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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 Mexican in Brownsville

Taco Palenque

Flagship of a small Rio Grande Valley chain run by a famous local family, you may find yourself here more than once. Order tacos at the counter and then start drooling over the best salsa bar ever. Ten kinds of sals…
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 Mexican in McAllen

Ms G's Tacos n' More

Ms G herself arrives every morning at 4:30am to make the region's best flour tortillas for her deceptively simple tacos. Options are many, but you'll never go wrong with carne guisada (spicy beef), beans and avocado…
Top Choice Cajun in Port Arthur

Larry's French Market & Cajun Restaurant

Larry's is the real Louisiana deal. You can't get more authentic than this rustic restaurant and dance hall. During lunch the local specialties – including shrimp creole, fried crawfish and gumbo – are served cafete…
Top Choice Music in Corpus Christi

Surf Club Records

Part of the Water St Market, there is a great selection of hard-to-find CDs with surf music, country and rock. There's a small surfing museum area with displays on the history of surfing in Texas.
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 Seafood in Port Isabel

Joe's Oyster Bar Restaurant

Delight in seafood direct off the boats at this simple joint. They make a mean crab cake and the oysters are renowned. You can get anything to go for picnics or packed fresh for cooking later in the condo.
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…