Texas Travel

Cold Weather Escape

By Laura Byrom 12.8.13

Baby, it’s too cold outside. If the winter blues are beginning to set in, you may want to consider packing up and heading south to the Texas Gulf Coast. Not only will you find warmer temperatures, but this sunny spot also offers a whole slew of fun things to do.

Kid around in Galveston

Often referred to as the “Coney Island of the South,” Galveston’s Pleasure Pier is the perfect place to release your inner child. Following extensive renovations, this popular tourist attraction reopened in May 2012 and features a roller coaster, carnival rides, midway games, souvenir shops, and plenty of restaurants. For all of the sights and sounds of Christmas, head a few miles down the road to Moody Gardens for nightly holiday light displays and live entertainment during the Festival of Lights.

Be one with nature in South Padre Island

It may be known as a popular spring break destination for college students, but South Padre Island boasts so much more than swimsuits and students. This coastal town has a variety of outdoor activities that allow Texans of all ages a chance to rediscover nature, from horseback riding along the beach and birding at the renowned South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center, to hiking along the Laguna Madre Nature Trail.

Hit the links in Port Aransas

Enjoy a round of golf at Newport Dunes Golf Club, an award-winning Scottish links-style course designed by golf legend Arnold Palmer. Built as the centerpiece of Palmilla Beach Resort and Golf on Mustang Island, the sprawling public course offers challenging greens and gorgeous views of both the Gulf of Mexico and Corpus Christi Bay.   

Check with venues for holiday hours.