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Address: 421 E Queen Isabella, Lighthouse Square, Port Isabel, TX 78578-2412
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You can see the entire South Padre Island from atop this historic...

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.

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Nice view

Someone recommended we go up the lighthouse in the morning vs. the afternoon, and we were glad we had taken their advice. It still was pretty warm, even at 9 a.m.The climb... read more

Reviewed 2 November 2016
Edwardsville, Illinois
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were at South Padre for a month. We were around the lighthouse many times. There is scaffolding around the structure. One time I saw 2 men at work. What is the problem? Seems there is a major hang up! Never got to see it. Not wanting to mark it terrible, but the app so far, won't let me bump... More 

Thank straughnindian
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17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

Unfortunately the lighthouse is still closed and under construction. Very disappointing to drive up and see all the scaffolds.

1 Thank TravelingMe77
Clare, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

It looks they are almost finished with the redo. There was scaffolding surrounding the entire lighthouse. it looks as thought the exterior is being redone.

1 Thank Carrie H
South Padre Island, Texas
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Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

Even though we had to line up it was worth the wait and the view was simply wonderful..i was trying to imagine what it would have been like when the view didnt have a causeway in it!.Recommended but it is a climb!

1 Thank TexasSculptor
Lake Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2017

After we ate lunch at Los Cobos, we checked out this beautiful old lighthouse. Even with the construction work going on, it was still a thing of beauty. J

1 Thank Jerry H
Fort Wayne, Indiana
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86 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

Lighthouse is being worked on. That s ok. Very foggy and that's OK too. It's 70 degrees better then 37 degrees and snow..we are on vacation from Fort Wayne IN... Padre Island is paradise with fog today!

Thank 671perlan
Edwardsville, Illinois
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51 reviews
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Reviewed 2 November 2016

Someone recommended we go up the lighthouse in the morning vs. the afternoon, and we were glad we had taken their advice. It still was pretty warm, even at 9 a.m.The climb included narrowing stairs and a completely vertical ladder, so is not for those whose mobility is limited.

3 Thank Writestuff33
Austin, Texas
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Reviewed 29 October 2016

Historical lighthouse worth a stop. Light-keeper's house nearby and a cute little square. Can walk up to the top for a view.

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San Antonio, Texas
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Reviewed 28 October 2016

A nice chance to see history (of the old light house) and its nice views of the surrounding area; bay and gulf. The railing on the balcony level is soon to be under reconstruction so you can only go all the way up to the top. It is kind of a small area that is enclosed in glass but does... More 

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Reviewed 21 October 2016

This is the 1st lighthouse we have ever visited, so it was worth stopping to see & taking the time to do. It is so hot at the top that you can't stay but a minute before leaving. We snapped a few pictures & left. Would be best to do on a cool cloudy day.

1 Thank Tammie P

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