Did you know there are several historic lighthouses along the Texas coast that you can visit? Your kids will have a blast on this TAYLOR’D adventure! Plus you will be close to the beach. Keep reading to learn more about the awesome road trip you could take this summer.
Sabine Bank Lighthouse
First stop on the TAYLOR’D Texas Lighthouse Road Trip is the Sabine Bank Lighthouse! The Sabine Bank Lighthouse is located in Port Arthur and warns barges of the shallow banks of the Sabine River. The Sabine Bank Lighthouse was surrounded by water and those running the lighthouse had to stay weeks at a time.
The Sabine Bank Lighthouse made it through multiple hurricanes and began to fall apart. The lighthouse was eventually moved to shore and solar lights were installed. It is now restored and refurbished for you to go see!
Bolivar Point Lighthouse
The next lighthouse on the road trip is the Bolivar Point Lighthouse near Galveston on the Bolivar Peninsula. It is 65 feet tall and was used for many years as a beacon to guide hundreds of mariners to the port safely.
Like many other historic places on the coast of Texas, the Bolivar Point Lighthouse survived many intense storms and even provided safe harbor for island visitors.
Halfmoon Reef Lighthouse
Now on to the most unique lighthouse on this road trip, the Halfmoon Reef Lighthouse! The Halfmoon Reef Lighthouse was positioned on stilts and surrounded by water in Halfmoon Reef. This lighthouse differs because of the red beam it uses to distinguish itself from others.
The lighthouse was moved off of the coast and placed in Port Lavaca to show off the rich history it once had. Halfmoon Reef Lighthouse is registered as a Historic Place and doubles as a museum. Get a glimpse into the use of this amazing structure that the whole family is sure to love!
Matagorda Island Lighthouse
Head down to Matagorda Island next. The Matagorda Island Lighthouse was built after many people saw the need for a market to distinguish the entrance to Pass Cavello.
The lighthouse was restored in 1999 and continues to be improved upon. The lens inside the lighthouse as well as the keepers’ journal can be found at the Calhoun Historical Museum in Port Lavaca, Texas.
Port Isabel Lighthouse
Last, but not least, head over the bridge from South Padre Island to the Port Isabel Lighthouse! The lighthouse was built to help ships travel safely through the Brazos Santiago Pass.
The Port Isabel Lighthouse is a National Historic Site and unlike most Texas lighthouses, you can actually climb it when you visit! Hang out in South Padre to finish off the road trip before heading back to DFW.
Are You Ready for Your TAYLOR’D Adventure?
The TAYLOR’D Texas Lighthouse Road Trip is a unique and fun road trip that the whole family will enjoy! Spend your summer vacation traveling down the Texas coast!