Additional repairs have been made to the stairs leading to the Port Isabel Lighthouse’s lantern room and the lighthouse has been reopened.
Larry Ellis, the city’s Building Inspector has given consent to reopen the tower to the public after a site safety inspection. Texas Parks and Wildlife has consented. With the Tower being reopened, some rule changes will go into effect.
Rules and Regulations
A maximum of 6 people are allowed to the top of the tower at one time.
The outside deck of the tower is closed to the public for safety purposes. Due to constant wear from both the elements and tourist visitations, the handrail on the outside deck is in need of restoration. To ensure public safety, the Museums of Port Isabel has taken the necessary precautions by closing the outside deck. Visitors may climb the tower to the top glass observation area, inside the tower.
Children 12 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult, and under no circumstances are they allowed to ascend or descend unsupervised. (Parents and Guardians are responsible for the supervision of their children)
Children fewer than 38 inches are not allowed to the top of the Lighthouse.
Under no circumstances may children be carried up or down the step. (For safety purposes, visitors must have free use of their hands.)
No pets are allowed to the top of the lighthouse (service animals are the only exception).
No running or jumping on the steps of the Lighthouse.
Horse play will not be tolerated.
Any one caught vandalizing the tower will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
If anyone is in need of assistance while at the top of the tower, they should not hesitate to yell down to the Lighthouse Keeper at the base of the tower.
If any of these rules are not being followed, visitors may be asked to leave.
These rules are being enforced for the public’s safety and well being. We want you to have a safe and enjoyable experience while touring our 158 year old Point Isabel Lighthouse.
If there are any questions or concerns, please feel free to call the Museums of Port Isabel at (956)-943-7602 or email Gabriel Godines at email@example.com.
Gabriel J. Godines
Point Isabel Lighthouse
The Point Isabel Lighthouse is the heart of the Port Isabel experience! Open to the public, daily, weather permitting, a stroll to the top of the 70 ft. tower offers a 16 mile view. The lighthouse was constructed in 1852 as a working beacon for vessels entering the Brazos Santiago Pass. Decommissioned in 1905, the lighthouse is now a primary tourist attraction.
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.
Hours of Operation: Daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (weather permitting).
Summer Hours: Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday – Sunday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Ticket Information: Individual Site Tickets to the Port Isabel Lighthouse OR the Treasures of the Gulf Museum OR the Port Isabel Historical Museum.
Adults: $3.00; Senior Citizens*: $2.00; Students**: $1.00
Children 4 & Under: Free; Museum Member***: Free.
Combination Site Ticket: to the Port Isabel Lighthouse & Keepers Cottage AND the Treasures of the Gulf Museum AND the Port Isabel Historical Museum.
Adults: $7.00; Senior Citizens*: $5.00; Students**: $2.00
Children 4 & Under: Free; Museum Member***: Free
*Senior Citizens (55 & over); **Students (K – College with ID);
***Museum Member (with Membership Card). Military ID: Free.