The Texas Gulf Coast is awash in relaxing beauty among the rustic shorefront homes of Galveston and the restful beaches of South Padre Island.
But like the explorers who once discovered so many treasures of the Lone Star State’s Gulf Coast, let’s take a closer look at some other treasures of this picturesque part of the state.
Realtor Judi Wright is pleased to provide you with some tidbits about these attractive and intriguing stops for that three-to-give-day (or longer) getaway that will appeal with every member of your family and traveling party. These destinations are accessible to residents of the Dallas area thanks to its proximity to both expansive highways for those multi-hour trips.
With summer upon us, you can visit two or all three very Texas attractive Gulf Coast spots that you’ll rave about long after you’ve returned home. Begin your vacation in Port Aransas, a 390-mile drive from Dallas (6.5 hour driving time) that offers more than 18 miles of sparkling beaches, first-class Gulf fishing, golfing, shopping, coastal dining and wildlife spotting and watching. Located just 30 minutes southeast of Corpus Christi, the resort’s estuaries, inlets and nature reserves attract countless species of birds.
You may also take a stroll through the city’s past by visiting the Port Aransas Museum. Accommodations are aplenty — choose from a luxury condo, hotel, motel, private home, cottage or a campsite beneath the stars. When you get hungry, treat your palate to a Stopher Burger and a Strikezone Stout at the Aransas Brewing Company along with a view of the picturesque Gulf.
Information: www.cityofportaransas.org/index.cfm (361 749-4111)
You may want to stay a few days before heading northeast on Texas State Highway 35 for a 20-mile (40 minutes driving time) hop to the city of Rockport. There, you’ll see the Community Aquatic and Skate Park nestled within a 12-acre live oak forest. The park is open year-round and houses an eight-lane, heated 25-yard pool and diving area, a whale shaped zero-depth entry children’s pool with slides and sprays, a bathhouse, and a 6,000-square foot modular skate park (must be at least 10 years old to use the skate park). An adjacent picnic area, playground and quarter- mile nature trail provide additional activities for those who want to take full advantage of the south Texas sunshine.
Information: www.cityofrockport.com/ (361) 749-2213
Once you’ve enjoyed Rockport for a few days, it’s time for a trip back in time. Head further northeast on Texas State Highway 35 for 60 miles (1:10 hour driving time) where you can experience the ghost town of Indianola. One of Texas’s Historic Landmarks, Indiola sits on Matagorda Bay in Calhoun County and was once a significant port city along the Gulf of Mexico. Located 10 miles from Port Lavaca and 40 miles southeast of Victoria, Indianola was destroyed by hurricanes in 1875 and again in the late 1980’s. Be sure to walk among the silence and take in a few of the still-standing relics, including a Civil War era graveyard and a monument dedicated to Robert La Salle, whose explorations of the area enabled the Texas Gulf Coast to grow.
Realtor Judi Wright hopes that you will enjoy visiting some of these exciting destinations and wishes you happy travels. Please feel free to Email Ms. Wright at email@example.com, or call her at (214) 597-2985 if you are in the market for a new home or selling your current property.