Attractions

Top Choice Nature Reserve in The Coastal Bend

Aransas National Wildlife Refuge

For birdwatchers the nearly 115,000-acre Aransas National Wildlife Refuge is the premier site on the Texas coast – especially to spot whooping cranes, of which only 15 once remained in the wild. Bird numbers peak du…
Top Choice Nature Reserve in Los Fresnos

Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge

This 70-sq-mile federal preserve, northwest of Port Isabel, has recorded more bird species sightings (400 and counting) than any other national wildlife refuge. You're almost guaranteed to see something interesting,…
Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in South Padre Island

Sea Turtle, Inc

No, you can't handle the sea turtles. But you can see rescued turtles and learn firsthand about the slow rebirth of critically endangered Kemp's ridley turtle populations. The center serves as a hospital for injured…
Top Choice Historic Building in Galveston

Bishop's Palace

Built between 1886 and 1893, this ornate stone mansion has hidden back stairs, false-lit stained glass and other fun features. Constructed by the affluent entrepreneurial Gresham family, though the more colloquial n…
Top Choice State Park in The Coastal Bend

Brazos Bend State Park

Alligators. Alligators everywhere. You'll surely enjoy the diversity of wetland and forest landscapes, birdwatching, maybe even get some use out of the 37 miles of looping hiking trails, but the lingering impression…
Top Choice Nature Reserve in Brownsville

Sabal Palm Sanctuary

The only palm tree native to Texas grows at this 557-acre sanctuary, operated by a foundation for the National Audubon Society. It sits in a bend of the Rio Grande River with one of the few groves never to have been…
Top Choice Nature Reserve in Padre Island National Seashore

Padre Island National Seashore

The 60 southern miles of 'North' Padre Island that lie outside Corpus Christi city limits are all a protected part of the Padre Island National Seashore. Endangered Kemp Ridley sea turtles nest in the park and are c…
Top Choice Aquarium in Corpus Christi

Texas State Aquarium

You can learn about marine life along the Gulf Coast at this newly renovated space. There are three large handling tanks to get up close to sharks, jellyfish, stingrays and the like, plus exhibits covering the depth…
Top Choice Museum in Corpus Christi

Art Museum of South Texas

Rotating exhibits of contemporary art are the main feature at this dramatic museum, across an art-filled plaza from the Museum of Science & History. Rotating exhibits join selections from the permanent collectio…
Historic Site in Goliad

Presidio La Bahia

Built in 1749 by the Spanish to deter the French who were sniffing around the eastern edges of their empire, Presidio La Bahia played a role in six revolutions and wars while serving under nine different flags (incl…