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Texas Tropical Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Plan Your Adventure

  • Rabb Plantation, Sabal Palm Sanctuary, BrownsvilleRabb Plantation, Sabal Palm Sanctuary, Brownsville
  • Thornton Skirmish monumentThornton Skirmish monument
  • Tejano R.O.O.T.S. Hall of Fame, AliceTejano R.O.O.T.S. Hall of Fame, Alice
  • Mission, Photo by Valerie D. BatesMission, Photo by Valerie D. Bates
  • Birding in the Tropical Trail, Photo by Valerie D. BatesBirding in the Tropical Trail, Photo by Valerie D. Bates


Destination Highlights


  • Corpus Christi's museum district boasts the Art Museum of South Texas, a striking modernistic edifi ce. The museum’s 1,100-piece permanent collection depicts classical to modern art, emphasizing works from Texas, Mexico and the United States. The...

  • Rising above the Aransas Bay, Fulton Mansion State Historic Site must have appeared incredible in 1877, as it does today, with its mansard roof and ornate trim. The distinctive mansion was restored in 1976-1983 and opened to visitors as a...

  • SHRIMP AND DUCATS – TREASURES OF THE GULF

    Port Isabel, the Laguna Madre matron linking South Padre with the mainland and home to Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish, once hosted members of a less virtuous order—pirate Jean Lafitte and his...

Travel Themes


    • Rock Church, Clifton

      NO CONFESSION REQUIRED

      Veteran heritage travelers know a little secret they like to pass on to folks who share their love of exploring the state's byways-sometimes the best way to learn about the history of a place is to...

    • King's Highway marker

      THE KING'S HIGHWAY

      El Camino Real de los Tejas, or Texas' Royal Highway, served the territory once dominated by colonial Spain, stretching from Guerrero (Mexico), Laredo, and Villa de Dolores eastward to Los Adaes and...

    • Port Isabel boat

      SHALLOW SEAS, DEEP-WATER PORTS

      Our seafaring heritage is a long one, from the first wooden vessels launched by Spain and France that arrived on our shores to the massive oil tankers that ply our deepwater channels today....