LOCAL ATTRACTIONS

Calhoun County Museum

Calhoun County Museum​

The Calhoun County Museum was established in 1964 by the Calhoun County Commissioner’s Court. Originally housed in the
1896 Jail building, it eventually moved to the Courthouse Annex Building and then to its present location. The mission of the Calhoun County Museum is the acquisition, documentation, preservation, study and exhibition of artifacts relating to the history, natural history and maritime history of Calhoun County.
Passing this material culture on to future generations. Some of the outstanding exhibits include the Fresnel Lens from the 1852 Matagorda Island Lighthouse, an 8-foot
diorama of the town of Indianola, a collection of items from the Belle in an exhibit entitled the La Salle Odyssey and many more items dealing with the life and times of Calhoun County.
Lighthouse Beach Park

Lighthouse Beach Park

City maintained park with the following amenities:

  • Fishing pier
  • Splash pads
  • Playground
  • 2200 foot board walk from beach to bird tower, made from recycled materials
  • Picnic area
  • White sandy beach
  • Large, 50′ by 100′ covered pavilion
  • 4750 foot walking path
  • Restrooms
  • Pool
Indianola Historical Marker Tour

Indianola Historical Marker Tour

Many currents of the the mainstream of Texas history flow in this onetime port. Pineda explored the coast in 1519 and La Salle planted a settlement near here in 1685. Once an indian trading point it was a major seaport from 1844 to 1875. Texas colonists, including Germans led by Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels entered through Indianola. “Forty-niners”, supplies for frontier forts and experimental Army camels were landed here.
Incorporated as a town in 1853, Indianola’s roots were first set at Indian Point, three miles to the north of Powderhorn Bayou. At Indian Point, an American settlement had sprung up in 1846 a year after Texas had become a state.  By 1848, Indian Point was the primary entry port for European immigrants and Americans landing here to migrate westward.
Take the historical marker tour to learn more about the rich history of Indianola, TX.
 
 

DAY TRIPS

Aransas Wildlife Refuge

Aransas Wildlife Refuge

The Aransas National Wildlife Refuge has been established in 1937 to serve as “a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife…” and “…for use as an inviolate sanctuary, or for any other management purpose, for migratory birds…” The wildlife conservation mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ensures the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge will continue to conserve, protect and enhance these lands for the benefit of wildlife and the American people.
Port Aransas

Port Aransas

Welcome to Port Aransas, a fun and funky island getaway for beach, sun and family fun! Nestled between the dunes of Mustang Island and the Corpus Christi Ship Channel, its tranquil beaches, gentle breezes and abundant wildlife are the perfect backdrop for your next vacation photos. Beachcombing, kite surfing, jet skiing, parasailing, surfing, kayaking, fishing, birding sites, trolley, eclectic boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, and nightlife.
Galveston Island

Galveston Island

Galveston Island is one of the top locations in the country for birding. It has a rich variety of habitats – beaches, wetlands, grasslands, woods, ponds, and bays – in a small area that are home to many common year-round species, as well as numerous others that visit briefly or for part of the year.
Sunny days and mild nights make Galveston Island the perfect place to enjoy festivals year round. Many festivals celebrate art, music, film, food, beer and wine, while others celebrate various ethnic and cultural holidays.
Galveston is the perfect spot for a wide variety of exciting activities for those who enjoy an active lifestyle – from water sports, to endurance runs and yoga on the beach.

3 Great Locations to Choose From!