Founded 1903, in area named by shipwrecked Spaniards who supposedly saw a vision of tres palacios (3 Palaces). Fishing is dominant industry, both sport and commercial, along with seafood processing plants.
An attractive bayfront park stretches along Tres Palacios Bay offers palm trees, picnicking facilities, and a spectacular 1.5 mile railed walkway at water’s edge. Other features include a pier with covered pavilion, fishing jetty and boat ramps.
Historic Inn: Luther Hotel
Built 1903; a recorded Texas historic landmark; served as headquarters for early land developers. During heydey, formally attired orchestra played at mealtimes along rambling front porch (since razed), then said to be the longest in Texas. Still accepting guests on bayshore between 4th and 5th Sts.
research facility where studies include adaptability of saltwater species to freshwater. Tours are of interest to those with knowledge of marine biology. Appointment advisable. West 7.5 miles on Texas 35, south 5.5 miles on Well Point Rd.
PARKS-Two free, lighted fishing piers, public boat ramps, and a (commercial) camping area along the bayshore drive.