Chew Temple, get to know the resident critters at Houston Zoo, and get your game on at Escape Hunt.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Houston sightseeing website.

Drive from Victoria to Houston in 2.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Houston can reach 95°F, while at night they dip to 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Houston

Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

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.