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Port Isabel Lighthouse

421 Queen Isabel Blvd., Lighthouse Square, Port Isabel, TX 78578
956-943-7602
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Ranked #2 of 13 Attractions in Port Isabel
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Lighthouses
Owner description: You can see the entire South Padre Island from atop this historic lighthouse, first lit in 1853. A replica of the lighthouse keeper's cottage is on... more » Owner description: You can see the entire South Padre Island from atop this historic lighthouse, first lit in 1853. A replica of the lighthouse keeper's cottage is on the grounds. « less
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Denver, Colorado
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32 reviews 32 reviews
19 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

You just walk up the stairs and look out. There is no one giving you a history about it. On one hand, it's a super fast stop. If someone didn't read up on it though, he/she would probably be wanting more information.

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Cambridge, Iowa
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This historical lighthouse was very beautiful. The staff running the entrance fee was not very nice and sort of rude. lots of steps makes this trip very interesting

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Galion, Ohio
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40 reviews 40 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The view from the top is spectacular but the climb to it can be demanding. NOT for people with heart problems. Get a combo ticked that includes two museums.

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Terrell
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Family of 5. Stopped midday to see. It was closed for lunch from 1-2. Glad we came back to see. 3 young children, 12, 7, & 4, able to climb stairs without any issues. Is hot and humid at the top, but they do warn you. Only a certain amount of people are allowed at once, which is great, otherwise... More

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11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

It was June and very hot but the climb was worth it. Great view!! Staff was helpful and friendly. Price was reasonable. Definitely recommend it to anyone visiting South Padre Island

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Oklahoma City
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55 reviews 55 reviews
14 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014 via mobile

It was kind of neat to climb the top of the lighthouse. Although it is 75 long and twisting steps up to the top. There was some neat historical information on the grounds surrounding the lighthouse. Not recommended for those who have a hard time walking, as a staircase was narrow and winding

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Des Moines, Iowa
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46 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Lovely day to stop here. Didn't get to climb the lighthouse, but did enjoy going into the museum and talking with the young man inside. Told us so much about the area, he's something like 5th generation Port Isabel. Could have listened to him all day, I think...

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Austin, Texas
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Extremely hot inside lighthouse. Having the balcony level closed makes it hotter. The view from the top is nice, but being glassed in it is scorching! Scary for young children. Save your money and wait it until the balcony is reopened.

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McKinney, Texas
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39 reviews 39 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

See the title.....nothing more...nothing less. The lady collecting money acted like she could care less. Fiddled on her cell phone. I could have saved the 30 mins I wasted walking up and back down.

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Brownsville, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

I always enjoy learning about the history of a location. It was worth the climb to the top of the lighthouse as well.

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