gulf coast region

Go (Almost) Under the Sea at the Patton Center of Marine Science Education in Port Aransas

March 24, 2023 | By Melissa Gaskill

Inside a sofa-size aquarium, a black-and-white striped sheepshead and a small school of shiny Gulf menhaden swim above a southern flounder lying like a plate in the sand.

Get Captivated

May 13, 2015 | By Melissa Gaskill

While nothing matches meeting a wild sea turtle on a beach or in the ocean, coming face-to-face with one in a rehabilitation or educational facility is also a thrill.

Reptilian Grace

May 13, 2015 | By Melissa Gaskill

Texans love sea turtles, and sea turtles love Texas. Five species—green, loggerhead, hawksbill, leatherback, and Kemp’s ridley—have nested along our 400-odd miles of coast in recent years.

Hello Beach! Where to Eat

May 13, 2015 | By

Now that you’re at the beach, where do you go to eat in Galveston, Bolivar Peninsula and South Padre Island?

Hello Beach!

May 13, 2015 | By Robb Walsh

After years of visiting Texas beaches whenever I could, this spring I made the leap and moved my family to Galveston.

‘Conquer or Perish:’ The story of the San Jacinto Monument

March 10, 2014 | By Jennifer Nalewicki

When Houston Businessman Jesse H. Jones approached the federal government for money to help build the San Jacinto Monument in La Porte, it took a little ingenuity to get Uncle Sam to open his wallet.

Texas Top 40 No. 36, Houston

December 5, 2013 | By

A longtime hub for innovation in energy and medicine, Houston has come into its own as a vacation destination in recent years.

Hunting for Haunted Galveston

September 10, 2013 | By Melissa Gaskill

The woman behind the registration desk at the Hotel Galvez glanced at the number as she handed me my keycard.

Ghosts of Galveston

October 4, 2010 | By Dan Oko

In the 19th Century, tragedies washed over Galveston as regularly as the tides: deadly fires, yellow-fever epidemics, and hurricanes.

Whirring Dervishes

August 3, 2010 | By Clifford E. Shackelford, Madge M. Lindsay, and C. Mark Klym

Hummingbirds are among the most fascinating creatures in the natural world. Although some other species of birds are able to hover, none do it with the masterful ability of a hummingbird.

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