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Visiting Texas Gulf Coast

There’s no doubting the sheer size of Texas – second only to Alaska in overall square millage, Texas blends a rare sophistication with southern charm, while never relinquishing it’s hold on history, and fully embracing the “everything’s bigger in Texas” motto. There’s much to see in do in the coastal region of Texas, full of unique and attractive experiences, most fit for the whole family

Summer in the gulf region of Texas brings a slew of aquatic adventures from port cities like Corpus Christi and Portland, to more inland cities like George West and Victoria. Closer to Houston is Lake Jackson, and Galveston – don’t miss the Bodies Revealed exhibit at the Discovery Pyramid in Galveston. On display through September 9, Bodies Revealed gives you a detailed look at anatomical specimens that have been carefully preserved – without all that skin getting in the way.

Before you depart from Galveston, don’t miss out on a trip to Fort Travis Seashore Park. Set at the southern peak of the Bolivar Peninsula, Fort Travis Seashore Park yields sterling views of the Galveston Bay.

Further east, near the New Orleans border, is Beaumont. Travel in with the family during the summer and check out the Gator Country Wildlife Adventure Park and Restaurant. Perfect for families looking for a fun afternoon adventure, watch as the expert trainers interact with live gators, let the kids enjoy a hands-on experience with some of the smaller reptiles, and stick around for a nice lunch.

Looking for a sporting event while traveling through Corpus Christi? Don’t miss out on the Corpus Christi Hooks, the Double-A, minor league affiliate of the Houston Astros. Take in a home game at Whataburger Field when they take on the Arkansas Travelers on August 8. Fans travel in from as nearby as Robstown, to Refugio, an hour north.

Continue your tour of Corpus Christi with a visit to the Texas State Aquarium, home to an array of marine life, and a perfect family destination. Travel in from nearby Sinton, or Ingleside and have an experience the family will never forget at the Stingray Lagoon – hand-feed close to 30 stingrays.

A charming little city, Port Lavaca is set just inland from the Matagorda Bay, and is only minutes from Edna, and El Campo. Travel through Port Lavaca and do a little fishing along Matagorda Bay, or check out the interesting Calhoun County Museum.

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Texas Gulf Coast Events

September 2016

September 2-4, 2016
7th Annual Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival

Late summer in Galveston means one thing: beer. Head for the Moody Gardens Amusement Park from September 2nd to 4th for the 7th Annual Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival. You’ll find a wide range of locally crafted beer, along with loads of fun and games.

September 30 - October 2, 2016
Realm’s Con

Plan for weekend of fun, games, cosplay contests, and more during your next visit to Corpus Christi. From September 30th to October 2nd, Realm’s Con comes to the American Bank Center, and yields fun-filled days. Now celebrating its 11th year, Realm’s Con is the premier multi-media events in the region. See panel discussions from horror authors, and try your hand at workshops. Festivities begin at 10 a.m. each day.

September 14, 2016
Victoria Symphony League Luncheon & Fashion Show

Late this summer, head for the Spring Creek Place Event Center in Victoria and join the Victoria Symphony League for their annual Luncheon and Fashion Show. On September 14th, starting at 10:30 a.m., you’ll enjoy a bake sale, silent auction, and plenty more activities. Tickets for the event are $50.

October 2016

October 8, 2016
Elton John – Live!

Few musicians alive today are as legendary and iconic as Sir Elton John. Plan your next visit to Corpus Christi for October 8th and head to the American Bank Center at 8 p.m. for a live performance from this piano pioneer. Tickets range from $39.50 to $149.50.

October 15-16, 2016
Galveston Island Greek Festival

Now celebrating its 33rd year, the Galveston Island Greek Festival will be held over the weekend of October 15th and 16th. Head to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Galveston for a celebration of culinary delights, music, games, and more. Three dollars per person to enter.

October 8, 2016
Manning All Stars 2nd Annual 5K/10K Color Run

This fall, make the most of your visit to Victoria and the TX Gulf Coast with a fun 5K or 10K Color Run. On October 8th, head to Riverside Park Special Events Area, near the Texas Zoo, and compete in this thrilling event. It’s the second year of the color run, and it kicks off at 8:30 a.m. – be there by 7:30 a.m. to register.

November 2016

November 18-20, 2016
Ranch Hand Festival

This fall, Kingsville invites you to experience one of its most unique and celebrated events: the Ranch Hand Festival. Over the weekend of November 18th, head for downtown Kingsville for three days of authentic cowboy decorations, a little holiday spirit, and some pre-Thanksgiving food and dance.

November 18, 2016
Corpus Christi IceRays vs. Lone Star Brahmas

Not always the first thing you think of when planning your stay along the Texas Gulf Coast, but a Corpus Christi IceRays hockey game will thrill all members of the family. Make your way to the American Bank Center on November 18th to see the IceRays take on the Lone Star Brahmas in this NAHL match up. The puck drops at 7:05 p.m.

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