There’s a reason that so many people flock to this part of Texas during the winter months. Not only does the Texas Coastal Bend have mild, comfortable winters, but it also has numerous activities for people to enjoy. Take advantage of the moderate climate and enjoy outdoor activities, such as birding and deep-sea fishing. Experience the culture of the area by visiting the museums, theaters, and art galleries available. Or, just enjoy a leisurely walk down the beach looking for seashells. Winter has never been so inviting!
Deep Sea Fishing
The waters off of the Texas coast are a favorite of anglers. With numerous companies offering guided fishing trips, the possibilities are endless. Whether you want to go solo, or you’re looking to host a large party of friends, family, or coworkers, the Texas Coastal Bend has you covered. So, cast your line for tuna, tarpons, trout, redfish, flounder, swordfish, blue marlin – and sometimes, even shark. Even if you aren’t looking to fish, these chartered boats can give you the best possible view of sunsets on the coast.
If you’re looking to escape the cold, you can join the many who enjoy the Texas Gulf Coast’s mild winters. With high temperatures in the 50’s and 60’s, you can still enjoy walks along the beach and looking for seashells. South Padre Island in particular remains a huge draw for tourists in the winter, as it boasts the longest undeveloped beach in North America. Many flock to the beaches of South Padre – not to search for seashells, but to look for the treasure supposedly left by pirates long ago.
The Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail offers bird-watchers a variety of opportunities to view the expansive and myriad species of birds that grace the Coastal Bend. There are parks designed to appeal to numerous migratory birds, fresh water marshes and ponds that draw water birds, and of course, the shoreline of the coast is home to a great many more water fowl. No matter what season, you’re sure to be able to wonderful opportunities for birding.
Museums & Historical Sites
Texas has a rich history, and the Gulf Coast is no exception. In Corpus Christi, you can tour the U.S.S. Lexington and visit the Corpus Christi Museum of Science & History. The Texas Maritime Museum is in Rockport, and the Port Aransas Museum is a great source of local history – much of which includes the exciting tales of pirates! Whether you’re a native Texan or not, these historical sites are sure to pique any history buff’s interest.
Music & Art
The Corpus Christi area has lots of live music venues – including clubs, bars, restaurants, and festivals. You can enjoy the annual Jazz Festival in Corpus Christi, or you can go to Rockport for the Annual Gospel Music Festival or the relatively new Annual Rockport Music Festival. You can also enjoy the Corpus Christi Ballet and the Harbor Playhouse. And as Rockport boasts the highest number of artists per capita in Texas, you can be sure to find your fill of beautiful art at one of its many art galleries.