Top Choice Museum in Corpus Christi

USS Lexington Museum

Dominating the bay is this 900ft-long aircraft carrier moored just north of the ship channel. The ship served in the Pacific during WWII and was finally retired in 1991. High-tech exhibits give visitors a chance to …
Top Choice Historic Site in Brownsville

Brownsville Heritage Complex

The 1850 home of Brownsville founder Charles Stillman houses the Brownsville Heritage Complex on his life. This is a good place to learn about the downtown area.
Top Choice Nature Preserve 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 that was never plowed under. It's a lush, bea…
Top Choice Beach in Port Aransas

IB Magee Beach Park

The main access point to this county-run park is via Beach St (try to remember that). The park has rest rooms, the Horace Caldwell fishing pier and seasonal concession stands. Parking your car on the sand may requir…
Top Choice Nature Reserve in South Padre Island

South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center

Part of the World Birding Center, this 50-acre nature preserve has boardwalks through the dunes, bird blinds, spotting towers and much more. Learn the differences between a dune meadow, a salt marsh and an intertida…
Top Choice Nature Reserve in South Padre Island

Sea Turtle Inc

See rescued turtles and learn firsthand about the slow rebirth of local turtle populations. To find out when hatchlings will be released, call the Hatchling Hotline (956-433-5735).
Top Choice Historic Site in Laredo

San Agustín Plaza

Parts of this plaza, right downtown and the oldest in town, date from 1767. The streets surrounding it are cobblestoned and lined with ancient oaks where you can escape the sun. For details about the historic buildi…
Museum in Galveston

Texas Seaport Museum & Tallship Elissa

This vast museum explains every facet of life around Galveston's port during its heyday in the 19th century. Outside, clamber aboard to tour the Elissa, a beautiful 1877 Scottish tall ship that is still seaworthy.
Amusement Park in Galveston

Moody Gardens

Three colorful glass pyramids form the focus of one entertainment complex. The Aquarium Pyramid showcases king penguins, fur seals and the largest array of sea horses in the world. The 10-story Rainforest Pyramid is…
Park in Beaumont & Golden Triangle

Big Thicket National Preserve

Until the mid-19th century, the Big Thicket was a dense and mysterious forest where Civil War draft dodgers hid out. Today the National Preserve is the crossroads of Texas' most interesting ecosystems: where coastal…