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Port Isabel, Texas is a great destination for your next vacation and a wonderful way to spend a day near South Padre Island. Enjoy the fishing pier right on the Laguna Madre Bay, or take a hike up the last lighthouse you can climb in Texas, walk the areas history on the Guided History Tour, visit the museums, take a pirate cruise, talk with the parrots, take your ice cream on the pier or do some shopping in our charming boutiques. Port Isabel has lots to do. Here are some of our favorites.

Port Isabel Activities

Things to do in Port Isabel

1. Fish the Pier

Port Isabel features the longest pier in Texas! It is open late and lit for nighttime fishing. Bring your own pole or rent one at the Bait Shop.

2. Climb the Lighthouse
Port Isabel is home to Texas' smallest state park and the last lighthouse in Texas that you can climb. Don't miss that opportunity or the amazing view!

3. Talk to the Parrots
Be sure to visit the Parrots in the aviary in Pirates Landing Courtyard. These beautiful birds are sponsored by Davey Jones Ice Cream Locker and love to talk to guests.

4. Tour the Sea Life Center
Aquariums & touch tanks are available for you to explore. Learn more about our local marine life and be sure to see Domino the Tortoise.

5. Walk the Guided History Tour
Learn more about Port Isabel's History and explore Historic Lighthouse Square on this self guided walk. Visit www.portisabelhistory.com or pick up a Guided History Tour book.

6. Catch the FREE Pirate Show
The Pirates of the Black Dragon fire the cannon and cause a wild good time before each sailing. Check with the Black Dragon for show information and times.

7. Shop
Lighthouse Square is known for its Walkable Shopping. Just stroll from one cute little shop to the next and enjoy some unique shopping. Be sure to stop by the open air Mercado for some outdoor shopping.

8. Visit the Museums
Port Isabel has 3 museums:. The Champion Building with lots of interesting Port Isabel information, The Treasures of the Gulf Museum about the area Spanish Shipwrecks and The Lighthouse.

9. Watch the Fireworks
The pier is a great place to enjoy the summers fireworks shows. Free for walkers. Snacks available.

10. Grab an Ice Cream & walk the pier
Davey Jones Ice Cream Locker has great treats like Ice Cream, Snow Cones, Salt Water Taffy and homemade Fudge. This fun shop will set you up with a great cone. Walk down the pier and enjoy your ice cream.

11. Karaoke
Sing or dance your heart out at the Cannon Bars waterfront Karaoke. A family fun event every Friday and Saturday.

12. Restaurants
Pirates Landing is Famous and Fun. Lunch or Dinner here comes with a waterfront view and a pirate atmosphere. Also enjoy Classic Italian with Seafood inspiration at Marcello's Italian Restaurant.

13. The Lighthouse Movie
Every Friday during the summer is Lighthouse Movie night. Watch a full movie projected on the Lighthouse from the comfort of your blanket or lawn chair. Free!

14. Take a Boat Ride or Dolphin Tour
Look for Dolphins, ride a fast boat, cruise in a pirate ship, or go out bay fishing.

15.  Stroll or Bike
Port Isabel is friendly city for walking or biking. Enjoy a walk around light house square taking in the sights, the bay views and the salt air.