Check out these outdoor activities at Texas beaches to do after playing in the water.
We all know Texas beaches are for swimming in, enjoying the sun, and sitting under an umbrella watching the kids play in the water, which is fun and a must. But did you know you can do other outdoor activities at Texas beaches too? For instance, you can build a sandcastle, fly a kite, go horseback riding on the seashore, and more. Doesn’t that sound fun? Today’s article is about the best beaches in the state and fabulous things to do at Texas beaches after swimming all day for three days straight.
Outdoor Activities At Texas Beaches
The Lone Star State has plenty of beaches and miles of coastline on the Gulf of Mexico to play and stay, so why to go anywhere else!! So, while you’re planning a vacation to the beach, keep in mind these other outdoor activities you can also do! Find that popular spot you’ve heard about and see what’s going on there.
Spring break is coming up next week, and any of these beaches will be the best places to enjoy on the long break.
Build A Sandcastle At South Padre Island
Have you ever wanted to build a sandcastle on the beach that looked like something from a magazine? I have (not in Texas), and so has Marina John of Mommy Snippets, one of Texas Travel Talk’s members. She recalls spending hours at the beach with her family is always fun. And, if you want to leave with a special memory as she did, you need to book a Family Sandcastle Building session at South Padre Island. A fantastic activity for all ages in the family, this is one of our favorite South Padre Island beach activities of all time!
Take A Kite Lesson At Texas Beaches
Did you know you can take kite flying lessons on the beach on South Padre Island? Marina’s family did, and you can read all about it here – Go Fly A Kite On SPI. I asked my grandson if he wanted to do this, and he said “YES,” and he is 12-years-old. Heck, I would love to take kite flying lessons too.
Take The Ferry To Port Boliver Peninsula (Crystal Beach)
The last time we were at Galveston Island was in October. Unbeknownst to me, the weather was nice enough for my grandson to play in the water. We had no idea, so a bathing suit was not something we packed. So off he goes, clothes and all to play in the water. No regrets…just a wet happy boy!
Do you know about the Ferry from Galveston to Port Boliver? You can take the Ferry (it’s free) over to the other Islands. You’ll wait in line (sometimes long) and drive your car onto the Ferry for an 18- minute one-way ride. Getting out of your vehicle is allowed, and I’ve heard you can go up to the 2nd floor to try to spot the dolphins. Once the ferry ports, you hop off and go sightseeing or whatever else you want to do. Then, at a specific time, the Ferry takes you back. OR there is a road that does lead back to Galveston, but I believe it’s a long way around.
Travel Tip: We waited in line for the Ferry as long as we could and realized it would be a much longer wait, and we had to get back to my Uncle’s house to get ready to drive back home – and this was in October!!
How about yoga on the beach at Stewart Beach. Stewart Beach is Galveston’s premier beach and is the one we went to as kids. It’s also where we went last time we were there. If you can’t find free parking on the street, there is a fee to park on the beach – $12-$15.
Ride A Horse On The Beach In Matagorda
Ride a horse on the beach in Matagorda, then go play at the Matagorda Bay Nature Park. Matagorda is also an excellent area for fishing. Be sure to check that out if fishing is on your list.
Watch The Release Of Turtle Hatchlings In Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi has beautiful beaches that may not be as crowded as SPI or Galveston. Marina and her family watched the release of turtle hatchlings on Padre Island Corpus Christ – how cool is this! Turtle hatchling releases (Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles) usually happen between mid-June through August at the Padre Island National Seashore. For all the updated info on sea turtle releases, visit – Corpus Christi Sea Turtle Releases.
Besides playing at one of the most underrated beaches in Texas, Mustang Island is a white sand beach that holds a high reputation of being a very lovely beach. It’s also the most searched beach in Corpus. At Mustang Island State Park, you can surf, fish, kayak, and there’s a perfect spot for bird watching. So much to do there for nature lovers. Camping is even allowed, and picnic tables are available, so pack the food!!
Play Volleyball At The Blue Wave Beach
Rockport Beach is not only known as the “Blue Wave Beach,” but is also the cleanest beach in Texas, according to a source. Rockport is about a 2-hour drive from San Antonio. If you want to get some exercise in, take up Check out 100 Things To Do In Rockport-Fulton.
Visit The McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge
The impeccable McFaddin Beach is located in Port Arthur and is home to the McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge. Plan to go birding here, and be sure to pack binoculars for those hard-to-see bird species.
Off-Road On The Sand At Boca Chica Beach
Boca Chica Beach in Brownsville is one of the nicest beaches in Texas, where you can drive your licensed vehicle on the sand. From what I read, this beach is practically untapped. If you go, bring food, water, and everything else you might think you need because there is not a store nearby. Please check before you go in case Boca Chica Beach is closed.
And…so much more to enjoy outdoors at Texas Beaches!
Chastity from “A Cowboys Life Blog” says – we could all use a little sand in our toes, sounds of crashing waves, and the smell of salty air. Thankfully Texas has over 300 miles of coastlines and plenty of beaches to enjoy. Whether you are looking to catch some waves, work on your tan or walk along a boardwalk, you can find your perfect beach at one of these Texas destinations. Check out her list of Top Beach Towns To Visit In Texas
Other Outdoor Activities At Texas Beaches To Do:
- You can book guided fishing trips at beaches too.
- Surfside Beach is below Galveston and offers all kinds of outdoor fun.
- Find volleyball courts and get your exercise on.
- And, don’t forget to hunt for the best fresh seafood.