Port Isabel Lighthouse State Historic Site
Things to Do
Of the 16 lighthouses originally constructed along the Texas coast, Port Isabel is the only one open to the public. With a perch 50 feet above the ground, it is always popular with photographers and other visitors, because they can enjoy great views of South Padre Island and the beaches. In fact, a number of couples have climbed the 75 winding stairs, including 3 short ladders, to exchange wedding vows on top of the tower.
The grassy knoll where the lighthouse sits is ideal for strolling and relaxing, and the facilities are for historical study and scenic viewing. Picnic tables are also available.
Area Attractions: For information on the Port Isabel Historical Museum and the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, visit the museum website. Resort facilities are available across the Queen Isabella Causeway at South Padre Island. Other attractions include the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, and the Cities of Brownsville, and Matamoros, Mexico.