Need an island getaway? Look no further than Texas. Here are five offshore options you'll want to explore yourself.Less
The largest barrier island of Texas' many, Padre Island is home to both family-friendly beaches and spring break party resorts. Take to the water for paddleboarding, sailing, kayaking and sea turtle and dolphin watching, or stay on land for spas, sandcastle festivals, a food scene worth sampling and beachfront horseback rides.
This barrier island is equal parts historic mansions and waterfront fun. Families and couples alike will love Galveston Island's unique architecture and mansion tours, boating, beach relaxation, ecotourism, dolphin and whale watching and museums.
North of Galveston Harbor, Pelican Island is an ideal spot for seasonal festivals, fishing, bird watching, beaches, art and history museums. Stroll downtown for dining and art, watch seasonal festivals like Oktoberfest take over the streets or take to the golf course or famed fishing pier.
With more than 18 miles of barrier-island shoreline, Mustang Island’s wildlife, beaches and marine preserves make it a Gulf island worth visiting. Camp on sandy beaches or in protected forests, enjoy sunny days on the water or take to museums and the local University of Texas Marine Science Institute to immerse yourself in the wildlife native to the island. And at the island’s northern end, you’ll find Port Aransas and its many shops, restaurants and accommodations.