More than 42,000 acres are a nesting area for mottled ducks and wintering grounds for snow geese. Access by boat for fishing, crabbing, oystering (permitted in public waters) and waterfowl hunting in specified areas. Enjoy a six-mile, self-guided auto tour and hiking trail. Big Slough Recreation...
This beach is on the Gulf of Mexico, Intracoastal Waterway and Brazos River. Activities include fishing, beach recreation and primitive camping. From Freeport, southwest two miles on F.M. 1495, then three miles south. www.freeport.tx.us
Free municipal jetties and rock piers are at Seawall Boulevard at 10th, 17th, 30th, 37th and 61st streets. Commercial fishing piers are on Seawall Boulevard at 25th, 61st and 90th streets, as well as at Seawolf Park on Pelican Island. Flanking the ship channel between Galveston and Bolivar Penins...
Thirty-two miles of sand beach are edged by hotels, condos, restaurants and attractions. Camping is permitted only in designated areas, commercial facilities and at Galveston Island State Park. Parking charges at certain beach recreation areas; free parking available at others. www.galveston.com
After extensive hurricane damage in 2008, camping and day use have been restored to beach and bay sides. Both areas have rest rooms. The beach side has tables, grills and showers. www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/galveston-island
Offers 1- and 1.5-hour horseback rides along the sandy beaches of Corpus Christi. 16562 Park Road 22. www.horsesonthebeach.com
Features a white beach, picnic and playground areas, two beachfront pavilions, fishing jetty, restaurants and clubs, a full-service marina with daily charters, a water park, a sea walk, and boat ramp. Camping facilities include RV sites. Admission charge. 33174 State Park Road 100. www.co.camero...
Matagorda Beach stretches 55 miles along the Gulf of Mexico. Fish on the jetty walkway or pier, soak up the sun, walk along the beach, search for seashells and relax by the water's edge. Permits required for driving on the beachcan be purchased at the beach entrance or local stores. Matagorda Cou...
Spanning 35 acres on the Colorado River, the park includes an observation platform, trails, fishing piers, a wetlands area, pavilion and six gardens. Kayaking trips and educational programs are available. Located 1.7 miles west of Bay City on Texas 35 next to LeTulle Park. www.mcbnc.org
Seaside beaches stretch for five miles along the open Gulf of Mexico. This is one of the best places to see coastal marine life, from sea turtles to herons. It offers rinse showers, bulk water and portable toilets in convenience stations along the beach. Admission charge. On Texas 361, 14 miles s...
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