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Lost on where to travel in Texas

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Lost on where to travel in Texas

I had read that Padre Island is on the ocean. Is this the southern tip of texas that meets the ocean ?

WE have been to Arizona and California and wanted to try out another warm destination and being by the ocean was appealing.

WHich aiport would I be looking at to be closest to the ocean area? Would Galveston be the most popular with younge famiies?

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1. Re: Lost on where to travel in Texas

Galveston is very popular with families and there has been lots of clean up and reconstruction since the hurricane hit. I think Galveston has more to do though, as far as attractions are concerned. www.galveston.com

If you choose Galveston, Houston Hobby (HOU) is closer, but you might get a better fare into Bush Airport (IAH)

South Padre Island is very popular because the water is a prettier color (Galveston water is brownish). The airport to fly into is Harlingen/Brownsville. Southwest Airllines flies in there and so does Continental. www.sopadre.com

Do not try to visit near the Mexico border while you are so close, there has been alot of violence along the border, on the Mexican side.

Welcome to Texas.

Edited: 24 March 2010, 17:04
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2. Re: Lost on where to travel in Texas

South Padre Island is at the very southern tip of Texas, but Texas has several hundred miles of coast along the Gulf of Mexico with several major cities. Take a look at a map and you'll see just how big the coastal area is.

If you want to go to South Padre, the closest airport is in Brownsville. If you want to go to Galveston, the closest airports are in Houston. You can also fly into Corpus Christi.

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3. Re: Lost on where to travel in Texas

thankyou for your replies

So between Galveston and Padres Island is there one more then the other for popularity? Ie beaches for kids to play? shopping? attractions not amusement parks but hiking or taking a boat ride etc?

Yes I have heard about the border towns having many problems same with tijuana.

Also is their a reasonably price family hotel with breakfast included to cut down on some costs?

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4. Re: Lost on where to travel in Texas

Start with ordering a free Texas travel guide. You will be able to make more informed choices if you first get your bearings.

http://www.traveltex.com

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5. Re: Lost on where to travel in Texas

In addition to the free Texas travel guide, you should take a look at the visitor websites for Galveston and South Padre Island to get an idea of the activities, hotels, etc. available in each place.

http://www.galveston.com/default.asp

http://www.sopadre.com/

There are hundreds of loding options in each place, raging from lagre resort hotels to small B&Bs to rental properties, and I'm sure you can find something that suits your family's needs.

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6. Re: Lost on where to travel in Texas

You might also want to check out Corpus Christi on that forum here on trip advisor. Southwest, American and Contential fly here. Miles and miles of beach to explore.

Look here. www.nps.gov/pais

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7. Re: Lost on where to travel in Texas

Galveston is a great beach town for families; the beaches are recovered from the hurricane; you can swim, fly kites, build sand castles. There's nice shopping on the Strand, loads of neat old places to tour like the Bishop's Palace, and Moody Gardens has an aquarium and rain forest pyramid. Also Schlitterbahn water park if you like that sort of thing. The Spot is our favorite place to grab a burger. Mosquito Cafe has nice fresh food. We've taken a boat tour out to see dolphins. Just be prepared for the water to be brown due to sediment from the Mississippi.

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8. Re: Lost on where to travel in Texas

For a pure beach experience, South Padre Island is the best. For a more well-rounded family vacation Galveston has a greater variety of things to do. In addition to its own attractions, like Moody Gardens and the Schlitterbahn water park, it is also convenient to Houston's points of interest such as NASA.

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9. Re: Lost on where to travel in Texas

Let me boast a little on the Gulf Coast. Yes, the bay water is not the clearest but Galveston is an historic gem. Not only do you have the beach but as others have stated, you have Moody Gardens and Schlitterbahn which is the number one indoor water park in all of the USA. There are historic homes to tour, an 18th century sailing ship to see and tour, Pelican island National Island Wildlife Preserve, a "haunted tour" of Galveston, Seawolff Park which hosts a WWII submarine to tour, The Great Storm theatre which gives you a little history lesson of the island and much, much more. You may also want to check and see whats on at the 1894 Grand Opera House which has a variety of entertainment options throughout the year. Houston is an hour drive north. It is currently the 4th largest (soon to be 3rd) city in the US and has everything a large metropolitan city can offer from the finest museums and theatre to the greatest restaurants in all of US. Between Galveston and Houston you have NASA which is a great experience and the Kemah boardwalk which has great restaurants, a speed boat experience and things for the younger set to enjoy. You don't need a whole day for Kemah but it is fun. If you couldn't guess I recommend Galveston over Padre! Come, we'd love to have you.

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10. Re: Lost on where to travel in Texas

Afa I can see nobody mentioned Port Aransas. A nice beach location. Corpus Christi with all amenities is close so is Goose Island SP and the nice towns Rockport/Fulton.. From PA you can take the short, free ferry ride towards Corpus Christi or drive north to it on Mustang Island and the bridge.

http://www.portaransas.org/

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