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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


  • 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...

  • REMEMBERING OUR OWN TEJANO STARS

    If you're wondering what the acronym "R.O.O.T.S." stands for at the Tejano R.O.O.T.S. Hall of Fame, step inside and take a look. To date, dozens of Tejano greats from Flaco Jimenez and Ventura Alonzo (the "...

Travel Themes


    • Interpretive sign about birding next to lake

      ON THE WING

      The 1960s stereotype of the “bird watcher” – knobby-kneed Jane Hathaway of the Beverly Hillbillies sitcom, in her floppy hat and enormous binoculars – may still inspire hilarity but bird watching today is...

    • 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....