Top 10 Things to do in Port Aransas, United States

November 13, 2017 Jana Sager

With over 18 miles of beach, first-class Gulf of Mexico fishing, golfing, shopping, coastal dining and wildlife aplenty, there’s no end to the breezy fun of Port Aransas. Located on the central flyway, Port A's estuaries, inlets and nature reserves draw hundreds of species of birds. You can kick your feet up in a luxury condo, hotel, motel, private home, cottage or a campsite under the stars, all just 30 minutes from Corpus Christi.
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1. The Port Aransas Ferry System

Port Aransas, TX +1 361-749-2850
Excellent
66%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 562 reviews

The Port Aransas Ferry System

Reviewed By ROCtraveler30 - Fort Collins, Colorado

This is a "functional" ferry, providing transportation across the pass in lieu of a bridge. Service was free and efficient, taking at most 15 minutes from waiting time, to loading, to travel across the quarter mile channel, to unloading. While it can be fun to say that we have been on another ferry ride, it is probably the shortest one we have ever taken anywhere in the world.

2. Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center

Ross Avenue, Port Aransas, TX 78373-4128 +1 361-749-4111
Excellent
68%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 423 reviews

Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center

Reviewed By dspencer002 - Port Aransas, Texas

This short boardwalk affords an opportunity to see several species of birds. We were pleasantly surprised to also see a pair of large gators basking in the sun. During our month in Port A we went several times and the fauna was different each time. I’ll be curious to see if the area has been affected by Harvey.

I recommend a trip to this area to get a good feel for the grassy tidal flats that are common on Mustang Island.

3. Port Aransas Beach

Port Aransas, TX 78373
Excellent
56%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Port Aransas Beach

Public beach on Port Aransas that is clean, has a lifeguard and has car-free locations.

Reviewed By Cory J - Omaha, Nebraska

The beach was clean, allowed parking for $12 a year. Also a great setup as they had more bathrooms than you could imagine. A must with children.

Swimming in the waves was amazing and enough room to spread out and boogie board.

A perfect way to start the day, end the evening, and spend every hour in between.

4. Port Aransas Nature Preserve at Charlie's Pasture

710 W Avenue a, Port Aransas, TX 78373-4128 +1 361-749-4158
Excellent
56%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 152 reviews

Port Aransas Nature Preserve at Charlie's Pasture

Reviewed By Solar-sailor - Rockport, Texas

Like most of Port A this location is closed because of Hurricane Harvey damage. There is a barrier across the road and you can not drive there - the pier is destroyed too.
FEAMA is in no hurry to repair this - there are many other places they ignore too.

5. The University of Texas Marine Science Institute

750 Channelview Dr, Port Aransas, TX 78373-5015 +1 361-749-6729
Excellent
51%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 190 reviews

The University of Texas Marine Science Institute

Free admission to see tanks displaying sea horses, eels, oysters, fish and other marine life.

Reviewed By NCTraveler107 - Jacksonville, NC

Please don't miss the UT Marine Science Welcome Center. The displays are VERY educational for all ages, and the gift shop has wonderful items to take home with you that will continue to educate you and your family about the marine wildlife nearby. Also, be sure to go to the jetty. Sea turtles come to the rocks along the jetty to feed. The day we were there, juvenile sea turtles were abundant. It was thrilling to see these turtles in their natural habitat.

6. Mustang Island State Park

17047 Tx-361, Port Aransas, TX 78373 +1 361-749-5246
Excellent
45%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 463 reviews

Mustang Island State Park

State Park on Mustang Island that offers the best camping in the area.

Reviewed By txchef320 - Round Rock, Texas

We had a great time here. My son who is 5 has never seen the ocean so we took him here for the first time since it is a short driver from Round Rock. We got there around 1030, were able to grab a picnic table and a spot on the beach. The beach was clean. The breeze really helped with the humidity. Couldn't have asked for better weather. Dogs, kites, kids.....great time. Will be back.

7. Roberts Point Park

301 Jc Barr Blvd, Port Aransas, TX 78373-4006
Excellent
69%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 61 reviews

Roberts Point Park

Reviewed By Adriana C - Highlands, Texas

We were just taking a leisurely drive while visiting Corpus Christi and found this park. We didn't realize it was a dolphin habitat, so we were pleasantly surprised when we saw a couple of them jumping in the water. I was able to get a few pics using continuous mode on the camera, but the distance was a bit much for my zoom lens. Still, got a couple good shots and felt the thrill of seeing these amazing animals nearby. As we sat on the seawall looking over the channel, we realized there was a turtle bobbing along below us. We had no idea there'd be so much sea life here. We watched a dolphin tour boat go out, as well as the Pirate Ship tour boat and wished we'd taken that one...it looked like fun! Nice area but this day there was a lot of traffic waiting for the ferry. There was also quite a bit of activity in the park; looked like a group was having an event with food and tunes, and of course hordes of children running around. We enjoyed the time we spent at this park.

8. San Jose Island

Port Aransas, TX
Excellent
60%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
3%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 126 reviews

San Jose Island

Reviewed By Teresa Y

a totally natural habitat; good shelling. enjoyed laying in the sun while the kids played in the waves! Short ferry ride, saw a few dolphins playing in the bay.

9. Fisherman's Wharf

900 Tarpon St, Port Aransas, TX 78373-5034 +1 800-605-5448
Excellent
38%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
7%
Terrible
20%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 179 reviews

Fisherman's Wharf

Reviewed By Norma J - Woodward, Oklahoma

There are other choices. Woody's Sport Center was a way better experience. Another choice I'd Dolphin Dock. You can't trust these guys to keep your trip booked or book your trip correctly. They screwed up both times.

10. Horace Caldwell Fishing Pier

Port Aransas Beach Rd, Port Aransas Beach Rd & Beach St., Port Aransas, TX 78373 +1 361-749-5333
Excellent
32%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
1%
Terrible
11%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 52 reviews

Horace Caldwell Fishing Pier

Reviewed By Doreen M - London, United Kingdom

We strolled along the pier and watched the brown pelicans fly overhead.We didn't fish off the pier, but plenty of others did.

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