Seadrift is a city in Calhoun County, Texas, United States. The population was 1,364 at the 2010 census. The zip code for Seadrift is 77983. The amount of land area in the incorporated town of Seadrift is 1.167 sq. miles.
Seadrift Texas is located in Southeast Texas, and the only city on the San Antonio Bay, about 160 miles from Austin, and 150 miles from San Antonio and Galveston, Texas. Seadrift is considered part of the Victoria, Texas Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Seadrift is a quaint fishing and shrimping community nestled along the shores of the beautiful San Antonio Bay. This small, bustling city is a perfect place to relax and get away from it all.
Industries in the area include several large chemical plants, farms, ranches and commercial fishing, shrimping and oystering operations.
Seadrift is in the Calhoun County Independent School District, a 5A district in Region 3. Seadrift School has pre-k through 8th grade. The students feed into the one high school in the county, Calhoun High School in Port Lavaca.
Bay Front Park & Pavilion
The park is equipped for family activities. Located right on the beautiful San Antonio Bay. There is a main covered pavilion with electricity, smaller covered picnic areas, volleyball facilities, public restroom and the seawall to fish and enjoy water activities. San Antonio bay is known for it's great fishing. Redfish, Black Drum and Flounder are a common catch. There are several murals painted on the local businesses to admire as you drive around the city. You can enjoy the scenery of the Harbor area where you will see the Shrimp boats docking with their days catch. If seafood is your fancy please stop for dinner at the local seafood restaurants.
Dieter Erhard, Nüremberg, Germany, has created an Art Boat from a 60-foot steel hull shrimp boat that is now complete with studio and gallery in the ship's hull. Exhibits and videos are presented from time to time. Erhard says the focus of his gallery is "international art in a unique framework," with works of art from around the world to be shown and produced at the gallery. Art Center Seadrift and Sculpture Park are located on Hwy. 185 as you enter Seadrift. Erhard enjoys international renown for his versatile artistic creativity both within Germany and abroad. In his hometown of Nüremberg he designed two of the subway stations. He founded the sculpture park in the German art city of Tennenlohe, where he has operated a gallery since 1990. Erhard also initiated the international "Fiesta de Arte" in Tennenlohe and the "Arte en Concreto" project in Guatemala.
Los Vigilantes Pipe Sculpture
"Los Vigilantes" pipe sculpture welcomes visitors in the Highway 185 triangle, adjacent to Art Center Seadrift. Juan Pablo Duran, a student at the University of Guanajuato, Mexico, designed the three totems, and explains they represent fire, water, and wind, and are "in charge of watching the harmony of the people." The three pipes are 18 inches in diameter, and 12, 14, and 16 feet tall. His former teacher, Dieter Erhard, Germany, was instrumental in bringing Duran to Seadrift, and is fostering a concept he calls "building cultural bridges through art." Dedicated in October, 1999, the sculpture has become a "shining" example of a community project, with residents joining in to enhance their town.
They don’t call the Texas Water Safari The World's Toughest Canoe Race for nothing. It is 260 miles of non-stop paddling! Originally started in 1963 and held every year in June. This marathon begins at Aquarena Springs in San Marcos and Seadrift is the host to this grueling race's finish line.
Originally started by a group of women back in the 1980's to raise money and community support for their husbands whose shrimping livelihoods were jeopardized by state legislation. The little fundraiser to fight state government regulations has grown into a yearly community event and is held in early June of each year.
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