Los Fresnos, Texas: Seven Seas Souvenir Shop - FireAn impressively weird and vast behemoth, with dinosaurs, a pirate museum, and a building decorated with immense shells and a gaping shark's head. Fire in May 2013 burned the pirate museum, but the outside displays survived.
- 36451 Texas 100, Los Fresnos, TX
- US 77/81 exit at Russelltown onto Hwy 100 east toward Port Isabel. Drive around eight miles east on Hwy 100. East of Los Fresnos, on the left (north) side. Fire in May 2013 burned the pirate museum, but the outside displays survived.
Visitor Tips and News About Seven Seas Souvenir Shop - Fire
Awesome place with giant statues of a variety of creatures. Giant gift shop of random fun. Mostly sea and Christ-themed.[Kat, 10/19/2010]
The Seven Seas now has dinosaur statues and a museum on pirates. As you enter the front entrance to the store, a narrator is telling "sea" stories over a speaker system. We did not go to the museum that day but the same artist who created the items outdoors has created the items in the museum.[Karen Ramsey, 07/23/2009]
While visiting Brownsville in April, I was invited to stop at the "shell warehouse" by a friend and former Brownsville resident. I almost politely refused, having become quite jaded to surf and seashell shops in Florida and South Texas, their giant shark mouths daring the customer to enter and peruse the cheap t-shirts, towels, and coffee mugs. I am pleased to report that I did change my mind and visit the amazing behemoth that is the Seven Seas.
The first thing the visitor will notice, in between the Burma Shave style signs along the highway that scream "Christian Gifts!" is the large and colorful sculpture of undersea life. Other shops boast similar sculptures, but none beat Seven Seas for sheer size and complexity. Every form of underwater life, from corals to jellyfish to dolphins, are represented here, and the unfinished right side indicates that this sculpture is still growing.
Across the football-field-sized parking lot, the shell warehouse resembles a Wal-Mart in size, except two gigantic conch shells flank each side of the entrance.
Upon entering, each of our party was greeted, and a lei made of seashells was placed around each of our necks. Then we were left to marvel at the rows and rows of shells, and every type of souvenir made from shells.
Besides the size, the unusual selection of gift items is also notable. Where else can you find pickled shark fetuses posing next to less-scary ceramic sharks? Where else can you find gifts that are Christian AND seaworthy -- like the Lord's Prayer and various Psalms hand-painted on cowrie shells?
And where else can you while away your time watching the hermit crabs crawl around in their freshly-painted seashells? Shoppers can browse three habitats, each featuring a different size of hermit crab shell -- so when your crab outgrows his 60's psychedelic shell, he can be refitted with a larger shell painted with the Batman logo. There are bins and bins of these kitschy but beautifully painted shells -- enough to outfit every hermit crab in the Gulf of Mexico.[Julie Bloem, 07/15/2007]