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 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 three short ladders, to exchange wedding vows at the 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.
Port Isabel Lighthouse is operated by the city of Port Isabel. For more information, including admission and tour fees, go the city of Port Isabel - Port Isabel Lighthouse website.
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. Nearby state parks include Resaca de la Palma, Estero Llano Grande, and Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley, all part of the World Birding Center.