Lighthouse Admission Info


Hours of Operation:

Daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (weather permitting).
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Tickets may be purchased in the Lighthouse, the Keepers Cottage (Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center), the Treasures of the Gulf Museum and the Port Isabel Historical Museum..

Individual Site Ticket:

to the Port Isabel Lighthouse OR the Treasures of the Gulf Museum
OR the Port Isabel Historical Museum.

  • Adults: $4.00
  • Senior Citizens*: $3.00
  • Students**: $2.00
  • Children 5 & Under (must be at least 38″ and 4 years old tall to climb the lighthouse): Free
  • Museum Member***: Free

Combination Site Ticket:
to the Port Isabel Lighthouse AND the Treasures of the Gulf Museum
AND the Port Isabel Historical Museum.

  • Adults: $9.00
  • Senior Citizens*: $7.00
  • Students**: $4.00
  • Children 5 & Under (must be at least 38″ tall to climb the lighthouse): Free
  • Museum Member***: Free

*Senior Citizens (55 & over); **Students (K – College with ID); ***Museum Member (with Membership Card)

All ticket sales are final. Tickets can be purchased at any of the Museum facilities or at the Visitors Center in the Keepers Cottage and need not be redeemed in the same visit.

PLANNING A TOUR? For rates and information regarding organization and school group tours (minimum group of 20) call Jeannie Marie Aby Flores at 956/943-7602 or email: jrivera@copitx.com. Tour form here> http://portisabellighthouse.com/lighthouse/admission-info/group-tour-form-info/.
TOUR ADMISSION:

  • Adults: $3.00 per person
  • Teachers*: $1.00 per person
  • Schools to all three sites: K-College: $2.00 per person
  • Teachers to all three sites*: $2.00 per person

(*During school tours, teachers, parents, aides and chaperones pay $1.00 for individual sites or $2.00 for all three sites.)

NOTE: No more than 60 students per hour. Special arrangements must be made for groups over 60 and no group shall exceed 80 individuals. Tour time for one museum is 45 minutes to 1 hour and 2 ½ to 3 hours for all three sites.

IMPORTANT: One adult sponsor for every 10 students.

LIGHTHOUSE TOUR RULES & INFO: Kinder – 1st grade: A minimum of two (2) adults per five (5) students. (One adult at the bottom of the stairway and one at the top of the. lighthouse). 2nd – 12th grade: Two (2) adults for every ten (10) students.. (One adult at the bottom of the stairway and one at the top of the lighthouse). Headstart and Pre-K: Are not allowed to climb to the top of the lighthouse for safety purposes. (Must be 4 years old and at least 38″ tall to climb the lighthouse.)

RULES:

  1. No food, drink or chewing gum.
  2. No backpacks or bags.
  3. No pencils, pens, markers or crayolas or any other writing instruments.

All ticket sales are final. Tickets can be purchased at any of the Museum facilities or at the Visitors Center in the Keepers Cottage and need not be redeemed in the same visit. The Port Isabel Lighthouse is operated by the City of Port Isabel.

Lighthouse Establishment Cinema ~ Summer 2018!

Movies projected on the historic Port Isabel Lighthouse during June & July!
LIGHTHOUSE ESTABLISHMENT CINEMA: Summer 2018!

EVERY Friday night in JUNE & JULY @ 9:30 p.m. movies will be projected on the side of the Lighthouse! You are invited to bring your family and enjoy a true Port Isabel tradition!

June 8: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
June 15: A Wrinkle in Time
June 22: Black Panther
June 29: Moana
JULY 4: NATIONAL TREASURE
July 6: Lion King
July 13: Cars 3
July 20: Beauty & the Beast
July 27: Coco

LIGHTHOUSE SUMMER HOURS: June 1 – August 11
Sunday-Thursday 9a-6p
Fridays 9a-5p
Saturday 9a-7p

Sponsored in part by: City of Port Isabel, Museums of Port Isabel, Port Isabel EDC & Quik Stop!

BACKGROUND: The LHEC is a unique program which utilizes the historic Port Isabel Lighthouse as the backdrop for the projections of movies. Since 2004, during the summer months, family friendly movies are projected onto the side of the lighthouse. The public is invited to bring their lawn chairs, blankets and picnics for a memorable evening under the stars. Mentioned in Texas Monthlyas one of three reasons to get in your car and GO!We invite you to get in your car and go to the Port Isabel Lighthouse and grab a memory of your own! Admission: Free. Public invited. Pets allowed, but must be kept on a leash and mindful of their well trained owners who are prepared to clean up after them. Concessions offered. No alcohol allowed.

For more information: info@portisabel-texas.com.

Lighthouse Reopened! Grand Reopening & Ribbon Cutting Set for 1/23

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The City of Port Isabel will be hosting a Grand Reopening Ribbon Cutting of the Port Isabel Lighthouse on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department’s restoration of the exterior of the tower has been completed and the lighthouse reopened to the public on January 2nd. The exterior catwalk is now accessible for visitors that want to enjoy the 16-mile, 360° view from the top of lighthouse.

Open house at the lighthouse will be on Tuesday, January 23, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., there will be no admission charge.

Festivities in the park will kick off at 11:00 a.m. with vendors on site. At 12 noon, there will be a Grand Reopening Ceremony followed by a Ribbon Cutting by the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce. Vendors will be on site until 3:00 p.m.

Hours of Operation: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily (weather permitting). Tickets may be purchased in the Lighthouse, the Keepers Cottage (Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center), the Treasures of the Gulf Museum and the Port Isabel Historical Museum.

Ticket Information: The Lighthouse is part of the Port Isabel Museum Complex with also includes the Port Isabel Historical Museum in the Champion Building and the Treasures of the Gulf Museum. Combination tickets can be purchased at any museum location, at the lighthouse and at the Visitors Center in the keepers cottage and do not need to be redeemed the day of purchase.

Contact: Port Isabel Visitors Center at 956/943-2262 or the Museums of Port Isabel at 956/943-7602.

 

QUICK FACTS:

• Date of construction: 1852, construction was completed in 1853.
• Decommissioned: 1905.
• Built on the grounds of Fort Polk which was used in 1846 – 1848 during the US/Mexican War.
• Port Isabel Lighthouse is the only lighthouse that is open to the public on the Texas Gulf Coast.
• There are 16 lighthouses on the Texas Coast.
• The Port Isabel Lighthouse is a State Historic Site owned by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.
• The lighthouse is approximately 72′ tall.
• There are 75 steps to the top of the lighthouse, including 3 short ladders.
• Summer programming at the lighthouse includes the Lighthouse Establishment Cinema. Fridays at 9:30 p.m., during June and July, movies are projected on the side of the lighthouse. Free admission to the movies.
• Group tours are available. Call 956/943-7602 for more information.