Port Aransas or Port A is a small city on Mustang Island which means it is surrounded mostly by seas and had pleasant weather throughout the year. However, the best time to visit is in summer and spring. It had a long beach of 18 miles, fishing spots, state park and attractions like museums, golf club, kayaking and more making it enjoyable for all. Port Aransas is the weekend destination for most people in nearby cities like Corpus Christi and attracts plenty of tourists visiting Texas every year.
1. Port Aransas Beach
I don’t think I have to mention for tourists to visit the beach when visiting a place surrounded by the oceans on either side. However, I have to suggest that you should not only get yourself wet, or tan but also go for a ride with jet skiing, surfing, parasailing, skydiving, and kayaking. If you are with children, then Red Dragon Pirate Cruises is very fun & exciting. Also, the Port Aransas Beach is very clean and well maintained with showers and drinkable water. You can also visit the second beach in Port A is IB Magee Beach Park.
2. Fishing in Port Aransas Beach
Port Aransas is very popular among people who like fishing and had plenty of fishing spots in and around the city. Robert Point Park is one such spot where people can fish for fun and also you can see dolphins and turtles. Plenty of fish species found around the coastal waters of Port A.If you love fishing, then this is one of the best things to do in Port Aransas.
3. Mustang Island State Park
Mustang Island State Park is for everyone families can go for a picnic or camping, teens and adults can go for kayaking, hiking, swimming, surfing, mountain biking. Nature and animal lovers can watch up to 400 bird’s species. Facilities are very good with camping sites having water and electricity, beaches having showers, drinking water availability and decent places to eat. Also, Mustang Island had paddling trails from 5.2 miles to 8.5 miles if you are interested in going through these paddling trails it would be very adventurous of you. For safety better carry have a handheld GPS to know directions and location which you could find here at Rallye GPS had reviews for some of the best handheld GPS devices.
4. Marine Science Institute
Kids may not like to go to school and attend boring literature classes, but they do enjoy education trips and science-related institutes. University of Texas Marine Science Institute at Port Aransas is one such place where your kid gets excited also they have many interactive exhibits for children.
5. San Jose Island
San Jose Island may not be so exciting for everyone but it is loved by many who like to visit a place where no but only you exist. The location is very calm, quiet no building, just filled with nature, breeze, crystal clear water, beach, birds, dolphins, turtles and you. The only way to reach this Island is through Fisherman’s Wharf Jetty Boat which costs 12$. If you are thinking to visit this place, then you need to do thorough research about what you are going to do and see. The Island is not a place for everyone and the Island also have nothing to buy, just what you brought with you.
6. Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center
This used to be one of the famous attraction in Port A, but the hurricane Harvey in 2017 had caused major damage to the Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center. However, it’s still a worth visiting place as it has plenty of bird species and alligators. If you are a nature, animal or bird lover, then this place wouldn’t disappoint you. We hope the local authorities would get the boardwalk and observation tower restored.
7. Palmilla Beach Golf Club
Located on the coastline, Palmilla Beach Golf Club is a unique golf course laid on natural humps. These humps along with ocean winds make it very challenging yet fun for golfers. The course is very well maintained, and you could find all the necessary amenities required nearby. We suggest you go for around in colder weather.
Overall these are some of the best things to do at Port Aransas, and there are many more attractions and spots which you may find exciting. If you think we miss a significant landmark, please comment below, we will take a look at it and update the article.