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3 Texas Beach Towns That Make For a Great Winter Weekend Getaway

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Some of Texas’ beaches were hit hard by Hurricane Harvey, but others were left relatively unscathed by the storm. While summer is typically the most popular time of the year to visit Texas’ beaches, surprisingly enough, winter is a lovely time to enjoy the beauty of our area beaches. Here are three Texas beach towns that make for the perfect winter getaway:

1. Corpus Christi

USS Lexington

Photo: Facebook/USS Lexington Museum on the Bay

While the Corpus Christi area was affected by the hurricane, many of its more popular tourist destinations are back up and running. The beaches near Corpus Christi are at their best this time of the year. Visit the Texas State Aquarium and tour the USS Lexington while the weather is mild and the crowds are thin. Both structures weathered Hurricane Harvey well (in fact, the USS Lexington is still housing FEMA employees who are working on the storm recovery efforts in nearby coastal communities) and are open for business.

2. South Padre Island

Texas beach towns

Photo: Flickr/Bob McPherson

The “Winter Texans” know a treasure when they find one and this is why so many “Winter Texans” flock to South Padre Island in the wintertime. Texas’ southernmost beach, South Padre Island, offers year around windsurfing and other water sports.

South Padre also offers a full slate of events geared to visitors during the winter months. This resort town in Texas is popular due to its beaches, calm waters, and wildlife. Animal lovers will be able to stop by the South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center to see migrating birds and can visit the Point Isabel Lighthouse amongst other nearby museums.

3. Galveston

Galveston Mardi Gras

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Galveston’s Mardi Gras, which takes place at the end of January and through the beginning of February, is one of the most fun things to do in Galveston. The celebration includes amazing food trucks, poster contests, new parades, and big sponsors like Bud Light. Visitors can look forward to live music, an official 5K run, and beads from the floats. Over 350,000 people attend this event every year.

There are plenty of other things to do on Galveston Island during the winter, such as shopping on the strand or visiting Moody Gardens, which has a beautiful winter wonderland display that will delight children and adults.