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Lighthouse Info

October 27, 2016

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


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.



• 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.


October 6, 2016

Lighthouse Market Day! Saturday, Oct. 8 9a-4p

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Lighthouse Market Day! Saturday, October 8, 2016. On the grounds of the historic Port Isabel lighthouse. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vendors!

Vendor Info: vendor-application. Call Jeannie Flores at 956/943-7602 for more information.

Lighthouse Info

July 29, 2016

Lighthouse Movies: BATMAN vs SUPERMAN 7/29 9:30p

Batman vs Superman 7/29 9:30p at the Port Isabel Lighthouse
LAST MOVIE OF THE SEASON! The public is invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets, picnics and friends and family for a memorable evening on the grounds of the historic Port Isabel Lighthouse.

All movies start on Friday at 9:30 p.m. just after the South Padre Island Fireworks display over the Laguna Madre Bay.

July 29: Batman vs Superman Dawn of Justice

Schedule is subject to change. Rain dates will be announced. Visit our Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.

For more information, contact the Museums of Port Isabel at 956/943-7602 or email Museum Administrator, Jeannie Marie A. Flores atjrivera@copitx.com. NO ADMISSION CHARGE. Concessions available.THANKS to the Museums of Port Isabel, the City of Port Isabel, the Port Isabel Economic Development Corporation and Quik Stop! If you would like to participate in a sponsorship, call the Museums of Port Isabel, Jeannie Marie A. Flores at 956/943-7602 or email jrivera@copitx.com.