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Port Isabel
421 E. Queen Isabella Blvd.
Port Isabel, TX 78578
Port Isabel

Attractions in Port Isabel

Constructed in 1852, the Point Isabel Lighthouse was built to protect and guide ships through Brazos Santiago Pass and the barrier islands. In 1952, the Lighthouse was opened as a State Park and remains the only lighthouse on the Texas Gulf coast open to the public. The Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage which is on the grounds of the Lighthouse, is open to the public and houses the Chamber of Commerce and the Port Isabel Visitors Center. There is no admission charge to the Keepers Cottage. Lighthouse tickets can be purchased at the Keepers Cottage or at the Lighthouse. A combination ticket is available. Last ticket sold at 4:30 p.m. or 1/2 hour before closing.
Address: 421 E. Queen Isabella Blvd.
Phone: 800/527-6102

Port Isabel Historical Museum is a state-of-the-art facility located in the Champion Building. Built in 1899 as a dry goods store and residence, it now houses two exhibit levels, a theater, gift shop and one of the largest collections of Mexican artifacts from the U.S.-Mexican War. The facade features the famous ‘fish mural’ painted in 1906 by a local fisherman. 
Address: 317 E. Railroad Ave., Port Isabel, TX
Phone: 956/943-7602

Treasures of the Gulf Museum spotlights three 1554 Spanish shipwrecks. Meeting their fate just 30 miles north of Port Isabel, they are brought to life with murals, artifacts and hands-on activities. Also featured is Children’s Discovery Lab, Ship Theater and Nautical Gift Shop. 
Address: 317 E. Railroad Ave., Port Isabel, TX 78578
Phone: 956/943-7602

The Black Dragon Pirate Ship is a modern-day replica of a 17th Century Galleon. Below the water line, she is a modern sea worthy vessel with the latest marine technology, but above the water, she is a trip back in time. To a place where the likes of Jean Lafitte sailed the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the Laguna Madre making port right here in Port Isabel. Legend has it that Lafitte took refuge in this area and dug a well in Laguna Vista. Local ranchers formed business alliances with pirates who sailed their contraband between the Rio Grande and Corpus Christi. Now you can sail the same waters with Black Dragon Cruises.
All cruises include a crew of professional Pirates entertaining with Pirate stories, face painting, treasure hunt, water pistol battle, sword fighting, booty, music and loads of family fun for ALL ages!
Address: 501 E. Maxan St., Port Isabel, TX 78578
Phone: 956/943-6283

One of the area's largest excursion boats offering daily dolphin watch cruises, bay fishing, scenic sunset cruises, marine ecology tours, fireworks cruises, school field trips, Port of Brownsville Tours and private charters.
Address: 510 E. Queen Isabella Blvd., Port Isabel, TX 78578
Phone: 956/943-3185

The Sea Life Center offers visitors a unique encounter with many of the fascinating marine animals native to the area. Numerous aquariums and touch tanks showcase live fish, starfish, crabs, octopus, snails, along with a whole host of other exciting creatures. Our mission: To educate the public regarding the wild bottlenose dolphins native to the Laguna Madre Bay and South Padre Island in addition to promoting public support for the wildlife of our area.
Address: 110 N. Garcia St., Port Isabel, TX 78578
Phone: 956/299-1957

Pirates Landing Fishing Pier is the longest pier in Texas. Here on vacation and didn’t bring any fishing equipment? Rental poles, tackle and all types of baits including mullet, live and frozen shrimp, shiners, ribbon fish, squid and more are available in the bait and tackle shop. The snack bar has ice, cold drinks, beer, wine and sandwiches.
Address: 501 E. Maxan St., Port Isabel, TX 78578
Phone: 956/943-7437

Thriller is an off-shore racing boat powered by two 500 horse-powered diesel engines. This 55′ boat boast speeds up to 50 MPH over the waters of the Laguna Madre Bay. Race the dolphins as they swim in our wake and play in our rooster tail and take in the sights at more moderate speeds throughout the 30-45-minute cruise.
Address: 110 S. Garcia Street Port Isabel, TX 78597
Phone: 956/943-6283

Activities and attractions for days and days around the Lighthouse Square include shopping, dining, fishing and history all within easy walking distance of ample parking.
Stop in at the Visitors Center in the Lighthouse Keepers Cottage for more information.
Address: 421 E. Queen Isabella Blvd., Port Isabel, TX  78578
Phone: 956/943-2262

Tour historic Port Isabel while adventuring aboard a Segway. Tours leave the Port Isabel Event & Cultural Center and take in the sights from the Long Island Swing Bridge to the Port Isabel Lighthouse to the Yacht Club. Reservations required.
Phone: 956/565-2404

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Port Isabel
421 E. Queen Isabella Blvd.
Port Isabel, TX 78578
Port Isabel

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